Best sign of success.
I am looking forward to the excitement of reused vehicle landings now.
Elon Musk's space trucking business, SpaceX, has again landed a rocket safely on Earth. The company sent a Falcon 9 heavenwards on Sunday and it successfully delivered a communications satellite to a geosynchronous orbit. The first stage of the rocket then returned to land on the company's Droneship and did so before the …
"It's unfortunate, but the way the American people are, now that they have developed all this capability, instead of taking advantage of it, they'll probably just piss it all away."
-- President Lyndon Johnson, on the Apollo program
This country went from landing on the Moon to "This bag is not a toy!" in 40 years.
-- my t-shirt
It led to the early cancellation of the programme.
This is the problem with 'achievements', which is what Apollo was. It relied on large amounts of government funding. Apollo was woven into the cold war story and once superiority had been established, its job in the eyes of many was accomplished and this made it harder to argue to continue.
Now if we had a reliable and cheap fusion plant, people could get bored of that and it'd be fine as it'd justify its existence on an ongoing basis. Unfortunately, the world isn't spending much of its money on that idea and not enough people seem to be interested in that type of achievement, which is probably a lot more depressing than a lack of interested in repeat moon shots.
Was going to point out that we have gone from whole "MUSK DID IT! \o/\o/\o/" articles to "musk did it again" news bites in a very short space of time.
Personally, I struggle to find this boring no matter how many times they land that first stage... maybe in a few years, but probably not.
...After the fact due to the wee hours local time.
The barge video still cut-out just as the booster arrived.
As a Comms guy, I'm still very annoyed by that repeated failure in the SpaceX Barge Comms.
Given that there's a relatively 'nearby' Support Ship, there's only about a half-dozen solutions that would address this repeated failure.
Cue mindless defense of Musk in 3, 2, 1...
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