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#12957095 Jan 01, 2017 at 05:10 PM · Edited over 1 year ago
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So if you're here, reading this, it's probably for one of two reasons:

  1. you're a member of Here Be Dragons, and you're bored, and figured you'd browse this thread,
  2. you made the mistake of asking me, "Hey, Ali, tell me more about this space stuff you're always going on and on about!" and I linked you here.

Now, there is a lot of cool stuff going on, in and around outer space, and there are a lot of people and companies making it happen; I couldn't possibly cover it all, and wouldn't dare try. But there's one thing in particular that's happening, that's near and dear to my heart, and so I'm going to tell you a little more about that, and show you why it matters to me.

The "thing" in question is a company called Space Exploration Technologies Corp., familiarly known as SpaceX, rather famously founded by Internet billionaire Elon Musk, and the reason I'm so fond of them is because, well, they're doing some amazing stuff.

Don't believe me? Watch this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANv5UfZsvZQ

This is SpaceX. This is what they do.

And this is only the beginning.

Read on...
Ali
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#13009412 Jan 23, 2017 at 12:12 AM · Edited over 1 year ago
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ORBCOMM-2: December 21, 2015. This was SpaceX's Return to Flight after a failed launch some months before, and boy was it spectacular!

Full Webcast, from the beginning:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5bTbVbe4e4

Strongly recommend watching the whole thing through, for tons of great background info on the company & launch process, but if you want to skip to the highlights...

The rocket launch

The first-stage landing

Deployment of the ORBCOMM satellites
Ali
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#13009448 Jan 23, 2017 at 12:34 AM
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SES-9: March 4, 2016. This launch took place after several attempts which were scrubbed by weather, and in one case, a wayward boat. How do I know? I was there for the scrubs, and ended up watching the launch on my cellphone... from a hospital bed. Long story. :)

Full Webcast, from the beginning:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muDPSyO7-A0

Again, there's tons of cool stuff here if you watch it through from the beginning, but here are the highlights:

The rocket launch

Fairing separation

Unsuccessful landing attempt on drone ship Of Course I Still Love You (video cut out)

Ali
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#13009458 Jan 23, 2017 at 12:46 AM
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CRS-8: April 8, 2016, to carry supplies to the ISS. First successful drone ship landing!

Full Webcast, from the beginning:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pUAydjne5M

Here are the highlights:

The rocket launch

First stage landing on Of Course I Still Love You

First stage landing as shown on NASA-TV, courtesy of Spaceflight101

And here's the post-launch NASA news conference, as broadcast on NASA-TV about a dozen times following the launch. :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmN9IJyzBG0
Ali
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#13009461 Jan 23, 2017 at 12:54 AM
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CRS-9: July 17, 2016. More supplies to the ISS, and another successful landing.

Full Webcast, from the beginning:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThIdCuSsJh8

Highlights:

The rocket launch

First-stage landing at LZ-1, Cape Canaveral

Separation of the Dragon capsule

Deployment of Dragon solar arrays
Ali
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#13009473 Jan 23, 2017 at 01:04 AM
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Iridium-1: January 14, 2017. SpaceX's successful Return to Flight following the on-pad explosion of the Amos-6 mission during fueling, deploying communications satellites, and oh, hey, we haven't landed a rocket on the West Coast barge yet, so let's do that, too...!

Full Webcast, from the beginning:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WimRhydggo

Highlights:

The rocket launch

Grid fin deployment & very cool view from the first stage

First-stage landing on Just Read The Instructions, as seen from the first stage, from boostback burn all the way down!
Ali
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#13009478 Jan 23, 2017 at 01:11 AM · Edited over 1 year ago
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So okay, if you've watched any of the stuff posted above, well, that's pretty cool, right? But here's the thing: SpaceX only launches satellites and ISS supplies to pay the bills. Their real mission, the reason they were founded, is a little bit bigger than that. How much bigger, you might ask? Well...

SpaceX was founded to make humanity a multi-planetary species.

SpaceX's mission is to - someday - get us to Mars.

How are they going to do that? you may wonder. Well, I'm glad you asked!

Here's a demo video of what they've got planned:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qo78R_yYFA

And here's the "crazy man" himself, talking about how they're going to make it happen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7Uyfqi_TE8

So the next time you hear your friendly neighborhood Space Hobbit go on and on and on about how excellent space is and how triumphant launches are, and how astonishingly awesome SpaceX is, you'll know why:

Because this is the future.

And it's happening right now.

Come share it with me, 'cuz it's gonna be fantastic. :)

Ali
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