~ Elon's Asperground - SpaceX completes 100th successful Falcon 9 mission in a row ~

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BigBone

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Okay, we're 30 minutes past landing so... I guess we can call it a success? :)
Those fucking clouds but whatever, let’s go Baby!!

I thought SN15 was going to go kaboom within a few minutes but I’m quietly confident now that they appear to have detanked.

there’s still smoke but let’s see.

Either way, they stuck that landing on two Raptors... intentional?
Yeah they be boiling off remaining liquid oxygen and methane, not smoke but vapor. I think they relit all 3 Raptors for health check and landed on two (visible on video), perhaps just one at the last moments (covered by dust). Besides landing on the very edge of the pad and a little fire (on last SpaceX Raptor cam moments it was the skirt and not the engines on fire), everything went fine... except for the actual stream. Can't please everyone I guess. :lol:

That's a big congrats to SpaceX and team and I did hear some champagne pop in the background, but there's loads and loads of work ahead.
 

BigBone

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I think the good stuff from on-site fans will come later but we already have some tidbits. A rare occasion when the portrait video is justifiable:



It was really just seconds before landing that SN15 popped outta the sky and I'd imagine the Starlink connection was the issue with official video blackouts, as the ship had one phased array Dishy McFlatface antenna built in. Either way c'mon, every other explosion was shown in great quality and they botched the successful one. :lol:



Good news is: there was quite the wind at 10 kms and rather thick clouds, but SN15 handled it like a champ. Matter of fact: each full-built Starship prototype reached apogee and handled the belly flop exceptionally, and only the landing maneuver (most propellant feeding and Raptor performance) was the shortcoming that is now (hopefully) in the past.



SN15 really had a soft touchdown on those tiny legs that also worked flawlessly, 99% on target (at the edge of the pad but we'll take it), beautiful Raptor performance too on the improved engines. This is very encouraging, and looking at pre-flight and post-flight tiles: all heat tiles remained on ship.



SN16 is ready to roll out in about a week or so and fly comfortable before end of May. Considering the Legend, the Hero who dies for our sins, SN8 flew just this past December, this is excellent progress by SpaceX, and orbital launch shite preparations are ongoing.



Another fine art by the @daily_hopper Edit: just noticed Zeus on SN15's left haha. Also look at the little water cannon on the right, the hero that helped putting out the tiny fire. That could've lead to bad things, just look at Tim's and Cosmic Perspective Liz' face :lol:



P.S: thermal cam of landing.

 
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BigBone

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In the meantime, taxing and inflation news is banding the market hard, Tesla close to buy territory again! But some warn about much larger US market dip so perhaps I should diligently watch from the sidelines?
 

BigBone

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Haha, look at Blue Origin (a company 2 yrs older than SpaceX and yet to reach orbit) trying to steal SpaceX's thunder not 12 hrs after SN15's success:



Launch, land, repeat, something clearly eluded Starship (Blue Origin Lunar lander competitor) so far. Class.
 

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I wonder how smart Elon feels now..... with armies of semi retarded mouth breathers following him around like zombies mumbling something about a $doge coin
 

BigBone

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SpaceX NAILS record 10th Falcon 9 booster flight and landing! This is an incredible achievement in sustainability and reusability: Block 9 booster B1051 debuted little more than 2 years ago and successfully put cargo & 2nd stage into orbit each time, then fell back to Earth and either landed on a moving droneship in the middle of the ocean with precision and grace or on ground with similar accuracy, rather than polluting the environment with unnecessary and uncontrolled space junk and throwing money away.



A beautiful night touchdown without video cutting out, a job very well done. This completes SpaceX most successful month after being awarded the Lunar human landing contract, but after that went on hold due to powerful ppl. in Blue Origin and Dynetics protesting NASA's decision to go for the cheapest option for the taxpayer. In 30 days SpaceX successfully launched and ferried the Crew-2 capsule to the ISS, automatically avoiding space debris en route. Had a perfect landing of Crew-1 during the night, launched and nailed Starship SN15 landing and now launched and landed a boosters for the 10th time, something most rocket experts said would be impossible with dubious economics.



Of course that's hard as shit as you maneuver skyscrapers with overpowered engines mid-air, mid-wind and often mid-adverse weather effects, so it's trial and error as witnessed with Starship and early Falcon 9 landing attempts. But once successful, it makes for a great show and economics, especially good news for the environment, and since Starship is going to create CH4 outta CO2 in air environmentally friendly, practically making launches net zero emission and rapidly reuse Starship on the cheap, the decades long effort is really starting to paying off, tho they have years of work left.



I'm less sure about Elon TV appearances and I admittedly have little love for these shows, why do ppl. even bother with'em? But considering his odd speech and geeky behavior... I think he did all right with the opening, but some staged bits were so cringy I closed browser window, this being my first and last time I watch a clip of this SNL thing.

P.S. did he just say he has aspergers? Kinda though he's on the autism scale a little, no sane man could work 18 hours a day and make 4 successful game changing companies... while sometimes being a bit of a cunt. :lol: But that's okay, he's net positive for humanity.
 

Broxi

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then fell back to Earth and either landed on a moving droneship in the middle of the ocean with precision and grace or on ground with similar accuracy, rather than polluting the environment with unnecessary and uncontrolled space junk
Makes

You


Right?




 
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Okay Elon NAILED this bit on... What is Dogecoin? Well, something that dropped 25% after this aired. :lol:



"About as real as that dollar" haha, savage, also kinda true... Nobody really knows WTF is Dogecoin, but... TO THE MOOOOOON! He clearly was most comfortable in this one between the cringy bits.
 
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BigBone

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Stock market correction hitting tech stocks hard as many predicted, TSLA to open under $600 which is dangerously buying territory.

Big question is how long the selloff will last, high inflation rumors always scare short-term investors and surely Wall Street was overly optimistic in the middle of the pandemic so it's a healthy cooldown... right now, a larger crash is not out of question IMO. Exciting times. :lol:
 

BigBone

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The legend, the fleet leader, B1051 before its maiden flight with the Demo-1 capsule, and returning to port after its 10th earlier today. Bit banged up, scratched and tanned, but still looking great!