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STREAM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwMDvPCGeE0
When: Aug. 11 @ 3:33 a.m. EDT (0733 UTC); ~45 minute launch window
Where: SLC-37, CCAFS, Florida
Launch Vehicle: Delta IV Heavy
Weather: 70% GO

Payload: The Parker Solar Probe (PSP)
PSP has a risk classification of "B" according to NPR 8705.4. The overall cost of the program is $1.5b.
Orbit: Elliptical orbit around the Sun at 3.4 degree inclination from the ecliptic plane
Orbital Period: 88 days for final orbits with closest approach
Mission Duration: Baseline seven-year science mission
Mass: 635kg
Builder & Operator: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Press Kit: https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/parkersolarprobe_presskit_august2018_final.pdf

Learn More:
http://parkersolarprobe.jhuapl.edu/index.php
https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/parker-solar-probe

Everyone should tune in for this launch; class-B missions are extremely important, and Delta IV Heavy is always fun to watch!
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What will PSP measure?:
>Fields Experiment (FIELDS): This investigation will make direct measurements of electric and magnetic fields and waves, Poynting flux, absolute plasma density and electron temperature, spacecraft floating potential and density fluctuations, and radio emissions.
>Integrated Science Investigation of the sun (ISIS): This investigation makes observations of energetic electrons, protons and heavy ions that are accelerated to high energies (10s of keV to 100 MeV) in the sun's atmosphere and inner heliosphere, and correlates them with solar wind and coronal structures.
>Wide-field Imager for Solar PRobe (WISPR): These telescopes will take images of the solar corona and inner heliosphere. The experiment will also provide images of the solar wind, shocks and other structures as they approach and pass the spacecraft. This investigation complements the other instruments on the spacecraft providing direct measurements by imaging the plasma the other instruments sample.
>Solar Wind Electrons Alphas and Protons (SWEAP) Investigation: This investigation will count the most abundant particles in the solar wind -- electrons, protons and helium ions -- and measure their properties such as velocity, density, and temperature.
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>all these late night launches this month
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>why Delta IV Heavy when it's such a smol probe?
It's all about the delta-V; PSP has to go incredibly fast
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gyBbGYEqpk
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psp is only going to 6M kilometers but you can still ballpark that on the map but putting it a bit further along the delta-v line from mercury
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>>9929125
2/3 of the velocity comes from the STAR 48BV. It's going to zip right along. Even so, it's using Venus for a boost
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>>9929125
from the ULA booklet:
>C3: 153.79 (km^2/s^2)

https://www.ulalaunch.com/docs/default-source/launch-booklets/divh_parkersolarprobe_mob.pdf
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>>9929103
>3am

Great time for best publicity of the launch, not.
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>>9929154
the overall launch window is August 11-23, but some issues pushed it back. I think that the original launch date was a more 'reasonable' hour.

Also,
>12 bongs to go!
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>>9929159
*august 4-19
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>>9929159
With a window so large, they really should do it at a more publicized hour. It is rare SpaceX launches at shitty hours simply so they can get more publicity. Shit like that matters in the long run.
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>>9929170
why would NASA care about publicity?
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>>9929170
normies don't watch rocket launches live that often. They usually see it on the news the next day.
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>>9929171
>t. someone who didn't grow up in the 60s-80s

NASA will never have another golden age.

>>9929177
Not if they are in the dead of night they sure don't.
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>The seven-year mission must launch by Aug. 19 to line up flybys of Venus that are critical to setting the trajectory away from Earth and toward the sun.

>“There’s always a chance we can push for a couple of extra days, but that is our window,” said Karen Fox, a NASA spokeswoman, during a news briefing last week at Kennedy Space Center. “The whole point is we have to get to Venus at the right time, so we’d have to adjust for a different launch time for that planetary necessity.”

next window would open up in May.
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10th Delta IV Heavy launch
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>>9929177
You'd be surprised, NASA launches are literally the only ones that 'normies' watch, minus special events like the Falcon Heavy Demo of course. However despite what >>9929183 says, I think we are entering a new golden age, for space exploration in general; and with the Trump administration heavily promoting space exploration, commercial space as well as the conception of a 'Space Force' and the announcement of the 9 commercial crew astronauts, public engagement with space could reach an all time high very soon
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God speed, little guy
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>>9929103
That looks WAY too much like the Meme Drive.
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>>9929339
imagine being Eugene Parker. you get laughed at for your crazy Sun theories 50 years ago, and now you get to watch a 1.5 billion dollar probe named after your launch to study those same theories
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~9 bongs to go
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>>9929170
are you fucking retarded?
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>>9929435
Seems you are at least. LOL
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>>9929177
That window doesn't mean they can launch at any time during the day in that period.
They're trying to maximize deltav for this, which means launching at a particular time during the day.
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>>9929103

Have you praised it today?
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>>9929482
nah dude I'm praising the cosmos; gonna watch the Perseids on a lake Sunday night
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four hours left!
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>>9929450
LMAO got him! xD
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coverage starts in 25min
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>>9930242
hype
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fueling is complete. launch now scheduled for 03:53 EDT
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Delta IV Heavy.

