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Old 06-05-2016, 10:59 AM   #151
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 SpaceX has a massive lead. They might be a year away from flying their first reused core to orbit.
For which price? Right now they are right at the edge of the envelope of physics already with their flights, often a step beyond. We can't even yet talk about staying within the envelope of economics.

And how often could they fly a reused core?
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Old 06-05-2016, 11:41 AM   #152
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 SpaceX has a massive lead. They might be a year away from flying their first reused core to orbit.

Oh and... yea, SpaceX is in orbit. BO isn't even near yet.

BO landing vertically in the same area they took off from is easy in comparison to landing on a ship in the middle of the ocean
I'd say they even, but coming from opposite directions, but I'll give the edge to BO as they've reused their stages.. SpaceX still has to learn (do) that.

Both land vertically.. and on the X (where ever X is).. so there's no advantage there.
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Old 06-05-2016, 12:46 PM   #153
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 I'd say they even, but coming from opposite directions, but I'll give the edge to BO as they've reused their stages.. SpaceX still has to learn (do) that.

Both land vertically.. and on the X (where ever X is).. so there's no advantage there.
BO doesn't go orbital. You're comparing a bike with training wheels to a Ferrari F1 car.

And landing on solid ground is easier, seeing as how solid ground doesn't usually move - and is larger...
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 BO doesn't go orbital. You're comparing a bike with training wheels to a Ferrari F1 car.

And landing on solid ground is easier, seeing as how solid ground doesn't usually move - and is larger...
Just that the bike with training wheels lands intact, while the F1 car has to be tugged over the finish line.

SpaceX does not yet reuse their stages, they eventually will around the end of this year, but even then, it is not sure how the future will turn out - it could still happen that SpaceX suffers another setback there.
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Old 06-06-2016, 11:53 AM   #155
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Before any of them get excited about sending people into space.. they should check out the weather... ??
http://www.solarham.net/
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Old 06-06-2016, 05:10 PM   #156
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You know what they say about the weather. Everyone talks about it, but no one does anything about it.
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Old 06-06-2016, 05:32 PM   #157
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 You know what they say about the weather. Everyone talks about it, but no one does anything about it.
Weather: Always a reason to complain about since 19000 BC.
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Old 06-07-2016, 12:05 AM   #158
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Right, not much to talk about, in an ice age.
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Old 06-07-2016, 06:23 AM   #159
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 Right, not much to talk about, in an ice age.
"In my youth, the snow used to be much whiter than it is today"...
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Old 06-07-2016, 06:36 AM   #160
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When I was a lad, it was all fields round here...


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Old 06-17-2016, 06:51 PM   #161
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Not sure if they ever did this before but:

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 Watch the fourth flight of the same New Shepard hardware this Sunday. Liftoff is planned for approximately 10:15 am ET and the live webcast starts half an hour earlier at 9:45 am ET at www.blueorigin.com.

On this flight, we’ll intentionally fail one string of parachutes on the capsule. There are three strings of chutes and two of the three should still deploy nominally and, along with our retrothrust system, safely land the capsule. Works on paper, and this test is designed to validate that. We’ll also use this flight to continue pushing the envelope on the booster.

As always, this is a development test flight and anything can happen.

Watching a rocket launch (and rocket landing!) might add a little extra fun with the kids on Father’s Day -- enjoy.

Gradatim Ferociter!

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There will be a live stream on a New Shepard launch this sunday.
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First time they've streamed it live. All others have been revealed after the flight was over.
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 "In my youth, the snow used to be much whiter than it is today"...
Got to watch out for the yellow snow.......
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Old 06-17-2016, 09:54 PM   #164
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Damn ! Gonna miss it.
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Old 06-19-2016, 02:27 PM   #165
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Livestream is up with a small delay, and it is great - lots of close up views of the New Shepard during prelaunch processing about 6 hours earlier this morning.

---------- Post added at 04:27 PM ---------- Previous post was at 04:07 PM ----------

One of the coming unmanned test flights will be an in-flight test of the launch escape system.
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