The Return Of Manned Spaceflight In The Usa

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  1. StuBoy

    StuBoy Forum Cad and Bounder

    Thought I would create a separate thread for it, but then decided to put it in here as it is related to the subject.

    SpaceX completed their last static fire yesterday for their prototype Starship (SN8), following a few other tests and issues. It appears this was successful, Elon Musk has said the test flight up to 50,000 feet, with a flip and attempted landing will likely be next week now. If anyone is moderately interested in this kind of stuff, I strongly advise watching this if you can. The odds are it will be a spectacular failure (Musk has even hinted as such), but if they do this successfully either way it will be a good watch. If SN8 fails, then they have already put together SN9 ready for further testing/flights. The speed at which they are building and advancing these prototypes is really quite amazing to be honest.

     
  2. You had me at starship.
     
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  3. hornmeister

    hornmeister Administrator Staff Member

    It's amazing, truly nothing is going to stop us now.
     
  4. Filbert

    Filbert Leicester supporting bloke

    If you want to see something huge and expensive crash and burn you don’t need to go much further than Wayne Rooney’s Derby County...
     
  5. StuBoy

    StuBoy Forum Cad and Bounder

    I suspect this could well happen in the next 48 hours or so. They have restrictions in the area from 8am CST today (so 2pm GMT) until 11pm GMT on 6th Dec, so it would strongly suggest they are going to give it a go in that window at some point.

    https://www.spaceflightinsider.com/...5km-test-flight-approaching-for-starship-sn8/
     
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  6. BigRossLittleRoss

    BigRossLittleRoss Squad Player

    Not according to Elon Musk.
     
  7. StuBoy

    StuBoy Forum Cad and Bounder

    Looking like this flight might happen in the next 15-30 mins. Their window closes at 11pm GMT.

     
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  8. StuBoy

    StuBoy Forum Cad and Bounder

    Aborted 1 second before launch! Close but no cigar!
     
  9. GoingDown

    GoingDown Pizza & Figs

    Damn you Elon Musk! *shakes fist*
     
  10. StuBoy

    StuBoy Forum Cad and Bounder

    5 - 10 minutes away now from attempt number 2....

     
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  11. GoingDown

    GoingDown Pizza & Figs

    10.40 now. Hopefully.
     
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  12. StuBoy

    StuBoy Forum Cad and Bounder

    3rd time lucky! I'm not convinced!
     
  13. StuBoy

    StuBoy Forum Cad and Bounder

    It's incredible!
     
  14. GoingDown

    GoingDown Pizza & Figs

    Kaboom! Just need to sort that landing out!
     
  15. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

    As parking manoeuvres go, I’ve seen worse.
     
  16. StuBoy

    StuBoy Forum Cad and Bounder

    I can't believe they almost landed that. Unbelievable.
     
  17. GoingDown

    GoingDown Pizza & Figs

    Did they lose an engine on the ascent, wasn't sure. Would explain the hard landing. Well, that and its the first try.
     
  18. StuBoy

    StuBoy Forum Cad and Bounder

    I have a feeling they deliberately shut down an engine or two on the way up to help control it. I guess we'll hear more in the next hours/days. All in all that was a very successful and promising test!
     
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  19. StuBoy

    StuBoy Forum Cad and Bounder

    Seems like the engines performed well, which is good as they are a new type designed by SpaceX. Elon Musk has said the issue with the landing was due to low pressure in a tank, not the engines.

    That was a pretty exciting watch! Much better than watching Chalobah pass it backwards and sideways every weekend!
     
  20. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

    The sudden flip from vertical gliding mode to horizontal for landing looked ace.
     
  21. Moose

    Moose First Team Captain

    Someone in Gloucestershire is going to be thinking we’ve nart used tha’ grain silo fur a while. Oi think we carn ‘ave som fun ‘ere.
     
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  22. Moose

    Moose First Team Captain

    Bit alarming if it had passengers. Would require something a bit smoother otherwise it would be like a bungee jump. Needs gimbals sorting.
     
  23. hornmeister

    hornmeister Administrator Staff Member

    I've had my gimbals sorted, not as bad as people make out.
     
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  24. StuBoy

    StuBoy Forum Cad and Bounder

    SN9 rolled out to the pad yesterday after a slight mishap last week. Possibly ready for flight between Christmas and New Year if things go as planned.

     

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