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Bustedsack
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Elon Musk is sending a car with a spaceman into space tomorrow.
Weather permitting of course.


Is Elon Musk alpha as frick for sending his toys into space? I mean this some badass shite that you think of when you're a kid. My imagination only went as far as me taping thread to the top of my bedroom door and tying the other end to a remote control car and having my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles slid down the thread into the car and driving away.

This mother fricker wants to, and is, sending cars into space with a life size action figure in the driver's seat. Alpha.



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momentoftruth87
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re: Elon Musk is sending a car with a spaceman into space tomorrow.
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This mother fricker wants to, and is, sending cars into space with a life size action figure in the driver's seat. Alpha. 


Hopefully it doesn't fall back to earth and kill someone.


mailman
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re: Elon Musk is sending a car with a spaceman into space tomorrow.
Its called space junk for a reason


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TheHarahanian
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re: Elon Musk is sending a car with a spaceman into space tomorrow.
The car is equipped with a flamethrower in case he runs into any aliens.


OMLandshark
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re: Elon Musk is sending a car with a spaceman into space tomorrow.
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The car is equipped with a flamethrower in case he runs into any aliens.


I’m pretty sure a flame thrower would the very worst weapon you can possibly bring to space. Not only will it not work in outer space, but if you use it indoors, the whole place will explode.


NYNolaguy1
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but if you use it indoors, the whole place will explode.


I was under the impression that NASA stopped using pure oxygen for a breathable atmosphere after Apollo. I am not sure why they did so to begin with, either .
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stinkdawg
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stinkdawg
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re: Elon Musk is sending a car with a spaceman into space tomorrow.
dp
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AlonsoWDC
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re: Elon Musk is sending a car with a spaceman into space tomorrow.
Elon Musk is a huckster who has tricked the OT into believing every last bit of bull shite he spews.
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Bustedsack
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re: Elon Musk is sending a car with a spaceman into space tomorrow.
But dude is sending a ride into space. On the most powerful rocket ever.

27 engines

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foshizzle
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I was under the impression that NASA stopped using pure oxygen for a breathable atmosphere after Apollo. I am not sure why they did so to begin with, either


They stopped because of the Apollo 1 disaster. Back then they did use pure oxygen (it saves weight) and the command module interior was filled with velcro. Some wires caught some of that velcro on fire and with a pure oxygen atmosphere the three astronauts inside had no chance.


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foshizzle
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On the most powerful rocket ever.


Saturn V is still the all-time champ.


foshizzle
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re: Elon Musk is sending a car with a spaceman into space tomorrow.
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Is Elon Musk alpha as frick for sending his toys into space?


Well, apparently it is an original model Tesla, which means he couldn't sell it. So he might as well.


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OMLandshark
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re: Elon Musk is sending a car with a spaceman into space tomorrow.
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Saturn V is still the all-time champ.



I really don't understand why they just don't send the Saturn V back to the Moon for an anniversary trip. Plus all the hardware could be literally a millionth of the size it was back in the 60s and 70s. If Trump does this, he's secured my vote.


Bustedsack
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Saturn V is still the all-time champ.


From the article...

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The essence of the rocket is right there in its name: it’s the heavy-lift version of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. The vehicle consists of three Falcon 9 cores strapped together, giving the rocket an awesome amount of power. And since each Falcon 9 has nine main rocket engines, there are 27 total engines that will all be used to send this vehicle to space. No other working rocket has ever used so many.


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All of this hardware can supposedly create more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff. That makes the Falcon Heavy capable of putting around 140,000 pounds of cargo into lower Earth orbit, earning the title of the most powerful rocket in the world.


The load is whats astonishes me.


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MLCLyons
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Elon Musk is a huckster who has tricked the OT into believing every last bit of bull shite he spews.


So SpaceX isn't really sending payloads into orbit?


