slugbelch wrote: »
YOU AINT SEEN NOTHIN' YET!
NASA video just uploaded a couple days ago:
First launch is next year and NASA just announced that they are undergoing studies to possibly CREW THE FIRST TEST of this beast!
btw, also next year SpaceX plans to start sending people to the Space Station.
The space agency's human exploration chief said Friday that his boss and the Trump administration asked for the feasibility study. The objective is to see what it would take to speed up a manned mission; under the current plan, astronauts wouldn't climb aboard until 2021— at best.
NASA is shooting for an unmanned test flight for late next year. Putting people on board would delay the mission and require extra money. The space agency's William Gerstenmaier said if adding astronauts postpones the first flight beyond 2019, it would probably be better to stick with the original plan.
Under that plan, Gerstenmaier said, nearly three years are needed between an unmanned flight test and a crewed mission to make launch platform changes at Kennedy Space Center.
"We recognize this will be an increased risk" to put astronauts on the initial flight, Gerstenmaier said.
Astronauts are taking part in the study, which will weigh the extra risk against the benefits.
Grampy96 wrote: »
Absolutely amazing what Elon Musk has been able to put together and accomplish....
... Can't wait to see the heavy lift fly....:D
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 K
The second times the charm as StarHopper made its first successful hover!
NASA'a competition to get humans to Mars made a giant leap forward Thursday night/Friday morning.
Elon Musk: "Starhopper flight successful. Water towers *can* fly haha!!"
He said that the next test, a 200 meter hover, may launch as early as next week!
StarHopper is a scaled-down test vehicle designed to help SpaceX run crucial preparation trials for the new Raptor engine ahead of building its full-scale Starship reusable spacecraft. Starship is the next launch vehicle SpaceX is developing, which is intended to be fully reusable (its current rockets are only partially able to be refurbished and reused) and which SpaceX CEO Elon Musk envisions eventually being able to take over all mission activity for the company, including transfer of crew and cargo to Mars.
(the last video clip is next to the engine!)
If this is scaled-down, can you imagine how big the normal size is going to be?
At 5pm ET today, SpaceX intends to launch AND LAND Starhopper at its South Texas launch site located two miles from Boca Chica Beach. Local residents in Boca Chica Village aren't too happy, though, as police have suggested they leave their homes during the test.
The test will involve the 60-foot-tall (18m) Starhopper prototype flying roughly 650 feet (200m) lifted by a single Raptor engine before attempting a landing. If everything goes to plan, local residents have nothing to worry about, but if there's a malfunction then an "overpressure event" could occur resulting in an explosion.
As BusinessInsider reports, on Saturday, a county sherrif went door-to-door in the village handing out a notice suggesting residents leave home during the test. The notice explains, "There is a risk that a malfunction of the SpaceX vehicle during flight will create an overpressure event that can break windows. Therefore, in order to protect Public Health and Safety, it is recommended that you consider temporarily vacating yourself, other occupants, and pets, from the area during the Space Flight Activities."
Live feed starts at 5:30
that one is lame -
better - https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-watch-spacex-starhopper-rocket-make-its-biggest-leap-monday/
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