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  1. Dec 28, 2017 #1

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    All the Wild **** We're Going to Do in Space and Physics in 2018 (forum censors the original title)
    Featuring all the interplanetary probes and various missions and milestones closer to Earth, the Event Horizon Telescope, Gaia, and a couple of things not directly related to space or spaceflight.


    Falcon Heavy is vertical on its pad.
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    https://imgur.com/gallery/PkZ9D


    Angola's first satellite failed quickly after launch, by the way.
     
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    "A joint effort between the European and Japanese space agencies, called BepiColombo, will see a spacecraft launched towards Mercury in November.

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    Artist’s impression of BepiColombo in orbit around Mercury. (Image: ESA)

    After it arrives in late 2025, the craft will deploy a pair of orbiters: the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and the Mercury Magnetosphere Orbiter (MMO).
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    Will it really take that long (~8 ys)?!
     
  4. Dec 29, 2017 #3

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    Reaching the Mercury orbit is hard, you have to get rid of a lot of angular momentum. Wikipedia has a timeline.
     
  5. Dec 29, 2017 #4
    "after a flyby of Earth, two flybys of Venus, and six flybys of Mercury."
    That explains it. Otherwise it wouldn't make sense.
     
  6. Jan 28, 2018 #5

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    The maiden flight of Falcon Heavy has a launch date: February 6th, 18:30-21:30 UTC (this post is made Jan 28, 11:11 UTC)

    Its payload, up to 63,800 kg, is more than twice the payload of the most powerful rocket in operation, the Delta IV Heavy.

    There will be a livestream. I don't know what exactly they will show because there will be so many things going on: The two side boosters will return to the launch site and land nearly simultaneously, the core will land on a barge in the ocean a bit later, meanwhile the second stage will push Musk's car on an interplanetary trajectory.
     
  7. Jan 29, 2018 #6

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    I can't help but be reminded of the opening scene of the movie Heavy Metal.

     
  8. Feb 3, 2018 #7

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    Both launched and reached orbit in the meantime, SS-520 today.

    Electron is the first rocket with an electric turbopump to reach orbit, and the first orbital launch from the southern hemisphere in several decades. RocketLab claims they can launch more than one rocket per week, targeting the small satellite and cubesat market with the payload of up to 200 kg. The Electron rocket has a mass of 10.5 tonnes.

    SS-520 is the smallest and lightest rocket to ever reach orbit, with a total mass of just 2.6 tonnes, a height of 9.5 meters and a diameter of just 52 cm. You might be able to reach fully around it with your arms (163 cm circumference). It can deliver just 4 kg to orbit - still enough for a cubesat that doesn't find a launch opportunity elsewhere.


    SpaceX plans to do about half of the planned 30 launches in 2018 with reused boosters.

    The planned FH launch is just 3 days 2 hours away.
     
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  10. Feb 6, 2018 #9

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    That link so far is just animations (maybe it will switch to live coverage closer to the launch).

    Here is another link:
    https://www.space.com/39604-spacex-falcon-heavy-rocket-test-flight-webcast.html
    https://www.space.com/17933-nasa-television-webcasts-live-space-tv.html
     
  11. Feb 6, 2018 #10

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  12. Feb 6, 2018 #11

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    Cause for the delay?
    Via Twitter:

    Elon Musk 30 minutes ago
    Upper atmosphere winds currently 20% above max allowable load. Holding for an hour to allow winds to diminish. ...​
     
  13. Feb 6, 2018 #12

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    Has not blown up yet,

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  15. Feb 6, 2018 #14

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    5 minutes to launch !!!!!

    live here

     
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  18. Feb 6, 2018 #17

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    WOW outstanding launch !! :smile:
     
  19. Feb 6, 2018 #18
    Looks like a success! Amazing footage!!!
     
  20. Feb 6, 2018 #19
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    Think this might be a simulation?
     
  21. Feb 6, 2018 #20

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    the 2 boosters landed together perfectly timed
     
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    The shots of the car above earth is hilarious and stunning!
     
  24. Feb 6, 2018 #23

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    The simultaneous landing of the two boosters was amazing.

    The mission is not fully done yet, the second stage will fire again in about six hours. It is still an important step: It demonstrates that the second stage now survives long enough to do direct insertion to geostationary orbit if the customer wants that.
     
  25. Feb 6, 2018 #24

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  26. Feb 6, 2018 #25

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    Apparently, we are still live:

     
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