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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #380 on: 05/01/2017 11:38 AM »
where did they get a tracking camera that good!!!???

Well who's the customer, duh?

Usually that camera would be ON the payload!  lol

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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #381 on: 05/01/2017 11:39 AM »
where did they get a tracking camera that good!!!???

Its always been there. My thought is there is footage of this quality of all the cape returns, and distant views of tall the stage flips going out to the ASDS. We just haven't seen them as they weren't released.

SpaceX decided to show off because this time due to NRO restrictions they didn't have to pretend that 10 minutes of calmly flying and firing second stage burn was the coolest thing going on at the time ;)

LOL, but they could have used their famous split screen!

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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #382 on: 05/01/2017 11:49 AM »
where did they get a tracking camera that good!!!???

Well who's the customer, duh?

If NRO were imaging the launch, we'd had this from top down perspective :)

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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #383 on: 05/01/2017 11:57 AM »
I suspect that the tracking cameras are old NASA Shuttle-era kit that's been pulled out of mothballs for soon-to-begin Commercial Crew flights. That aside, I can see NASA wanting to help SpaceX, given that their supersonic retropropulsion data is the only game in town for that particular field right now.
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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #384 on: 05/01/2017 11:57 AM »
Slightly off topic...

Hey now, off topic in the party thread means serious business. There is no serious business in the party party thread. Someone needs to report this to a moderator!

I'm on it... Er ... wait ...

I usually rail against government spying, etc, but I would like to (for once) shout out to the spies. Their secrecy (no second stage) means our glee at awesome footage

Also I would like to say that whoever first posted that "rains down in Africa" thing will be enduring my wrath. Now I've got an earworm, thanks a lot.  Here's hoping you do too, gentle reader.
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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #385 on: 05/01/2017 12:16 PM »
I wonder if that huge spike SpaceX is now putting on the end of the fairing is to help with the recovery efforts?
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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #386 on: 05/01/2017 12:32 PM »
Slightly off topic...

Hey now, off topic in the party thread means serious business. There is no serious business in the party party thread. Someone needs to report this to a moderator!

I'm on it... Er ... wait ...

I usually rail against government spying, etc, but I would like to (for once) shout out to the spies. Their secrecy (no second stage) means our glee at awesome footage

Also I would like to say that whoever first posted that "rains down in Africa" thing will be enduring my wrath. Now I've got an earworm, thanks a lot.  Here's hoping you do too, gentle reader.
Ok, let's change it up then for the NRO... :)
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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #387 on: 05/01/2017 02:14 PM »
Did you guys catch the second stage engaging its cloaking device?  Right after the 1st stage flip, the view switches to the onboard camera and the second stage can be seen burning in the upper left corner. Then it just winks out.

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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #388 on: 05/01/2017 02:16 PM »
SpaceX, just a few things planned for 2018: FH, Starlink Prototypes, Block 5, Dragon 2, Increased launch rate.

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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #389 on: 05/01/2017 02:23 PM »
Was everyone else as impressed as I was with the quality of the daylight (admittedly early morning) CGI of the landing as show in the Musk Instagram video?  I liked the production staff's interpretation of the instant deployment of the landing legs just before landing in a big dust/exhaust cloud.

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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #390 on: 05/01/2017 02:28 PM »
Was everyone else as impressed as I was with the quality of the daylight (admittedly early morning) CGI of the landing as show in the Musk Instagram video?  I liked the production staff's interpretation of the instant deployment of the landing legs just before landing in a big dust/exhaust cloud.
Especially impressive that they remembered to make sure it didn't land dead center.  Nobody would believe that!

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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #391 on: 05/01/2017 02:32 PM »
Was everyone else as impressed as I was with the quality of the daylight (admittedly early morning) CGI of the landing as show in the Musk Instagram video?  I liked the production staff's interpretation of the instant deployment of the landing legs just before landing in a big dust/exhaust cloud.
Yeah, Pixar needs to step up their game from this:


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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #392 on: 05/01/2017 02:39 PM »
It was the entrepreneurial vision and very large private investment of Elon Musk, as well as the execution of 100s of people at SpaceX over years, that developed this this reusable technology over the past 7+years, that are now beginning to make this all look routine.

And people say SpaceX have a morale problem. The executions will continue till morale improves...

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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #393 on: 05/01/2017 03:37 PM »
I'm just glad that I got to watch the webcast while taking my morning shower, it was a one way broadcast, correct?
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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #394 on: 05/01/2017 03:44 PM »
My Firefox froze and crashed during the broadcast.  But the tweets kept me updated, and the videos have been amazing!

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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #395 on: 05/01/2017 03:45 PM »
I suspect that the tracking cameras are old NASA Shuttle-era kit that's been pulled out of mothballs for soon-to-begin Commercial Crew flights. That aside, I can see NASA wanting to help SpaceX, given that their supersonic retropropulsion data is the only game in town for that particular field right now.

They've had these on the range forever, not pulled out of mothballs.  They watch pretty much all of the launches.  Look at Photosonics and L-3's KTM.

New replacement contract for range imaging and tracking systems is ARTIS.

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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #396 on: 05/01/2017 04:09 PM »
That's way too interesting and informative to be stuck on a party thread.

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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #397 on: 05/01/2017 04:12 PM »
That's way too interesting and informative to be stuck on a party thread.
Repost that nugget in the right thread?  Because moving posts OUT of the Party Thread ??? Just ISN'T DONE.

(in case it's not clear, I agree, that IS interesting)

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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #398 on: 05/01/2017 04:20 PM »
I'm just glad that I got to watch the webcast while taking my morning shower, it was a one way broadcast, correct?

"Of course" ... ;D

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Re: Launch, Land, and Relaunch Party Thread
« Reply #399 on: 05/01/2017 04:21 PM »
In this era of fake news, the party thread is the only accurate and reliable place to monitor all launches.
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