stuff that’s hard to do (Falcon Heavy nails a triple landing)

Today was a heckuva twofer!

A launch is not very interesting, if you already know it was successful,
so this time we’ll just concentrate on these nail-biting landings


TADAAA! ☜
Wave to the 21stC, boys and girls
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Cultural ref (from 1954, back before they invented acting)

Recovered the two fairing halves, too (wet).
Not clear if they’re really refurbishable this way.

Make that a threefer!
World’s largest airplane and Pegasus launch platform, Stratolaunch, flies for the first time

8 Comments!

  1. jlw
    Posted April 11, 2019 at 4:46 pm |

    a good day for those who reach for the stars

  2. sortah
    Posted April 11, 2019 at 7:16 pm |

    How is SpaceX so cool and competent, while Tesla is slowly killing itself? Don’t they still have the same CEO?

  3. Dave
    Posted April 11, 2019 at 8:09 pm |

    These guys make NASA look like Muslim outreach program.

  4. MAJMike
    Posted April 12, 2019 at 5:20 am |

    Wonderful, but should’ve happened 30 years ago.

  5. Posted April 12, 2019 at 5:30 am |

    I think the significance of these successes by Spacex are lost on those who did not experience the Space race back in the 60′s and 70′s. When there was a launch back then it was really a risky venture as pretty much all of the technology was experimental and so far ahead of the curve. That we managed to get men to the moon and back and did not lose any in the process is amazing.

    Now, we see Spacex not only launch rockets but they manage to land them and use them over. If that had been a criteria back during the Apollo missions we would have never gotten to the moon.

    I am in awe of the consistency of the Spacex launches for the remarkable technological achievements. No other organization on earth is operating at as high a level.

    Lastly, just because they do it over and over does not mean that we should not take a moment to realize how big their succeses really are.

  6. MikeAZ
    Posted April 12, 2019 at 6:51 am |

    I’ve been watching assorted space adventures since Sputnik. Putting satellites into orbit, men into space, landing on the moon repeatedly, all great steps advancing science and technology. But bringing the boosters back to be recycled and reused, and landing them safely side by side, that’s just freakin’ AWSOME!

  7. WeeBrowser
    Posted April 12, 2019 at 8:59 am |

    We had to let technology catch up to our dreams!

  8. Dave
    Posted April 12, 2019 at 7:47 pm |

    @5 Lest we forget the ones who gave their lives in our quest for the moon.
    Two of the three Apollo 1 crew who died in that launchpad fire were Gemini Astronauts, and Major Michael J. Adams was killed in an X15 flight.