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Narwhal's Triumphant Return [Spaceflight & Exploration] Thread

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  • BeNarwhalBeNarwhal The Work Left Unfinished Registered User regular
    Okay, here we go: 12:45pm Pacific, 3:45pm Eastern, 2045 UTC. It's then or tomorrow at this point, but for now the clock is progressing, and we are




    T-~2 hours to launch :biggrin:

    Narwhal I think you should make "Sometimes while someone is explaining something to me, I am thinking about rockets" your signature
  • BeNarwhalBeNarwhal The Work Left Unfinished Registered User regular
    Launch auto-sequence initiated! 12:45pm Pacific, 3:45pm Eastern, 2045 UTC is the official T=0, no constraints (i.e. winds are calm) at the moment, will continued to be monitored as the countdown progresses!

    Here we maybe go! :D

    Narwhal I think you should make "Sometimes while someone is explaining something to me, I am thinking about rockets" your signature
  • SummaryJudgmentSummaryJudgment Today we will paint a mountain that owes us nothing. Registered User regular
    BeNarwhal wrote: »
    Launch auto-sequence initiated! 12:45pm Pacific, 3:45pm Eastern, 2045 UTC is the official T=0, no constraints (i.e. winds are calm) at the moment, will continued to be monitored as the countdown progresses!

    Here we maybe go! :D

    SCIENCEEEEEEEEEEE

    "Will you keep working on it?" asked Man.

    The Cosmic AC said, "I WILL."

    Man said, "We shall wait."
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  • SummaryJudgmentSummaryJudgment Today we will paint a mountain that owes us nothing. Registered User regular
    Is the only payload his car / are these boosters intended to land like the others?

    "Will you keep working on it?" asked Man.

    The Cosmic AC said, "I WILL."

    Man said, "We shall wait."
  • Gennenalyse RuebenGennenalyse Rueben Registered User regular
    All three first stage boosters are planned to land, yes. Dunno if there's another payload besides the car but I doubt it.

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  • BeNarwhalBeNarwhal The Work Left Unfinished Registered User regular
    Is the only payload his car / are these boosters intended to land like the others?

    Only payload is the car (with some extra cameras on it for fun), purely a "mock" payload, though. No scientific value, etc. Just testing the launch vehicle.

    Side boosters will return to land and set down at Landing Zone 1, the middle booster will land downrange on Of Course I Still Love You.

    The second stage will finish the burn into orbit, then do an experimental "long" (6 hour) coast (to prove to the Air Force that they can do direct to geosynchronous orbit launches) before performing its final burn on its way to the final heliocentric orbit :)

    Narwhal I think you should make "Sometimes while someone is explaining something to me, I am thinking about rockets" your signature
  • BremenBremen Registered User regular
    edited February 6
    Satellites cost a lot of money. Companies are unlikely to pay to put an actual payload in an untested rocket with a relatively high probability of exploding.

    Which is probably the only reason it has a Tesla in it as a joke, admittedly. Even Elon Musk isn't that rich.

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  • BeNarwhalBeNarwhal The Work Left Unfinished Registered User regular
    Bremen wrote: »
    Satellites cost a lot of money. Companies are unlikely to pay to put an actual payload in an experimental test rocket with a relatively high probability of exploding.

    Which is probably the only reason it has a Tesla in it as a joke, admittedly. Even Elon Musk isn't that rich.

    Yeah, he basically said the typical mock payloads (non-descript blocks of steel or lead) were "boring", so they spiced it up just a bit with the Roadster. Probably cheaper than the solid block of metal, frankly! :P

    Narwhal I think you should make "Sometimes while someone is explaining something to me, I am thinking about rockets" your signature
  • BeNarwhalBeNarwhal The Work Left Unfinished Registered User regular
    Launch Director verifies GO for propellant load, RP-1 (kerosene) is being loaded onto the 3 boosters at this time!

    Narwhal I think you should make "Sometimes while someone is explaining something to me, I am thinking about rockets" your signature
  • SniperGuySniperGuy Also known as Dohaeris Registered User, ClubPA regular
    BeNarwhal wrote: »
    Bremen wrote: »
    Satellites cost a lot of money. Companies are unlikely to pay to put an actual payload in an experimental test rocket with a relatively high probability of exploding.

