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Old 12-02-2017, 03:32 PM   #31
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Elon has said in the first Falcon Heavy test flight next year, he'll be launching the Tesla Roadster to Mars orbit:

SpaceX will try to launch Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster on new heavy-lift rocket
December 2, 2017 Stephen Clark
https://spaceflightnow.com/2017/12/0...y-lift-rocket/

In my blog post "Test flights of the Falcon Heavy for missions to the moons of Earth and Mars, Page 1", I had to do a calculation outside the optimal 2018 launch window. This reduced the payload or necessitated doing an aerocapture at Mars.

Now the planned launch is in 2018 which will reduce the delta-v requirements. So it may be possible to do a direct, propulsive landing on Phobos without using aerocapture.

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Old 12-30-2017, 10:21 PM   #32
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So.. he's sending a car to Mars.
Brilliant media thingy.. for those who are biting on everything Space-X does.
I mean .. really don't you have a life

Look out the window .. that hole-in-the-wall just beyond your pc screen.
There's something real going on outside there - Go the the bar and drink beer, meet real people.
Talk to them about real realities
Talk to people who don't agree.. listen to them.. then make an 'informed decision'

You might be surprised and 'educated'


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Musk announced in September his updated vision for settling Mars, and announced that SpaceX is working on a giant new rocket dubbed the BFR that could send cargo and crew ships to the red planet, or perhaps the moon if a lunar base becomes reality.
Most likely the same name as Doom's BFG

This guy is farking you all over big time...

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Old 12-30-2017, 10:31 PM   #33
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Well, its likely the best he can do with his cars.

I don't want to imagine, how expensive it would have been to simply take a naked Dragon hull, install some scientific sensors in it, maybe selected partially by lottery and partially by "keeping CoG nice"... and make this the first launch of a Dragon-derived spacecraft near Mars... or somewhere else.
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