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SpaceX Falcon Heavy (updates & maiden flight)

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+John.    1,396
2 minutes ago, DevTech said:

Why is there no camera feed from the vehicle as it moves further away to the point we see the entire planet?

 

There will be, if I'm right (someone correct me if I'm not) it's going to coast for a little while to prove something to the Armed Forces, then set off again after a few hours.

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DevTech    1,518
1 minute ago, Astra.Xtreme said:

Because the Earth is flat.  Or because that's a lot of dataflow that would be pointed at a satellite that's not designed to take incoming data from that direction.

It just seems weird they streamed the launch which had a camera showing the Earth gettign smalled and then abruptly, nothing.

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Unobscured Vision    2,685

3-orbit transfer.

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DevTech    1,518
2 minutes ago, John. said:

There will be, if I'm right (someone correct me if I'm not) it's going to coast for a little while to prove something to the Armed Forces, then set off again after a few hours.

Wait? We are in the "Redacted" part of the mission?

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ctebah    3,389

Anyone know the timeline for commercial flights of Falcon Heavy?

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+John.    1,396
2 minutes ago, DevTech said:

Wait? We are in the "Redacted" part of the mission?

I don't want to say too much in case I dreamt this, but I think S2 is coasting for between 2-6 hours before it sets off? @DocM? @Unobscured Vision?

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Unobscured Vision    2,685
2 minutes ago, DevTech said:

Wait? We are in the "Redacted" part of the mission?

That actually might be playing a part in this, now that I think about it ....

1 minute ago, ctebah said:

Anyone know the timeline for commercial flights of Falcon Heavy?

Now that it's been proven to work, they'll be lining up around the blockhouse to book flights on it.

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DocM    16,793

Lost the center core - waiting for details.

 

The Earth departure burn will happen over Ecuador in a few hours. This is to demonstrate a long coast capability for the DoD.

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DevTech    1,518
Just now, John. said:

I don't want to say too much in case I dreamt this, but I think S2 is coasting for between 2-6 hours before it sets off? @DocM? @Unobscured Vision?

But why cut the camera?

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Unobscured Vision    2,685
1 minute ago, DevTech said:

But why cut the camera?

Probably just in the nightside portion of flight. That'd be my guess.

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DocM    16,793
2 minutes ago, ctebah said:

Anyone know the timeline for commercial flights of Falcon Heavy?

3-6 months, with 2 candidates

 

USAF STP-2, which will qualify FH for national security payloads

 

ArabSat 6, a commsat for Saudi Arabia

 

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DocM    16,793

 

 

 

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Slugsie    1,211

 

 

 

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DocM    16,793

 

 

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Slugsie    1,211

I've just worked it out. This is all an elaborate way to test a new U/V resistant automotive paint! 

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anthdci    229

awesome, absolute awesome. TIme to rewatch.

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DocM    16,793

 

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DocM    16,793

 

 

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bguy_1986    358
17 minutes ago, anthdci said:

awesome, absolute awesome. TIme to rewatch.

Already started!  Surprised how quickly the side boosters lit up to get away.  Charred a little bit of the center core.

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+John.    1,396

EDIT: Never mind forgot to refresh! 

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DocM    16,793

 

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DocM    16,793

 

 

The visuals from this launch are nothing short of :punk: :jump: :woot:

 

MajorTom reporting!

 

 

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+RNDM_STRNGR    10,558

so what happend to the center core?

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DocM    16,793

Nothing official, but it sounds like it's lost. 

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