    Which is probably the only reason it has a Tesla in it as a joke, admittedly. Even Elon Musk isn't that rich.

    Yeah, he basically said the typical mock payloads (non-descript blocks of steel or lead) were "boring", so they spiced it up just a bit with the Roadster. Probably cheaper than the solid block of metal, frankly! :P

    Well now I want to see more creative payloads. A mesh bag full of rubber bouncy balls. Just like 5 cows. Turn the entire payload bay into a ball pit. An assortment of mannequins made out of ballistic gel.

    (Also I'm half and half on wanting to see this car explode and wanting it to be in space forever)

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  • BeNarwhalBeNarwhal The Work Left Unfinished Registered User regular
    SniperGuy wrote: »
    BeNarwhal wrote: »
    Bremen wrote: »
    Satellites cost a lot of money. Companies are unlikely to pay to put an actual payload in an experimental test rocket with a relatively high probability of exploding.

    Which is probably the only reason it has a Tesla in it as a joke, admittedly. Even Elon Musk isn't that rich.

    Yeah, he basically said the typical mock payloads (non-descript blocks of steel or lead) were "boring", so they spiced it up just a bit with the Roadster. Probably cheaper than the solid block of metal, frankly! :P

    Well now I want to see more creative payloads. A mesh bag full of rubber bouncy balls. Just like 5 cows. Turn the entire payload bay into a ball pit. An assortment of mannequins made out of ballistic gel.

    (Also I'm half and half on wanting to see this car explode and wanting it to be in space forever)

    As long as the rocket clears the launchpad, I'm really down for anything happening today

    A perfectly nominal launch would be great, but a fireball like a mile up would also be pretty cool :P

    Narwhal I think you should make "Sometimes while someone is explaining something to me, I am thinking about rockets" your signature
  • SnicketysnickSnicketysnick The Greatest Hype Man in WesterosRegistered User regular
    Part of me is wondering if they will use that mannequin for a "free" vacuum test of the beta spacesuit, depending on how cheap a telemetry/aerial package is. Or maybe it's just dress up.

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  • VishNubVishNub Registered User regular
    Is there a stream or something I could watch around launch time?

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  • SnicketysnickSnicketysnick The Greatest Hype Man in WesterosRegistered User regular
    this ain't live for a while yet, but should be here when it is

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  • Gennenalyse RuebenGennenalyse Rueben Registered User regular
    SniperGuy wrote: »
    BeNarwhal wrote: »
    Bremen wrote: »
    Satellites cost a lot of money. Companies are unlikely to pay to put an actual payload in an experimental test rocket with a relatively high probability of exploding.

    Which is probably the only reason it has a Tesla in it as a joke, admittedly. Even Elon Musk isn't that rich.

    Yeah, he basically said the typical mock payloads (non-descript blocks of steel or lead) were "boring", so they spiced it up just a bit with the Roadster. Probably cheaper than the solid block of metal, frankly! :P

    Well now I want to see more creative payloads. A mesh bag full of rubber bouncy balls. Just like 5 cows. Turn the entire payload bay into a ball pit. An assortment of mannequins made out of ballistic gel.

    (Also I'm half and half on wanting to see this car explode and wanting it to be in space forever)

    I know SpaceX has done creative mock-payloads in the past. I think their first Dragon capsule to reach the ISS was carrying a giant cheese wheel?

    BeNarwhalElvenshae
  • BeNarwhalBeNarwhal The Work Left Unfinished Registered User regular
    Thanks @Snicketysnick <3

    That is indeed the official live stream, it will go live 15 - 20 minutes prior to launch. We are currently T-70 minutes, propellant loading is underway!

    Narwhal I think you should make "Sometimes while someone is explaining something to me, I am thinking about rockets" your signature
  • ZibblsnrtZibblsnrt Registered User regular
    SniperGuy wrote: »
    BeNarwhal wrote: »
    Bremen wrote: »
    Satellites cost a lot of money. Companies are unlikely to pay to put an actual payload in an experimental test rocket with a relatively high probability of exploding.

