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Cuban806/02/2018 16:27:55
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First flight of SpaceX Falcon Heavy complete with Tesla Roadster.laugh Something like five million pounds of thrust on this one, so should be spectacular. About 1830 our time, they hope to get all three boosters to return and land for re-use at the Cape.

Gary Manuel06/02/2018 21:14:00
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That was well worth watching.

Phil Cooke06/02/2018 22:53:37
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yeah brill that - the launch was pretty impressive but the SELF LANDING ROCKET BOOSTERS were simply jaw dropping!! I was waiting for them to drop into the sea on chutes!! Amazing technology!

TJ Alexander07/02/2018 08:49:21
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Very very impressive.

Tom Sharp 207/02/2018 10:29:00
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The landing bit, that's quad technology

J D 807/02/2018 10:47:22
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It remided me of watching the Apollo/Saturn 5 launches live on tv,all those lucky people on site cheering and shouting as the Falcon Heavy left the same launch pad.smiley

Is space becoming an adventure again? I hope so.

Gary Manuel07/02/2018 11:48:03
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I guess the Tesla now qualifies as the fastest car ever built ... It will certainly be the highest mileage.

Alan H07/02/2018 12:25:43
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I also viewed it live and agree with Phil, seeing the two boosters landing simultaneously on adjacent pads was truly amazing.

FlyinBrian07/02/2018 12:32:23
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What on earth (or off it) is the point of putting a car into orbit?

BackinBlack07/02/2018 12:38:11
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Posted by FlyinBrian on 07/02/2018 12:32:23:

What on earth (or off it) is the point of putting a car into orbit?

It's the Tesla scrappage scheme.

Haven't seen if they recovered the main rocket on the floating landing pad.

David P Williams07/02/2018 12:45:47
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No - according to the BBC it was short of fuel, missed the floating pad and smacked into the oggin at 500kph

Nightflyer07/02/2018 12:49:13
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The main rocket ended up crashing into the sea as the engines did not start right. Apparently it hit the sea at 500km/h. SO although not 100% successful the test has been successful in most aspects. Great PR for SpaceX and Tesla. I am sure it will be exploited to the full.

Seeing the two outer boosters land simultaneously was very impressive and shows how much SpaceX have progressed, and I am sure a number of people at NASA and ESA at least will be worrying about the competition now for launching satellites.

Some of the best images has got to be the Roadster in space with an almost Stig like mannequin in the driving seat. Me thinks that David Bowie would also have approved.

Devcon107/02/2018 12:51:56
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Been following the Elon Musk story a while.

I think we could do with a few more like him in the world who are capable of thinking then doing some amazing things.

Putting the car, the dummy and the music into orbit... Brilliant

Gary Manuel07/02/2018 13:00:49
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Posted by FlyinBrian on 07/02/2018 12:32:23:

What on earth (or off it) is the point of putting a car into orbit?

To prove that a heavy payload can be sent to mars.

Cuban807/02/2018 13:20:55
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All very different from the furrowed brows and chain smoking at Cape Canaveral & Houston during the Mercury/Gemini/Apollo days. Launching the car as a dummy load? Why not? It would only have been a mass of concrete or whatever otherwise, and if it's simply a gimmick that gets youngsters into science & tech, it can only be a good thing.

I never thought I'd see a manned mission to Mars in my lifetime, but I think it's just possible that SpaceX will go for a manned orbital flight around Mars similar to a vastly more complex Apollo 8 mission, within the next twenty years. Not easy, and there are many issues that would have to be addressed given the distance and planetary orbital mechanics that Apollo 8 didn't have to worry about.

I've been following spaceflight since the Gemini days (bit too young at the time for the earlier stuff) but it still gives me thrill to see 'em lift off.



Edited By Cuban8 on 07/02/2018 13:23:30

Devcon107/02/2018 13:42:05
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To name the Falcon rockets after a well known Stars Wars icon, icing on the cake..

Gary5207/02/2018 13:48:34
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Love the tribute to Douglas Adams on the dashboard. Doesn't look as if the driver is panicking.

Must know where his towel is.

Edited By Gary52 on 07/02/2018 13:49:23

G-JIMG07/02/2018 16:45:59
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You should ALWAYS know where your towel is!!!

G-JIMG13/02/2018 15:41:28
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Just a thought...........

With his phenomenal wealth, fast cars, flame thrower exports and access to rockets, Elon Musk is just a White Furry Cat away from qualifying as a Bond villain!

MaL13/02/2018 16:45:12
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Be very afraid!


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