Will the Falcon Heavy fly this year? It could carry twice the payload of ULA’s Delta IV Heavy at a quarter of the price per launch, but it’s more complicated. Musk says getting it off the ground is proving “challenging” but it could launch in the autumn.
Anyone know how far in advance SpaceX nail down a launch date? (Obviously I understand everything is still subject to weather etc. up to the last second). Kennedy Space Center are still showing “TBD” for the August CRS-12 launch.
SpaceX would be icing on the cake, but I’m toying with the idea of lashing over to Cape Canaveral for the ULA launch on August 20, then back up to Tennessee for the solar eclipse on the 21st. I saw one shuttle launch in Florida in 1989, and I missed the 1999 eclipse in Ireland due to a business trip. Would be nice to relive both of them in one mad dash.
I remember the wall to wall coverage of the Voyager 2 flyby of Uranus and Neptune.
fast forward 8 years there was some coverage of the launch of cassini mission in 1997. the media goes cock-a-hoop over the end of the cassini mission when the craft plummets into the Saturnian atmosphere a whole 15 years after the great discoveries.
It is, and it looks like Blue Origin are their only serious competitors but they won’t reach orbit until 2020, and they seem to be having engine problems, I also expect them to have a few landing failures along the way like SpaceX
SpaceX are now bigger than ULA and dominate the US launch market, next they will dominate the world launch market, I would love to know what their profit per launch is, a while back one of the SpaceX investors said reading the SpaceX financials was like reading financial porn, and if I remember right that was before they perfected first stage reuse
But of course Musk is a scam artist and SpaceX will never reach Mars
Meet Mr Stevens:
Mr Stevens is a highly advanced and powerful boat, 35 kn top speed, capable of within 1 m station keeping in rough seas and has an advanced autopilot. It’s not confirmed, but the speculation is that SpaceX hangs a net between the 4 posts and uses the autopilot function on the ship to meet the falling fairing which is controlled by the steerable parachute to “catch” it prior to hitting the ocean.
The big catcher arms are fixed and don’t articulate.
SpaceX is very quiet about these attempts but its hard to hide a ship like Mr Stevens. The last attempt appeared unsuccessful but to paraphrase Elon if you’re not blowing up shit you’re not trying hard enough.
Otherwise, SpaceX had an amazing year with a 100% success rate of 18 launches and a 100% success rate for landing the 1st stages. They now have a storage problem of used boosters!
The Falcon Heavy which will attempt to Launch Elon’s Tesla Roadster into space will Launch likely in Jan 2018 but we may see it rolled out onto the pad before the end of the year.
As an aside Elon’s Roadster would only be the 4th EV launched into Space but it would be the 1st commercial EV (the other 3 Ev’s are still on the Moon).
Assuming no launch failures 2018 should be SpaceX’s best year. They alone will be responsible for almost 40% of the total launches by any entity next year.
A layman’s intro to SpaceX, followed by some interesting stuff about computational fluid dynamics. Specifically about applying wavelet compression on GPU hardware in modelling turbulence. They’re using it to look at combustion inside Merlin and Raptor engines, and shockwaves during atmospheric reentry.