SpaceX sticks the landing perfectly!

   #283  

Uwe

Benevolent Dictator
Staff member
Joined
Jan 29, 2014
Messages
32,689
Reaction score
23,316
Location
USA
VCDS Serial number
HC100001
the "Adama Maneuver" is now the semi official SpaceX name for the landing sequence
Are they working on FTL jumps too? And has Elon secured a supply of Tylium? :D

-Uwe-
 
   #284  

jyoung8607

FoRT
Verified
Joined
Feb 25, 2014
Messages
2,625
Reaction score
4,292
Location
Cincinnati, OH
VCDS Serial number
C?ID=25607
Are they working on FTL jumps too? And has Elon secured a supply of Tylium? :D

-Uwe-
FTL will take a while, but they may have to start working on mag catapults. The governments of Earth will not be happy when Elon declares independence of his Dogecoin-backed Mars colony, and he's going to need mass drivers along with a few squadrons of Vipers for combat air patrol. :D
 
   #285  

dieseldub

Verified VCDS User
Verified
Joined
Nov 7, 2017
Messages
117
Reaction score
156
Location
Bay Area, CA
VCDS Serial number
C?ID=28764
Holy crap, now there's a show I haven't thought about in a minute. That 'new' version of BSG was pretty entertaining to watch.

As for the SpaceX deal... that was absolutely surreal to watch. The maneuvers it did looked almost like CGI it was so wild. Hugely impressive the out of the box moonshots Musk directs his people to try and achieve. Truly.
 
   #286  

Uwe

Benevolent Dictator
Staff member
Joined
Jan 29, 2014
Messages
32,689
Reaction score
23,316
Location
USA
VCDS Serial number
HC100001
I missed this a couple of days ago, but it's very cool. There was no signal from the booster's on-board cameras during ascent, but (for the first time?) they had signal during the entire landing burn, right down to touch-down. The whole video is well over an hour long, but I think I've got it queued up at the right place here if you just click Play.


-Uwe-
 
   #287  

vreihen

Verified VCDS User
Verified
Joined
Sep 6, 2014
Messages
4,624
Reaction score
5,581
Location
The Land of OCC, NY, USA
VCDS Serial number
C?ID=31688
NASA and SpaceX just cleared Crew-2 for launch on (NET) 4/22. They are re-using the Dragon capsule "Endeavour" from Demo-2, and the flight-proven booster from Crew-1.

Speaking of Crew-1, they will tentatively splash down in their "Resilience" capsule on 4/28 somewhere off the coast of Florida, after a week of overlap with Crew-2. I wonder if they are going to handle the pleasure boat armada any better this time?????
 
   #288  

vreihen

Verified VCDS User
Verified
Joined
Sep 6, 2014
Messages
4,624
Reaction score
5,581
Location
The Land of OCC, NY, USA
VCDS Serial number
C?ID=31688
More news from NASA today. SpaceX was awarded the $2.9 Billion Artemis lunar lander contract! Musk bid a Starship-based lander, so let's keep an eye on Boca Chica.....
 
   #289  

Uwe

Benevolent Dictator
Staff member
Joined
Jan 29, 2014
Messages
32,689
Reaction score
23,316
Location
USA
VCDS Serial number
HC100001
SpaceX was awarded the $2.9 Billion Artemis lunar lander contract! Musk bid a Starship-based lander,
I guess NASA has faith that SpaceX will learn to land Starships in one piece! :D

-Uwe-
 
   #290  

Uwe

Benevolent Dictator
Staff member
Joined
Jan 29, 2014
Messages
32,689
Reaction score
23,316
Location
USA
VCDS Serial number
HC100001
People look at videos of the SpaceX Starship flying and attempting to land without realizing just how big it is. So someone made this picture to scale to put it in perspective:

6AXPNeQ.jpg


The Starship is no model rocket, boys and girls!

-Uwe-
 
   #291  

vreihen

Verified VCDS User
Verified
Joined
Sep 6, 2014
Messages
4,624
Reaction score
5,581
Location
The Land of OCC, NY, USA
VCDS Serial number
C?ID=31688
FYI, Crew-2 is now scheduled for 5:49 AM EDT tomorrow morning. Should be an interesting pre-sunrise spectacle from the Space Coast.....
 
  • Like
Reactions: Uwe
   #292  

vreihen

Verified VCDS User
Verified
Joined
Sep 6, 2014
Messages
4,624
Reaction score
5,581
Location
The Land of OCC, NY, USA
VCDS Serial number
C?ID=31688
While not SpaceX, it seems like an appropriate place to say RIP to Michael Collins...the only human who was NOT watching the video of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon...because Apollo 11 capsule he was orbiting the moon in didn't have a TV screen.....
 
   #293  

Uwe

Benevolent Dictator
Staff member
Joined
Jan 29, 2014
Messages
32,689
Reaction score
23,316
Location
USA
VCDS Serial number
HC100001
Today, Starship SN 15 "Stuck the Landing!"

There was a low cloud layer, and the video downlink froze often, but they did it. :thumbs:


There was a small fire at the base of the rocket for a while, but as of this writing, they look to have gotten it fully de-tanked without RUD.

My untrained eyes say they did the flip at slightly higher altitude than on previous attempts, and kept two engines lit during the whole landing.

-Uwe-
 
Last edited:
   #294  

Uwe

Benevolent Dictator
Staff member
Joined
Jan 29, 2014
Messages
32,689
Reaction score
23,316
Location
USA
VCDS Serial number
HC100001
Yesterday's Falcon 9 Starlink launch has some really spectactular views from the on-board cameras starting about 1 minute into the flight:


They stuck that landing too, but that's more-or-less expected from a Falcon 9 booster these days. :)

-Uwe-
 
   #295  

vreihen

Verified VCDS User
Verified
Joined
Sep 6, 2014
Messages
4,624
Reaction score
5,581
Location
The Land of OCC, NY, USA
VCDS Serial number
C?ID=31688
There was a small fire at the base of the rocket for a while, but as of this writing, they look to have gotten it fully de-tanked without RUD.

My $0.02 is that they need to lose the "Buck Rogers" skirting around the engines, and consider longer legs with a wider stance. The skirting and short legs provide a place for unburned fuel vapor to collect, and trap the heat/flames bouncing up from the landing pad right before touchdown. It also looked like the engine gimbals got a serious workout right before touchdown.

Since there was no RUD or "crater in the right place" this time, I'd call SN15 a success.....
 
  • Like
Reactions: Uwe
   #296  

DV52

Verified VCDS User
Verified
Joined
May 16, 2014
Messages
4,270
Reaction score
4,812
Location
Melbourne, Australia
VCDS Serial number
C?ID=194404
My $0.02 is that they need to lose the "Buck Rogers" skirting around the engines, and consider longer legs with a wider stance. The skirting and short legs provide a place for unburned fuel vapor to collect, and trap the heat/flames bouncing up from the landing pad right before touchdown. It also looked like the engine gimbals got a serious workout right before touchdown.

Since there was no RUD or "crater in the right place" this time, I'd call SN15 a success.....
@vreihen : I agree with that losing the "Buck Rogers" skirting might help - but notwithstanding the latest Starship success, I still think that the landing experience of SpaceX passengers is likely to be the same as "Major Kong" !!

I suggest that you don't book a ticket on the first commercial flight, just yet!!:cool:

v2MvJX.gif


Don
 
Top