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December 22nd, 2015, 06:06
What an exhilarating sight! Here's a recording of the webcast in case you missed it (launch at approximately 23 minutes in).

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December 22nd, 2015, 06:58
Drithius, I don't think your video worked? Maybe it's just me…

But your post had me curious, so I kinda wanted to see.

Edit: Nevermind! It's working!
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December 22nd, 2015, 07:03
Originally Posted by Aubrielle View Post
Edit: Nevermind! It's working!
Good I was going to ask what browser you use. As It seems a percentage of members can't watch embedded videos on the forum. I usually share a link just to be sure.

Anyway this is good news as this will help reduce the cost of space travel in the future.
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December 22nd, 2015, 07:51
very cool!
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December 22nd, 2015, 07:54
Wow.

Thanks for sharing.
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December 22nd, 2015, 08:54
I get goosebumps everytime I watch that landing! Such an awesome sight to behold that fireball come down from the clouds for a perfect landing.
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December 22nd, 2015, 10:57
Wow just wow! Thanks a lot of sharing!
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December 22nd, 2015, 11:26
What were the satellites for?
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December 22nd, 2015, 11:36
Originally Posted by lackblogger View Post
What were the satellites for?
I read that those were low earth orbit satellites for the data transmission network of Orbcomm, a U.S. based mobile network provider.
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December 22nd, 2015, 13:51
And it came down fast! Whew! Congrats to SpaceX!
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December 22nd, 2015, 15:02
Thank goodness there's people who are excited about this. Maybe I'm too enthusiastic, but when I try to explain to anyone how pivotal last night's moment was for human progression, they just kind of give the polite "Uh huh"

Congratulation to SpaceX and to the human race.

I totally clapped and cheered when it landed. By myself. I'm such a nerd.
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December 22nd, 2015, 16:27
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… By myself. I'm such a nerd.
which is a good thing, of course!!!!

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January 18th, 2016, 04:45
So close to successful barge landing! In fact it pretty much was. Just one stupid landing strut didn't lock

https://www.instagram.com/p/BAqirNbwEc0/
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January 18th, 2016, 06:34
If there were people in it, they would be pretty much toast though.

I am wondering why it goes up in flames like that. I mean there must be still a lot of fuel left.

At least the issue itself looks like something which is probably rather simple to fix. The question is how reliable it is for humans to land in it in the future. Or maybe it's still best if they land separately.
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If there were people in it, they would be pretty much toast though.

I am wondering why it goes up in flames like that. I mean there must be still a lot of fuel left.

At least the issue itself looks like something which is probably rather simple to fix. The question is how reliable it is for humans to land in it in the future. Or maybe it's still best if they land separately.
The first stage was never really intended to carry humans and is for asset recovery only. In fact, it's safer this way. If the Falcon 9 has a mission critical issues then they have fuel reserves and capabilities to run off less engines. It would mean the Booster burns up or is destroyed in the process. But if not, it gets to land and be used for another mission. The Dragon capsule is what will ferry humans and has safety margins far above what the Shuttle had.
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January 18th, 2016, 15:01
Originally Posted by Caddy View Post
So close to successful barge landing! In fact it pretty much was. Just one stupid landing strut didn't lock

https://www.instagram.com/p/BAqirNbwEc0/
That was a bullseye.

It's weird to see the leg crunch like it was paper when it tip over though.
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January 18th, 2016, 15:07
I wonder when Mr Musk will dare to take his ship on a test flight?
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January 18th, 2016, 21:27
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That was a bullseye.

It's weird to see the leg crunch like it was paper when it tip over though.
Actually it just folded back in. The lock latch was iced over by the morning fog (is what the theory is anyways). Funny how a little ice fog can create a 60 million dollar loss.
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January 28th, 2016, 02:30
It's amazing how much moisture will freeze out of the air while venting liquid oxygen just sitting on the pad. Also, Florida is VERY humid.
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April 8th, 2016, 23:03
Congratulations are once again in order following SpaceX's first successful landing at sea!



…a tiny platform, in the midst of a roiling ocean.
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