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Will it Work?

01/02/2015 6:08 PM

the space biz is expensive. next week Elon Musks Space X rocket will attempt an at sea landing on a platform.do you think he'll make it or will it end up in the drink?http://www.businessinsider.com/spacex-falcon-9-ocean-landing-january-6-2015-1

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Re: will it work?

01/02/2015 6:58 PM

Showing off the reliability. Odds is almost the same on land.

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01/02/2015 8:08 PM

Why?

I see no reason to try this.

They should be able to hit land.

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01/02/2015 8:47 PM
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01/03/2015 8:45 AM

I have a hard time believing that this is cost effective to be able to re-use a booster.

Parachutes and big balloons would seem easier!

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01/03/2015 12:36 PM

in calm water they have a good shot, mother nature works on her own schedule, it wont always be calm

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01/03/2015 10:52 PM

So Fredski, are you running a book ... trying to outdo the UK Bookies and Las Vegas?
And you thought that the consoles were rocket controllers?

I've got my money on ...... can't say, it might ruin the odds!

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01/04/2015 7:35 AM

If it hits the target perfectly and sinks it, is that counted as a success?

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01/04/2015 8:58 AM

Sounds more like an insurance issue ... imagine if Space X have the perfect landing and then the barge sinks .... can Space X claim the loss from the barge owner ... assuming they are owned by different companies, or are insured by different entities.

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01/04/2015 9:02 AM

I'm thinking it hits the target then topples into the drink!

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01/04/2015 9:48 AM

You just have to keep practicing (NASA budgets accepted) if you spill your drink ... or something like that. Maybe the instructions on any recovery craft should include something about 'shaking the target and not stirring up the fish in the surrounding ocean'.)

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01/05/2015 8:32 AM
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01/05/2015 10:46 AM

Good Answer Fredski,

Elon Musk is not an idiot or one to taking risks willy-nilly. I'm sure he and his team of engineers, advisers, etc. have looked at the data and have a good reason for taking this route. What I like about Elon Musk is that he has a vision for what can be and is willing to back it up with his own money.

Elon also has investors who back him and his vision which means he has viable plans. People with money have it because they were willing to work hard for a goal. They don't "win all the time", but their thinking makes it possible to win more often than not, that is why they have money. They are visionary and not stuck with past way of thinking and it's limited possible results.

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01/10/2015 6:37 AM

Almost I believe ..... maybe next time!
Anyway the prime purpose of supply to the ISS is fine.

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01/10/2015 10:08 AM

pretty close.....but look at all the data they have now.nothing like real world performing. next one should be flawless.

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01/10/2015 11:03 AM

Realistically, the Space X efforts have been excellent and I agree the experience (and data) gained puts them so far out in front. Consider the Wright Brothers and what they went through.

http://www.wright-brothers.org/History_Wing/History_of_the_Airplane/Decade_After/Landing_Without_Crashing/Landing_Without_Crashing.htm

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