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    BMS_a035 error

    Yup, I just got the same fix for the same error. In my case, the BMS_a035 error popped up as we were rolling away from a 250kw SC session (20->94%). Called roadside, they said they should tow the car to the nearest Service Center. As we were on a road trip hundreds of miles from home with...
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    SpaceX F9 - DART - SLC-4E

    Here, Scott says he calculated 7Gs towards the end of the 2nd stage burn. That is one heck of a kick...
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    SpaceX F9 - DART - SLC-4E

    Seeing this in-person blew my mind. That condensation cloud going across the frame is from one’s agape mouth that is entirely unable to produce a sound in reaction to the event that is unfolding… This was an amazing full-body experience, I wish it on everyone here!
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    SpaceX F9 - DART - SLC-4E

    T-60 minutes and it’s quite the scene at the closest vieing point. North of a hundred cars and increasing.
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    SpaceX F9 - DART - SLC-4E

    Got there at T-3 hours. Already a few cars. There is a light marine layer, hopefully not enough to obscure the view. The sound should not have a problem with that.
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    Science implications of Starship (and Starlink) in space and on Earth

    This is another great, long piece by Casey, but well worth the read. We already knew that launch costs was not the major line item in a science mission (see James Webb, going on $9bn). What I failed to realize fully until now is how the removal of size, mass and launch cadence constraints that...
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    SpaceX F9 - DART - SLC-4E

    NASA says weather is 90% go. Backup window is 100% go. https://blogs.nasa.gov/dart/2021/11/21/weather-90-go-for-dart/
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    Vandenberg launch viewing recommendations

    Ocean and Renwick seems to be the spot, especially when going for the first time. Need to get there early though. I think for a second launch (once you've had the close by experience) I would go for one of the positions where see the top of it on the pad. I remember reading how people were...
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    SpaceX F9 - DART - SLC-4E

    I'm excited. Am booked to go see it in person!
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    SpaceX F9 - Crew 3 - LC-39A

    Lines up with those weather forecasts.
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    SpaceX F9 - Starlink V1.5 - 4-4 - SLC-4E

    Are you thinking this month’s DART launch out of Vandy is also not solid?
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    SpaceX F9 - Crew 3 - LC-39A

    Never have the fish.
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    New Charity Bet: Date of first time Starship reaches orbit.

    Yeah, but "pending regulatory approval" may end up doing way more work than we all want in that phrase... Sadly. Am still rooting for you @Cosmacelf !
  14. e-FTW

    NASA wants a new Astrovan!

    Rich Rebuilds needs to do this! Shame he's not around here anymore. https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/09/nasa-seeks-a-new-ride-for-astronauts-to-the-artemis-launch-pad/
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    New Charity Bet: Date of first time Starship reaches orbit.

    Definitely. There is likely going to be more things in the way after these 30 days, even if the outcome is a green light.
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    New Charity Bet: Date of first time Starship reaches orbit.

    Based on this, looks like Ben W has the lead. 30 day of public comments starts now:
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    SpaceX F9 - Starlink V1.5 - 2-1 - SLC-4E

    Whoa! I totally blanked out: this was a tenth flight! Second booster to do it!
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    Wiki Falcon Super Heavy/Starship - General Development Discussion

    Scott with the answers, as is often the case: Can The Human Body Handle Rotating Artificial Gravity?
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    Vandenberg launch viewing recommendations

    Might be a bit late for sunset light to reflect off it. We shall see! Anyone going tonight? Post pics! Report back on good viewing spots!
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    SpaceX F9 - Starlink V1.5 - 2-1 - SLC-4E

    They fly south. Southern California usually gets a show. But am told even farther north like the Bay Area will be able to see it, if one finds a clear line of sight to SSE. I was so pumped to go and see this one, but alas it will have to wait. My one and only viewing of a launch was from the...
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    Watch: SpaceX to Launch First Flight Crewed by Private Citizens - I4 Launch Thread

    https://spaceexplored.com/2021/09/03/spacex-inspiration-4-apple-watch-iphone-ipad/
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    Wiki Falcon Super Heavy/Starship - General Development Discussion

    Saw that SpaceX wants to get a Boring Co. tunnel done in Boca Chica to provide an alternative route to the beach for the numerous times when they will need to close the road to move a rocket. IANAE but tunnels in what looks like very wet, very low, very flood-able areas seems problematic. I mean...
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    Wiki Falcon Super Heavy/Starship - General Development Discussion

    That is some serious hardware.
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    Blue Origin: Future Plans

    Project Jarvis showing off. Just Accept Reality Vigorously Imitate SpaceX https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/08/first-images-of-blue-origins-project-jarvis-test-tank/
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    SpaceX F9 - Starlink V1.5 - 2-1 - SLC-4E

    3 weeks would move it out of that vacation I have planned, in not-Vandy's-direction...
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    SpaceX SSTV - Experimental Orbital Launch - Starbase LC-1

    4-20 going up! ...hopefully NOT in smoke.
  27. e-FTW

    SpaceX F9 Mission Delivers Science Gear, Fresh Fruit to ISS - CRS-23 Launch Thread

    Oh, so that is not what Nauka was attempting to do to the ISS?
  28. e-FTW

    Details about Netflix Inspiration 4 series

    I tend to agree that no matter how much spin and donation tie-ins you add, this is still just about rich people (and select guests) going to space/depth of the oceans/Everest/<insert location access money can buy> because they can. Nothing wrong with that, happens all the time.
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    New Charity Bet: Date of first time Starship reaches orbit.

