This Vine video shows the failed SpaceX rocket landing in all its glory

Shawn Knight

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has published images and video of his company's Falcon 9 rocket attempting to land on a barge positioned in the Atlantic Ocean late last week. While the rocket did manage to find its target, it came...

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Skidmarksdeluxe

TS Evangelist
Figuring out how to reuse a rocket is child's play as opposed to figuring out how to reuse your nuclear bomb after telling your enemy you want it back once it's done it's job.
 

cliffordcooley

TS Redneck
Figuring out how to reuse a rocket is child's play as opposed to figuring out how to reuse your nuclear bomb after telling your enemy you want it back once it's done it's job.
Maybe they should use the nuclear bomb instead. Because if something can go wrong, it will and won't blow up.
 

Uncle Al

TS Evangelist
Seriously speaking .... Space-X has and is developing new approaches (no pun intended) to so many technologies that we are probably going to see quite a bit of improvement to the entire space program. I would be interested to see how quickly they could develop and implement a maned moon landing. They are indeed one of the #1 innovators of the day and certainly not afraid to take a few risks ... we certainly could use a few dozen more companies like this!
 

captaincranky

TechSpot Addict
Figuring out how to reuse a rocket is child's play as opposed to figuring out how to reuse your nuclear bomb after telling your enemy you want it back once it's done it's job.
Really! Just ask the Japanese about that.
Seriously speaking .... Space-X has and is developing new approaches (no pun intended) to so many technologies that we are probably going to see quite a bit of improvement to the entire space program.
I would like to point out to all you Musk groupies, that every attempt is conceived using other people's talents, and financed with practically everybody else's money
I would be interested to see how quickly they could develop and implement a maned moon landing.
Actually, the US already has that technology http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_landing
They are indeed one of the #1 innovators of the day and certainly not afraid to take a few risks ... we certainly could use a few dozen more companies like this!
No, it would make them", the greatest innovators of their time, had they done it prior to 1969.

And always remember boys and girls, "you don't get the medal, unless you stick the landing"...:D
 
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captaincranky

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"Actually, the US already has that technology http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_landing" - Cpt. Cranky

They don't ****ing use it though, do they? They're too busy playing with guns.
And Elon Musk doesn't have to pay out social entitlements either, does he?

Besides, if Musk launched a moon mission on which everybody was killed, ,the tech reportage would still call it a "success".

As for the moon, we been there and done that, fifty years before the children here at TS, began to believe that Elon Musk invented science.

In the meantime, killing those who disagree with us and would harm us first, seems like an honest, respectable living if you ask me.
 
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davislane1

"Actually, the US already has that technology http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_landing" - Cpt. Cranky

They don't ****ing use it though, do they? They're too busy playing with guns.
I'd like to know what possible gain is to be had over guns by interplanetary travel. That is, outside of establishing a DARPA-controlled death ray on the moon (in which case, how the hell is that cost effective?).

In the meantime, killing those who disagree with us and would harm us first, seems like an honest, respectable living if you ask me.
It isn't just honest. It's necessary. [Michael Bay soundtrack here]
 

captaincranky

TechSpot Addict
Now I finally know what "Close but no cigar" means :)
Well, what I take away from it is, "Elon Musk's failures burn brighter than his successes"....:D

Or, waxing metaphorically, one might say, "it's better to explode a rocket, than curse the darkness".
 

Skidmarksdeluxe

TS Evangelist
Two used bombs for a vintage B-29? It'll never happen.



It's in the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, but appears to be only the c0ckpit up to about the wing roots. The Smithsonian is on my bucket list, but I doubt I'll get there in time.....:D
If actually surprised to see that all what remains from that Superfortress.
 

captaincranky

TechSpot Addict
The Smithsonian also fell heir to the SR-71 which set the coast to coast, (LA to NYC), speed record. The plane was retired after that run. It was being kept at Dulles field, and then I heard they were going to butcher it and put it inside the A & S museum proper.

The thought of that having happened is so depressing, I'm afraid to research it.:(
 

Skidmarksdeluxe

TS Evangelist
The Smithsonian also fell heir to the SR-71 which set the coast to coast, (LA to NYC), speed record. The plane was retired after that run. It was being kept at Dulles field, and then I heard they were going to butcher it and put it inside the A & S museum proper.

The thought of that having happened is so depressing, I'm afraid to research it.:(
There were a few SR-71's Blackbirds made but there was only one Enola Gay B29.
 

captaincranky

TechSpot Addict
There were a few SR-71's Blackbirds made but there was only one Enola Gay B29.
Well, to see that happen to either aircraft rises to the level of a crime.

That being said, the only thing that distinguishes the Enola Gay from pretty much any other "off the rack B-29", was its deadly mission. Many other B-29s even had nose art which was a quite a bit more lascivious. (Although much of it perhaps a bit too busty for my taste). I do think they had to mod the bomb release rack due to the size of the weapon.

OTOH, an SR-71's average mission consisted of checking up on the Russians to see how they were doing, while the pilot and REO thumbed their noses at the Russian SAMS that could never quite catch up to them...:)

A cold war game of high stakes cat and mouse, as it were. Good fun.
 

cliffordcooley

TS Redneck
"awesome failure"

Placing bets on the loser are we? lol

That's borderline to describing both ends of the stick. Which end are we describing again?