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Elon Musk predicts potential BFR space flights next year...

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That earth looks like it is getting bigger again.  I wonder if they are going to boost and perigee or apogee. To bad I don't know what the orbital period is.

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Correction: Possible suborbital test flights of BFR next year

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3 minutes ago, GoSlash27 said:

Elon Musk predicts potential BFR space flights next year...

 

Just now, GoSlash27 said:

Correction: Possible suborbital test flights of BFR next year

Suborbital tests are usually spaceflights...

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Finally! After all these years! I can't describe how beautiful, powerful, and wonderful it was! Peoples from all around the world were here to assist to this inaugural launch! The sound, the vibrations, the sight were simply impressive. I will never forget that day for sure!

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Just now, Leszek said:

That earth looks like it is getting bigger again.  I wonder if they are going to boost and perigee or apogee. To bad I don't know what the orbital period is.

At perigee, almost certainly, thanks to Good Sir Oberth.

2 minutes ago, HvP said:

Very good point @Starman4308

BTW how's the view from up there?

I'm halfway tempted to change my avatar for that, but I am not, sadly, the Starman.

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Just now, Bill Phil said:

 

Suborbital tests are usually spaceflights...

This will be more like grasshopper style hover testing.

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1 minute ago, Reactordrone said:

This will be more like grasshopper style hover testing.

^ This

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Reposting from earlier in this thread in case it would be enjoyed by anyone checking the thread now but not then:

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Love how he sidestepped the question about Bezos. :D

2 minutes ago, cypher_00 said:

Next test payload for BFR: a Elephant...

Tesla Semi. :cool:

 

also:

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I’m still tripping balls.

Elon Musk, ladies and gentlemen. ^_^

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5 minutes ago, XB-70A said:

Finally! After all these years! I can't describe how beautiful, powerful, and wonderful it was! Peoples from all around the world were here to assist to this inaugural launch! The sound, the vibrations, the sight were simply impressive. I will never forget that day for sure!

You're one lucky Hombre! I'm jealous.

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End of PC and Starman's back up.

8 minutes ago, Starman4308 said:

I'm halfway tempted to change my avatar for that, but I am not, sadly, the Starman.

I say you steal the avatar. :D

Best,
-Slashy

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3 hours ago, DAL59 said:

He's planning on 2024.  How could something get delayed by a factor of 5, especially now that he just proved the FH works?  

Shall we enumerate the ways?  First off, SpaceX has a long track record of missing their announced target dates by wide margins.  (Let's not forget that FH was announced in 2011 with a target launch date of 2013.)  Second off, there's a whole [censored] lot more to a Mars mission than reaching LEO.  Pretty much none of which SpaceX has demonstrated.

2050 may be a bit much, but I wouldn't expect anything in 2024 except a delay to the next window.

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7 minutes ago, HvP said:

You're one lucky Hombre! I'm jealous.

I totally understand, a few years ago I was not even picturing that I could end here.  Thank you Florida!

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So now that we have a couple hours until TMI reignition, thoughts and impressions?

 I played hooky from a work- related class to witness the launch as it happened, and it was everything I expected it to be. Doubly- exciting since there were no spoilers. I was cheering like a maniac during all of the landmarks that went right, plus the absurdity of watching Spaceman chillin' in his roadster :D. Simultaneous booster flyback in formation... How cool was that??

Best,
-Slashy

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34 minutes ago, HvP said:

Falcon Heavy is capable of sending payloads directly to Pluto with no gravity assists needed. I did not expect that.

You should - New Horizon's 400 kg spacecraft was launched direct on Atlas V 551. FH should even be more capable.

 

I'm not sure, but I see listings of 3.5 tonnes to Pluto direct on FH's wiki. Is that just something that flew off Elon's words ?

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1 minute ago, YNM said:

I'm not sure, but I see listings of 3.5 tonnes to Pluto direct on FH's wiki. Is that just something that flew off Elon's words ?

I didn't hear anything in the PC to corroborate that figure.

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-Slashy

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Is there any exact time/countdown to when the upper stage will start transfer orbit injection burn? Most of the news say that it will happen in 6 hours after launch

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2 minutes ago, YNM said:

You should - New Horizon's 400 kg spacecraft was launched direct on Atlas V 551. FH should even be more capable.

 

I'm not sure, but I see listings of 3.5 tonnes to Pluto direct on FH's wiki. Is that just something that flew off Elon's words ?

Actually, New Horizons used a Jupiter assist to get out to Pluto. It wasn't launched direct.

 

In other news, holy moly that launch was the coolest thing. Well, okay. Maybe not THE coolest - F9 flight 20 was pretty good too. Still.

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Ok, so multiple articles confirm that New Horizons did indeed use a gravity assist at Jupiter. edit to add: although it wasn't strictly necessary.

The Falcon Heavy is reported to carry twice the tonnage of any existing launch vehicle. But of course that must come with the assumption that we are comparing similar mass payloads and similar mission profiles or else the comparison is meaningless.

Edited by HvP

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7 minutes ago, IncongruousGoat said:

Actually, New Horizons used a Jupiter assist to get out to Pluto. It wasn't launched direct.

 

In other news, holy moly that launch was the coolest thing. Well, okay. Maybe not THE coolest - F9 flight 20 was pretty good too. Still.

Clarification: New Horizons did use a slingshot, but if they missed their launch window, they could have made a later, direct window that would've taken a few more years to get there. In terms of capabilities, though, the Atlas 551 is known to be able to do a direct Pluto transfer, and there's no reason to think FH can't do the same.

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9 minutes ago, munlander1 said:

It would have been nice to have a flawless 3 booster recovery, but not mission breaking, fortunately.

Apparently, 2 outer engines failed to reignite upon reentry, leaving too little thrust from the center engine and it splashed down beside the barge as required by its fail-safe programming.

Also, the boosters are 16 stories high, so there's that!

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