    Losing a Starship is almost secondary at this point, it's "only" 6 engines. Losing the 29 on SH is the big deal imho. I assume BN5 and SN21 are not far behind, but the real currency right now are engines.
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    SpaceX acquires Swarm Technologies

    Maybe this acquisition will lead to that smaller Starlink user terminal. I mean look at that VHF antenna and modem: https://swarm.space/swarm-tile/
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    SpaceX acquires Swarm Technologies

    That sure looks complementary to Starlink, even though the press release makes it sound like SpaceX acquired the talent first.
  32. e-FTW

    SpaceX acquires Swarm Technologies

    I can't find it anymore, but an article mentioned how Swarm saw themselves competing with Cellular/5G. Would that just be for IoT devices?
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    New Charity Bet: Date of first time Starship reaches orbit.

    Elon must want me to win. Am sure that’s it. https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/08/with-a-single-photo-spacex-sent-a-not-so-subtle-message-to-faa-regulators/
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    SpaceX F9 - Starlink V1.5 - 2-1 - SLC-4E

    Now back to just "August".
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    SpaceX F9 - Starlink V1.5 - 2-1 - SLC-4E

    Still seems in flux. SFN does not have the actual launch window, just a date so not sure how reliable this is for planning for now. https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/
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    Wiki Falcon Super Heavy/Starship - General Development Discussion

    Still needs a skirt, which is going to be interesting. Just like when I made my own SH in Simple Rockets 2 last year, see the arrow pointing at the problem (old design, I know):
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    Wiki Falcon Super Heavy/Starship - General Development Discussion

    Another picture that feels like it is Sci-Fi in real life:
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    NASA selects SpaceX Starship system to land on moon

    Also, I don't think hatch height is such a great differentiator. Apollo LM's was 11.5 feet up, so... And I should get out of this rat-hole, but I could not help but enjoy my time down here (yes, they considered using a rope)...
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    NASA selects SpaceX Starship system to land on moon

    Sigh... https://blueorigin.com/blue-moon/national-team… They can't even attack right (if they had used the correct scale, they would have made a stronger point imho):
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    Wiki Falcon Super Heavy/Starship - General Development Discussion

    Probably why approvals are going to take some time. SpaceX clearly putting the pressure on, but still: imagine the shockwave just a launch will cause. And well if it blows, I might feel it from here… https://apple.news/A6HkXjm9DRpSpQiMwtcgSwg
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    Canadian CHAdeMO charging

    That is great news. Pretty sure Québec‘s Circuit Électrique had some pretty strong lobbying from Nissan at the inception and it was all CHAdeMO then. Hope they can get out of that.
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    Canadian CHAdeMO charging

    So are networks like Circuit Électrique still pushing CHAdeMO? If so, will they reconsider based on the recent news that CCS is taking over? Time to retire the Beta tapes...
  43. e-FTW

    SpaceX F9 - Starlink V1.5 - 2-1 - SLC-4E

    I may have preemptively booked a few hotel nights...
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    SpaceX F9 - Starlink V1.5 - 2-1 - SLC-4E

    SFN has this listed NET 8/10. And they call it Starlink 2-1. It's ON! West Coast launches restart!
  45. e-FTW

    Hidden hitch-compatible aftermarket rear diffuser?

    Well, there is this stick-on option: Tesla Model 3 Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser Not that aggressive, but I‘m a classy guy, maybe that would be enough.
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    NASA selects SpaceX Starship system to land on moon

    Bezos offering to invest $2B to get the contract… Why did he not do that at the outset? This was not supposed to cost you nothing Jeff… https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/07/bezos-says-he-is-now-willing-to-invest-in-a-moon-lander-heres-why/
  47. e-FTW

    Hidden hitch-compatible aftermarket rear diffuser?

    I am about to install a Stealth Hitch on my 2018 Model 3. And I've always said that if I ever replace anything on my cars, I would do so with an upgraded part, and not just the OEM stuff. Well, in order for me to get the hitch access panel that the 2019+ OEM diffuser has (to access the hitch) I...
  48. e-FTW

    Other makes charging on a Tesla supercharger

    Is that a mod strikethrough? Did I cross (no pun) a line I am not aware of? If so my apologies.
  49. e-FTW

    1up USA Bike Rack

    FYI: I got to order mine last week, at about exactly 4 weeks after getting on the wait list and they just shipped it to me, arrives in a week. Their site said 6-8 weeks total, so well done 1UP! Am very happy to be in a position to buy American and keep people employed here. A nice little video...

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