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#4248127 - 04/08/16 09:20 PM SpaceX Nails Landing at Sea!  
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#4248130 - 04/08/16 09:31 PM Re: SpaceX Nails Landing at Sea! [Re: F4UDash4]  
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#4248131 - 04/08/16 09:36 PM Re: SpaceX Nails Landing at Sea! [Re: F4UDash4]  
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Yeah, sea state was pretty rough to and they did it. thumbsup


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#4248132 - 04/08/16 09:36 PM Re: SpaceX Nails Landing at Sea! [Re: F4UDash4]  
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Very cool, congrats to the Space-X team! But..."Of Course I Still Love You" drone ship? What a name.


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#4248139 - 04/08/16 09:54 PM Re: SpaceX Nails Landing at Sea! [Re: F4UDash4]  
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Watched it on Fox News.....great job.
A difficult thing so I hear. wink

When they first started out, I didn't have much hope for them.
But it seems they're going to do well.

Very good, for all of us, IMO.

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#4248152 - 04/08/16 10:24 PM Re: SpaceX Nails Landing at Sea! [Re: Murphy]  
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Amazing. Watch the barge bobbing around after the landing. Quite a feat.



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#4248153 - 04/08/16 10:25 PM Re: SpaceX Nails Landing at Sea! [Re: Arthonon]  
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Originally Posted By: Arthonon
Very cool, congrats to the Space-X team! But..."Of Course I Still Love You" drone ship? What a name.


Sounds very like the names the sentient spaceships in Iain M. Banks' Culture novels give themselves.

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#4248244 - 04/09/16 04:54 AM Re: SpaceX Nails Landing at Sea! [Re: RedToo]  
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That's correct, both drone ships are named after Banks' AI ships in Player of Games, "Just Read the Instructions" and "Of Course I Love You".

And yeah, that's how you stick the landing.


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#4248268 - 04/09/16 09:02 AM Re: SpaceX Nails Landing at Sea! [Re: F4UDash4]  
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#4248279 - 04/09/16 10:11 AM Re: SpaceX Nails Landing at Sea! [Re: Arthonon]  
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Originally Posted By: Arthonon
... But..."Of Course I Still Love You" drone ship? What a name.


Better than "Keep off the grass"

#4248324 - 04/09/16 01:58 PM Re: SpaceX Nails Landing at Sea! [Re: F4UDash4]  
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Ah! They made it!


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#4248434 - 04/09/16 10:29 PM Re: SpaceX Nails Landing at Sea! [Re: F4UDash4]  
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Why land on a bouncy barge? To make it a harder target? To represent something? Is that their real target? Just wondering...

Congrats, btw. I'm impressed. But are they going to deliver on ships at sea or what

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Why land on a bouncy barge? It's less distance for the rocket on its return to earth. Less distance equals less fuel needed.

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#4248441 - 04/09/16 11:12 PM Re: SpaceX Nails Landing at Sea! [Re: RedToo]  
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Originally Posted By: RedToo
Why land on a bouncy barge? It's less distance for the rocket on its return to earth. Less distance equals less fuel needed.

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Huh?

I'm defiently ain't no rocket scientist to understand that one.

#4248443 - 04/09/16 11:26 PM Re: SpaceX Nails Landing at Sea! [Re: Falstar]  
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Originally Posted By: Falstar
Originally Posted By: RedToo
Why land on a bouncy barge? It's less distance for the rocket on its return to earth. Less distance equals less fuel needed.

RedToo.


Huh?

I'm defiently ain't no rocket scientist to understand that one.


The rocket follows a ballistic trajectory heading east ('cos the rest of the stuff in orbit goes around in that direction, because it's easier to launch). To land on... land, you need to reverse the trajectory on your way down to go west, do a split-s if you will... and since rockets can't glide or do acrobatics very well :), all you can do is fire the engine in the appropriate direction.

Also, I believe that's the plan in the future, to land on solid ground, but they don't have the pertinent clearance yet to do so until they probe it works well and it has a low probability of killing people due to miscalculations/failures.

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Straight(ish) down to the barge after stage separation vs return to launch site. I knew a rocket scientist once upon a time.

The pitching and rolling barge does add another factors or two to the problem though...as in luck. yep


edit: yeah what Roadrunners nemesis said...

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#4248453 - 04/10/16 12:11 AM Re: SpaceX Nails Landing at Sea! [Re: F4UDash4]  
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So, no more of that orbiting and controlled fall out of the sky. Just straight up and sort of straight down. Buck Rogers did have the science right afterall.

#4248454 - 04/10/16 12:44 AM Re: SpaceX Nails Landing at Sea! [Re: F4UDash4]  
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what does this mean for space exploration now that it landed successfully, and nasa said it will only cost 10billion to put some thing decent on the moon vs hundreds of billions.



it would be pretty flipping cool to have a nice moon base in place, wired up by cisco so its on the internet, not sure how the moon could keep real time internet connectivity, it could be its only 300ms away by reponce time?


how far away is the moon if it had a lazer line of sight ip connection?

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Originally Posted By: bud01
it would be pretty flipping cool to have a nice moon base in place, wired up by cisco so its on the internet, not sure how the moon could keep real time internet connectivity, it could be its only 300ms away by reponce time?


how far away is the moon if it had a lazer line of sight ip connection?


Laser takes about 2.5 seconds to leave Earth, bounce from a reflector on the moon's surface, and return to Earth. Kinda high ping, but probably usable.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_Laser_Ranging_experiment


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Meh, the Internet problem will get solved after the first wave of settles realize they are stuck on a lifeless rock for months without po... erm, "entertainment".


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