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GeneralLee
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SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch Thread
Let's do this! Slated to launch at ~3:45PM EST currently (delayed from 1:30 due to wind shear).

Will be the most powerful rocket to launch since the Saturn V rocket.


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CarRamrod
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should have started the thread in 110 mins.


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crazyLSUstudent
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IN


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CM Tiger83
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T-0 delayed to 2:20 p.m. EST, 19:20 UTC due to upper level wind shear. Continuing to monitor winds and will update as info becomes available.


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Count Chocula
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Will be the most powerful rocket to launch since the Saturn V rocket.


How is this measured:

Thrust to weight mix?

Horsepower?

Speed vs gravitational pull?


DavidTheGnome
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Kg to orbit I believe


Edit: Comparison of lift capacities
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stout
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Wish this was at night so I could see it better live. I am only like 9 miles from SpaceX. I think in L.A. time that's 20 minutes or so.
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CM Tiger83
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Just want to make sure you know this is at the cape in FL not at Vanderburg in CA.


TigerFanatic99
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Anyone know what the weather looks like on the space coast? Any concerns for the launch window?


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stout
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I didn't know that. Thanks

The last few were here in L.A. but I was in Louisiana for the holidays for one and out of the country for the other.

I really want to see a launch.


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fatboydave
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Weather was 80% go earlier. Looks like a delay to 2:20 per Orlando sentinel

Animation of launch and car going to Mars

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SeeeeK
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While living in Florida(merrit Island), it was always cool to see Rockets launch. We'd get some beer and hit Cocoa Beach/Satellite Beach.

Rockets were much louder and make ground shake much more than the Space Shuttle. Was able to catch 1 of those while down there. Figured they would be louder.



Bestbank Tiger
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They need to launch at 3:28.


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DavidTheGnome
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Updates coming in on their Twitter LINK

T-0 delayed to 2:20 p.m. EST, 19:20 UTC due to upper level wind shear. Continuing to monitor winds and will update as info becomes available.


DavidTheGnome
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What’s crazy is they are going to try and land all three rockets.


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slackster
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Musk has tempered expectations for this launch:

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Musk has emphasized that this is a high-risk launch, setting expectations low for a successful maiden flight. The vehicle's 27 first-stage engines will all need to light at the right time, for instance, and the central first-stage will undergo a lot of stress during the launch. After Musk made that comment, the Falcon Heavy underwent a successful engine test-fire, in which all the first-stage engines ignited for about 10 seconds on the launch pad.

"It'd be a real huge downer if it blows up," Musk said during the teleconference. "If something goes wrong, hopefully it goes wrong far into the mission, so we at least learn as much as possible along the way … I would consider it a win if it just clears the pad and doesn't blow the pad to smithereens." Musk said that rebuilding the pad could take 8 to 12 months, which would be the limiting factor for when they could try another launch if this one went poorly; SpaceX can build another Falcon Heavy to test in 3 or 4 months.



Test fire two weeks ago was successful though.


TigerFanatic99
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T-0 delayed to 2:20 p.m. EST, 19:20 UTC due to upper level wind shear. Continuing to monitor winds and will update as info becomes available.



Son of a bitch. This thing is going to be scrubbed.


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