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  1. Oh right I had video Uh... here's the NG-12 launch but a whole month after the launch (I was busy. And... it's not much to look at Some idiot left autofocus on)
  2. I've heard that they aren't going to try to recover this one, just see if it can survive reentry.
  3. Oof. "December" with no specific date is basically rocket-speak for "early next year." Especially in November.
  4. Oh, I don't think that's true. That implies there would be a competition at all. May as well give my opinion here- Starship is designed to be so much more capable than SLS ever was. THAT BEING SAID, I still think SLS is worth it- we shouldn't put all our eggs in one basket. And SLS is designed specifically to be a very safe basket, without dangerous innovation (maybe some expensive padding inside the basket as an analogy?). SLS should NOT be cancelled until SS proves itself, IMO- yes, SS is better and far more sustainable, but SLS makes sure that we get back to the moon even if SS fails. That's how I see it, anyway. In short, the problem I have with "orange rocket bad" is the words "rocket bad." That's just wrong
  5. A purpose-built SpaceDrone (TM) would be a pretty neat idea, actually... I've thought about this idea before. Some kind of cubesat that has an HD camera and can follow a programmed camera path in 0g. The trick might be propulsion- if you want really cool video, you need more thrust (and very precise thrust control) than usual on a cubesats. Cold gas thrusters may work fine, but they'll be firing for longer than usual if you want a nice curve. And as for it running into things, that could help it quickly cancel out velocity if it heads towards something it isn't supposed to. With all the up-and-coming space startups there could be plenty of customers for this, and with the cost of launching a small, 1U cubesats going down... we may be getting to a point where this could work as a business, even. Anyone up for a kickstarter? (Joking, of course) Totally on topic
  6. Well, it helps a bit that they've been launching less over the last few years... (Not that much, though. Hopefully this means that they are cracking down on quality control problems, but... their budget only allows for so much)
  7. What the heck is going on with the countdown?! That wasn't just me, right?
  8. You have to love SpaceX's attention to detail...
  9. Read the description, it's the same as the original Starship Update, complete with September 28th date. I think someone accidentally clicked a button somewhere...
  10. Oh, I don't think that's going to happen. I think the funny names aren't going anywhere, no matter how big they get- it's kind of Rocket Lab tradition now.
  11. First proper, fully 100% operational Starlink sats, 1st (4th flight or 3rd reuse) of a first stage, 1st fairing reuse ever... coming back from the launch drought in style, I see!
  12. In a shock to absolutely no one, Elon's Twitter absence lasted all of... 3 days. This tweet tells us that there are more parachute tests- the parachute test shown was NOT the final Mk3 parachute test, but the first of 10 multi-chute tests. I guess the 12 before it were single-chute tests.
  13. So... according to Boeing, it wasn't a parachute failure because the parachute never deployed in the first place in order to fail... ???