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Company says it is building world's biggest rocket
Yahoo News ^ | 5 Apr 2011 | SETH BORENSTEIN

Posted on 04/05/2011 11:39:39 AM PDT by mandaladon

WASHINGTON – A high-tech entrepreneur has unveiled plans to launch the world's most powerful rocket since man went to the moon.

The rocket could lift twice as much cargo into orbit as the soon-to-be-retired space shuttle.

Space Exploration Technology's new rocket called Falcon Heavy is big enough to send cargo or even people out of Earth's orbit to the moon, an asteroid or Mars. Only the long retired Saturn V rocket that sent men to the moon was bigger.

Space X president Elon Musk said Falcon Heavy will be far cheaper than government or private rockets. Launches are about $100 million each. The first launch is slotted for 2013 from California.

Potential customers are NASA, the military, other governments and satellite makers.

Musk founded PayPal and launches smaller rockets.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Technical
KEYWORDS: falconheavy; rockets; space
Space X president Elon Musk said Falcon Heavy will be far cheaper than government or private rockets. Launches are about $100 million each. The first launch is slotted for 2013 from California government is always more expensive than private sector.
1 posted on 04/05/2011 11:39:43 AM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon
Bernie Madoff thought he had the world's biggest racket.

But Social Security still wins that prize.

2 posted on 04/05/2011 11:41:05 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: ClearCase_guy

3 posted on 04/05/2011 11:41:58 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: mandaladon

There is a big difference between plans and a rocket of his description.

call me back in 2013 and lets see how close he is.


4 posted on 04/05/2011 11:43:44 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: mandaladon

5 posted on 04/05/2011 11:45:38 AM PDT by TSgt (Colonel Allen West & Michele Bachman - 2012 POTUS Dream Team Ticket!)
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To: mandaladon

I stood under one of the Saturn V engines at the National Air & Space Museum once. I read somewhere that during launch power output was equal to 20% of the country’s electric power output for that time. And they designed that stuff with slide rules. Kind of like the big guns on the battleships, they won’t be built again.


6 posted on 04/05/2011 11:47:03 AM PDT by printhead
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To: TSgt

Does Paris Hilton or Snooky know about this?


7 posted on 04/05/2011 11:47:14 AM PDT by RexBeach ("I'd horse whip you, if I had a horse!" -Groucho)
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To: mandaladon

“World’s largest” except it ain’t.


8 posted on 04/05/2011 11:49:40 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: mandaladon
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9 posted on 04/05/2011 11:49:40 AM PDT by mandaladon (PalinGenesis)
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To: mandaladon

Hey, dream big and go for it. As long as it’s a private venture and creates jobs, it’s cool.

One would think, though, that once the motor itself reaches a certain size, the thrust-weight ratio would start to flatten out.


10 posted on 04/05/2011 11:50:38 AM PDT by lurk
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To: Venturer
He's got a reputation of doing what he plans. His company is the first private entity to orbit a man-ratable capsule and return it safely.

/johnny

11 posted on 04/05/2011 11:51:01 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Venturer

Seeing that this is just an incremental improvement over his already-proven rockets, I don’t think this is just hype.


12 posted on 04/05/2011 11:51:25 AM PDT by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: Venturer

http://www.spacex.com/falcon_heavy.php


13 posted on 04/05/2011 11:54:59 AM PDT by mandaladon (PalinGenesis)
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To: printhead

Well, Wehrner von Braun was a genius.

We actually went to the moon with less computer power than is in a calculator you can get for $1.98 at Wally’s today.


14 posted on 04/05/2011 12:03:26 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!!!)
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To: Venturer
There is a big difference between plans and a rocket of his description.

call me back in 2013 and lets see how close he is.

Some of the components they will use have already been used successfully on real launches.

15 posted on 04/05/2011 12:03:45 PM PDT by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average. Politicians come from the other half.)
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To: TSgt
So...27 different opportunities for a malfunction?
16 posted on 04/05/2011 12:04:20 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: mandaladon
Space X president Elon Musk said Falcon Heavy will be far cheaper than government or private rockets. Launches are about $100 million each. The first launch is slotted for 2013 from California.