    Which is probably the only reason it has a Tesla in it as a joke, admittedly. Even Elon Musk isn't that rich.

    Yeah, he basically said the typical mock payloads (non-descript blocks of steel or lead) were "boring", so they spiced it up just a bit with the Roadster. Probably cheaper than the solid block of metal, frankly! :P

    Well now I want to see more creative payloads. A mesh bag full of rubber bouncy balls. Just like 5 cows. Turn the entire payload bay into a ball pit. An assortment of mannequins made out of ballistic gel.

    (Also I'm half and half on wanting to see this car explode and wanting it to be in space forever)

    One of the Falcon 9 test payloads was a few hundred kilograms of cheese. It's not five cows, but you could spin it as a percentage of a few cows...

    BeNarwhalElvenshaeBrody
  • DoodmannDoodmann Registered User regular
    SniperGuy wrote: »
    BeNarwhal wrote: »
    Bremen wrote: »
    Satellites cost a lot of money. Companies are unlikely to pay to put an actual payload in an experimental test rocket with a relatively high probability of exploding.

    Which is probably the only reason it has a Tesla in it as a joke, admittedly. Even Elon Musk isn't that rich.

    Yeah, he basically said the typical mock payloads (non-descript blocks of steel or lead) were "boring", so they spiced it up just a bit with the Roadster. Probably cheaper than the solid block of metal, frankly! :P

    Well now I want to see more creative payloads. A mesh bag full of rubber bouncy balls. Just like 5 cows. Turn the entire payload bay into a ball pit. An assortment of mannequins made out of ballistic gel.

    (Also I'm half and half on wanting to see this car explode and wanting it to be in space forever)

    I would like the launch to go perfectly and then have the car explode for seperate/unrealated reasons. Or immediately get hit by a meteor or something.

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  • BeNarwhalBeNarwhal The Work Left Unfinished Registered User regular
    Doodmann wrote: »
    SniperGuy wrote: »
    BeNarwhal wrote: »
    Bremen wrote: »
    Satellites cost a lot of money. Companies are unlikely to pay to put an actual payload in an experimental test rocket with a relatively high probability of exploding.

    Which is probably the only reason it has a Tesla in it as a joke, admittedly. Even Elon Musk isn't that rich.

    Yeah, he basically said the typical mock payloads (non-descript blocks of steel or lead) were "boring", so they spiced it up just a bit with the Roadster. Probably cheaper than the solid block of metal, frankly! :P

    Well now I want to see more creative payloads. A mesh bag full of rubber bouncy balls. Just like 5 cows. Turn the entire payload bay into a ball pit. An assortment of mannequins made out of ballistic gel.

    (Also I'm half and half on wanting to see this car explode and wanting it to be in space forever)

    I would like the launch to go perfectly and then have the car explode for seperate/unrealated reasons. Or immediately get hit by a meteor or something.

    Okay no wait THIS is the ideal outcome! :P

    Narwhal I think you should make "Sometimes while someone is explaining something to me, I am thinking about rockets" your signature
  • AthenorAthenor Who needs lions when you have a battlecruiser? Registered User regular
    I love the Everyday Astronaut guy.

    He's gone live with his broadcast from 3 miles away from the launch pad.

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  • BeNarwhalBeNarwhal The Work Left Unfinished Registered User regular
    Athenor wrote: »
    I love the Everyday Astronaut guy.

    He's gone live with his broadcast from 3 miles away from the launch pad.


    He's great, he and Scott Manley are great at putting sometimes-complicated rocketry stuff into simple and understandable terms :)

    Narwhal I think you should make "Sometimes while someone is explaining something to me, I am thinking about rockets" your signature
    ZibblsnrtElvenshae
  • BeNarwhalBeNarwhal The Work Left Unfinished Registered User regular
    T - 1 hour, countdown is (finally!) progressing nominally :)

    Narwhal I think you should make "Sometimes while someone is explaining something to me, I am thinking about rockets" your signature
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  • SealSeal Registered User regular
    Oh boy!

