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JCC The Official SpaceX Launch/Disaster Thread

Discussion in 'Community' started by Darth Valkyrus, Dec 21, 2015.

  1. Darth Valkyrus

    Darth Valkyrus Jedi Master star 4

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    This is SpaceX's return to flight after the CRS-7 disintegration in June.

    Live stream will be here:

     
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  2. VadersLaMent

    VadersLaMent Chosen One star 10

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    It involves a landing attempt too.
     
  3. Darth Valkyrus

    Darth Valkyrus Jedi Master star 4

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    Live stream has started.
     
  4. heels1785

    heels1785 JCC/PT/New Films Manager star 7 Staff Member Manager

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    Oh wow, perfect! Absolutely amazing.
     
  5. VadersLaMent

    VadersLaMent Chosen One star 10

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    Nice shot of the landing.

     
  6. Darth Punk

    Darth Punk Force Ghost star 6

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    Wouldn't it be amazing if it crash landed on that goat
     
  7. dp4m

    dp4m Chosen One star 10

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    My HS classmate is apparently one of the lead software engineers or something on this...
     
  8. heels1785

    heels1785 JCC/PT/New Films Manager star 7 Staff Member Manager

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    Prior to launch, one of the engineers said that the degree of difficulty of that landing was the equivalent of throwing a pencil, from the ground, over the Empire State Building, into a shoebox on the other side of the building - in gusting winds.

    It is a massive accomplishment.
     
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  9. Lord Vivec

    Lord Vivec Chosen One star 8

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    Yes, yes, but were they all wearing inoffensive shirts?
     
  10. Sarge

    Sarge Chosen One star 6

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    @heels#, of course the engineers said that. It's how they keep their reputations as miracle workers.
     
  11. Darth Valkyrus

    Darth Valkyrus Jedi Master star 4

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    SpaceX will launch Jason 3 from Vandenberg today, using the last Falcon 9 v1.1 first stage they have in stock (having moved to the v1.2). Launch is scheduled for 18:42 UTC (13:42 EST, 10:42 PST). After stage seperation, an attempt will be made to land the first stage on the drone ship Just Read the Instructions in the Pacific ocean.

    Live stream will be here:

     
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  12. Darth Valkyrus

    Darth Valkyrus Jedi Master star 4

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    Live stream is now live. About 20 minutes to launch.
     
  13. Darth Valkyrus

    Darth Valkyrus Jedi Master star 4

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    T-4 minutes.

    12 - 15 foot waves out in the ocean... the barge is moving quite a bit. The rocket might tip over...
     
  14. Darth Valkyrus

    Darth Valkyrus Jedi Master star 4

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    LIFTOFF!
     
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  15. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 9 Staff Member Administrator

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    Pretty good launch. Shame they lost the feed for the landing though.
     
  16. Darth Valkyrus

    Darth Valkyrus Jedi Master star 4

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    I've got a bad feeling about that lost video link. He said it's about 30 seconds to landing. Well close to 30 seconds later, a small amount of orange (the color of rocket exhaust flames) appeared in the middle of the screen indicating the rocket was right on top of the drone ship, and right then the video locked up.

    I have a bad feeling about why that might have been...
     
  17. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 9 Staff Member Administrator

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    Hopefully just the bad seas. Satellite links are pretty tricky if the thing the link is on is moving. I know when it's fairly windy here I have problems with my sat dish getting a signal due to the dish movement.

    Edit - friend is watching as well and he emailed me:

    They just said they did land on target, but landed hard, and broke one of the struts. They did not land upright, but more news in 15 minutes.
     
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  18. Darth Valkyrus

    Darth Valkyrus Jedi Master star 4

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    Update: Landing leg broke.

    Which means it probably fell over and exploded.
     
  19. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 9 Staff Member Administrator

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    Hopefully not..
     
  20. solojones

    solojones Chosen One star 9

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    I confess I'm not entirely sure why they've gone back to attempting to land at sea. I presume it's just the safety concerns with landing on land? At the same time, though, that's what wound up working....
     
  21. Darth Valkyrus

    Darth Valkyrus Jedi Master star 4

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    The launch window opens at 11:64 UTC. Or 18:46 EST, i.e. Cape Canaveral time.

    After stage separation, they will attempt to land the first stage on the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You, but their expectations are low. Due to the combination of a heavy satellite (about five and a half tons) and the need for a high energy state at stage separation (for a speedy transit to GTO) there will be considerably less fuel available for the boostback and landing burns. The rocket will be operating close to the limits of its capability during the landing attempt.

    The full livecast will be here:



    A technical webcast featuring just the rocket (no narration or scenes at SpaceX HQ with hosts etc.) will be here:

     
  22. Boba_Fett_2001

    Boba_Fett_2001 Force Ghost star 8

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    Perhaps you should make a dedicated space launch thread instead of making a new one every time.
     
  23. soitscometothis

    soitscometothis Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    They named the drone ship after a Culture GCU?

    Awesome.
     
  24. Darth Valkyrus

    Darth Valkyrus Jedi Master star 4

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    They named both of them after Culture ships. OCISLY is the Atlantic ocean ship, for launches from the Cape. The Pacific ocean ship they use for Vandenberg is named Just Read the Instructions.
     
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  25. Darth Valkyrus

    Darth Valkyrus Jedi Master star 4

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