Falcon Heavy Megathread

Falcon Heavy Megathread

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I feel like I saw a slice of history when the two boosters touched down simultaneously.

Does anyone know if the core booster landed successfully?

I saw a car in space today. My life is complete.

gonna watch this on repeat forever.

I mean...technically....

I mean...

They're going to be showing that video in history classrooms for decades.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBr2kKAHN6M&feature=youtu.be

i, like everyone needs this answered asap :D

for everyone waiting, you can watch the roadster and starman in space live here.

Can we agree that even if the center core didn't land successfully (we still don't know yet) this was a really good result? Payload delivered successfully, beautiful landings by the side boosters, and a sweet shot of the Roadster in space :p

I don't know much about space or rockets but that was one of the coolest things I've ever seen

They guy got a confirmation of something, he said:

"We've just got a confirmation, oh."

And went silent and then they just ignored the topic so I am pretty sure it crashed and they knew what would happen if they showed or said it exploded. The large uneducated public like me would just call it off as failure, even if it's not.

It's crazy because we're witnessing something along the same lines as the Gemini Missions, which was the precursor to the moon. But now we're witnessing the precursor to Mars, and that just gets me so damn excited.

"Don't panic!" has never been so appropriate before

Not sure, but guessing it didn't and they didn't want to end the cast on a sour note so they just didn't mention it.

fine...road legal car in space

My kids and I cheered, now they're outside drawing rocket ships with chalk. What a great day.
Edit: The inspiring artworks. The neighborhood kids joined in! https://i.imgur.com/1raJg2i.jpg

My kids and I cheered, now they're outside drawing rocket ships with chalk. What a great day. Edit: The inspiring artworks. The neighborhood kids joined in!

So does this mean that a Tesla Roadster with the optional Falcon Heavy attachment is the fastest road-legal car in history?

I guess the Orks were right- red DOES mean fast.

Random thought: I would have put a couple servos in Star Man's glove. Just to make the fingers twitch occasionally and freak everyone out.

Probably why I don't work at SpaceX.

We lost the center core

Though this could also mean just a loss of video/telemetry signal during the landing. We'll have to wait for official news.

I honestly feel like my outlook on life changed today in a surreal way. Like that I know that in my life time I may be able to leave the planet (albeit maybe not very far) and enter the great abyss (your Mum but also space). Absolutely incredible.

I'm refreshing Reddit like mad in hopes it made a successful landing.

On the other hand, they're usually not afraid to show failure.

I think they meant telemetry, as it hadn't landed yet at that point.

Seems like the core didn't land... The two anchors just dropped the subject right after "we have a confirmation" and also the way the feed cut off seems a little suspect.

Honestly, if this were from a movie and the two boosters landed perfectly synchronized like that, I would deride it for being unrealistic. Go fucking figure.

My wife wife was like, “well they missed the bullseye.”

Divorce papers being filed as I type this.

It's the biggest question on everyone's mind right now!

That would be awesome! I dont remember that spaceflight was even really looked into in my school education, let alone watching videos.. (10 years ago)

100% success really. If your a paying customer with a payload you don't care one bit about what happens to the boosters once they have successfully thrown you into space.

I'd love it if it gets close enough to ISS that they can do a space walk and put a ticket under the wipers.

They said "we lost the center core" at about 38m29s. You can hear it clearly on the alternate camera

I believe the Falcon Heavy mod renders it no longer road legal.

I hate the be negative, but I'm guessing that as well. Good news is, even if that part failed, that was an amazing success over all. It took several tries to get the Falcon rockets to land successfully.

Has the centre core been confirmed to have successfully land yet?

Upper stage restart nominal, apogee raised to 7000 km. Will spend 5 hours getting zapped in Van A...

Edit: View from SpaceX Launch Control. Apparently, there is a car in orbit around Earth.

This is a Bowie themed launch, get your Meatloaf out of here!

It was like looking at a movie using too much CGI

It was B-E-A-UTIFUL video of landing

Go to the spacex twitter and f5 furiously.

I've watched a bunch of Falcon 9 launches and landing, and every time I'm absolutely amazed. I don't know why, but watching the Falcon Heavy launch and the two Falcon boosters land in perfect synchronization - I confess, it made me a bit emotional for some reason!

Then seeing the faring separate and Starman ride off in his Tesla? Beyond words!

