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  1. Re: SpaceX Starship SN9, SN10, SN11, SN15 test flights

    Starship SN15 (the next one after SN11, with a zillion improvements) nailed the soft landing last night. The entire space-watching viewership — a large one! — lost their minds. :)

    Everyday...
  2. Re: SpaceX Starship SN9, SN10, SN11, SN15 test flights

    This is a pretty big deal. As many readers may be aware, humans are already on the Moon and Mars, and have been for quite a while. But the publicly visible space program, with far inferior but...
  3. Re: SpaceX Starship SN9, SN10, SN11, SN15 test flights

    Starship SN11 launched early yesterday morning — in crazy-thick fog. No-one could see a darn thing, even pretty close to the launchpad.

    All seemed to go well, till 5 mins 50 secs when SpaceX's...
  4. Re: SpaceX Starship SN9, SN10, SN11, SN15 test flights

    For any armchair rocket scientists in the house, this is pretty interesting.

    It's tricky to explain simply (and a tricky problem to solve!), but the one-sentence summary is that the very fix that...
  5. Re: SpaceX Starship SN9, SN10, SN11, SN15 test flights

    Still no official word from SpaceX on exactly what didn't quite work right at the very end of SN10's otherwise highly successful flight.

    This analysis by Scott Manley, supported by multiple-angle...
  6. Re: SpaceX Starship SN9, SN10, SN11, SN15 test flights

    No official word yet on the cause from SpaceX. SpaceX, Elon Musk and Principal Integration Engineer John Insprucker were all pretty buoyant about the flight and all the test data collected.

    The...
  7. Re: SpaceX Starship SN9, SN10, SN11, SN15 test flights

    That really was interesting. There was much speculation on Twitter about whether Elon Musk was being sarcastic. After all, it's an obvious suggestion: Starships have 3 engines, and only 2 are needed...
  8. Re: SpaceX Starship SN9, SN10, SN11, SN15 test flights

    And an interesting Tweet from Elon Musk. :) (Maybe 'MadOverlord' will be offered a job)

    Engineering context: the Starship has 3 rocket engines, named 'Raptors'. To flip it back upright for a soft...
  9. Re: SpaceX Starship SN9, SN10, SN11, SN15 test flights

    Another video — quite a good one — with commentary analysis (and some guesswork!), with higher resolution slo-mo images.


    https://youtube.com/watch?v=zwZl6YV3xYA
  10. SpaceX Starship SN9, SN10, SN11, SN15 test flights

    Taking advantage of our new Space Flight section. :) SpaceX's Starship program is pretty interesting for science geeks — and very ambitious. Spectacular, too!

    For anyone unfamiliar with this, it's...
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