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Mon Nov 8, 2021, 09:53 PM

First orbital SpaceX Starship to splash down, sink off Kauai

https://www.yahoo.com/news/first-orbital-spacex-starship-splash-170900364.html

Nov. 7—At the end of the first orbital test flight for its 164-foot Starship, SpaceX envisions a reentry into the atmosphere at speeds approaching Mach 25, or 19, 000 miles per hour, followed by 15 minutes of hypersonic flight.

During this time, the spacecraft will hurtle sideways, generating tremendous heat before adjusting to an upright position for a "soft " rocket-powered ocean landing 62 miles north of Kauai.

It will sink in the Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility, according to plans for the historic flight, and join dozens of warships that have gone down over past decades during Navy "sink exercises " in waters 15, 000 feet deep.

Most recently that included the retired frigate USS Ingraham, which was targeted in mid-August by Marines firing Naval Strike Missiles from Kauai and pummeled by munitions from aircraft and a submarine.

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Reply First orbital SpaceX Starship to splash down, sink off Kauai (Original post)
Dial H For Hero Nov 2021 OP
Thomas Hurt Nov 2021 #1
USALiberal Nov 2021 #2
luv2fly Nov 2021 #3
Dial H For Hero Nov 2021 #4
luv2fly Nov 2021 #5
Dial H For Hero Nov 2021 #6
luv2fly Nov 2021 #7
lagomorph777 Nov 2021 #8
Dial H For Hero Nov 2021 #9

Response to Dial H For Hero (Original post)

Mon Nov 8, 2021, 09:55 PM

1. I am assuming there will be no billionaires on board, right?

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Response to Thomas Hurt (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 8, 2021, 09:57 PM

2. No they're millionaires company just invented at all.

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Response to Dial H For Hero (Original post)

Mon Nov 8, 2021, 10:29 PM

3. More crap in the ocean

More crap followed by more crap and then more.

And then in the next breath we think we have a chance at combatting climate change, what a joke.

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Response to luv2fly (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 8, 2021, 11:28 PM

4. Tens of thousands of ships have sunk in the ocean over the years.

I doubt very much that adding a few spaceships to the mix will make any difference.

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Response to Dial H For Hero (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 06:51 AM

5. People throw their trash out car windows too

A couple more McDonald's bags won't hurt right?

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Response to luv2fly (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 12:43 PM

6. In the grand scheme of things, two more bags won't make any appreciable difference, that's correct.

Just as a single spacecraft sinking in the ocean won’t, either. Bear in mind that your example of trash being thrown out of a car is something that happens millions of times every year. Spacecraft being intentionally sunk…not so much.

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Response to Dial H For Hero (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 02:38 PM

7. Yeah, two more don't matter

Nor the two after that, nor the two after that... problem is it all adds up and people don't think they're little bit matters.

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Response to luv2fly (Reply #7)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 02:50 PM

8. The main purpose of Starship is actually to put a stop to rockets as space trash.

Starship + Super Heavy will be the first 100% re-useable rocket. Not on the first try, but that is exactly the goal. This test is the price of making that possible.

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Response to luv2fly (Reply #7)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 05:51 PM

9. Just how many spacecraft do you anticipate being disposed of in this manner?

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