I know there's been a lot of criticism of Musk and his decision to use his Tesla as a payload, and the cross-promotion it brings. However, the other thing it has brought - at least here in the UK - is interest! Falcon Heavy has been on national news all day. I'm 40 years old, the last time I remember any kind of launch being national news was the Columbia disaster.

Regardless of what people think of SpaceX's approaches, I truly believe that the company has the potential to rebuild public interest in space exploration, and that can only be a good thing!

Regardless of what happened to the center core, this is an incredible achievement in aerospace. Absolutely thrilling watching that live feed

That double booster landing made my eyes water and my nipples hard as steel.

I have to say it really did feel like we just witnessed history. I'm not old enough to know what it felt like to watch the Apollo launches, but this was certainly something special. Watching the two boosters land simultaneously will be a moment we will see over and over again over the next few years!

Huge congrats to every single person that worked on the Falcon Heavy project over the years. You have all given us hope that we have a new frontier to explore.

I'm F5'ing all over spacex's twitter.

Elon is really just playing Kerbal in real life. That was awesome to watch.

The god damn inner ape in me started feeling like he should bang his chest.

They'd have to mail Elon a speeding ticket.

Honestly? Two out of three isn't bad at all.

When I witnessed the two boosters landing at once. Holy shit I got chills everywhere.

The Super Bowl wasn’t important.

THIS was important.

I am foaming at the mouth to know if it successfully landed. In the corner, hunched, biting my nails. I'm worried my family are going to call someone on me soon.

The landing was the least impressive part for me! We've seen plenty of those landings now (crazy in its own right) but the launch of 27 Merlin engines, boosting a fucking electric car into deep space, carrying a copy of Hitchhiker's Guide.... just, wow. More momentous than the Voyager imo!

I believe they were referring to losing contact with. AKA, a signal loss, not a rapid deconstruction.

It's also a hybrid now, no longer a fully electric car.

Aliens. Probably aliens.

Man, that double booster landing. That stuff makes me feel things down below.

Really wish you would leave one "Did the Core Land" post up outside this mega thread, that feels significant enough to have its own discussion.

According to the SpaceX stream, there's a copy of Isaac Asimov's Foundation series on an optical storage brick in the glove compartment.

Not bringing it up for any reason. It just makes me happy.

I remember seeing Saturn V and the Apollo missions as a part of US history. The synchronized landing is momentous, a milestone in human history.

Very interesting, but yeah it might just be that they lost the feed.

HitchHikers guide references are one of my favorite things in life.

Well you will care to an extent, because if SpaceX can't land their boosters consistently than they can't afford to charge as low of a rate. That means customers are paying more.

This was just a test flight so its by no means a failure, but it would certainly impact customers to an extent if the slammed their cores into the ground frequently and had to raise prices.

It's so interesting to see what the control center looks like compared to the old school NASA room that was made so famous from the launches back in the 80s and 90s. This just looks like an open office all facing the same way lol.

That actually made me tear up. Think about was a poet Adams was. Those silly, simple words of his wrapped around some of the strangest notions in theoretical physics...It is so defining of human nature. We think big and we create beauty and we are sometimes ridiculous creatures.

I hope aliens find it.

Had chills running down my arms when I saw both rockets slowly landing on the same screen

Fingers tapping along to the music would have been good. I'm sure some bright spark will have a gif up by the morning.

Your talking about landing two rockets within a couple hundred meters of each other. This was like driving a car to the grocery store with your buddy in another car next to you. Tied together with only two feet inbetween the cars and parking. It's extremely impressive they were able to do it.

They live streamed the a launch with a 50/50 chance of success. They aren't afraid to show failure live.

SpaceX have confirmed autopilot deployment https://imgur.com/a/L3fyN :D

i swear if i see one more video of the loss of signal as "confirmation".....grrrrrrrrrrr

Pretty fair guess since nothing has been confirmed on Twitter. Figured if it landed like it should, SpaceX or Elon would have at least sent a tweet out by now. Still a really successful day though.

It honestly looked like something out of a movie. Beautiful day, clear skies, and two floating down to earth in unison.

Actually maybe I'm just thinking of the scene in Armageddon when the two shuttles launch at the same time.

Yea I think this was a success. Still, if they pull off all three it would have been insane. That rocket is massive!

