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SpaceX leads in evolution of VTVL
« on: 01/11/2019 06:21 pm »
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Reminds me of the DC-X days with better coverage.

Thanks everyone!!

The DC-X was amazing.   It's surprising and disappointing that no one continued that line of design and thinking until Elon came along.

DC-X, Armadillo, Masten, SpaceX, Blue Origin,...

We could do a 3 or 4 variable plot of landed mass, max altitude, and number of reflights, or most reflights per vehicle, but it would need log scales to keep SpaceX from squishing the others against the small value edges.

I was also an avid follower of the DC-X flights.
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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Re: SpaceX leads in evolution of VTVL
« Reply #1 on: 01/11/2019 10:29 pm »
If you include flights per vehicle, you will need a log scale just for Xombie.
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Re: SpaceX leads in evolution of VTVL
« Reply #2 on: 01/12/2019 07:49 am »
This was tweeted just a few hours ago. DC-X has had a lasting influence, but of course was not the first.

https://twitter.com/jamesncantrell/status/1083918433622749185

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It's a common misconception that SpaceX conceived of the vertically landing rocket. While quite true that they perfected it, early efforts such as DCX preceded SpaceX. Many @vectorspacesys personnel worked on DCX & SpaceX.  Nice summary by @curiousdroid



Masten arenít mentioned in the video but deserve particular credit. Not least for influencing Elon/SpaceX when they realised parachute booster recover wasnít going to work. Of course Blue Origin were also working on VTVL before SpaceX. But no question that SpaceX have taken it way beyond anyone else.
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Re: SpaceX leads in evolution of VTVL
« Reply #3 on: 01/12/2019 12:16 pm »
This was tweeted just a few hours ago. DC-X has had a lasting influence, but of course was not the first.

https://twitter.com/jamesncantrell/status/1083918433622749185

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It's a common misconception that SpaceX conceived of the vertically landing rocket. While quite true that they perfected it, early efforts such as DCX preceded SpaceX. Many @vectorspacesys personnel worked on DCX & SpaceX.  Nice summary by @curiousdroid

Masten arenít mentioned in the video but deserve particular credit. Not least for influencing Elon/SpaceX when they realised parachute booster recover wasnít going to work. Of course Blue Origin were also working on VTVL before SpaceX. But no question that SpaceX have taken it way beyond anyone else.
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Re: SpaceX leads in evolution of VTVL
« Reply #4 on: 01/12/2019 01:41 pm »
Agree with Jim Cantrell:  SpaceX perfected vertical landing rockets.

But more importantly, we need to get our heads out of the technology-only sphere and think about technology development and "perfection" of it in a broader economic context.

SpaceX made the choice, the standard entrepreneurial choice, to take the "state of the world" (SOW) as it existed, and, at risk, apply capital and other resources to develop a whole series of technologies to innovate, build new tech, apply old tech, and generally stack up a number of things to make the "state of the world" be something else.  That is standard entrepreneurial theory, and action.  In this particular case, they did the several years of work, and many iterations of tech development, that (now) make landing of vertically-launched orbital booster rockets a regular and robust occurrence.  SOW2 (today) is definitely not the SOW1 we had in 2007.

They did this with private capital, at risk.  They did not merely use the OldSpace technique of sucking off the government teat to ask for $$$ to develop some particular government approved (and meta designed by gvmt) spaceflight technology.

So, yeah, SpaceX perfected this tech.  But thinking in terms of technology perfection in exclusively technical and engineering terms, as we engineers often tend to do, misses a lot of understanding.  Entrepreneurial action is mostly about human action, and choice being made while considering all benefits and all costs; i.e., it is economic.
 
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« Reply #5 on: 01/12/2019 03:34 pm »
Entrepreneurial action is mostly about human action, and choice being made while considering all benefits and all costs; i.e., it is economic.

The entire post was very good but I want to add one point which I think is underappreciated and reinforces exactly what you are saying.  Economics is fundamentally a "social science".

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Re: SpaceX leads in evolution of VTVL
« Reply #6 on: 01/12/2019 06:53 pm »
Entrepreneurial action is mostly about human action, and choice being made while considering all benefits and all costs; i.e., it is economic.

