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Westofthelake started the topic in Thursday, 4 Mar 2021 at 7:10am

T minus 5 minutes - Will SN10 make the landing?

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Westofthelake Thursday, 4 Mar 2021 at 7:14am
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Westofthelake Thursday, 4 Mar 2021 at 7:39am

ha ! aborted. Countdown activity concluded for today... maybe

Edit: Looks like they are going to give it another crack in 2 hours.

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Craig Thursday, 4 Mar 2021 at 8:21am

What's this about?

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Westofthelake Thursday, 4 Mar 2021 at 9:13am

SpaceX attempting to launch and LAND (3rd time lucky hopefully) Starship prototype number 10 aka SN10.

AS you probably know SN8 and SN9 both crashed on landing. If SN10 snaps the landing then its full speed ahead...

Picture below of SN9 on lift-off from Boca Chica Texas (which subsequently suffered RUD - Rapid Unexpected Disassembly)

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Craig Thursday, 4 Mar 2021 at 9:37am

Ah nice, let us know if they give it another crack.

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Westofthelake Thursday, 4 Mar 2021 at 10:25am

T minus 3 mins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxQ1CmSbRTY

Ha! Nailed the landing.

sn10landed

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Craig Thursday, 4 Mar 2021 at 10:31am

Wow, made it!

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Pops Thursday, 4 Mar 2021 at 10:34am

Very cool, and a massive technical achievement.

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garyg1412 Thursday, 4 Mar 2021 at 10:36am

Oops!!

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Westofthelake Thursday, 4 Mar 2021 at 10:46am

ha! kaboomed on the landing pad!

040221-SN10rud

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Pops Thursday, 4 Mar 2021 at 10:54am

well, they'll have to sort that bug out!

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thermalben Thursday, 4 Mar 2021 at 12:15pm

Ouch.

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Sprout Thursday, 4 Mar 2021 at 12:17pm

RUD

Rapid
Unplanned
Disassembly

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Westofthelake Thursday, 4 Mar 2021 at 12:28pm

It did bounce a bit on landing. Not exactly 'soft'.
Probs cracked a bit of the stainless welding somewhere.

Nevermind, SN11 will be rolled out soon as it is ready to rocket and roll.

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Craig Thursday, 4 Mar 2021 at 12:56pm

Haha, so close!

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Distracted Friday, 5 Mar 2021 at 7:06am

Wow, what is the cost of these things?! Bit more footage below. Makes you appreciate what a job NASA was doing getting rockets off the ground at the start of the moon program
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-56275483

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Westofthelake Friday, 5 Mar 2021 at 8:24am

I think the cost of a starship prototype to Elon Musk is equivalent to the cost of a fire-cracker for almost everyone else.

Progress is rapid - already scrapped 12,13,14 due to improvements in production. e.g they realised that if they built out of 3mm stainless instead of 4mm they could addanother 20 ton to load capacity...and in terms of getting stuff into space, every ton counts.

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