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# 229110 7-Feb-2018 22:52
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This blew my mind a wee bit this morning. :-)  





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  # 1953370 7-Feb-2018 23:02
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The perfect way to hide a dead body if you ask me! ;-)




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  # 1953384 7-Feb-2018 23:55
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What a waste 😭

I would have treasured that machine my whole life... now sadly wasted to the whole planet 😓

 
 
 
 


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  # 1953386 7-Feb-2018 23:58
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Linuxluver:

 

This blew my mind a wee bit this morning. :-)  


 

 

As someone so concerned about the environmental impact of cars, can you explain to me why this gratuitous display of waste doesn't offend you to your core? 

 

What does this car being on this rocket, which required more fossil fuels to burn to get it into orbit, serve as a purpose? 

 

The launch was very very cool, I'll admit, but I was surprised and disappointed to see it on there.


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  # 1953387 8-Feb-2018 00:01
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Give it a rest. Even we environmental types thought it was cool.

 

 





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networkn:

 

Linuxluver:

 

This blew my mind a wee bit this morning. :-)  


 

 

As someone so concerned about the environmental impact of cars, can you explain to me why this gratuitous display of waste doesn't offend you to your core? 

 

What does this car being on this rocket, which required more fossil fuels to burn to get it into orbit, serve as a purpose? 

 

The launch was very very cool, I'll admit, but I was surprised and disappointed to see it on there.

 

 

They probably needed something to act as a simulated payload for the rocket, so why not just put a car on there? 





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  # 1953390 8-Feb-2018 00:21
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The landing of those two rockets at the same time was something I'll never forget. Amazing. I didn't even know it was possible to land something so tall, back on it's small "side" let alone with however much weight and force to boot. Spectacular.


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Rikkitic:

 

Give it a rest. Even we environmental types thought it was cool.

 

 

 

 

Sure, cool, but shamefully wasteful.


 
 
 
 


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  # 1953392 8-Feb-2018 00:24
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Apparently, the other rocket went into the ocean at 430km/h. I'd pay money to see the footage of that happening and the resultant waves.

 

 


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  # 1953395 8-Feb-2018 00:47
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networkn:

 

Apparently, the other rocket went into the ocean at 430km/h. I'd pay money to see the footage of that happening and the resultant waves.

 

 

SpaceX have been landing and crashing a few of those rocket boosters thus far. And Elon & Co have not been shy about showing the crashes.

 

So if they managed to catch video of it, you will get to see it.

 

Here is an older "fail compilation"

 

 

 

 

PS: That Tesla was put into orbit around the sun, which according to SpaceX would last a billion years... It will pass Mars, but its not going there.





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networkn:

 

As someone so concerned about the environmental impact of cars, can you explain to me why this gratuitous display of waste doesn't offend you to your core? 

 

What does this car being on this rocket, which required more fossil fuels to burn to get it into orbit, serve as a purpose? 

 

 

You realise the rocket wasn't launched just to throw the car into space, right? The rocket was going anyway, the car was a payload. There's nothing really wasteful about it. Unless you'd prefer to have the car disposed of on earth? What do you suppose happens to those batteries?


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The rocket core landed on their drone ship in the ocean, the payload / car is set on an elliptical orbit around the Sun intersecting the orbits of Earth and Mars and is to do so for a billion years or so, apparently. 

 

If you have the time watch all of this, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCc16uozHVE 


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So, the other thread about the NZ launched rocket, our first, that had a cool small satellite that will blink in the sky to remind us about the stars was seen by many as junk and gratuitous and "look at what I did" and after 9 months it will be gone, a temporary acknowledgement. But now that a Tesla and a dummy are launched into orbit, its very cool. Tad fickle if you ask me


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Surreal video of from car orbiting the Earth


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The rocket required a payload, It couldn't be sent empty, It also required to test the direct to GTO setup required for sensitive sats so one way or another this launch was putting *something* to Geo or helio orbit, It could have been 3 tonnes of concrete or lead or taco's but something had to go up.

 

When considering that it's hardly wasteful





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I think this launch (and recovery) is outstanding and the installing a car into a heliocentric orbit is a piece of marketing genius. Both from the perspective of the orbital launch business and the electric car business.
Nikola Tesla now has a vessel named after him that may travel through space for a billion years, as long as it doesn't bang into anything. However the latest trajectory calculations has the payload reaching the asteroid belt rather than just Mars.
Elon Musk is an entrepreneurial and marketing genius. He is not, as one report I read suggested, an inventor. He provides the vision and has had the where-with-all to gather very talented teams of engineers and designers to achieve outstanding results. I like the fact that because this launch was by a private company, something whimsical like a car, playing David Bowie, with a mannequin in the driver's seat, was the payload. Even the fact that the central display had "Don't Panic" (ala Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) and some of the circuitry had "made on Earth by humans" makes me smile.
I find it funny how the Falcon Heavy has gone from being the most powerful launch vehicle available today, to the most powerful rocket ever (today's NZHerald) in the media. A quick fact check showed it to be half as powerful as the Saturn V in almost every measurement except cost.




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