Elon Musk venture updates: Tesla - Cybertruck - SpaceX - Starlink - Neuralink - Boring Company

BigBone

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January 19th In-flight abort was a complete success according to preliminary data: NASA's and SpaceX's unmanned Crew Dragon capsule launched on a rare expandable Falcon 9 rocket that was intentionally shot off simulating and in flight error over mach 1 speed, while maximum dynamic pressure hit the vehicle. "Unexpected" engine shutoff triggered Crew Dragon's escape system, separated the capsule from the rocket and launched it away under a second, safely escaping the rocket's epic, intentional explosion.

It then opened its two sets of parachutes and safely splashed down about 10 minutes after launch. I think maximum G force during emergency action was 3,2 Gs or something, very well inside safe for trained humans. Of course plan is to never use the abort thrusters, and Falcon 9 has a very good track record lately, not just launching but returning 1st stage safely for reuse.

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The vehicle has since been recovered and will undergo testing to see how its structure held up. Since this Crew Dragon capsule went through extreme circumstances, it won't fly again but some of its parts may be reused. SpaceX will finish and deliver a new capsule to NASA late February, which will also undergo rigorous testing since it's intended to carry US astronauts up to the International Space Station next, likely this Spring.

Now the big question is if NASA will allow Boeing's Starliner to be the first manned commercial spacecraft to reach the ISS (SpaceX is a regular at cargo delivery), and lately Boeing's track record is horrible. Besides the 737 Max catastrophe that shook the company, their capsule failed to dock with the ISS in it's last planned unmanned test mission in December. Much like with the planes, a software issue came up during orbital burn, though the capsule was safely returned to Earth and is under examination. The tech is sound but the package is not yet perfect.

Besides never docking, Boeing also plans to skip an in-flight abort test like this, and looks to pressure NASA on commercial crew priority based on its history with NASA and the US military. I think it would be very ill-advised to put lives on a now completely tested spacecraft, though of course there were no unmanned tests before Saturn 5 or Space Shuttle reaching their 1st goals, so NASA may follow the riskier path if everything looks nominal. SpaceX received hundreds of millions of dollars less for its own capsule program and offers far cheaper seats per launch, but Boeing has huge lobby power to grab "me first" recognition. Eventually, both will regularly launch ppl. to the ISS and on commercial space journeys, at least that's the plan.
 
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Deebo

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Show dem balls bro
Actually I just threw that in there cause it was the first thing that came to mind. The rocket does not have the classic "bell end", therefore, doesn't really look like a penis.
 

BigBone

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Actually I just threw that in there cause it was the first thing that came to mind. The rocket does not have the classic "bell end", therefore, doesn't really look like a penis.
Perhaps Elon's penis has this weird aerodynamically adventegeous shape?
 

BigBone

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Elon Musk's CuckTruck smashed during demo

I really have to call that window breaking staged. I mean it's giving bad looks to the product obviously... but probably reached 10 times more ppl. than nothing happening, typical Musk take-all-publicity stunt. Then they'll come out with the "improved glass" or whatever. Still, fuck is up with the design team? :lol: Looks like it's from a 20yo computer game.
 

ant-man

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I really have to call that window breaking staged. I mean it's giving bad looks to the product obviously... but probably reached 10 times more ppl. than nothing happening, typical Musk take-all-publicity stunt. Then they'll come out with the "improved glass" or whatever. Still, fuck is up with the design team? :lol: Looks like it's from a 20yo computer game.
Elon's attention seeking again. :yep

He gets a kick out of squandering public money while making fools believe he's actually doing something worthwhile. The level of fanboy worship shows just how gullible folk are. He 'invents' nothing, just buys in to stuff already invented by 'real' geniuses.

The pleasure is intensified when he's really rubbing it in your face with ever more ridiculous stunts like the 'rocket' and the 'truck'.

He doesn't care about bad publicity as long as he's in the headlines.

Elon doesn't give a shit about anything else other than being the centre of attention..
 
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