SpaceX has done it! I just watched the launch, live, well live for me, like watching a missed football game on the VCR… “Don’t tell me who wins!”
Here it is if you have not seen it yet:
SN10 got a clean launch and stuck a solid landing! (Judges have to be harsh here, the landing was a little heavy and the dismount a bit listy, I can only give a 4.5)
This is a breakthrough achievement! Future of mankind stuff right here!!
By the way ‘StarShip‘, the rocket’s name, has always bothered me. I mean ‘SpaceShip‘ yes, StarShip… really? A ship that sails to the stars? Bad science niggles me like, bad, puntuation; and spelling riles others (doing my best here!). But it seems that:
“A lightened Starship upper stage, refilled in space, unburdened by fins, heatshield and landing engines could achieve 8km/s deltaV. This might be just enough to boost out of Low Earth Orbit and achieve solar escape velocity of 42km/s… it just wouldn’t get anywhere soon.”
Is #StarShip a Star-ship? I always find @elonmusk to be brutally truthful, and a rabid SciFi nut (a good thing!)