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Old 02-03-2018
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For the Falcon Heavy launch Tuesday, in addition to the live links in post #9 (just added 2 more) here is the link for the locations for all you Floridians to view it in person:

http://www.visitspacecoast.com/launc...rtcompany%5D=1

Don't forget, the fun doesn't end after launch. Once the payload containing the Tesla Roadster detaches from the three main boosters, SpaceX will attempt to land all three: two at Cape Canaveral, and one on the autonomous spaceport drone ship (Of Course I Still Love You) in the Atlantic Ocean.
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Old 02-05-2018
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T-minus 16hrs and all systems GO for Mars!!





1 hour ago:

"The first test flight of Falcon Heavy is targeted for Tuesday, February 6th at 1:30 PM ET from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
When Falcon Heavy lifts off, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two."


https://www.facebook.com/SpaceX/phot...type=3&theater
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Old 02-06-2018
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UPDATE 1:44 pm ET:

SpaceX's first Falcon Heavy megarocket will launch on its maiden flight today, Feb. 6, at 3:45 p.m. EST

The launch webcast will begin at 20 minutes before liftoff and the launch window runs through 4 p.m. EST (2100 GMT).
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Old 02-06-2018
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And we are LIVE for the maiden launch of the most powerful operational rocket and SARMAN in a Tesla to Mars!

https://youtu.be/wbSwFU6tY1c

http://www.spacex.com/webcast
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Old 02-06-2018
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Falcon Heavy Mission #1 SUCCESS!

Mars here we come!





Replay of the launch:

Video begins at 20:00-24:30 Launch!
24:30-25:40 Boosters and second stage separation!
25:40-26:40 Tesla with STARMAN capsule separation!
28:30-30:30 Rocket boosters landing back on Earth!
31:50-32:10 STARMAN!
33:30 STARMAN!

https://youtu.be/wbSwFU6tY1c?t=19m54s

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Old 02-06-2018
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Starman cruizin along in the Tesla at around 26,000 mph on his way to Mars live webcam!

https://youtu.be/aBr2kKAHN6M
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Old 02-06-2018
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People can say what they want about Elon Musk, but that guy knows how to build a company. What an incredible accomplishment that was. The first test flight goes off without a hitch. So he now owns the most powerful rocket in the world. But the thing that still amazes me is the boosters (all 3) flying themselves back to a static landing. Being 64 I lived through the space race and fell in love with the space program. It was an incredible sight watching that rocket launch. So now, the race is on. Who will get to Mars first. Elon or NASA.
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Old 02-07-2018
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What amazes me is that NASA never landed their spent rockets back in an upright position like Elon has been doing but three of them after that launch? Wow!
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Virgin Galactic spaceplane smashes altitude record in latest test flight
Sleek craft climbs to 32 miles over California’s Mojave Desert.
by David Freeman / Jul.26.2018 / 5:18 PM ET

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Virgin Galactic completed the third rocket-powered test flight of its VSS Unity spaceplane over California’s Mojave Desert on Thursday, bringing billionaire Richard Branson’s space tourism company a step closer to taking its first customers into space.

After being released from under the wing of its carrier plane at 46,500 feet, VSS Unity fired its rocket motor for 42 seconds to propel itself and its two pilots to a speed of Mach 2.47

The sleek craft reached an altitude of 170,800 feet (32.3 miles) — more than halfway to the Kármán line that marks the boundary between the upper atmosphere and outer space — before descending and landing safely at the Mojave Air and Space Port.
Video:
https://twitter.com/virgingalactic/s...67679658405888
Launch video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8dEwUD6fXs

May 28th launch video:
https://mashable.com/2018/05/29/virg...qG&jwsource=cl



Article:
https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science...ght-ncna894981

Press Release:
https://www.virgingalactic.com/artic...ere-at-Mach-2/

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T-minus 5.5hrs (3:30am) to launch the fastest spacecraft in history for our trip to the sun! (430,000 mph during the sun's orbit)


https://www.facebook.com/spacecom/ph...type=3&theater
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