The entire post was very good but I want to add one point which I think is underappreciated and reinforces exactly what you are saying.  Economics is fundamentally a "social science".
These are profound points. Private enterpreneural action is where a lot of progress comes from. Built on predecessors and their success, to be sure, but watching SpaceX go is exhilarating. Even more exciting, their rate of change may be about to make a step change of a massive sort.
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Re: SpaceX leads in evolution of VTVL
« Reply #7 on: 02/04/2019 11:31 pm »
Entrepreneurial action is mostly about human action, and choice being made while considering all benefits and all costs; i.e., it is economic.

The entire post was very good but I want to add one point which I think is underappreciated and reinforces exactly what you are saying.  Economics is fundamentally a "social science".

The statement that "Economics is fundamentally a social science" is exactly wrong at the macro level. Economics is a hard science at that level and outcomes are entirely predictable using the same math as particle physics.  At the micro level, your point is well taken, because human beings do not always act rationally at the individual level, nor do they have perfect information; unfortunately your point has been misused politically which has resulted in certain politicians being elected based upon "economic policies," and certain "economists" winning Nobel Prizes while lacking a fundamental understanding of basic economics.

Think of it like trying to predict the exact position and behavior of an individual subatomic particle.  This is impossible, but that in no way invalidates the science itself or its usefulness in predicting "behavior" at the macro level.

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« Reply #8 on: 02/05/2019 01:23 am »
The statement that "Economics is fundamentally a social science" is exactly wrong at the macro level. Economics is a hard science at that level and outcomes are entirely predictable using the same math as particle physics.

No, that is false. Unless you have a very different definition of 'hard science' than what physicists would use.

At the micro level, your point is well taken, because human beings do not always act rationally at the individual level, nor do they have perfect information;

And human beings act rationally at the macro level?  ;D  No. There is an element of predictability, yes, but since macro human behavior is not predictable, therefore macro economics can never be. And perfect information is a pipe dream, as the last decade has shown. The more information is available, the more people seek information based on confirmation bias.

Think of it like trying to predict the exact position and behavior of an individual subatomic particle.  This is impossible, but that in no way invalidates the science itself or its usefulness in predicting "behavior" at the macro level.

This is a false equivalence argument. Physics has some degree of unpredictability, economics has it as well, therefore they are just as unpredictable. No.

It's ok to not be a hard science. It really is. Not everything can be, and that's fine.

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Re: SpaceX leads in evolution of VTVL
« Reply #9 on: 02/05/2019 01:52 am »
thread necromancy for this?
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Re: SpaceX leads in evolution of VTVL
« Reply #10 on: 02/13/2019 04:22 pm »
Entrepreneurial action is mostly about human action, and choice being made while considering all benefits and all costs; i.e., it is economic.

The entire post was very good but I want to add one point which I think is underappreciated and reinforces exactly what you are saying.  Economics is fundamentally a "social science".
These are profound points. Private enterpreneural action is where a lot of progress comes from. Built on predecessors and their success, to be sure, but watching SpaceX go is exhilarating. Even more exciting, their rate of change may be about to make a step change of a massive sort.

I always had the sense that those old SciFi worlds where brilliant driven inventor/entrepreneurs opened up a new frontier in Space, taking risks and making rapid progress, were actually possible alternative realities that weíd just missed by chance to end up in a timeline with Space bogged down in bureaucratic politics and caution. Thereís a sense of that possibility again. A little of it is just the aesthetic of a serious polished stainless steel rocket that lands on its fin/legs and is a general purpose spaceship. Those old writers and artists donít seem so delusional anymore.
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Re: SpaceX leads in evolution of VTVL
« Reply #11 on: 02/13/2019 08:07 pm »
Entrepreneurial action is mostly about human action, and choice being made while considering all benefits and all costs; i.e., it is economic.

The entire post was very good but I want to add one point which I think is underappreciated and reinforces exactly what you are saying.  Economics is fundamentally a "social science".

You could go even further and say that economics is fundamentally a sub-category of psychology and it wouldn't be totally wrong.

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