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Old 30th Mar 2017, 23:42   #1
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SPACEX makes History

For anyone interested in science - @ 23.20 history was made when SPACEX reused an orbital class booster for the first time.

A second mission has been flown using the same booster from 10 months ago, and again this time , it landed , on the drone capture ship.

The 1st stage booster is the most expensive part of a rocket , and to reuse it , means the cost can be rapidly reduced, so today`s flight is a huge step!
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That's some pretty impressive stuff...

Did Musk/SpaceX ever say how many launches they intended these things to do? Was the plan 'X uses and then done' or were they intended to be reused until it broke.
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Old 31st Mar 2017, 08:40   #3
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I watched the livestream last night and was grinning ear-to-ear watching it hoping that all would go well. Still awed by the fact that I can watch these launches live from the comfort of my chair via the internet

I think they were stating that they hope to get about 6-9 launches from each unit, but I might be off on that number.

Seemingly, they are hoping to do another 6 re-launches this year with used boosters.
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There's something quite amazing about watching the rocket land back on the barge. It brings to mind all those sci fi programmes I used to watch as a kid
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Did Musk/SpaceX ever say how many launches they intended these things to do? Was the plan 'X uses and then done' or were they intended to be reused until it broke.
According to the Beeb, Musk's aim is to have an engine that can be reused in 24hrs with no hardware changes, with rockets being reused up to 10 times, or even up to 100 times with refurbishment.
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Did anyone else see the quote on the landing barge:

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That's some pretty impressive stuff...

Did Musk/SpaceX ever say how many launches they intended these things to do? Was the plan 'X uses and then done' or were they intended to be reused until it broke.
This booster was an early version of the f9 FT, so although Elon is planning to donate it for display (possibly the KSC rocket garden?), it would probably have only been flown a few times.

SpaceX keeps making minor adjustments as they go along which supposedly, along with a slight thrust bump and some other special sauce will result in "Falcon 9 Block 5", which flies late this year, and is the booster being designed for 10 gas-n-go flights before requiring periodic overhauls on the march to as many as 100 flights.
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Did anyone else see the quote on the landing barge:
That's not a quote; that's literally the name of the barge. It's the ASDS Of Course I Still Love You; the other barge in the fleet is the ASDS Just Read the Instructions. (Musk's gone for a Banksian Culture theme in the naming convention, and by that I mean ripped both names straight from the pages of Player of Games.)
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That's not a quote; that's literally the name of the barge. It's the ASDS Of Course I Still Love You; the other barge in the fleet is the ASDS Just Read the Instructions. (Musk's gone for a Banksian Culture theme in the naming convention, and by that I mean ripped both names straight from the pages of Player of Games.)
I did not know that.
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