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Falcon Heavy to launch today (Feb 6).

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Launch is scheduled during a two-and-a-half hour window Tuesday opening at 1:30 p.m. EST (1830 GMT).
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Musk released an animation of the Falcon Heavy launch Monday, showing the cherry red electric sports car coasting into the cosmos after its shot into interplanetary space. A spacesuit-clad figure is in the driver’s seat, one arm hanging out the window and the other on the Roadster’s steering wheel.


The sports car will go into a “precessing Earth-Mars elliptical orbit around the sun,” SpaceX officials wrote in the mission’s press kit. The orbit will stretch beyond Mars’ average distance from the sun.

“We expect it’ll get about 400 million kilometers away from Earth, maybe 250 to 270 million miles, and be doing 11 kilometers per second,” Musk told reporters Monday. “It’s going to be in a precessing elliptical orbit, with one part of the ellipse being at Earth orbit the other part being at Mars orbit, so it’ll essentially be an Earth-Mars cycler.

“We estimate it’ll be in that orbit for several hundred million years, maybe in excess of a billion years. At times, it will come extremely close to Mars, and there’s a tiny, tiny chance that it will hit Mars,” he said.

Musk told CBS News he was “giddy” on the eve of the Falcon Heavy’s first blastoff. “We’ll have a good time no matter what happens. It’s guaranteed to be exciting, one way or another. It’s either going to be an exciting success or an exciting failure. One big boom! I’d say tune in, it’s going to be worth your time.”


Right on! Big bang or fastest car in the world (or out of the world, whichever the case might be)

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Big arse rocket this one.
I am gonna try and have a look,
Will prob miss it though , not listening to live feed...
 

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Musk deserves a nod for the creative scamming he does. Hey those congress critters take/steal our money and give us nutti'n in return. At least Musk makes me chuckle, putting a red Telsa into orbit around the sun. Now that's entertainment.
 

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Sad that 50+ years later, we're applauding a rocket half the power of the Saturn 5. And personally, I'd rather Bigelow had put one of his bubbles on this than fire a used car into space.
 

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You can watch it live on Periscope
 

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Marketing genius!



SpaceX's First Falcon Heavy Rocket to Launch 4th Electric Car to Leave Earth



A “Starman” in a red Roadster: SpaceX’s Tesla Roadster and spacesuited mannequin driver set to launch on the company’s first Falcon Heavy rocket.
Credit: SpaceX

APE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX is poised to make history by launching the world's fourth electric car into space.

Years in the making, the commercial spaceflight company is preparing to launch its first Falcon Heavy rocket, which as its name implies, is a heavy-lift booster built from a core stage and two of SpaceX's Falcon 9 recoverable rockets. According to SpaceX, when the Falcon Heavy lifts off, it will be "the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two."

Only NASA's Saturn V rocket, which carried six crews — and three electric cars — to the moon almost 50 years ago, could deliver more payload to orbit. (The space shuttle had more thrust at launch than the Falcon Heavy, but had a lower payload capacity.) [Watch SpaceX Launch Falcon Heavy at 1:30 pm ET]
 

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Live on youtube

 

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Off the pad. Fucker made it up
 

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Sonovabitch ... Don't Panic displayed on the roadster's radio. Epic
 

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Elon Musk is going to have one helluva sore face from the shit eating grin that just took up permanent residence.
 

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Still waiting on confirmation of landing the centre core.
 

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The earth is blue, not gray :). :belly laugh:

Actually that was very cool. Amazing how quickly He has come to landing stage 1 rockets on platforms in the oceans.. WTF HAS NASA BEEN DOING FOR ALL THESE YEARS?
 

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What a waste of a beautiful car. What's the point? Pride?
 

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What a waste of a beautiful car. What's the point? Pride?
They needed a test mass. Can't test a rocket without a load. Personally I'd have rather they fired off a Bigelow Module myself. But at least this is more interesting that just a dead weight.
 

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Doesn't look like they saved the 3rd booster.
 

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What a waste of a beautiful car. What's the point? Pride?
Come on, SLV, it was used. Don't tell me you've never given away an old used car before?
Besides, it was probably tax deductible.
:D

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Besides, it was probably tax deductible.
:D

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Of this you can be sure of. But further. How the hell did he tap into all those tax dollars he is receiving to pull off stunts like this, as well as from his so called clean cars. The bigger the shit eating grin, the more money he's making. His companies lose money, except for what he coups from the gov. Interesting relationship here...
 

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This is a EMP disguised as a red sports car! We're all doomed!!!
 

