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"Nominal" seems to underplays success in the same way that "anomaly" underplays disaster; as in the Crew Dragon suffering an "anomaly" during test firing on the ground on Friday:

Space X won't confirm the severity of the incident but all reports are of catastrophic failure :(

The next flight was going to be manned I think.

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I made a rocket like SN8 when I was about ten years old.  I can understand why SpaceX may be having a few problems today.  I had terrible trouble getting the tin foil to stick to the cardboard tube.

Not sure if anyone else interested in this sort of thing, but in about 30 mins there's a live launch here: http://www.ulalaunch.com/webcast.aspx  

As seen here in this uninterrupted footage from somebody on the ground with an LX200 and some nice tracking software. It's an incredible feat.  The little detail (from the press conference) that

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1 hour ago, Paul M said:

"Nominal" seems to underplays success in the same way that "anomaly" underplays disaster; as in the Crew Dragon suffering an "anomaly" during test firing on the ground on Friday:

Space X won't confirm the severity of the incident but all reports are of catastrophic failure :(

The next flight was going to be manned I think.

The report on the BBC website says ' Images of smoke coming from the space capsule have been circulating on social media.'

I think that was a tad more severe?

Good job it was a test not a mission.

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11 hours ago, JamesF said:

Apparently NASA has proposed using a "railgun" type technology to launch vehicles:

https://www.universetoday.com/73536/nasa-considering-rail-gun-launch-system-to-the-stars/

James

Its amazing that "Fireball XL5" had the right idea all those years ago :D

I  dont know the exact figures but a very large proportion of a rockets fuel is used up just getting it to Mak 1.....

Alan

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The ideas are not new Nasa even experimented with a large "Gun" ("Verrnie") and even an "Elevator".

The "AltonTowers " rig still depends on Scram jets working - hence why the USA is pouring more money into Sabre than the UK does and all the engine testing is in the US.

As for the "balloon" - I think Helium has far better uses in medicine(MRI scanner) and it drives me mad that we just let it be used for kids/party toy balloon. Oh and before some one say's it - it costs 10,000 times more to create industrial Helium and cannot be produced by chemical reaction.

If SciFi inventions come from films/Cartoons then you just need anti gravity paint "Cavorite" - look up "First Men in the Moon" LOL

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7 minutes ago, stash_old said:

If SciFi inventions come from films/Cartoons then you just need anti gravity paint "Cavorite" - look up "First Men in the Moon" LOL

I think they sell it in B&Q :grin:

Dave

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I tuned in just in time to watch that launch. Unfortunately it got scrubbed at about T-12  due to issues with the drone ship off shore.

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I was checking on the upcoming launches, hoping to make a mad dash over to the Cape. 

Both SpaceX and Boeing have manned launches scheduled for this November.

There is one set for tomorrow morning around 5:30 to 6:00 am. Dont know if I can work it out with our baby sitting a few more days before school.

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58 minutes ago, Astroscot2 said:

Well done Space X with the successful test of the starhopper - loving the progress Space X are making …,

 

Regards

Mark

Was great to watch! Especially after the scrub at T+.8 the day before.

I don't know why but somehow the Starhopper launch felt even more exciting than a full scale launch - I think its the fact that it was quite raw, I had been watching a live feed from a few km away and seeing cranes moving around, bits getting taken off and put back together really drove home how experimental and unknown alot of this tech still is.

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I found I only really got an idea of the scale of the vehicle when it landed.  At the start it just looked like a dustbin with fins.  Once it had landed and there were other objects to compare it to, my error became obvious :)

James

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