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SpaceX Heavy Launch rocket

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SpaceX is attempting to launch its Falcon Heavy Launch rocket today at Cape Canaveral: www.spaceX.com .
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Absolutely incredible! You need to see the landing of the boosters https://youtu.be/wbSwFU6tY1c it's like a ballet, the hardware and software engineering is almost beyond belief.

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It looked impressive, but in the long run how reliable would this launch system be? There are so many things that can go wrong with this arrangement.
We need a simpler way to get into space, like a giant catapult with an extra-strong elastic band, or a scaled up version of a medieval, rock-throwing, siege engine :lol: .
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Said on the lunchtime News that one booster missed its barge and landed in the sea. I could only see two boosters though on the launch video (?)
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Brian, maybe the centre first stage?

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Where are the space planes - the Hotols and Skylons - that were supposed to deliver payloads into orbit?
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David Frydman wrote:Brian, maybe the centre first stage?

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Thanks David. Yes, I understand the launch configuration now,

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NASA designates the spacecraft "Tesla Roadster" with two aliases: "Starman" and "2018-017A" It can be tracked online, but needs a big 'scope to see/image it.

See http://www.spaceweather.com/ for Feb 9 2018.
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When will Starman arrive at his first power-point :wink: ?
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He has no retro-rockets fitted so he won't be able to stop even if he finds one :)
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Wot no brakes? It'll never pass the M.O.T. when it gets to Proxima B.
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