Hnnnnnnggg.
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and we're live
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>old white british bitch is giving us football analogies
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how many anons do we have watching right now?
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>>9930284
I'm watching.
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>>9930284
>how many anons do we have watching right now?
At least two.
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>>9930284
me three
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Just getting this over with:

https://youtu.be/3JdWlSF195Y
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T-29:00
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>>9930284
rolling
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carbon carbon. The elite of composites.
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LC Switch not ready. NO GO.
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>>9930338
NO
NO GO YET
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>>9930339
what is the lc switch?
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>>9929103
>A Star 48BV third stage, built by Northrop Grumman, provides a significant kick of additional velocity for the Parker Solar Probe on its journey into the inner solar system.

>Northrop Grumman

lol as soon as the acquisition was approved they scrubbed OrbitalATK's name everywhere
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>>9930284
hi
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>>9930284
ready for disappointment
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>>9930343
Something to do with Launch Control (LC). Not sure what.
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T-4:00 and holding.
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>Can you tell us a little bit about that
goddamn this is getting annoying
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35 minutes left in the window
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>>9929113
>"Gotta save every gram of weight possible"
>"I know, lets slap a sticker/paint on it!"
The absolute state of NASA.
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>>9930348
Somebody's m68k Mac LC needed to reboot.
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>>9930363
t. Buttblasted SpaceX drone.
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>>9930363
it accounts to a rounding error, if even
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>>9930367
did they need to turn the rocket off and on again?
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>>9930376
No. They didn't get that close.
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on a scale of BLUE BALLS to KEK'd, how bad does ULA feel right now?
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>>9930381
Well, they started planning the mission 60 years ago...
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GOOD POSITION
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OH SHIT WERE BACK NIGGERS
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Sounds like they are coming out of the hold.
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t-16:00
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godammit COM
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GO GO GO!
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PERMISSION TO LAUNCH
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Shit boys we in buisness
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>COM... COM
>Go
Goddamnit Com.
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>>9930399
COM stop with the hentai for a sec God dammit !
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>remember, the red flames at liftoff are normal
just so people don't have a heart attack
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Why didn't they call it "Icarus"?

inb4fireball
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T-4:00 !!!!!!!!!!!
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>>9930408
they should have just called it "Eugene", nothing else
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Picking up the count

t-3:20 and counting
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>>9930410
They basically did. They called it "Parker"
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Going full screen. See y'all after launch.
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NNNNOOOOOOOO
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GOD FUCKING DAMMIT
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>>9930413
>he doesn't have two monitors
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NIIIIIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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HOLD HOLD HOLD
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fucking helium regulator
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>Hold hold hold
YOU GODDAMNED BLUE BALLING BASTARDS
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Damn that's prob a scrub
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>>9930419
FUCK I CAN'T BELIEVE IT.

IT BLEW UP
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9:15 left in the window....
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9 min or scrub.....
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>>9930419
I don't. It sucks.

T-4:00 and holding.
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The absolute state of ULA
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>power-down checklist
oof
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>>9930381
SCRUBBED
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SCRUB

24 hour recycle. See y
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GOD DAMMIT
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top kek
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RIP Delta4.
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FUCK I'm going to be watching the Perseids in a no-service zone tomorrow. gonna miss it.
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ULA BTFO
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See you tomorrow
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>>9930443
Roger.
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Was listening to a nearby airport live audio stream, pilot used a code word for unidentified flying object and reported it to tower. We may be in for a small treat tonight boys!
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>>9930441
same fucking hell
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See ya in 24 hours boys.
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>>9930446
inb4 it's another hijacked plane doing barrel rolls
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goodnight anons, thanks for tuning in. Glad we had an audience even at this weird hour.

