stuff that’s hard to do (18th landing, re-used booster)

I won’t bore you with my love of this stuff, so I’ll just put up the basic links:
Launch through cool fairing separation
Landing (video loss makes it disappointing to watch)
In the old days, that loss of signal would likely have meant a big bada-boom.

Cultural aside:
Note the difference between old sci-fi movies and these operations where you hear scores of people yelling and applauding in the background. Also notice the difference between this and airline employees when your flight lands.

(What? Yeah, okay, I’ve been on a number of flights where the passengers applauded in relief. I think the airlines developed jetways, so people don’t kneel and kiss the ground.)
Two-days ago on KisP


  1. mech
    Posted October 12, 2017 at 9:54 am |

    My fave after landing comment: “Did we land or were we shot down?”

    I enjoy this and hope it doesn’t become so normal that we lose the wonder and awe of such accomplishment.

    But eventually it will be like original Star Wars, which the viewers today insult because the special effects are so primitive (it was state of the art and most awesome at that time). To just understand how far technology has come in such a short time is humbling.

    How many are around who were alive when the Wright Bros made their first flight?

  2. DougM and his raccoon platoon
    Posted October 12, 2017 at 10:26 am |

    ^ Heck, how many were around for Apollo-11?