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Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-02-2018 04:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by mode1charlie:
What's the launch window?
Per Spaceflight Now:
SpaceX plans a three-hour window each day to launch the Falcon Heavy, opening at 1:30 p.m. EST (1830 GMT).

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued SpaceX a launch license for "a flight of the Falcon Heavy launch vehicle from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) transporting the modified Tesla Roadster (mass simulator) to a hyperbolic orbit."

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posted 02-04-2018 10:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Elon Musk on Twitter:
Falcon Heavy remains go for launch at 1:30pm [EST] on Tuesday.

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From Elon Musk on Instagram:
Starman in Red Roadster

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posted 02-05-2018 05:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Major Tom needs cameras installed to beam back his journey.

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posted 02-05-2018 11:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for holcombeyates   Click Here to Email holcombeyates     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any suggestions on how to watch the launch online for free?

Any ideas on orbital path, be great to see it ascending over U.K. skies...

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posted 02-05-2018 11:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
SpaceX will be webcasting the launch, beginning at about T-20 minutes, here.

SpaceX has yet to release any trajectory details, though a fact sheet is expected to be posted later today at the link above.

quote:
Originally posted by SpaceAholic:
Major Tom needs cameras installed to beam back his journey.
If you look at photos, there appears to be camera mounts in front of the car and to the left and front of the "driver."

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posted 02-05-2018 12:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
SpaceX video
Falcon Heavy sends a car to Mars.

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I always liked SpaceX's simulation videos. But this really tops everything, it's startlingly touching.

It'll be glorious tomorrow, assuming everything goes well.

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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
SpaceX has yet to release any trajectory details...
In an interview just now with Ars Technica, Musk said:
We are doing a six-hour coast to demonstrate to the Air Force the capability to do direct-to-GEO missions. Risk is that the Roadster ends up in LEO [low Earth orbit].

If the third burn goes as we hope, the Tesla will get as far away as 380 to 450 million km from Earth.

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I'm glad to see that it appears that the mannequin is wearing not just his/her seatbelt, but a racing harness of some sort.

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The sight of two stages returning to land at once should be quite spectacular. A double sonic boom off of each one? So will there be four booms or will they be close enough together to overlap each other?

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Originally posted by holcombeyates:
Any ideas on orbital path...
The Commercial Space Transportation License issued by the FAA reads that the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch will be "on a nominal launch azimuth of 90 degrees."

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Judging from Mr. Musk's previous inspirations from movies such as "Spaceballs," the look of the "Roadster and Astronaut" as configured in the above photos have an uncanny resemblance to the "Corvette Soft Landing" opening montage from 1981's "Heavy Metal."

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While the overall mission is fascinating launching a car is a ridiculous stunt.

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If SpaceX successfully launches later today (Feb. 6), it will coincide with the anniversary of Alan Shepard hitting a golf ball off the moon — which, if you think about it, is rather apropos given the same spirit behind the payload aboard the Falcon Heavy.

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Originally posted by jimsz:
While the overall mission is fascinating launching a car is a ridiculous stunt.

You forgot to insert the word "publicity" in there somewhere.

While I am excited about the launch and hope it all goes well, we could have done without the car.

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Looking for an online source comparison table on the payload capacity of heavy launch vehicle to the Moon or TLI.
  • 50 ton = Long March 9
  • 48 ton = Saturn V
  • 27 ton = Falcon Heavy
  • 23 ton = N1
  • 20 ton = Energia KRK STK

Robert Pearlman
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From SpaceX on Twitter:
T-0 delayed to 2:20 p.m. EST, 19:20 UTC due to upper level wind shear. Continuing to monitor winds and will update as info becomes available.
Update: Now 3:15 p.m. EST (2015 GMT). According to Elon Musk on Twitter:
Upper atmosphere winds currently 20% above max allowable load.

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Originally posted by MrSpace86:
...we could have done without the car.
I think the car payload is GREAT!!! As mentioned, it's an homage to the Corvette portion of the Heavy Metal movie, and it's a publicity stunt for another of Musk's companies, Tesla. Finally, it's just FUN.

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Countdown clocks have been paused as SpaceX works out a new "final" T-0 for today's launch attempt.

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The car payload with the dummy sitting in the driver's seat and camera trained on it is ridiculous and puerile... and I love it.

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Clocks are ticking again, now to a 3:45 p.m. EST (2045 GMT) T-0. SpaceX will poll to proceed with fueling at 2 p.m. EST.

From Elon Musk on Twitter:

Launch auto-sequence initiated (aka the holy mouse-click) for 3:45 liftoff.

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From SpaceX on Twitter (at 2:45 p.m. EST):
T-60 minutes until Falcon Heavy’s first test flight. Launch webcast will go live about 20 minutes before liftoff.

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Just an incredible launch. What a team. What video coverage. How 'bout them boosters landing simultaneously. Awesome scientists and awesome mathematicians. And the worker bees back at the plant were so excited and justly so.

Congratulations Elon Musk and SpaceX.

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What an amazing sight! Incredible to see such a large vehicle take off and those two side boosters landing was like something from a science fiction film.

Kudos to all at SpaceX, their subcontractors and KSC.

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Very, very impressive. What a treat with the video feeds provided to us.

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Awesome launch. SpaceX are doing an incredible job, and the sight of two boosters landing simultaneously at Canaveral was the stuff of sci-fi. Incredible, and every plaudit to Elon and team!

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Stupendous. Incredible. Unbelievable. And to be able to see live coverage from the boosters, core and second stage all at the same time, it’s just mind boggling. The picture of the Tesla floating in space will go down in history. Congratulations on this well deserved success!!!

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Love the reference to "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" — "Don't Panic" on the dash tv. I hope Starman has his towel with him.

Congratulations on a well planned mission.

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Congratulations to Musk/SpaceX. Real 21st century stuff!

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Amazing that SpaceX can launch a car to Mars but still chooses not to find a solution to maintain video feed from a boat a couple hundred miles away! I guess it isn't a high priority!

Congratulation to SpaceX and thanks for the continuing inspiration.

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Stunning. Difficult to imagine a single booster stage landing vertically a few years ago, and it still looks surreal today, but two landing simultaneously? A technical tour de force.

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Alright alright. I am the first to rain on my own parade... yeah, it was a cool and fun launch. I appreciated that the car shots were not overdone.

Hats off to them. It's interesting the power shift that we just all witnessed; the most powerful rocket in the world belongs to a private company.

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How cool was that!

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My palms have never sweat so much since STS-1! Any word on the center booster landing?

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What a great achievement.

The best part... sharing in the excitement of a countdown with my young kids who could watch all the elements of the launch as it happened. Well done SpaceX.

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Live video of Elon Musk's Telsa Roadster in space:

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So will there be four booms or will they be close enough together to overlap each other?
Via Marcia Smith on Twitter:
The sonic booms were out of this world. Three booms each — a total of six in rapid succession. Great to experience as a visitor but if I had a house nearby I’d worry about broken windows.


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