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Old 05-19-2012, 06:46 PM   #1
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Falcon launch delayed

Well, I got up EARLY today because I wanted to go watch the Falcon rocket launch. What a friggin disappointment. I get to a great spot, pretty close to the pad, actually as close as you can get without being in an unauthorized area, set up my lawn chair with a couple of my "pad rat" buddies and waited. We're listening in on a web link as the countdown gets close to zero, we see the glow of the engines lighting up and the first cloud of smoke.......then nothing. They shit-canned the launch AFTER the engines were lit, and a half a second before bolt release because of a pressure spike in one of the engines.

Boy was I pissed. They only had a one second window of opportunity within which to launch this bird, and they blew it. The press is so bent on trying to make these guys [Space-X] out to be failures that I can't understand. I know the unions out there are absolutely rabid about private enterprise launching rockets without them, and I think the press is right there with them. I really want these guys to succeed because when they do, they will have proven that you can get it done without a bunch of union crybabies dictating the terms.

The next launch window is after three in the morning on Tuesday, so we'll have to wait an d see. They are to deliver a 1,200 pound load of cargo to the space station, and I hope they are successful.

I'll keep you posted.
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Old 05-19-2012, 07:18 PM   #2
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I think it pretty much goes out the other ear to the public.

Altho a Mitt supporter was telling me about this on fb...if he tells me to "get on the Romney band wagon, before it is too late", I am going to go apes.
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Old 05-20-2012, 05:08 AM   #3
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Hey Ancona,

i dont know much about the Falcon rocket.

Whats special about this launch ? and for just a half tonne payload .............
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It is privately owned. The 1st.
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:10 AM   #5
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New launch time is 3:44 a.m. Tuesday. Launch window is one second long, so they have to get it right the first try, unlike the shuttle or an Atlas launch where the window can be from three minutes to five hours.

Go Falcon!
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That is not long enough.
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Old 05-20-2012, 12:40 PM   #7
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Cliff, the launch window is so small because of the quantity of fuel they can carry. If they were launching a titan, the window would be longer because they would have enough fuel to chase down the space station. Remember, it isn't in geosynchronous orbit, so you are launching a rocket at a moving target. The space station is moving at 17,500 miles an hour, so it is a pretty neat trick to inter5cept the damn thing with a projectile fired from earth.
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I dont know anything about rockets.. to a lay guy- 1 second sound too short.
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:59 AM   #9
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Go Elon Musk! He's the man doing his best, and putting his money where his mouth is, to change the world for the better.

Bob Lutz credits Elon's Tesla for prodding GM to do the Volt (which I think is a better, more versatile car).

NASA believes in them - first ever commercial contract to do space transport for government customers. SpaceX actually has a very decent track record compared to early efforts by the government and others. Better to abort than explode or fail, I think.

Elon is maybe about the one guy I've seen out there I'd come out of "retirement" to work with. I "get" his visions - and unlike most, he actually has some.
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:52 AM   #10
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Falcon liftoff successful this AM - just saw the vid on Bloomberg. Yay!
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:24 PM   #12
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SpaceX employees watching the launch and cheering:

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Old 05-22-2012, 07:29 PM   #13
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I was up at the crack before dawn this morning to watch. Pretty awesome. I was out at the end of Schwartz Road, well past the landfill at the big turn going back to the NASA causeway to watch. Very cool indeed. I was amazed at how quiet the vehicle was during launch [relatively speaking of course ; - )]

I was a veery clean launch and I expect nothing but success for the Space-X Team.

Good job Guys!
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:20 PM   #14
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It is named after Blake Charingtons (of Denver CO Dynasty) daughter whose name is Falcon
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