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SpaceX successfully launches Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time

By Shawn Knight ยท 196 replies
Feb 6, 2018
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  1. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,339   +1,752

    There are quite a few sites out there, such as this one for your Mars question https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars , that have the answers to your questions. I have found that doing the research myself is the best way to add to my Ken doll collection, I am sure you would find that it will add to your Ken doll collection, too. ;)

    As to your "another blue planet" being found assertion, I think that they have already found one. There is a problem with that, though. Into your favorite search engine type "how long would it take to get to the nearest star" and hit return. Please let us know your answer. For your research and a correct answer, you will get a "like" from me. ;)
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  2. Boilerhog146

    Boilerhog146 TS Evangelist Posts: 618   +217

    Not necessary,interesting read, though a little deep.,I'm aware it will take lifetimes ,and generations .,to get to another solar system,even mars is no day trip.with current tech,we have to pick up the pace if we are going any where besides the moon..

    I was kidding. I'm not going anywhere .I would need to drag along a shuttle load of meds and a doctor.unless I can be uploaded to a chip on board.by then.leave the body here.its not much good anyway.
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2018
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  3. Kenrick

    Kenrick TS Evangelist Posts: 630   +403

    Missed this article. The negativity in the comments section is a cancer. Publicity or not, CGI or not, Taxpayers or not, Charity or not, this was a small but significant step in reaching the space. You guys better hide to your keyboard with your negativity while a company full of hopeful employees are trying hard to make it come true.
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  4. OortCloud

    OortCloud TS Addict Posts: 209   +86

    Well said Kenrick - unfortunately TS has become overrun by deluded conspiracy theorists, people pretending they know stuff they know zero about and one person who needs to be told they are not nearly as witty or clever as they think they are...
    Sure the car is a bit of a crazy stunt and Elon Musk can be a bit of a showman but he is at least still trying to 'push the envelope' and seems to be getting things done that governments just cant do anymore.
  5. Reehahs

    Reehahs TS Guru Posts: 720   +457

    Those are fair points but spending today from the government side into project would be stupidly high. As can be seen in defence projects for fiasco such as the F35 programme. Forget Saturn V, it would be difficult to even bring back production for F22 which is considered a pretty successful plane and much cheaper than F35.
  6. Boilerhog146

    Boilerhog146 TS Evangelist Posts: 618   +217

    Was there actually a car.?with all the planning and money sunk in to this test ,
    Wouldn't ya think they would at least have a solar panel on there somewhere keeping a trickle charge going .at least to keep the cameras able to power up from time to time?
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  7. Kenrick

    Kenrick TS Evangelist Posts: 630   +403

    I thought this launch was to test the new rockets just like the initial launch of falcon 9. The car powered or not is just a dummy test load and an icing to the cake to make it exciting and flashing. Sure it cost millions of dollars which some people would say the car should have been given to charities and to the war in syria which I find it ridiculous. Its not about the money when it comes with advancement in research and technology, its about the results. It is getting ridiculous how some humans cant get the point that deep space exploration would be not cheap. I was hoping it would be aliens are the ones that would not be happy about this launch but boy I was wrong. Some people will find anything to say just to discredit your results. nevertheless, I am a believer that this step is a significant milestone for our children/grandchildren to reach the space.
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  8. Boilerhog146

    Boilerhog146 TS Evangelist Posts: 618   +217

    I agree.I hope my grand kids watched this.
    This was a great event to witness in our lifetime.even with out the gimmicks.the landing of the rockets back on the pads to be used again was truly amazing, another giant leap for Humanity. despite our setbacks.
    it seems when we do get together and make great things happen,for a moment ,we all forget our differences here on the ground.too bad we can't keep that togetherness. going. instead of the constant struggle to get along..? ;)
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2018
  9. Scodd

    Scodd TS Booster Posts: 68   +11

    Yep. If Alex and Shaun had a baby, this is where it would end up.
  10. Boilerhog146

    Boilerhog146 TS Evangelist Posts: 618   +217

    That's some negativity right there. Elon Musk is an id*ot,it must be nice to not have to justify what he does with other peoples money.Governments can't get away with it anymore, and anyone that thinks as a capitalist society/species, that we are ever going to be able to use that to get humans off this planet and off into space exploring and searching for another inhabitable planet .is dillusional,we'll all die here first,so tell me ,already.without the innuendo .

    instead of a car, he could have had a container of supplies ,food,water,etc. with a few thrusters. to get it close to the space station ,so it could be captured,but no ,there's not enough junk up there floating around yet..and that's what the $250,000 car just became SPACE JUNK. we ought to be ashamed of ourselves as a species...no alien species will ever come to earth,it has a human infestation.

    or a large container of toxic waste,spent nuke material,etc and sent off to burn up in the sun.
    or a bus load of ignorant TS members.can I drive. :p

    I can see it now,a couple thousand years along, a relative of musks is zipping along in his little spaceship with the wife and virtual kids,and WHAM! Dummie in the little red tesla convertible ,comes outta nowhere,how ironic is that.
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  11. Scodd

    Scodd TS Booster Posts: 68   +11

    I think you are almost precisely 180 degrees off.