Hopefully it all goes well for the next attempt, but the Perseids are more important to me desu

>>9930447
where at? I'm heading out to west of Denver
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Window opens at 0331 Sunday.
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>>9930452
0331 EDT, 0731 UTC
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>>9930446
>pilot used a code word for unidentified flying object and reported it to tower
Bet the pilot is a SpaceX fanboy.
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>>9930450
I was going to the foothills in west Cali. There's been smoke in the air for a week now.
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>>9930449
That guy flew over my house at about 300 feet elevation today, RIP Rich, you were the man!
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>>9929170

The planetary window spans multiple days, but the actual launch window within that span is smaller and is dictated by the Van Allen belts, which is why it just happens to be in the middle of the night
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>>9930455
I don't quite follow your logic there, they wouldn't shut down the mission for such a thing. They never have before.
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>Modern ICBM
>Fueled and launched in less than 20 minutes

>Modern Commercial rocket
>Fueled and held multiple times driving up the launch costs

Really gets my noggin joggin.
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SCRAPPED LAUNCH BECAUSE OF >>9930446
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>>9930458
hah and I thought it was because of the inclination
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>>9930466
ULA loses money on each scrub. They don't get a bonus or something silly.

>>9930456
Shame about the smoke. I found a public reservoir with road access and 0.40 radiance. Should be nice and chill
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>>9930466
Modern ICBMs are solid, not liquid you tard. Plus scrubs only hurt ULA since they have to pay both for all that expensive liquid hydrogen/oxygen they just dumped into the atmosphere and for the launch pad with all of its support staff.
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>>9930469

It was a pressure alarm. Computer's told them to fuck off and fix it during terminal countdown.
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>ULA is a reliable and trusted launch provider

https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/1028216853607407618

ONONONONONONONONO
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Is there any risk of biological contamination of the Sun's surface or will it pass through the solar atmosphere fast enough to burn up at the end of the mission?
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>>9930473
You're both wrong, the probe has to launch at night (specifically early morning) so that it can accelerate pretty much right up to its escape velocity and be moving in the right direction. Here's a shitty diagram to explain.
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>>9930466
>Modern ICBM
>made of steel and uses solid motors, doesn't need to be fueled or have to worry about saving weight because delta V requirements are so low, reliability and accuracy are only design requirements

>Modern launch vehicle
>Usually uses liquid fuels which need to be loaded before flight is built from ultralight materials as close to the limits of minimum strength to get the job done because delta V requirements are huge, delaying a launch is preferable to losing a $1 billion cargo vehicle, also orbital launch vehicles are physically much bigger than even the biggest ICBMs
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>>9930606
retard
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>>9930575
>tfw can't remember if there were any SpaceX scrubs this year or not
if ULA isn't sweating they should be,
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>>9930666
There's been one for SpaceX this year; but that was on the first launch of Block 5, so an anomaly occurring with a new rocket is understandable.
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>Integrated Science Investigation of the sun (ISIS)

W-we've been funding ISIS?
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I wonder how long those Delta 4 cores have been sitting around waiting for this shit.
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>>9930708
They've apparently been on the pad since April...

https://twitter.com/Dr_ThomasZ/status/986221567049981954
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>>9930752
christ no wonder they have sticky valves and shit
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>>9930974
>ULA left a fucking rocket on the pad since April
>in Florida
>at KSC no less

Are they fucking retarded?
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>>9931218
you're overthinking it.
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ALRIGHT LADS LET'S GET REVVED UP FOR ROUND 2
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>>9932143
been edging since the last scrub desu
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>>9932187
I'm gonna make some quinoa tabbouleh for a launch snack.
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Watch them scrub again.
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>>9932196
two scrubs in a row is pretty unlikely
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>>9932243
>laughinggirls.png
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Can't wait for this to explode on the pad because of ULA incompetance.
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>>9932243
Scrubbing an important launch you have had months to prepare the rocket for is pretty unlikely too.
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half an hour until coverage starts
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>>9932243
>>9932313
Not for the Delta 4, it's a notoriously high-maintenance machine that usually scrubs once or twice before a launch; this is due to it constantly leaking explosive hydrogen gas, which needs to be routinely burnt off in order to avoid a buildup, and in turn an unscheduled rapid disassembly; and, even this doesn't prevent the thing from partially cremating itself every time it launches... Hydrogen first-stages were a mistake, and trying to build one on a budget was an even bigger mistake.
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heeeeere we go!
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coverage is starting now
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>exceed limit
>scrub
>increase limit
did I hear that wrong, or is that what they did?
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>>9932379
>justULAthings.jpg
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floridanons, you might be able to see the launch (pic)
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Why the hell are people still using Star solid boosters for missions like this? Isn't there plenty of good liquid upper stages out there?
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>>9932393
They're cheaper and reliable.
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>>9932393
plenty of dV, been used on numerous missions, compact. It provides ~3km/s
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>>9932393
Pro: Solid fuel, you don't have to worry about fueling or defueling in case of scrubs. Safer to handle than hydrazine too.
Con: Northrop Grumman
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>>9932393
Because the PSP is very small and needs to be going very fast; believe it or not, the solid booster third-stage provides 2/3rds of the probe's total Delta V for this mission.
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ULA PRE BTFO
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>>9932387
Floridafag here. Can confirm.
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has there been a more expensive probe per kg? This one is pretty light for 1.5b

