DIY Rocketeer Building SpaceX Replicas of Self-Landing Rockets
His point is to develop the control system, which he's doing very successfully. Not really to make it completely successful landing. He's selling the systems. The expense really isn't that much all things considered.
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SpaceX is not the one to be as much devoted to rocket building, but in the case of SpaceX which is aiming to build a spacecraft for interstellar flight, some companies are producing rockets to collect data on the ambient conditions https://www.skyrora.com/skylark-nano.
Anyone else stay up tonight to watch the SpaceX rocket and capsule lift off from Canaveral?
(It's still -for me- a thrilling experience — even on TV!)
The comment was made (on FoxNews coverage) that the same rocket and capsule will repeat the early Apollo missions...starting in August. And, said the disembodied voice, This rocket is BIG and LOUD!. Did he think the Saturn 5 was small and quiet?!
(Thought I was the only space nut left...:) )
@pesala "...in case we get to witness an unscheduled rapid disassembly"!? Are you being ghoulish?
Yes, leaving Earth's gravity well is still expensive, and dangerous! If you think about it, jet flight was — not too long ago. (And how many people insisted that heavier-than-air flight was a fantasy! )
When I was a kid working on the crew of the tour bus for the Air Force's Test Pilot school, I got to share the VIP stands at what was then called Cape Kennedy with a bunch of Iranian officers (...receiving flight training, I presume!) and others: Watching -and listening!- to the rocket from more than a mile away was an incredible experience!
One I'll never forget...
@pesala No, sir: I deplore such failures! While I accept them as "part of the job" I can honestly say I've never hoped or wished for any space program's failure... More so, I regret any loss of life; and applaud every effort to prevent similar "failures" —
Perhaps you haven't noticed: Free enterprise has reinvigorated the space trades! Private (i.e., non-government) businesses can accomplish so much that bureaucracies cannot...
(Of course, government partnership is still a necessary drag upon both innovation within and expansion of such businesses. But the monopoly of Big Government Space is finally being restrained — by private enterprise. As well it should be.)
However, my childhood dream of vacationing on the Moon remains dashed!
Fortune favors the brave? If you have a simple definition of "brave" that amounts to "willing to take risks for gain" then, yes, I guess so. Some people simply can't restrain or constrain their wonder at this world and its exciting possibilities!
And that, sir, is not simply a desire for lucre, fame or fortune!
Who ever sensibly argued that the Age of Exploration was over? (Besides every Luddite and self-absorbed fatalist... )