SpaceX - The Quest For Mars


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.



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.


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 or a piece of the faring floating past.

3rd phase are well known hoaxers.


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


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


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:


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


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


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


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.


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


Testing the Draco engines I think

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


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


Falcon Heavy, launch window tomorrow Tuesday, 0330-0730 GMT.

Those 27 engines are just nuts!


Falcon Heavy launched 24 satellites. Two side boosters recovered but centre core lost during landing – was considered risky because of higher speed reentry due to target orbit. Fairing was recovered for the first time.


Enjoy the Falcon Heavy launches while you can, my guess is we will see less than ten of them in total




SpaceX have started building prototypes of the Mars rocket in Texas

If I remember right the first full mission length burn on a test stand of the Merlin engine was in 2005, in 2006 the first Falcon 1 launched, they failed three times with the first success in 2008, the Raptor engine is now on the test stand but we still don’t know if they have completed a mission length test, the hover flights in Texas may be part of the engine testing, expect spectacular failures

So it looks to me that the Falcon Heavy will soon be obsolete, SpaceX 2006 was run on a shoestring, its different today, but of course the BFR is far bigger than the falcon 1, so the complexity/money problems may balance out, there are 6 FH launches listed until 2022 and after that it will be BFR all the way IMO

So Falcon Heavy and 9s days are numbered


Ok gotcha. No more launches 'cos there’s about to be something even bigger.


Photo of this week’s Falcon Heavy launch, side booster separation and booster returns. Don’t know if it’s a single long exposure or a composite, but it’s mindblowing anyway. Taken by Alex Brock.

Also pictured from SpaceX’s first nighttime launch was this “Falcon Nebula” created by the boostback burn.

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