Elon Musk: The Colonisation of Mars

CLC Jr insists both Musk and Zuckerberg are from the future.....
.....or space.....
.....or both.

 
SpaceX is certainly on a roll at the moment.

'A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched a new fleet of Starlink internet satellites into orbit alongside two rideshare satellites Saturday evening (May 15), before sticking a stunning landing at sea.

'The veteran Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center here in Florida at 6:56 p.m. EDT (2056 GMT), marking the company's 15th launch of the year. It also marked the eighth flight for this particular Falcon 9.

'The successful liftoff marked the third time SpaceX launched one of its 229-foot-tall (70 meters) workhorse Falcon 9 rockets within as many weeks, as the company works to expand its burgeoning broadband constellation.'


 

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Thread drift, but rocket related.

I‘ve been a bit annoyed this week with MSM coverage of space exploration.

While the Chinese Mars rover has had just about no MSM coverage, and perhaps as little as one spoken sentence in any one news programme, the story about non binary people being offended by being called ‘ladies and gentlemen’ on a train announcement has had multiple news segments all of its own, and the coverage has run to hours and hours.
 
I see that crab air have made a grab at space command and see it as their niche. This is a smart move as it guarantees their long-term future for however many hundreds of years.

Should the other services not consider that too? The Royal Navy should try and get in on it, after all they're called space ships not space planes. The army is probably guaranteed as expeditionary troops when Britain eventually gets to Mars.

Unfortunately, mankind being what it is, one day there'll probably be a war on Mars too and countries will bring their petty squabbling into space.
 

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I see that crab air have made a grab at space command and see it as their niche. This is a smart move as it guarantees their long-term future for however many hundreds of years.

Should the other services not consider that too? The Royal Navy should try and get in on it, after all they're called space ships not space planes. The army is probably guaranteed as expeditionary troops when Britain eventually gets to Mars.

Unfortunately, mankind being what it is, one day there'll probably be a war on Mars too and countries will bring their petty squabbling into space.

I recommend you NOT to watch the film ‘The Martian War‘ It’s jam packed full of petty quibbling and PC nonsense :)

It also had crap costumes........and wants you to believe flip down welding masks are space helmets :)
 
Elon Musk's latest apparent triumph over Jeff Bezos.

'Elon Musk's aerospace firm SpaceX has been awarded a $178 million (£129 million) contract for NASA's first mission to Europa, Jupiter's fourth largest moon.

'SpaceX will provide 'launch services' for the Europa Clipper mission, which is due to blast off in October 2024 to study Europa through a series of fly-bys, NASA said. The spacecraft will launch on a Falcon Heavy rocket owned by Musk's company from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the space agency added. The mission aims to find out if the natural satellite hosts conditions suitable for life using 'a sophisticated suite of science instruments'. Europa, an icy moon with a hidden subsurface ocean, has a diameter of 1,940 miles (3,100 kilometres) – about 90 per cent the diameter of Earth's moon.

'The announcement comes amid an ongoing battle between SpaceX and rival company Blue Origin, owned by fellow billionaire and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Bezos published an open letter to NASA Administrator Bill Nelson on Monday, offering the NASA billions of dollars for a contract to build a lunar lander for the upcoming Artemis missions.'


 
Thread drift, but rocket related.

I‘ve been a bit annoyed this week with MSM coverage of space exploration.

While the Chinese Mars rover has had just about no MSM coverage, and perhaps as little as one spoken sentence in any one news programme, the story about non binary people being offended by being called ‘ladies and gentlemen’ on a train announcement has had multiple news segments all of its own, and the coverage has run to hours and hours.
It's easier to solve non-existent problems than real ones, that would explain part of it, the other possible explanation is that space travel just doesn't get people excited any more.
 
I wonder how many of the iphone toting anti-capitalists, who demand that Musk and Bezos redistribute their wealth, would be happy to surrender their phones and modern convenience "for the greater good"?

Apart from the fuel and resources required simply to get there (and perhaps one day back again), Mars can help focus minds on how best to use available resources efficiently, with minimal waste or pollution. That may be very useful knowledge on Earth.
 
This is going to be impressive!


'Once again, things are gearing up at SpaceX’s South Texas Launch Facility, located just outside the village of Boca Chica, Texas. In recent weeks, the aerospace community has been abuzz about the rollout and Static Fire test of the Super Heavy Booster 3 (B3) prototype. This was the first time a booster was tested, which will be responsible for launching the Starship to space in the near future. Since then, things have only ramped up some more.

