Landing a Rocket on a Barge...Like a Boss.

Landing a Rocket on a Barge...Like a Boss.

Postby Spider » Tue Jan 06, 2015 3:12 am

So, this is supposed to be just about to happen. At least an attempt with a coin toss (on a good day) chance of success.

SpaceX, in its awesomeness, is going to try to land the first stage booster of its Station bound Falcon 9 launch this morning on a big autonomous barge out in the Atlantic:

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Its on the way,

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...and the Falcon 9 is fueling up:

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If anyone's awake to enjoy spaceflight insomnia theater, live stream can be seen here:

http://www.spacex.com/webcast/

Is this far too cool to possibly come to pass? Oh yes.
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Re: Landing a Rocket on a Barge...Like a Boss.

Postby Southern Dad » Tue Jan 06, 2015 5:09 am

SpaceX has a lot to win or lose by this success or failure.
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Re: Landing a Rocket on a Barge...Like a Boss.

Postby The Comrade » Tue Jan 06, 2015 5:22 am

delayed, and due to a technical problem. lame.
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Re: Landing a Rocket on a Barge...Like a Boss.

Postby Southern Dad » Tue Jan 06, 2015 5:23 am

Surely, you aren't surprised by a delay launching a rocket? I think it would be more of a surprise if they launched on time.
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Postby The Comrade » Tue Jan 06, 2015 5:24 am

why would it be more of a surprise? orion wasn't delayed, for example.
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Re: Landing a Rocket on a Barge...Like a Boss.

Postby Spider » Tue Jan 06, 2015 5:25 am

Meh. They'll have several attempts at this throughout the year. Looks like this launch is getting pushed back to Friday in any case. "Actuator drift" they say. I was pumped. :(

This is why I never made it down to watch a Shuttle launch. Probably get there just in time for an abort and wasted airfare.
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Re: Landing a Rocket on a Barge...Like a Boss.

Postby Southern Dad » Tue Jan 06, 2015 5:26 am

Launch is scrubbed.
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Postby Spider » Tue Jan 06, 2015 5:26 am

The Comrade wrote:why would it be more of a surprise? orion wasn't delayed, for example.


Ya it was. I stayed up to the wee hours to watch that one get aborted as well.
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Postby Spider » Sat Jan 10, 2015 4:08 am

That launch was sexy. :)

Awesome how they put cameras in the fuel tanks.
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Postby The Comrade » Sat Jan 10, 2015 4:11 am

i kind of had a WTF moment when it switched to the fuel tank. had no idea what was going on for a moment.

shame there wasn't any footage of the first stage landing, even if it wasn't totally successful.
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