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** The Official Space Flight Thread - The Space Station and Beyond **

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Cosimo, 7 Aug 2011.

  1. bliss

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    Firefly Aerospace had an explosive start to their launches yesterday. Things seemed to be going quite well up until around MaxQ then it lost control by the looks of things. I'm amazed that it appears to have stayed intact with a lot of lateral forces before being terminated. Most rockets break up quite rapidly once they're going sideways.



    And a new video from Cosmic Perspective. Not watched this yet, but they're typically very good.

     
  2. Malevolence

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    I'm wondering if there was a problem with the engines on Firefly, it seemed to take forever to go supersonic.
     
  3. bliss

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    Yeah it did appear to take longer than expected to reach supersonic speeds. Maybe a lower than expected engine pressure or something.

    Scott Manley will probably release a very good breakdown video soon as per usual. :p
     
  4. steve45

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    Funny you should say that...:cry:
     
  5. Malevolence

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    More footage from a different viewpoint.

     
  6. bliss

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    Official footage of Firefly's alpha test flight now released. Can clearly see one engine go out very early into the flight.

     
  7. Malevolence

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    That screeching whine from the turbopumps. :eek: You can definitely tell the Reaver is a tap-off cycle engine.
     
  8. bliss

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    A sound I'd like to hear in person.

    Anybody watched any of the Netflix docu yet? I'm one episode in and quite enjoying it. It's less about SpaceX and Elon and more about the mission itself which is what I was hoping for.
     
  9. 2004typer

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    What is the documentary called, wouldn't mind a look.
     
  10. bliss

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    Countdown: Inspiration 4 Mission to Space.
     
  11. 2004typer

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    Thanks!
     
  12. GodAtum

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    I'm confused, the SpaceX Inspiration 4 mission is going to last 3 days but there's no toilet in the Crew Dragon!
     
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  14. bliss

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    Inspiration 4 Q&A webcast currently on YouTube.

     
  15. TNA

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    I am sure there is a way of delaying taking a dump, peeing should be easy enough :cry:
     
  16. bliss

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    Set a reminder, folks! Well, if you don't want an early night. :p

     
  17. jpaul

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    Interesting interviews on r4 this morning about the crew diversity, and, their relatively low experience/training time - apparently ex military, or pilots,
    they made the point about the reliance on technology versus intimate knowledge of the platform, a la Apollo 13
     
  18. bliss

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    It's go time. Grabbed a few beers now going to sit back and enjoy the build up. :)
     
  19. Malevolence

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    "Sorry guys, the lifts are out of service. We're taking the stairs."
     
  20. bliss

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    Genuinely more excited about this launch than the previous Nasa crew launches. Hopefully no scrubs!