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Imouto 04-12-2019 02:05 AM

[NYTimes] Falcon Heavy, SpaceX’s Giant Rocket, Launches Into Orbit, and Sticks Its Landings
 
Quote:

It was only the second flight for what is the most powerful rocket now available on Earth, improving on its spectacular test launch in 2018.

Shortly after the launch, the rocket’s three boosters returned to Earth. Two touched down seconds apart at landing pads at Cape Canaveral, not far from the launchpad. The center booster, which went higher and farther, set down on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/11/s...ch-spacex.html


Side Boosters Landing: 27 min mark
Main Booster Landing: 30 min mark

Alternative title: Vaporware company does something it is not supposed to.

Now seriously, the landing of both side boosters is a sight to behold.

ryan92084 04-12-2019 03:51 AM

Extremely impressive feat.

Blze001 04-12-2019 04:45 AM

Wait, they launched a payload and successfully retrieved all three boosters? I thought for sure they'd lose one to Murphy, that's amazing.

will25u 04-12-2019 05:16 AM

Also, these were new block 5 rockets. The first heavy mission was not block 5 rockets.

Imouto 04-12-2019 06:48 AM

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Originally Posted by ryan92084 (Post 27930954)
Extremely impressive feat.

We are living in the future. This stuff is science-fiction worthy.

Mand12 04-12-2019 07:11 AM

Dang. Was hoping it would get delayed again. I'm heading down there tonight, could have seen the launch then...

SeriousBlack 04-12-2019 07:53 AM

I really enjoyed that, thanks for the link. Totally amazing stuff and high class engineering. Watching the first two boosters land was so perfect it looked like a take off video was being run in reverse.

The only thing they didn't explain (or I missed it) was what happened to the unit that released the satellite?

I shall follow with interest in the future, it's very impressive.

SystemTech 04-12-2019 07:54 AM

Wow, super impressive. Im very excited that we(humans) are starting to reach for the stars again. There were a few dark decades where very little happened. One event a year or so. The tempo feels to have picked up considerably.

Mand12 04-12-2019 08:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SeriousBlack (Post 27931164)
I really enjoyed that, thanks for the link. Totally amazing stuff and high class engineering. Watching the first two boosters land was so perfect it looked like a take off video was being run in reverse.

The only thing they didn't explain (or I missed it) was what happened to the unit that released the satellite?

I shall follow with interest in the future, it's very impressive.

The third booster lands on a barge in the ocean. The rest of the stages go into other orbits of varying stability.

miklkit 04-12-2019 08:40 AM

Science!!


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