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TigerstuckinMS
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I am not sure why they did so to begin with, either

Using pure oxygen allowed them to keep the cabin at a much lower pressure and still maintain the partial pressure of O2 required in the cabin to keep the astronauts alive. The lower the cabin pressure you have to contain in the vacuum of space, the lighter the cabin can be and still withstand the loads. Further, mixed gas systems required additional weight in sensors, mixing equipment, valves, tanks, etc. that would reduce the payload to the moon. Finally, at the normal operating pressure in space of 5 psia there isn't enough oxygen in the spacecraft to support a flame that gets wildly out of control before the astronauts could snuff it out.

The problem with the Apollo 1 disaster is that on the ground the spacecraft was NOT at 5 psia; it woudl be at around atmospheric pressure. Further, during the test that killed the Apollo I crew, they were making sure everything was built and working correctly, so the cabin was pressurized above atmospheric pressure to simulate the 5 psi differential between the inside and the outside that would occur during a mission. That kind of pressure in a pure oxygen environment means that the easily handled fire you'd get at 5 psia is now a full-on blowtorch, as they tragically learned. NASA continued to use pure oxygen at 5 psia in space through the rest of Apollo, though, because they couldn't afford the weight or time penalties of redesigning the spacecraft to use mixed gas throughout the mission and still make Kennedy's schedule.

After Apollo 1, when the spacecraft was on the ground, NASA would basically just fill the cabin with a safer mixed gas atmosphere. However, they still needed the atmosphere in the cabin to be pure oxygen at 5 psia by the time they got to space. The spacecraft's initial design already would normally bleed gas overboard during ascent as the outside pressure dropped until the cabin reached 5 psia; you'd start with 15 psia or so of pure oxygen and open up the valve during ascent and basically just let it go until the gauge read 5 and close the valve. With a slight change to the design of the spacecraft to continually feed oxygen into the cabin to replace most of the mixed gas that was bleeding out, NASA was able to convert the atmosphere to pure oxygen at the same time they were dropping the pressure as the spacecraft rose to preserve the lightweight pure oxygen design while still providing for a safer mixed gas environment for the parts of the mission when the pressure in the spacecraft was too high to safely use pure oxygen. They didn't really have to worry about the crew during this process, either, because the crew were breathing pure oxygen from their own separate oxygen supplies inside their spacesuits during launch. If there were any problem with the gas mixture when they got to orbit, they'd just never climb out of their spacesuits and abort and come home.

The Soviets always used mixed-gas for the entire mission in the Soyuz and after Apollo, so have we.
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TigerstuckinMS
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re: Elon Musk is sending a car with a spaceman into space tomorrow.
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I really don't understand why they just don't send the Saturn V back to the Moon for an anniversary trip.

Because there is no set of plans you can use to build an Apollo launch vehicle and spacecraft. There never WAS a single set of plans you could use to do it in the first place. Finally, much of what data was available then has since been destroyed.

A project of this size with that many parts built by that many different suppliers just didn't have a single book with "Apollo Plans" written on the front that you could build the thing off of in the first place. Each supplier had its plans that it used to build its part of the rocket stack or the spacecraft, but even those plans were not complete. These rockets and spacecraft were each essentially one-off machines. A lot of them had slight modifications that may have been handmade and never documented. Others may have simply specified off-the-shelf components that don't exist today and don't have any documentation available themselves.

So, you pair that "each supplier doing its own thing" aspect of the project with the size of the project and simply end up with the fact that a "follow these instructions to build this rocket" set of documents never existed. Worse, a large amount of what DID exist was destroyed during normal housekeeping. NASA and all of the large companies that built the rocket and spacecraft all threw out old information and paperwork as it reached a certain age simply because, at some point, they had to make room for new information and paperwork. Remember, they didn't have the luxury of cheap digital storage, so everything was stored physically and they literally had to throw stuff out after it wasn't expected to be useful anymore. In a lot of instances, the details and information of Apollo went to the incinerator like any other old information simply because nobody stopped to think "hey, this might be something we want to keep".
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johnnydrama
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The car is equipped with a flamethrower in case he runs into any aliens.


I’m pretty sure a flame thrower would the very worst weapon you can possibly bring to space.


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I'm pretty sure this was a reference to the batteries in the Tesla 3 that have a tendency to spontaneously combust.

But I could be wrong since nine geniuses up-voted you.



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