>>9932411
speaking of which, this lad tested engines to max thrust yesterday
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Did COM fuck up again?
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lol COM paused again in the GO callout
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Proceeding with countdown.
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Who let the woman try to explain shit. that was terrible
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>>9932415
I keep forgetting what that company's called. Pretty excited to see that thing actually fly.
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>>9932431
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>>9932396
>>9932398
>>9932399
I'll grant Star has a good track record, but I still would have expected the control and extra dv would have been worth the increased cost.
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HERE

WE

GO
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>>9932440
mercury is also helping out a bunch. Orbital mechanics be crazy
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T-60
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Here comes the fireball....
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ITS HAPPENING
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Such a pretty fireball.
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whoop! here comes the staging
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I find the lack of "nominal" disturbing.
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>no on-board camera footage
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aww, no fancy onboard cameras?
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>>9932458
>>9932459
Good enough for government work.
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>No onboard cameras
ONE JOB ULA, ONE JOB
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I swear I can hear KSP music in the background...
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>the absolute STATE of ULA's adherence to America units

reeeeeeee
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>very close to nominal performance
NOMINAL
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>tfw when ULA are even able to make the launch of a $1.5 billion probe to the Sun boring...
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>>9932468
>no smiling hosts
>no sounds of a cafeteria in the background
>ancient-sounding comms
>no soothing space-music during coast phases
>no onboard footage

ULA gotta step it up, SpaceX is 100x better at this whole PR thing
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AW HELL YISS WE SUN NOW
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This is clearly CGI, who do they think they are fooling
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>>9932464
What do you prefer? I work exclusively in natural units which are superior, so it didn't matter to me which inferior system it gets converted to.
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>>9932471
press F to pay respects for kspg
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>>9932471
made me crack up
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>>9932472
SpaceX >> Rocket Lab > Blue Origin > Arianespace > ULA > Everybody else
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>>9932477
>I work exclusively in natural units which are superior
Oh, so what do you use then?
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>>9932477
>natural units
metric is just arbitrary multiplication of natural units. Imperial is multiplication of metric. Metric is therefore superior
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qt spotted
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>>9932472
Different companies are run in different ways. ULA put on a much more professional air than SpaceX.
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>>9932481
JAXA launches are comfy. Stick them above Arianespace
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>Cursor on screen.
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Why is it pointing down?
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>>9932481
>Ranking aerospace companies.
Autism.
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>>9932489
Ah, I knew I forgot one.
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>>9932481
What, you don't like hearing the indian space agency countdown/up?
>PLUS RUN, PLUS DOO, PLUS TREE, PLUS FOR, PLUS FEIV, PLUS SIX, PLUS SEVN, PLUS AYT, PLUS NEIN, PLUS TEN
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>Literally Eugene Parker
oh fug
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>I'm just waiting for the data...
poor dude might not be alive for the principle science reports to come out
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>>9932489
>japanese woman starts counting down at T+5 minutes
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>>9932496
He looks nervous on camera
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>>9932472
>ULA gotta step it up, SpaceX is 100x better at this whole PR thing

why? lockmart and boeing are going to shut it down as soon as all existing contracts are complete
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>>9932488
Which is why everyone wants to fly with SpaceX, and ULA have won no commercial contracts this year...

Also...
>>9932490
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>>9932501
>down
>+
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>>9932505
well he's sort of correct, the Japanese like to count 'up' as well for their launches past T-0.
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>>9932495
kek
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>>9932503
>Shut it down.
Go back to your subreddits SpaceX fanboy scum.

