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Neil Wyatt06/02/2018 16:35:02
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Here's a heads up.

In the most expensive scrappage scheme of all time Elon Musk's used Tesla Roadster will be launched into a Mars-Earth orbit at 18:30 UTC/GMT on top of a Falcon Heavy.

Falcon Heavy is the biggest launcher since the Saturn V. It comprises three Falcon launchers tied together with mechanical (not pyrotechnic) links. The outer launchers will (hopefully) land at Cape Carnaveral and the inner one on one of their drone ships.

Live video will be streamed by SpaceX at:

www.spacex.com/webcast

Neil

Rob Rimmer06/02/2018 16:46:03
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I guess that counts as space junk!

JasonB06/02/2018 16:48:17
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How many charging points on the way to Mars?

jimmy b06/02/2018 16:54:09
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Crazy!

Andy Carruthers06/02/2018 17:23:35
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http://spacenews.com/segment/news/

Worth a look

Journeyman06/02/2018 18:18:56
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Launch now at 20:05 GMT, apparently suffering from high altitude wind (don't we all face 21)

John

V8Eng06/02/2018 18:19:13
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My imagination ran riot when I read that the three cores had 27 Merlin Engines generating more than 5 million pounds of thrust!

Always knew those Merlins were good uns! 😉🙃

Supersonic Spitfire, anyone?

Edited By V8Eng on 06/02/2018 18:25:08

Wout Moerman06/02/2018 18:39:30
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That's certainly proven heritage in my textbook!

Neil Wyatt06/02/2018 18:54:47
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They have to put a dummy load on it, so why not get the free advertising?

Delayed an hour because of wind shear.

Neil

V8Eng06/02/2018 20:19:19
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One has to salute and admire Elon Musk!

Not only making an enormous rocket but putting one of his cars on it!

Edited By V8Eng on 06/02/2018 20:24:29

KWIL06/02/2018 20:58:57
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Launch and recoveries successful. What a sight.

John Olsen06/02/2018 21:02:56
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That all seemed to go like clockwork! They make it look too easy. Those two boosters landing simultaneously was just amazing.

John

Ian P06/02/2018 21:24:27
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Posted by John Olsen on 06/02/2018 21:02:56:

That all seemed to go like clockwork! They make it look too easy. Those two boosters landing simultaneously was just amazing.

John

Really awesome!

Its one of those things where my instinct would be to land them miles apart as it would be 'safer', but then when you think about it, if you can control one booster landing to within a few metres, you just have to do the same thing twice.

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Neil Wyatt06/02/2018 21:25:17
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That was just... awesome.

Agreed the boosters landing almost exactly like the simulation was unbelievable!

Don't Panic!

Neil

Ian P06/02/2018 21:27:08
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I wonder if the driver knew there was no air in his tyressmiley

Mike Poole06/02/2018 21:27:15
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That car is going to have an awful lot of miles on it for the next owner.

Mike

Andy Carruthers06/02/2018 21:33:17
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Ah yes, but look at the provenance!

Neil Wyatt06/02/2018 21:34:42
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Not holding out hope for the centre core though - the drone ship landings tend to be risky.

Michael Gilligan10/02/2018 23:06:53
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Arty analysis here: **LINK**

https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/10/16997124/elon-musk-spacex-tesla-art-starman-advertising

MichaelG.

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