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Hughlysses
Posted on Wednesday, August 05, 2020 - 08:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Impressive footage of SpaceX’s Starship prototype SN5. It made a successful 150 meter high “hop” at their facility in Boca Chica, Texas yesterday:



Musk says they will do several “hops” like this before adding aerodynamic surfaces and making higher flights. They already have another prototype completed (SN6) and many of the components made for SN8.

They’re gonna be mass-producing Starships before we know it.
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Pwnzor
Posted on Sunday, August 09, 2020 - 01:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

We're going to Mars! It's going to happen in my lifetime.

Even if I don't personally get to go into space, I'm excited for the people who will get to go.
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Two_seasons
Posted on Sunday, August 09, 2020 - 02:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Apparently, there are still some people getting an education in the sciences!

Hooray this is happening in the U.S.A.

$$$$$$$$$ well spent!

God bless all involved.

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Hughlysses
Posted on Sunday, August 09, 2020 - 03:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

There are 4 or 5 YouTube channels I follow that give constant reports on the progress down on Boca Chica. They are simultaneously building spacecraft, building a mass-production facility for these spacecraft, building a launch facility for these spacecraft, and flying these spacecraft.

It is one impressive operation.
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Crusty
Posted on Sunday, August 09, 2020 - 04:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

While I probably will never go into space, my descendants will be able to and that makes me very happy. To quote Robert A. Heinlein, "The earth is too fragile a basket for the human race to put all its eggs into"

The future really does look bright!
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Hootowl
Posted on Sunday, August 09, 2020 - 05:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

The top of that flying grain silo has a couple of rolls of the stainless steel used to make the ship strapped on as weight. Can’t balance a cylinder on the tip of a gimbaled rocket engine without mass at the tip. And that is a single raptor engine. It wasn’t even mounted in the center. The big deal is not the rocket, it’s the engine. That is one hell of a machine, and will be the first full flow engine to see space. The theory has been around for decades, but the metallurgy wasn’t there. The soviets had working models, but they never flew them, as far as I’m aware, because they weren’t reliable. It is so hard to build one that US intelligence believed that reports that the soviets had one were dismissed as propaganda. We didn’t believe it until after the USSR collapsed. It really is an accomplishment worthy of praise, especially with the chamber pressures they’re getting.
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Hootowl
Posted on Sunday, August 09, 2020 - 05:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

The rocket is 9 meters (30 feet) across!
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Hughlysses
Posted on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 04:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Today, they moved SN5 back to the production facility for evaluation / repairs and SN6 Is being moved to the launch pad! We should have another hop in a few days.

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