  • AthenorAthenor Who needs lions when you have a battlecruiser? Registered User regular
    Tim Dodd appears to have gotten a HELL of a good viewing site.

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  • BeNarwhalBeNarwhal The Work Left Unfinished Registered User regular
    Next milestone will be LOX loading, which should start in ~5 minutes!

    Narwhal I think you should make "Sometimes while someone is explaining something to me, I am thinking about rockets" your signature
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  • BeNarwhalBeNarwhal The Work Left Unfinished Registered User regular
    LOX load has started, the countdown continues to progress nominally to a launch at 45 minutes past the hour! <3

    Narwhal I think you should make "Sometimes while someone is explaining something to me, I am thinking about rockets" your signature
    Zibblsnrt
  • BeNarwhalBeNarwhal The Work Left Unfinished Registered User regular
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    Narwhal I think you should make "Sometimes while someone is explaining something to me, I am thinking about rockets" your signature
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  • AthenorAthenor Who needs lions when you have a battlecruiser? Registered User regular
    If this meeting screws me...

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  • BeNarwhalBeNarwhal The Work Left Unfinished Registered User regular
    Athenor wrote: »
    If this meeting screws me...

    For the next ~hour you are on strike

    Tell them the President called and said he needed you

    The President of the United States, I mean

    Narwhal I think you should make "Sometimes while someone is explaining something to me, I am thinking about rockets" your signature
  • TraceTrace GNU Terry Pratchett; GNU Gus; GNU Carrie Fisher; GNU Adam We Registered User regular
    BeNarwhal wrote: »
    Athenor wrote: »
    If this meeting screws me...

    For the next ~hour you are on strike

    Tell them the President called and said he needed you

    The President of the United States, I mean

    not

    not the best example here maybe

    President of Sweden would be better probably

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  • BeNarwhalBeNarwhal The Work Left Unfinished Registered User regular
    Just under T-30 minutes, and the livestream has started playing SpaceX Radio!:

    Narwhal I think you should make "Sometimes while someone is explaining something to me, I am thinking about rockets" your signature
    ZibblsnrtElvenshae
  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    King Carl Gustaf probably does want you to watch this

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  • BeNarwhalBeNarwhal The Work Left Unfinished Registered User regular
    King Carl Gustaf probably does want you to watch this

    I only answer to one monarch, and she's very old and probably not aware that this is even going on today! :P

    Narwhal I think you should make "Sometimes while someone is explaining something to me, I am thinking about rockets" your signature
  • BeNarwhalBeNarwhal The Work Left Unfinished Registered User regular
    The webcast is LIVE!:

    Narwhal I think you should make "Sometimes while someone is explaining something to me, I am thinking about rockets" your signature
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  • SnicketysnickSnicketysnick The Greatest Hype Man in WesterosRegistered User regular
    we have rocketsign

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  • SniperGuySniperGuy Also known as Dohaeris Registered User, ClubPA regular
    Part of me is wondering if they will use that mannequin for a "free" vacuum test of the beta spacesuit, depending on how cheap a telemetry/aerial package is. Or maybe it's just dress up.

    Spacesuit on the mannequin, camera in the mannequin's face, put the thing in the car, put the car in the rocket, let me watch out of the spacesuit through VR! That would potentially be amazing. Or very boring since it's the inside of the payload chamber.

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  • BeNarwhalBeNarwhal The Work Left Unfinished Registered User regular
    T - 15 minutes!

    Narwhal I think you should make "Sometimes while someone is explaining something to me, I am thinking about rockets" your signature
  • BeNarwhalBeNarwhal The Work Left Unfinished Registered User regular
    There's nearly a million people watching the livestream

    Dear god

    Narwhal I think you should make "Sometimes while someone is explaining something to me, I am thinking about rockets" your signature
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  • AegisAegis Not Quite TorontoRegistered User regular
    I'm sad there's not a technical webcast this time around.

    We'll see how long this blog lasts
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  • BeNarwhalBeNarwhal The Work Left Unfinished Registered User regular
    T - 10 minutes!

    Narwhal I think you should make "Sometimes while someone is explaining something to me, I am thinking about rockets" your signature
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