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Welcome to the Era of Commercial Space Travel (No Explosions!)

NotASenatorNotASenator Registered User regular
edited June 2010 in Singularity Engine++
So, as you all are well aware (because you read up on a lot of science and space exploration news), President Obama has an eye towards taking the advice of the Augustine Commission and cancelling the Constellation project to return humans to the Moon and provide transit capability to the ISS. It was behind schedule and drastically over budget, and there was some concern that it might not even work.

Instead, we are going to task NASA with exploring deeper into our solar system with a new heavy lift system, and turn transit and cargo to LEO (low-Earth orbit) to commercial entities.

The most promising of these commercial ventures is SpaceX, founded by the guy who started Paypal.

They took a couple of shots at launching the Falcon 1, a light rocket, before finally getting it into orbit, and now they are taking the first crack at the Falcon 9, a heavy lift rocket. The first stage is a cluster of nine engines, a pretty complicated system that will provide lower risk (assuming it works).

They are aiming for a 1pm EST launch after a sizeable delay, and you can watch the stream here:
http://www.spacex.com/webcast.php

While this is part of a monumental moment in commercial space flight and a step closer to allowing you to get your ass to Mars, it's also very likely that the rocket will lift off a bit and then explode.

Nothing against SpaceX, but this is a first test flight of a new rocket, history is not on their side with this one.

So we will either see something awesome, or a new rocket taking off.


Here's the Falcon 1 taking off on it's successful launch:

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  • HunterHunter Chemist with a heart of Au Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    All I know is that Obama wants to conquer space for Mohammed and his islamites, and will use baby fetuses to fuel atheist rockets to do it.

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  • Grey GhostGrey Ghost Okay... This looks bad.Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Oh good, I was looking for a place to post this

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZ5sWfhkpE0

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  • RinderRinder Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    I'm just happy the space shuttle program has come to an end.
    Not as happy about budgeting uncertainty, but I enjoy seeing the private sector step up.
    I think the commercial prospects of space will get more public support.

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    -I am The Alpha and The Omega-
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  • WeaverWeaver From here, I can see nine realms.Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
  • ButtcleftButtcleft Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    where is this launching from

    that's it, I'm shutting this entire forum down, everyone thank buttcleft
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  • RinderRinder Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Buttcleft wrote: »
    where is this launching from

    Looks like Omelek Island in the Kwajalein Atoll.

    Edit: That was for Falcon 1 it seems. This one is at Cape Canaveral.

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  • ButtcleftButtcleft Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    So many Paypal/Rocket jokes to make.

    that's it, I'm shutting this entire forum down, everyone thank buttcleft
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  • NotASenatorNotASenator Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    There's a boat on the range causing a no-go at the moment.

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  • World as MythWorld as Myth Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    they are on a hold condition

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  • NotASenatorNotASenator Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
  • World as MythWorld as Myth Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    the hold counter stopped!

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  • NotASenatorNotASenator Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    They have a helicopter heading out to clear the sailboat out of danger.


    Hopefully with lasers.

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  • Wrench N RocketsWrench N Rockets Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    I wish the Venture Star program was never canceled, if only because of the engine they wanted to use.

    Liner Aerospike engine!
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/50/Twin_Linear_Aerospike_XRS-2200_Engine.jpg

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  • World as MythWorld as Myth Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    wahoo t- 14:28

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  • kaleeditykaleedity Sometimes science is more art than science Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    T- about 14m

    the timer's ticking down on the stream now.

    ed: abloobloobloo

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  • NotASenatorNotASenator Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Countdown restarted.

    Thanks, WaM

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  • Wrench N RocketsWrench N Rockets Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    My stream refuses to do anything.

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  • World as MythWorld as Myth Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    arrrrrrgh noooo not a meetinnnnng

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  • NotASenatorNotASenator Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    T - 10 minutes and counting down.

    GO FALCON 9.

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  • NotASenatorNotASenator Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    The rocket should take about 9 minutes to reach orbit if nothing goes wrong.

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  • Vargas PrimeVargas Prime King of Nothing Just a ShowRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    T-00:08:00

    exciting

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  • Wrench N RocketsWrench N Rockets Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Damn it I want a camera feed!

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  • World as MythWorld as Myth Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    dude I get all giddy whenever I can hear mission control talking

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  • SquallSquall hap cloud Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    gah the stream keeps timing out

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  • Wrench N RocketsWrench N Rockets Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Seriously what is this, the dark ages? Having to read updates.

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  • Vargas PrimeVargas Prime King of Nothing Just a ShowRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    It kept stalling on me at first, but now it seems to be stable.

    T-00:05:00

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  • Wrench N RocketsWrench N Rockets Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Only way this would be better is if a monkey was involved.

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  • ChicoBlueChicoBlue Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Oh my goodness.

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  • kaleeditykaleedity Sometimes science is more art than science Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    T-2:00

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  • Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood Floating. A Doll's House.Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    2 minutes to launch

    BUFFERING AAAAARGH

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  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    we find any hot alien chicks yet?

    STEAM
    Spoiler:
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  • SquallSquall hap cloud Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    buffering buffering buffering

    no text updates either

    stupid IE

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  • ChicoBlueChicoBlue Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Pip, HOLD MY HAND.

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  • ChicoBlueChicoBlue Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    ABORT

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  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    that's not your hand!

    STEAM
    Spoiler:
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  • Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood Floating. A Doll's House.Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    got disconnected from the stream entirely. this sucks, i really wanted to watch this :(

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  • RinderRinder Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Damnit.

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  • jackaljackal Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    blue balls

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  • ChicoBlueChicoBlue Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    It's okay, it didn't launch.

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  • SquallSquall hap cloud Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    this thread will be my real-time update source

    everyone, post more

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