>>9932504
>lol if I make things up it makes it true
t. Abraham Lincoln.
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>>9932502
Most actual scientists and engineers are not very good at public speaking and so forth. That's why people like black science man have a job.
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>>9932509
he's sort of right. BO and SpaceX are both going to eat up the biddable government launch market. Not much of the pie will be left for ULA. I don't see it sticking around for much longer, after the current manifest is worked through
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>>9932509
lol but both the things we've said are true; ULA have won exactly no commercial contracts this year, and the Airforce are already phasing them out for SpaceX and Blue Origin in the near future.
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>>9932515
lmao, no. SpaceX still can't do all of the government's missions and Blue Origin still don't have anything. The whole "SpaceX and BO are making everyone irrelevant xDDDDD" meme is getting really tiresome.
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>that fucking thing will chill at 85 degrees F
bullllllshit
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>>9932518
>Airforce are already phasing them out for SpaceX and Blue Origin in the near future.
t. My ass
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>>9932522
>SpaceX and BO are making everyone irrelevant xDDDDD
but that's true, you can't just respond to criticism by hiding behind a
>muh r/spacex boogyman
excuse
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Here we go again!
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>>9929103
wtf is this cgi bullshit
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>>9932526
http://www.arianespace.com/press-release/after-meeting-its-commitments-in-2017-arianespace-prepares-for-an-intense-2018-and-looks-to-the-future-with-ariane-6-and-vega-c/

x
fucking
D
Reddit scum. How many contracts did SpaceX sign last year? Arianespace signed for 29 satellites on their decades old Ariane 5.
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>>9932522
>SpaceX still can't do all of the government's missions
Yeah they can, ever since Falcon Heavy got certified

Blue Origin literally don't have anything though and I don't understand why people put them on the same level of industry-disrupting company as SpaceX.
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you could have phrased this better Tory...
https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/1028548268895158272
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>Cursor on stream again.
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>>9932534
kek
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>>9932532
>oh-it's-you-again.jpg

I was wondering when the Ariane-contract shitposter would show up. Hello! It's been a while. you really ought to expand your shitposting breadth; you're getting boring with the same incorrect points being regurgitated over and over
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>>9932541
>Incorrect
Yet you've never proved it wrong, bootlicker. Does Musk's dick still taste good after all these years?
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>>9932524
thus why it's taken 60 years to get to this point. The cooling tech is really fancy
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>Eugene Parker walking about the probe named after him.
That's so nice.
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>>9932546
first probe where the person it's named after is still alive
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>>9932493
>autism
autism
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>>9932547
Hopefully that remains the case when it starts collecting data
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>>9932547
But not the first NASA system named after a living person
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man they really are scrubbing ATK from the history books
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>>9932550
you think he'll be around to write a paper about some of that data?
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>man they really are scrubbing ATK from the history books
lol yeah NG rebranding went to town, i noticed it especially on wikipedia
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>>9932557
he's been publishing stuff within the last few years so maybe
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>>9932532
The funny thing about ArianeSpace is that the only reason their manifest is so full is because SpaceX have a sizeable backlog; and the reason why SpaceX has a backlog is because they managed to pick up a large amount of GEO contracts that were originally planned to fly on the Ariane 5 but were delayed, so the customers jumped ship to SpaceX. It's an interesting relationship...
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>>9932561
it'll be weird at my college's career fair. ATK usually had a big booth close to NG. Now it'll just be one gigantic booth?
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>>9932565
GEO market has dropped off a cliff, thus why F9's manifest is evening out in the upcoming yearss

>The number of annual GEO comsat orders have dropped dramatically over the last few years. After averaging 20 or more satellite orders a year, the industry saw just 19 GEO comsat orders in 2015, 15 orders in 2016 and eight orders in 2017
and only five this year!
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>>9932566
>Now it'll just be one gigantic booth?
...Are you asking me? I don't fucking know, man.
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The front fell off!
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acquisition of 3rd stage telemetry
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>tfw playing KSP, and the MECO callout for the launch stream comes out at the exact same time your launch undergoes its own MECO.
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NO TLM DATA
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that's a big guy
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I swear, if Northrop fucks up again...
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>>9932568
It's almost like supply has now exceeded demand.
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>>9932456
ARE YOU HAPPY?
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inb4 the third stage SRB exploded and took out the probe
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>>9932581
Don't you dare.
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spacecraft sep in 30 sec
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Does it look like the people in the control room are getting increasingly worried?
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>>9932586
well once sep is achieved and the orbit is good their job is done. Then it's all on Johns Hopkins for the rest of the mission to go smoothly
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Oh thank goodness. It sounds like an issue on the ground.
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AMERICLAPS
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Well something good happened.
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>"Alright, not our problems anymore. Give yourselves a round of applause."
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Mission successful. Time for bed.
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>>9932594
If the spacecraft says it's okay then it doesn't matter what was wrong with the third stage.
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thanks for tuning in everyone. Next launch, excluding boring Vega, is a brand-new B5 F9 on the 24th. Payload is the Telstar 18V (APStar 5C); launch site is SLC-40
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These two making sure the data has diversity.
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>>9932599
>I'm a shameless SpaceX fanboy and I like it that way.
Never change, Reddit.
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>>9932604
I dunno if you've noticed but I generally only make these launch threads for important or interesting launches. Vega sending up a earth sensing sat isn't important or interesting.

