>Weather is 60% "go" for today’s Falcon 9 launch attempt, sending Dragon to resupply the International Space Station. Lightning and clouds are still a concern. Liftoff is targeted for 4:10pm ET – live launch webcast begins at 3:55pm.
Place your bets
Stream and info:
NASA TV for your video players:
ISS supplies and some tiny satellites
They are also attempting another landing on the boat
>They are also attempting another landing on the boat
This is a joke right? kek
no it's real
> Elon Musk @elonmusk · 23h 23 hours ago
>Odds of rocket landing successfully today are still less than 50%. The 80% figure by end of year is only bcs many launches ahead.
Provides lightning something to hit other than the rocket full of highly explosive fuel.
It allows them to re-use the rocket after each launch. So if they recover the stage, all they have to do is make sure nothing will break on a subsequent launch, refuel it, slap a fresh payload on it, and launch again. They could save easily $40M USD per launch by reusing the first stage.
Pic related is what happened last time, they tried the boat thing. I'm starting to think it really is a joke.
>T+17m Not a successful landing today.
>T+16m "Rumors that the Falcon 9 booster landed on the drone ship, but not softly. At this point, who knows."
>T+15m Not looking good. Sounds like another CRS-5.
>Saving more than $50M per launch
>Can’t they see that starving children the world over need to be fed? I find it interesting that 40 years later there are still starving children. Shouldn’t they have perished by now?
Good article, but even better comments. Thanks for the link.
Now that looks like some futuristic anime aestetic right there. I wonder how much that's going to change by the projected Dec. 2017 for the first manned test flight.
Normally it should be able to land without one. The problem is either that it went to fast and rebounded which made it topple over or that the landing legs broke.
A giant arm would also be impractical since it isn't that accurate.
Why don't they have 4k 120fps cameras recording it from multiple angles? Or at least a nearby drone to take a distance shot like they did with the trial runs.
Do you realize how long it took to get some HD cams on the ISS?
Besides it's not that easy to do it from the middle of the ocean. You have to use satellite communication which is slow as fuck.
I imagine what they do have on board is sufficient for them to learn from the incident.
Or perhaps they want to keep the best material for internal use so that competitors don't learn too much from the failure. From what I understand SpaceX doesn't even bother to patent many of their innovations because it would expose their IP to the Chinese.
I know, feels good.
Of fucking course this is Italy's contribution to the ISS.