    Correction, exactly 180 degrees off.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2018
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,376   +3,602

    And I think he's dead on target. So, why don't you sign up for Musk's one way mission to Mars? Send us a postcard when you get there.
  13. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,205   +4,867

    Send us a postmortemcard when you get there.
  14. Scodd

    Scodd TS Booster Posts: 68   +11

    And as usual, you miss. You are a poor shot. Have you thought about re-training or maybe starting back on therapy? How is that new sponsor?
  15. Scodd

    Scodd TS Booster Posts: 68   +11

    Is he as frustrated with Elon as you are? I bet you are fun to watch with all that steam coming out of your ears every time you get Musked.
  16. Boilerhog146

    Boilerhog146 TS Evangelist Posts: 618   +217

    SHOTGUN!:p ,where do I sign? beats this boring , slow and painful death here,much better to die with a crowd of other humans around,if for no other reason, just to look them in the eye ,see? I told ya,

    already signed Scodd? on a first name basis and all.I'm not sitting with you.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2018
  17. Scodd

    Scodd TS Booster Posts: 68   +11

    If I'm there everyone will sit where I put them. :+)
  18. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,339   +1,752

    Thanks for your input. I am the first to admit when I am a nut, but there is a complexity to going to Mars which so far, Musk has barely, if at all, acknowledged. Find Feynman's quote on scientific integrity. It is an enlightening read.

    As to
    NASA still has a space program that is well beyond what Musk is doing. NASA is the leader and has made it public policy to leave some of the "dirty work" to companies like SpaceX. Dig a bit, and you just might find that in one of their publicity releases.

    What is going on right now with NASA, if you look at it with a critical eye - or at least as I see it, is the same thing that NASA has done for years - hire private contractors to build their vehicles. Without NASA's bucks, SpaceX and Musk would be digging for gold elsewhere and, perhaps, much less likely to find that gold.

    By the way, I did pay a faint thumbs up to the launch, but Musk's showmanship pushes the bounds of humility, IMO.
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  19. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,339   +1,752

    Quoting yourself. Interesting commenting tactic.
  20. Boilerhog146

    Boilerhog146 TS Evangelist Posts: 618   +217

    Then, better talk to your buddy Elon ,make sure I don't get onboard ,we'll never get off the ground .
  21. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,339   +1,752

    It is difficult to determine where to place "blame" in the F35 program. Do we place it on contractors that charge $10K for a toilet seat renamed "waste disposal port," or do we place it with the govt. I am sure there is finger pointing going on at all levels, and who knows why the overruns have gone as far as they have.

    Pushing the envelope, which the F35 does, does not come cheap - especially if they are inventing things that did not already exist. For example, look at what happened with Apollo 1.

    As the saying goes, hindsight is better than foresight. I, for one, am certainly not pleased with the performance of the F35 project.
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  22. Boilerhog146

    Boilerhog146 TS Evangelist Posts: 618   +217

    Hindsight is allways 20/20. so I hear. .
    you can point the finger at both contractors and government, they know whats going on ,its public money, that's endless.they play dumb when you call them out on it..I've been a part of it for years ,I've seen the waste first hand..

    Just a guess ,they would be big Union contractors, as that's the only place to find the large numbers of skilled trades people to do that kind of work.all trained and ticketed.on a short or limited notice?

    that would also account for cost over runs,. I've seen companies under estimate on jobs to get in the door.then its oops. oops.happens in Canada all the time..Take our Muskrat falls hydro electric development. as an example.what a shafting we are gonna get from that project. behind schedule, billions over budget.a lot of palms were greased .

    we have this critter ,we call it the FATCAT! though they have gotten leaner, so they can hide easier.but they just suck up and squander resources,
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  23. Scodd

    Scodd TS Booster Posts: 68   +11

    Sometimes they can't reply fast enough, so I just like to keep things going.
  24. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,307   +578

    Don't keep doing that. Thanks.
  25. Scodd

    Scodd TS Booster Posts: 68   +11

    Ok, I'll slow down and give them a chance to catch up.

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