SpaceX - The Quest For Mars


#422

Yes that looks exactly like lights from a town / city on the night side of the Earth as the Dragon approaches the station from below.


#423

Maybe someone has access to the right data and astronomy/space flight app to simulate and determine the earths location from this POV.

The quality of the video hampers close inspection. I’m not 100% sure but one light flash eminating from the dragon seems to reflect back, visually suggesting it’s a close proximity object behind it but it could also be an aretefact of the video compression at work creating a localized but false increase in the brightness momentarily.


#424

No.

Bollox. They declare variously that it could be USAF, but “definitely reverse-engineered alien technology”, and looks to be “100 yards long”. HTF do they know? HTF could you even speculate? There is no possible way of knowing how far away the “object” is, so any speculation as to size is rank bolloxology.

No.

A city, like everyone else said. Listen, if these pathetic eejits actually cared about what is really was, they’d give us the footage in context. The SpaceX coverage tells you minute by minute how far away the Dragon is. Once you know the distance, you should be able to work out how fast the Earth will appear to move underneath. And it is underneath – the Dragon approaches from below and the space station rotates once per orbit to keep its belly pointing at Earth. So we know for a fact that we are looking at the night side of the Earth. The ISS flies over 90% of the inhabited part of Earth. When a bunch of lights the colour of sodium street lamps passes by, it could be the USAF or aliens… but more likely these two conspiracy nuts are a pair of attention-seeking morons. As far as I can tell, the footage isn’t even from the most recent mission. It’s grabbed from the promotional insert at the start of this. The “aliens” (a.k.a street lights) pass by at 1:35.

Yeah but they conveniently omitted any context that would make that remotely possible.

The picture is way over-exposed. Any light flash is going to saturate it further. In any case, the light flash is toward you and they said themselves the object is behind the Dragon capsule. You wouldn’t expect any reflection. Especially because …

IT’S A CITY.


#425

It’s a city or a piece of the faring floating past.

3rd phase are well known hoaxers.


#426

Yep I can dig that, nor did I argue against it. It’s the best explanation I’ve seen anywhere.


#427

https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/1sPWuRLykou0gSXNyu6J6Q--~A/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjtzbT0xO3c9ODAw/https://media.zenfs.com/zh-tw/engadget_939/bacde9629cffa8383c82947df237d038

Interesting things happening in Texas, the Raptor engine must be finished and SpaceX are pushing hard on their Mars plans, the prototype Starship might do hover tests in March/April


#428

That rocket looks exactly like it’s out of a children’s book of rockets, I almost expected to see the “fairy” logo on the side. :laughing:


#429

Has space become so mundane that nobody even remarks on the first commercial Falcon Heavy, with three perfect booster landings? :whistle:


#430

3 outa 3 ain’t bad

They also recovered the fairings from the water and will reuse them again, so the only hardware not recoved was the second stage, the side boosters will be used again in June AFAIK

So the Falcon Heavy is now pretty much a completed job, the Dragon 2 will be done by the end of the year, so almost all SpaceX R&D will be focused on the BFR and BSF


#431

Looks like they damaged the centre core in high seas on the return to port, an expensive mistake


#432

A good week for SpaceX seems to have turned bad. After a spectacular Falcon Heavy launch with three successful booster landings, they broke one of them in half during transport. Now a test of the Crew Dragon capsule has blown up during an engine test, with likely repercussions for the timeline for manned flights.


#433

What was being tested or tested for exactly in that video?


#434

Testing the Draco engines I think

I can’t see them launching crew to the ISS this year :disappointed:


#435

Tonight SpaceX plan to launch the first satellites for their Starling system, 60 in one launch is impressive, Musk says that six more launches are needed for for initial activation, 12 for significant coverage, so by next year Starling could be generating significant revenue, maybe we should delay our broadband plans and see how this pans out