Potential customers are NASA, the military, other governments and satellite makers.

Musk founded PayPal and launches smaller rockets.

So I can charge one on my PayPal account?

17 posted on 04/05/2011 12:04:50 PM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: printhead
I stood under one of the Saturn V engines at the National Air & Space Museum once. I read somewhere that during launch power output was equal to 20% of the country’s electric power output for that time. And they designed that stuff with slide rules. Kind of like the big guns on the battleships, they won’t be built again.

Initial studies for the F1 began in the early 1950's.

18 posted on 04/05/2011 12:05:06 PM PDT by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average. Politicians come from the other half.)
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To: mandaladon

But can he do it cheaper than the russians?


19 posted on 04/05/2011 12:06:41 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: mandaladon

It will never happen as there is no Muslim outreach mentioned.


20 posted on 04/05/2011 12:07:36 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: BenLurkin
The Falcon Heavy is designed for extreme reliability and can tolerate the failure of several engines and still complete its mission. As on commercial airliners, protective shells surround each engine to contain a worst-case situation such as fire or a chamber rupture, and prevent it from affecting the other engines and stages. A disabled engine is automatically shut down, and the remaining engines operate slightly longer to compensate for the loss without detriment to the mission.
21 posted on 04/05/2011 12:07:55 PM PDT by TSgt (Colonel Allen West & Michele Bachman - 2012 POTUS Dream Team Ticket!)
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To: mandaladon
The rocket could lift twice as much cargo into orbit as the soon-to-be-retired space shuttle.

That's a little misleading since the Orbiters aren't counted as cargo.

22 posted on 04/05/2011 12:09:23 PM PDT by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average. Politicians come from the other half.)
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To: smokingfrog
But can he do it cheaper than the russians?

Was that sarcasm? I would say that whatever the russians quote you, you better figure on twice to three times that much for their cargo delivery success rate.
23 posted on 04/05/2011 12:17:26 PM PDT by Eagle of Liberty ("Let me be clear.............")
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To: mandaladon

Out with big, debt-supported revenues, out with political correctness. So we won’t be sending the likes of Susan B. Anthony or Barney Frank to the more distant planets during exploration efforts.


24 posted on 04/05/2011 12:18:33 PM PDT by familyop ("Don't worry, they'll row for a month before they figure out I'm fakin' it." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: mandaladon

“Only the long retired Saturn V rocket that sent men to the moon was bigger. “

Kinda belies the article title of ‘Worlds biggest rocket’, doesn’t it?


25 posted on 04/05/2011 12:40:26 PM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Moonman62
"That's a little misleading since the Orbiters aren't counted as cargo."

The mission is not to lift a vehicle, but to place an object in space by using a vehicle.

SpaceX is not counting the weight of their vehicle, so why bring the orbiter into the equation.

The shuttle system was a terrible idea from the start, and cost us dearly in lives, money and time.

26 posted on 04/05/2011 12:45:10 PM PDT by diogenes ghost
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To: printhead

Remember the scene in Apollo 13 where they have to calculate the burn duration to get them back on course to not bounce off the atmosphere? They did it with paper and pencil.


27 posted on 04/05/2011 12:46:39 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: TSgt

“It looks like a big..................”


28 posted on 04/05/2011 12:50:10 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: massgopguy

“It looks like a big..................”

What, a lollipop? How do you feel about your father? Did he always threaten you with cucumbers?

Slow down Freud....:)


29 posted on 04/05/2011 12:58:27 PM PDT by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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To: massgopguy; wxgesr

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkdOAgQMQvA


30 posted on 04/05/2011 1:15:39 PM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: BenLurkin

It works on the Soyuz launchers.


31 posted on 04/05/2011 6:12:36 PM PDT by GAB-1955 (I write books, love my wife, serve my nation, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: lurk

You do know that SpaceX has already received about 1/2 Billion of our tax dollars from NASA, right?

Crony capitalism vs. government contractor waste - what a choice.

We should be pushing for true competitive market capitalism (i.e. commercial space.) That’s when we start seeing real progress.


32 posted on 04/06/2011 1:05:50 PM PDT by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
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