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Discussion in 'Roadster' started by TEG, Feb 5, 2018.
Might launch Feb 6th?
WATCH LIVE: SpaceX launches the Falcon Heavy, the rocket that could go to Mars
I hope the Roadster will have a Dashcam!
This has been mentioned before, but this feels like the intro to the old sci-fi animation movie "Heavy Metal":
Maybe this: Jarred Land on Instagram: “We made a very special custom S35 low light sensor for a very special customer for use in outer space. Super sensitive ( 2 stops more…”
Link to (hopefully) Live Stream for launch:
Beautiful video. Think I got some sawdust in my eye while watching. And I haven't been near a saw since yesterday. Feel like I'm 12 again and dreaming about being an astronaut after visiting the Johnson Space Center and hearing a NASA employee say that my generation would be the first on Mars. They said the same thing about my 4-year-old's generation when we went back last year. Jerks.
Thanks for the link. I will be watching this.
Did the core make it or nah?
Hmmpf... last tweet was 17+ minutes ago; no word yet.
Curious, they keep saying the Roadster is in LEO. Presume another burn is needed to send to Mars? When?
When they hit perigee of the intended orbit. What ever adjustment you make here effects you on the opposite side.
So imagine a circle; if you're at 180* (bottom) and you want to make an adjustment to your altitude at 270* ( left side) you need to wait until you're at 90* (right side) once you get to the desired altitude at 270* in your circle you'd then burn fuel there and it would effect your altitude at 90* and you'd then make a perfect circle.
That's the basics of designing an orbit around a single body (earth) once you try to orbit the moon, mars, or the sun (independently of any other body) you get a little more complex. If you're a computer guy and have the time to play games, get Kerbal Space Program (KSP) I've literally wasted 20+ hours in a day playing it.
Tell me this doesn't look like ships about to colonize a new world.
Ah, of course.
It's a bit odd that they signed off so quickly, without waiting for the status of the core landing, and the second second stage burn. They always do that for the commercial launches.
I am both a sports car and hardcore aviation/aerospace enthusiast. Never did I expect that both my interest would be combined in to one singe event. So Cool!
The word epic is overused. But in this case it is appropriate. This was EPIC !
yes, apparently about 6 hours after launch. from an ars technica interview with Elon released today,
"After the launch and six-hour cruise, the Falcon Heavy’s upper stage will fire a third time to send the Tesla into a cycling orbit between Earth and Mars. This should take the Tesla out as far as the Martian orbit around the Sun, or even a bit further. Musk said the vehicle should get as far as 380 to 450 million km from Earth, depending on how the third burn goes."
Elon Musk says the Falcon Heavy has a 50-50 chance of success
Elon Musk on Twitter