'First, there was the announcement on Aug. 2nd that the fourth Super Heavy prototype (the BN4) received a full complement of 29 Raptor engines and grid fins. This was followed on Aug. 3rd with news that BN4 was being moved to the launch pad and that the SN20 Starship prototype received a full six Raptor engines. On Aug. 6th, the denouement came with the stacking of both prototypes together, which resulted in the tallest rocket in the history of spaceflight!

'Together, the integrated Starship stood around 120 meters (390 feet) tall, and 145 m (475 feet) tall with the addition of the orbital launch stand – which is taller than the Pyramid of Giza (138.5 m; 454 ft). The stacking was the first time that the Starship and Super Heavy were fully integrated, a major milestone for the company that puts them one step closer to making an orbital flight test.

'The integration was part of an accelerated work order that came to be nicknamed the “Warp 9” surge. This included bringing hundreds of employees in from other sites around the country to assist in operations. By Friday, Aug. 6th, The two elements were integrated just long enough to get a sense of how they would hold up on flight day; and, of course, for observers to take millions of pictures, shoot videos, and live-tweet the event!

'They were then unstacked and the SN20 was returned to the High Bay while the BN4 remained on the orbital launch stand. Next, the two elements are expected to undergo a series of ground tests, which will likely include Static Fire tests for the BN4 booster. This will allow the company to complete and integrate the final elements of the Starshipat the Orbital Launch Site (OLS), which is where it will launch to conduct the orbital test flight.

'While no date has been set for this crucial milestone yet (though it is still expected before the end of the year) Musk indicated via Twitterthat he and his company had four major objectives scheduled for the next two weeks. These include adding the last of the heat shield tiles to the Orbital Starship element, applying thermal protection to the booster engines, the addition of ground propellant storage tanks, and a quick disconnect (QD) arm for the system.'


 

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SpaceX Inspiration 4 is about to launch in a few hours with it's all civilian crew.
Details and some live You Tube feeds below. You can also watch live at the official webpage: SpaceX

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"SpaceX is targeting Wednesday, September 15 at 8:02 p.m. EDT (Thursday, September 16 at 00:02 UTC) for launch of the Inspiration4 mission – the world’s first all-civilian human spaceflight to orbit – aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Approximately three days after liftoff, Dragon and the Inspiration4 crew will splash down at one of several possible landing sites off the Florida coast. SpaceX’s webcast for launch of the Inspiration4 mission will go live about 4 hours before liftoff. Inspiration4 is commanded by Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments and an accomplished pilot and adventurer. Joining him are Medical Officer Hayley Arceneaux, a physician assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® and pediatric cancer survivor; Mission Specialist Chris Sembroski, an Air Force veteran and aerospace data engineer; and Mission Pilot Dr. Sian Proctor, a geoscientist, entrepreneur, and trained pilot."

Inspiration4 | Launch


SpaceX Inspiration4 all-civilian flight Launch. Elon Musk Live.


Inspiration4 | Q&A with Inspiration4 Crew (streamed on Tuesday)
 
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And safely returned to Earth. Elon Musk's game changer marches on.

'After three days in space, SpaceX's first all-civilian crew returned to Earth tonight, splashing down off the Florida coast to end a historic mission.

'The SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience gently landed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida tonight (Sept. 18) at 7:06 p.m. EDT (2306 GMT) marking the end of the Inspiration4 mission, a private spaceflight that launched four civilians into orbit earlier this week.

'The flight was part of a massive fundraising effort for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Jared Isaacman, billionaire and four of Shift4 Payments, purchased the flight from SpaceX in order to raise $200 million for childhood cancer research.'


 
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The technology may not be, but the ability to successfully launch and recover a bunch of 'amateur' space tourists willing to pay large amounts of cash for the privilege is. Tourism opens new markets and opportunities, as a driver for change of perception and environment.
 
I wanted to catch up with the flight from a few days ago and was particularly interested in the cupola and the view from the dome window. However, as this video shows they went in to darkness. Although team members could see lights on Earth and an aurora, all I saw was reflections due to the lighting on board. The video lagged the audio slightly. Hayley (callsign Nova) is very enthusiastic and has good presentation skills.

Fast forward to +5m 30s


The video of the return is just over 2 hours. Fast forward to +5m 15s
 
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