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SpaceX just landed an orbital rocket for the first time!

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Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 11:19 am     Super secret spam barrier
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Well they almost did it. Just one of the legs didn't lock so it kind of fell over...


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Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 11:29 am     Super secret spam barrier
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Well they almost did it. Just one of the legs didn't lock so it kind of fell over...


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then blew up. horrible shame as it actually successfully landed, that one bloody leg just didn't lock in place.


Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 12:16 pm     Super secret spam barrier
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Elon said they think it was ice buildup from the super-foggy launch that caused the leg latch to fail to lock. Still, it's good that it's another case where it's a small simple fix rather than some failure with the overall concept - next time add some heating elements!


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Time to resurrect this thread again... Space X are sending there dragon spacecraft on top of a Falcon 9 to the ISS today around 8:40 GMT, and then trying to land it on one of their drone ships. So either a big boom or a big moment for space x again tonight...


Posted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 5:36 pm     Super secret spam barrier
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21:43 UK launch time, launch will be webcast and hopefully landing the first stage on a barge! The camera feed from the barge will likely die just before touchdown (combination of ionisation from the rocket exhaust, and shaking the satfeed to buggery :v ), but reasonably chance of success and I imagine they'll backstream the footage as soon as it settles if they succeed.


Reddit thread with details and live updates: https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comment ... iscussion/
Webcast with commentary etc: https://youtube.com/watch?v=7pUAydjne5M
Webcast with only technical information, ground comms etc: https://youtube.com/watch?v=sh8V0COrrzE

They'll probably go live ~20mins before launch


Posted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 6:30 pm     Super secret spam barrier
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Should have mentioned, I'll probably commandeer a TS room for the launch and answer questions and provide explanation for anyone interested in following along.


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So yeah, SpaceX are bosses. Videos to follow :D


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Picture of the landed Falcon: https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hp ... e=578B15AD

Shot of the actual landing (35:51 incase it doesn't select the time properly):


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Mental stuff


Posted: Fri May 06, 2016 6:02 am     Super secret spam barrier
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They make it look easy... T-1m at 29m into the video, landing at 38m.



Bonus: at the moment of landing, the crowd thinks the rocket might have exploded for a second as the stream freezes with a blinding light... and then unfreezes with the rocket just sat there calm as f**k x'D


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