- Last post
- 170 Responses
I won't be impressed until they get a Winnibego into space.
Tom Mueller explains Merlin rocket engine:
The picture on the left, showing four rather geeky young men in snazzy sweaters at the 1997 Polish National Maths Olympiad, became one of the biggest memes on the Polish internet a decade or so ago.
Now it turns out that one of the guys is an engineer at SpaceX who created the software for the Falcon Heavy launch.
Tomek Czajka: https://www.facebook.com/tomek.c…
- do not fuck with yayhoorayPeterPancake
- ^ This guy is now an international brainiac sex symbol while konik is nursing five STD's and living in his Merc. Who's the winner now?face_melter
- always mattyPeterPancake
- Math. Singular. Dammit!ArmandoEstrada
- Maths. Plural. As in, 'mathematics'.Continuity
Live view of StarMan
- HAHAHAHA DAMMITGM278
- QBN Jinx! Buy me a beer!GM278
- It'd be amusing/terrifying if in a couple of weeks the feed cut off for a second, then came back on and he wasn't there any more.detritus
- ^Or NASA puts a passenger in the car.GM278
- Yeah, Elon turns around and starts waving at the camera :)detritus
- ever notice all footage of space is using a fisheye lens? is the world flat? (jkjk)pockets
- Crazy cunts. Awesome!BusterBoy
- That’s like asking why does every landscape photographer use a wide angle lense?err
- hell yeah!GuyFawkes
Among MANY other things SpaceX got right with this, was the streaming broadcast, production, and how entertaining it all was. The little timeline along the youtube player was so simple, but really smart to do. Just watched it again, and FUCKING HELL THIS WAS COOL!
- Live views
- I bet this offsets Tesla’s carbon footprint. Seriously how much fuel was needed to get that in space. Doesn’t it cost like millions to get tiny satellites up?err
- you think the whole point of the launch was only to put a car into space? lolkona
- ^ That wasn't his point at all.Hayzilla
- apologies then. it was early and i should have read his comment twice.kona
- Live views
Even if they push $100M per FH launch, that makes it 10x cheaper than a launch of a single SLS.
there's only 7 tonnes difference in weight to orbit between them on a single flight, so for the cost of one SLS, we could get 600 tonnes to orbit.
That's components for a moonbase or moon orbiting/lagrangian point space station.
I can't wait to see what this, Blue Origin and China do in the next 20 years. Russia and Europe will stay Sciencey for too long whilst the rest of the world lunges forth and capitalises space.
- yeah. NASA and Euro can't take the same risks that happy-go-lucky billionaires and budget Asian space setups can. Also don't have the same revenue streamsFax_Benson
- NASA and Euro could take those risks (and used to)—we just live in a sappy pussified fucking world where the Gov's hands are tied leaving it to the priv. sectorPonyBoy
- they used to be able to justify the spend in cold war terms but can't get away with potentially blowing up $bns of taxpayer monies these days. or at leastFax_Benson
- that's the narrativeFax_Benson
- Exactly, fax - now the point is to let commerical interests pick up the reins and and use the tech. Just that the climate in the EU isn't as hungry as the USdetritus
- NASA still pushes boundaries where it can - just that these days they're not as comesmtically 'exciting' - supersonic parachutes and rocket descendersdetritus
- Unfortunately the US congress has bloated everything else though - just like Lockheed and BAE do elsewhere. Cunts.detritus
Has anyone noticed this? ....
- heavy metal fuck yeahGuyFawkes
- lol forgot about the South Park one .. good shitRamanisky2
- I thought this the moment I saw it. such a good filmmugwart
- lol...yup...was thinking the EXACT same thing :) grew up on that movie :)exador1
- Too bad that the most important and expensive portion of the rocket is lost.utopian
- Heard Musk say the centre core was being replaced anyway and the 2 boosters were more important. Possibly spin.BusterBoy
- They were all due to be retired before Block 5 cores come online - it was just the most important component to 'look at and check', not re-use.detritus
In about 30 years time, some alien cunt is going to rock up in this knackered Tesla, drop it off on the Whitehouse lawn with a note saying 'you left the keys in'.
Wow. Seeing those two boosters land at the same time was awe-inspiring.