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Private Space Industry can now reach Mars.

- Tue, 06 Feb 2018 17:11:41 EST unNII3om No.57169
File: 1517955101747.jpg -(14848B / 14.50KB, 153x258) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. Private Space Industry can now reach Mars.
The Falcon Heavy launch was a success. There's a Tesla car now in transfer orbit to Mars, and this is a fact. Beyond how absurd that sounds, this actually means that a private actor now has the capability to put orbiters and more around Mars. Which means a huge step closer to putting people on the world.

Space-X has provien that they at least has the capability to reach the un-told numbers of asteroids passing through that range.
Is this Musk's actual end-game here? To capture some metal-heavy asteroid and bring it into low-Earth orbit for mining? I dunno, but still, the future is getting tangible as fuck.
Bruon Rossi - Tue, 06 Feb 2018 17:27:11 EST NyLhIW/E No.57170 Reply
I'm p sure Musk's actual endgame is to transform humanity into robot gods converting all matter and energy around Sol into an ever expanding speed-of-light sphere of transcendant intelligence and civilization.

Mining the fuck out of some asteroids is a pretty crucial step along the way, though.
Friedrich Bessel - Wed, 07 Feb 2018 10:12:29 EST CZNpyEE2 No.57173 Reply
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He's going to skip asteroid mining and work on the Big Fucking Rocket for Mars missions next. Falcon Heavy's just a stepping stone towards that goal, it's better suited as a profitable workhorse for satellites to Earth orbit.
William Lassell - Wed, 07 Feb 2018 18:11:14 EST NyLhIW/E No.57174 Reply
Actually, it's atmosphere is 66% oxygen...that just unfortunately happens to be bound to 33% carbon.

The non-tongue in cheek answer is that it is the only planet which we could reasonably colonize in the near future. Our planet is literally overgrown with shit that eats CO2 and craps out O2, so I think that's a planet next door that's covered in CO2 is actually a pretty sweet setup for us all things considered.
Joseph Lockyer - Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:01:40 EST tQcxEbzQ No.57175 Reply
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The thing is, Musk's pet companies are completely joined at the hip and they both have to start making real money. Like yesterday. If either one goes tits up, they will probably both go together. Quick turnaround launches and cube satellite packages better work out in the next couple of years, or SpaceX will be totally unsustainable.

Tesla is... well they've been writing some pretty big god damn checks that have to clear soon. It's in an industry that is going to be rocked by new drivetrain, battery and entertainment tech over the next decade. They need to make a Ford Focus price point car and sell a shitload of them ASAP to survive.

But, these guys have poached the best engineering talent out there, anywhere. Ive seen them scouting and interviewing fucking freshmen at my University; they have an army of headhunters snatching up the top .001% even three or four years in advance. That gives me a little hope.
Antony Hewish - Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:04:03 EST hGyQlc1t No.57177 Reply
For asteroid mining you need fusion or cheap ass solar.
And possibly a way to make metallic hydrogen fuel.

Moving stuff is still expensive as fuck in space because of the fucking rocket equation,.

That said I'm impressed by the Falcon Heavy, but has less umpf that the Saturn V had (and equivalent lifting capability to low earth orbit doesn't count)
The thing is the Saturn V could have done the one thing the falcon heavy was _optimized_ for as a side note. Lookup what the Lunar Lander did weigh.

The Falcon Heavy couldn't redo Apollo.
Antony Hewish - Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:11:50 EST hGyQlc1t No.57178 Reply
>The Falcon Heavy couldn't redo Apollo.
This also means it can't send stuff to mars on a fast transfer orbit. That tesla in space will orbit the sun several times before it gets to mars.
Harlow Shapley - Thu, 08 Feb 2018 17:18:49 EST p73EfNkl No.57179 Reply

the point of heavy is the recovery of the boosters (although the 3rd one did crash so more work needs to be done)
Hannes Alven - Thu, 08 Feb 2018 19:31:02 EST NyLhIW/E No.57181 Reply
But that's not the point of the Falcon Heavy, it was to become the largest lift capacity commercial rocket presently operated...which it now is. You'll have to wait until later this year for them to surpass the Saturn V with the Big Fucking Rocket, which absolutely could redo Apollo. (Also, imagine how much lighter we could make a modern Apollo mission with current materials and tech.)
William Herschel - Fri, 09 Feb 2018 23:52:48 EST coC9H9eG No.57183 Reply
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Starman is definitely a construction android.

That bell under the car sure had a lot of room for secret gear.

Mars is a hologram: we already live on Mars. Earth is long dead.

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