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Meanwhile, back over in flat earth country;

Flat-Earth Rocketeer Fails to Launch (Again)
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"Mad" Mike Hughes, a flat-Earth conspiracy theorist who has managed to get significant attention for his now-repeated failed rocket launches, strapped himself into his second homemade rocket Saturday (Feb. 3). But, as Noize TV documented in an excruciating 11-minute livestream of the event, Hughes' rocket never left its pad.

Oh well Mike, didn't Musk have a few failures also? :p:p:p
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Meanwhile, back over in flat earth country;

Flat-Earth Rocketeer Fails to Launch (Again)
SPACEcom

"Mad" Mike Hughes, a flat-Earth conspiracy theorist who has managed to get significant attention for his now-repeated failed rocket launches, strapped himself into his second homemade rocket Saturday (Feb. 3). But, as Noize TV documented in an excruciating 11-minute livestream of the event, Hughes' rocket never left its pad.

Oh well Mike, didn't Musk have a few failures also? :p:p:p
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This guy is a loon!
 

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kids on the outside, but the control rooms ... pros. A lot like back when NASA actually meant something more than working at the DMV.

They've confirmed they lost the 3rd core. Story is it ran outta fuel and hit water. Hit hard enough to spray shrapnel across the deck of the drone barge but specifically didn't hit the deck. Funny that they lost the reinforced middle, but the two outside rockets were already used and pulled off a Disney-esque tandem landing. Either way ... it didn't blow up on the pad, and the payload made orbit. For the prototype, that's as much as anyone can ask.
 

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kids on the outside, but the control rooms ... pros. A lot like back when NASA actually meant something more than working at the DMV.

They've confirmed they lost the 3rd core. Story is it ran outta fuel and hit water. Hit hard enough to spray shrapnel across the deck of the drone barge but specifically didn't hit the deck. Funny that they lost the reinforced middle, but the two outside rockets were already used and pulled off a Disney-esque tandem landing. Either way ... it didn't blow up on the pad, and the payload made orbit. For the prototype, that's as much as anyone can ask.
We should get back to where we were in the late 1960's in another 5 years or so. Too bad NASA 'lost' the technology they had back then. (biggest crock of bull excrement I've ever heard in my life).

These are the same people who lost the Moon tapes too. Overwrote them by mistake taping old episodes of The Gong Show don't ya know! They're nothing if not consistent!
 

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Interesting...

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We should get back to where we were in the late 1960's in another 5 years or so. Too bad NASA 'lost' the technology they had back then. (biggest crock of bull excrement I've ever heard in my life).

These are the same people who lost the Moon tapes too. Overwrote them by mistake taping old episodes of The Gong Show don't ya know! They're nothing if not consistent!
How can they have lost the tech .... when the last Saturn 5 is still sitting outside the building .. intact!!! It's motors are still there. It's computers ... Christ, you could replace every computer they used for the entire Apollo mission with a modern phone and still have enough reserve computer cycles to play Candy Crush.
 

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"Something secret........"

Seemed a bit much just dumping a second-hand out there.

How much could have been learned from a simple satellite?

And what is the Galactic Federation going to say about this primitive piece of transport now littering their highways, for shits-and-giggles?

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Guys, you need to understand that although the Falcon Heavy is not as big as the Saturn 5, the major take-a-way from this launch is in the 27 motors they used in it's design, compared the five Saturn 5 had (does RAID have any meaning to you?). The most successful result of this test was the ability to coordinate those 27 engines to equalize thrust and to startup/shutdown them down simultaneously. Also the ability to reuse the boosters helps the bottom line.

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Guys, you need to understand that although the Falcon Heavy is not as big as the Saturn 5, the major take-a-way from this launch is in the 27 motors they used in it's design, compared the five Saturn 5 had (does RAID have any meaning to you?). The most successful result of this test was the ability to coordinate those 27 engines to equalize thrust and to startup/shutdown them down simultaneously. Also the ability to reuse the boosters helps the bottom line.

BF
This is true .. but given the advances in computers, synchronizing 27 motors really shouldn't be that great a challenge anymore. And that each core of 9 motors .... is only about equal to ONE of the Saturn's F5 earth shakers. That's a lot of extra failure points introduced. That all said ... word this morning is that they lost the middle core because they planned to land on 3 motors, and 2 of the three failed. While I understand the Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks analogy ... even a raid can only defend so far. SpaceX has said that the destruction of the rocket damaged 2 of the barge's thrusters. Could have been a lot worse. They're still not forthcoming with any pics or vid.

I just really really want Musk's team to build and fire one F5 using modern tech. Then let's see them slap 27 of those bad boy's together and see what they've got. Mars in a week ... yeah baby.
 

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