if you want to make a launch thread for the Vega launch go ahead...
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>>9932604
take your autism somewhere else faggot
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>>9932599
>>9932607
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>>9932610
honest question, why is there a picture of Nikes in that collage?
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>>9932607
Actually I might have to disagree with you on this one, science missions > com sats
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>>9932610
Never change, Reddit.
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>>9932611
terrible bait
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>>9932612
I suppose you're right; it's not a GLONASS launch or something generic.
Well heck, I guess I'll put up a thread for it.

>>9932615
I literally don't know why it would be in that collage.
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>>9932612
This is generally true, but imo pretty much every SpaceX comsat launch this year (even the expendable ones) has been more stimulating than this morning's launch with a probe worth 1.5 billion dollars, why? Because presentation is everything.
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>all those puns
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>>9932620
If some flashy stream effects is all that it takes for a launch to be entertaining for you, then you aren't a space fan, you're a SpaceX fanboy. An actual space fan would get excited for space launches that push our knowledge forward and not be so easily entertained by jangling keys.
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>>9932622
landing a rocket ass-first is now 'jangling keys'? and who put you in charge of gatekeeping this sort of thing? It's immature and makes you look like a jerk.
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I suppose that one shitposter is better than two. and hey, an entire launch thread—including extra day for a scrub!—and not a single flat earther or LIE.webm poster or any of that stuff. Where'd they all go?
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>>9932628
It's kind of annoying to see people who only care about SpaceX launches because of the landing. Launches are cool and impotent because of the payload, not being of the figurative delivery truck. Sorry if I came off as mean-spirited, I've just gotten tired of people who only care about what SpaceX do.
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>>9932622
I watched a launch for only about 40 seconds this morning, the rest were spent looking at a dim light shining through clouds and computer graphics of a rocket... I don't even know if the PSP made it to space because I never got to actually see it separate (remember when Ariane's computer graphics showed that VA242 was s perfectly nominal flight?), unlike TESS which I know is up there because I saw it drift off into space through an onboard camera. If I wanted to watch computer-generated rockets I'd play KSP...
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>>9932633
>mean-spirited
no, fuck off. you don't get off the hook for being and ass, posting shitty śoyboy infographics and throwing Reddit accusations (as if that means anything) around just by 'apologizing'.

SpaceX is important because of those landings. Incredibly important. It brings the cost of access to space down dramatically. This IN TURN will allow for exponentially more stuff to be put in space. Sure, if you look at the small picture, as you do, the landings seem inconsequential. But the big picture belongs to SpaceX. And you for whatever reason can't see that.

Please leave and never return.
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>>9932632
I guess the time. Its 11:40 here in eastern europe. That is why you get Ariane "waste of carbon fanboy" shitposts...
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>>9932641
I do miss the
>'No!'
copypasta a bit. it was different every time...
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>>9932581
>Star is a good boy he dindu nuffin
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>>9932622
>An actual space fan would get excited for space launches that push our knowledge forward
Yeah, like the ones that directly contribute to our ability to build and operate reusable launch vehicles, specifically one that will carry humans to space from American soil for the first time since 2011?
The correct answer is that both the upcoming Vega launch and any upcoming Falcon 9/SpaceX launches are important.
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>>9932636
speaking of which, at the very least can ULA get a prettier launch simulation program at some point or are they going to remain in the 90's forever?
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>>9932819
>>remain in the 90's forever?
did you see the cameras they were using in the control rooms
1991 called and it wants its cameras back
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>>9932601
is he going to make it to the first venus flyby?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parker_Solar_Probe
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>>9932534
Top fucking kek
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>>9933420
Tory is a cool dude, he posts on spacexmasterrace from time to time
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>>9929340
Because it is just that. It's a cover-up for scaled-up testing.




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