Falcon Heavy and Starman cruiser success debrief. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

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Falcon Heavy and Starman cruiser success debrief. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

The last picture from SpaceX’s Tesla

February 9, 2018 at 8:22 am Robert Zimmerman

Capitalism in space: SpaceX has highlighted the last image from its Tesla car, heading out to the asteroid belt after being lofted into space by its Falcon Heavy rocket.

The image at the link is truly cool, as it also highlights that a private American company was able to send a payload beyond Earth orbit, and it took them only seven years of development and no government funds.

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Update on Falcon Heavy core stage landing failure

February 8, 2018 at 8:26 am Robert Zimmerman

Link here. According to Musk, the reason the core stage hit the water so fast is that some engines did not fire as intended.

He said engineers believed only one of three engines fired during a final burn designed to slow the rocket’s descent before touchdown. The stage only missed the boat by about the length of a football field, but the force of its water impact was enough to “take out” two engines on the nearby drone ship and spray it with debris.

This is proper engineering procedure. They flew a test, and learned something. They now need to figure out why it happened, and fix it.