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Message 1920891 - Posted: 24 Feb 2018, 17:19:31 UTC - in response to Message 1920882.  

"parafoil"


Having seen a pic of the parafoil I do agree with Wiggo's comment, in time I think they will succeed in catching it..
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Message 1921012 - Posted: 25 Feb 2018, 5:52:11 UTC - in response to Message 1920884.  
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I think Curiosity used a heatshield with a drogue chute and parachute. Then near the ground, they switched from parachute to hovering with rockets. While the whole thing hovered, it lowered the rover with a winch. Winch detached and the delivery thing rocketed away and landed/crashed somewhere else.

From what I read about the SpaceX fairings, they use small gas thrusters to orient the fairing to survive reentry. Then later on deeper in the atmosphere, a "parafoil" deploys and it has some degree of control on directing which way the fairing falls.

I believe they want the fairings to avoid touching the water. There might be some metal devices or components inside, or maybe to prevent water from getting in between the different layers of plastics and carbon fiber. I'm guessing, the less water that gets on it, the less refurbishment needed to reuse it.
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Message 1924101 - Posted: 12 Mar 2018, 1:32:00 UTC

Elon Musk projects Mars spaceship will be ready for short trips by first half of 2019.

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk told an audience at South by Southwest that his timeline for sending a space vehicle to Mars could mark its first milestone early next year.

The privately-funded venture, announced in September 2017, aims to send a cargo mission to the Red Planet by 2022. SpaceX's ultimate objective is to plant the seeds to put a human colony on Mars.
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Message 1924227 - Posted: 12 Mar 2018, 17:32:31 UTC
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I know, find a way to send Putin, Trump and Kim to Mars and tell them to fight over that planet. The winner gets to stay there and rule over the robots and the other two idiots. I could add a few others to the list but I don't think the SpaceX capsule is big enough.
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Message 1925806 - Posted: 22 Mar 2018, 16:00:52 UTC - in response to Message 1924227.  

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But an amendment would be that the losers get to stay there as well. Give it 3 months they'd all kill each other anyway.
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Message 1929837 - Posted: 13 Apr 2018, 23:52:00 UTC

A Falcon9 rocket is in the launch pad at Cape Canaveral ready to launch the Transiting Exoplanets Survey Satellite of NASA, which will search for exoplanets in other star systems. Launch should happen on Monday April 16, wit the usual caveats,
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Message 1929873 - Posted: 14 Apr 2018, 5:04:58 UTC - in response to Message 1929837.  

A Falcon9 rocket is in the launch pad at Cape Canaveral ready to launch the Transiting Exoplanets Survey Satellite of NASA, which will search for exoplanets in other star systems. Launch should happen on Monday April 16, wit the usual caveats,
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Just to add a bit more to that.

NASA's TESS spacecraft may find 1,600 new planets in the next two years.

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Message 1930381 - Posted: 16 Apr 2018, 21:54:23 UTC

The launch of the TESS satellite has been postponed until Wed. April 18th. The official reason was given as the need for additional time for instrument calibration. I also suspect that wind gusts in the area may have been cause for concern. It's been very gusty the last two days.
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Message 1930382 - Posted: 16 Apr 2018, 21:56:37 UTC

Thanks for the update Bob..
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Message 1930775 - Posted: 19 Apr 2018, 0:26:54 UTC

And TESS is on its way.

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Message 1930973 - Posted: 20 Apr 2018, 1:31:25 UTC
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The first stage od Falcon 9 has landed on a barge in the Atlantic called "I still love you" theregister.co.uk says that Russia is ready to abandon its venerable Soyuz launcher since it cannot compete in price with Falcon 9.
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Message 1935240 - Posted: 11 May 2018, 23:02:38 UTC

SpaceX Launches Its Newest Falcon 9 Rocket.

Launch was delayed at the last minute on Thursday. Details about why the first attempt was aborted were not immediately available.

This launch will carry into orbit the Bangabandhu Satellite-1, which will provide TV, internet and other telecom services to Bangladesh and the surrounding region.

After launch, SpaceX will attempt to guide the first-stage booster of the rocket back to Earth and land it safely on a platform in the ocean so it can be used again on a future mission.
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Message 1935308 - Posted: 12 May 2018, 7:51:42 UTC

Launch was a success, with the first stage landing on the barge called "Of course I still love you" in the Atlantic.
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Message 1935315 - Posted: 12 May 2018, 8:16:29 UTC

Bugger missed it.. :(
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Message 1935317 - Posted: 12 May 2018, 8:58:33 UTC

Sweet just watched the replay, love how relaxed Space-X launches is compared to NASA 's military approach..
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Message 1935357 - Posted: 12 May 2018, 14:35:57 UTC

They have competition from Orbital ATK. An Antares rocket will launch the Cygnus spacecraft carrying supplies to the ISS on May 20 from Wallops Island. The private sector of space is warming up.
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Message 1936273 - Posted: 19 May 2018, 12:39:43 UTC

The Orbital ATK Antares Cygnus launch to the ISS is now scheduled on May 21. On May 22 a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the GRACE-FO Earth Observing satellite and 5 Iridium communication satellites. All will be covered on NASA TV.
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Message 1936515 - Posted: 21 May 2018, 8:47:51 UTC
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The Cygnus mission has been launched to the ISS. It carries several scientific instruments, including a Cold Atom Lab which is meant to become the coldest laboratory for atomic and nuclear physics.
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Message 1936745 - Posted: 23 May 2018, 5:59:01 UTC
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A Falcon9 rocket has launched the GRACE-FO mission and 5 Iridium communication sate;;ite. There was no first stage landing or other part recovery programs, the fuel is not sufficient given the number of objects to be put in different orbits. The GRACE-FO orbits are almost polar, since the launch was from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the Western coast and not from Florida. The GRACE-FO satellites are healthy and the telemetry is nominal. The results of the preceding GRACE mission from 2002 to 2017 were just published in "Nature". GRACE is an acronym for GRAvity Climate Experiment.
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Message 1936749 - Posted: 23 May 2018, 6:20:00 UTC

Cheers tullio, I watched the launch around 5:30 am Adelaide time..
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