All of the other rocket agencies crash their "cores", "Boosters" and Stages into the planet. I say 2/3 cores is way better than anyone else is doing! HUGE success in my eyes - and we should focus on the fact!

updates every couple of minutes until the boosters landed, then nothing for 20 minutes (so far). i'm not optimistic.

They have 5 failures for 12 successful landings on the drone ships so even if it didn't, no biggie, more data. Clearly a work in progress.

I work for a magazine and newspaper in central Florida and like half the newsroom went out to watch it on the balcony facing east. Could clearly see it once it got over the trees.

It's awesome seeing it on the livestream, but it's really something else seeing it with your own two eyes. Even though it's only a tiny little dot of orange in the sky, it's still absolutely surreal (and worth stopping your day to watch)!

They're showing the same video twice. That's just two copies of the same video. It's the same video. <cut to shot of two boosters landing at the same time> JAW. ON. FLOOR.

I was WAY more excited than expected too also

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2305&v=-B_tWbjFIGI

According to mission control audio (38:30 in this video) the center core was lost:

It's not clear if they're referring to loss of feed/telemetry data or failure to land though. I would guess both but I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Elon said he would be happy if it clears the launch pad. Lessons have been learned either way. That was the first one I have watched and it was way faster than I anticipated from start to finish. Incredible finish.

https://youtu.be/wbSwFU6tY1c?t=2485

What a sight!

1985: I bet there will be flying cars in the future.

2018: SpaceX made it happen.

Knowing SpaceX, they won’t announce a failure of the core landing until they have some awesome video of it. SpaceX dose not shy away from failure.

I keep telling myself the reason they're taking so long to say is because they're uploading a video of the successful landing.

We are living in the future man. And this is just the beginning!

I feel like we should know if it did not land or not though, this was a momentous launch either way.

I want to know the progress of the most badass human advancements happening currently, come on, tell us what happened SpaceX!

Everyone is probably forbidden from sharing the info until they figure out how to deal with it and how exactly they want to share it... until they probably have details and so on. They are still a company with investors so they need to handle this professionally.

Or was it "we lost the signal" ??

Just speculating but reading the body language of those guys sitting seems like they were disappointed.

Here if you're interested.

Can we take a moment to appreciate how insane it is that we launched three boosters strapped to each other, sent them flying at thousands of kilometers per hour, then stopped them, returned them to where they launched, and landed them AT THE SAME TIME?! It just blows my mind that we ever managed to achieve this. SpaceX left another mark on history today. And the shot of the boosters landing will be reposted on Reddit for years to come.

Meanwhile I can't even get to Mun in KSP...

Twin Boosters Landing Simultaneously video

those two boosters landing was absolutely amazing to watch

Fudge, I think you're right... also may explain the extreme smoke on the stream right after it. Hoping it possibly fell over and survived if anything

Edit: Someone else pointed out, "lost" might refer to the transmission and not the core itself... still the smoke plume and what looks like debris (a black object flying off in the first still image after "lost contact" is declared) definitely worries me

Edit 2: Pic of smoke and pic of "debris"

Edit 3: Fuck it, seems lost according to this, but they are both cheering and jeering so I don't know what to think anymore.. I'll just wait for official confirmation

Edit 4: Picture seems to be of the landing gear, the rocket didn't stop at the drone ship as planned and just hovered past it, creating smoke. Case closed?

Fudge, I think you're right... also may explain the extreme smoke on the stream right after it. Hoping it possibly fell over and survived if anything

Edit: Someone else pointed out, "lost" might refer to the transmission and not the core itself... still the smoke plume and what looks like debris (a black object flying off in the first still image after "lost contact" is declared) definitely worries me

Edit 2: and pic of "debris"

Edit 3: Fuck it, seems lost according to this, but they are both cheering and jeering so I don't know what to think anymore.. I'll just wait for official confirmation

Edit 4: Picture seems to be of the landing gear, the rocket didn't stop at the drone ship as planned and just hovered past it, creating smoke. Case closed?

Right, but presenting any failure has to be planned, not just blurted out on a livestream.

I would also like to know

Live Views of Starman

The shot of those two boosters landing is still absolutely mindblowing!

It's never taken this long to find out. It's safe to say it didn't. But who cares,it's 1 booster - in the ocean, the rest was great. Still an absolutely monumental day