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06 Feb 2018 16:34

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Source of the post Man! I told Elon Musk to put some solar shingles on that thing


Elon confirmed in stream its going to last about 12 hours.

tracking of Tesla is here
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06 Feb 2018 16:50

Well that sucks. I was hoping to watch the whole 6-month journey. Hopefully he'll get the cameras rolling again closer to Mars.
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06 Feb 2018 21:33

Destructor1701, updated the main post with new links, dates, and moved the marker up another line.
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06 Feb 2018 21:44

https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/6/16983744/spacex-tesla-falcon-heavy-roadster-orbit-asteroid-belt-elon-musk-mars
well, that's interesting... I wonder if it was intentional or not. Now I wish the camera could work that long.
 
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07 Feb 2018 01:58

The camera would simply record the car against a pitch dark background.  It's very unlikely that it will ever pass close enough to Earth, Mars or any asteroid that would be visible as anything else than a few pixels.  It has an orbit typical for meteors hitting Earth, but again, the odds of it hitting Earth within the foreseeable future are very low.
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07 Feb 2018 05:28

midtskogen wrote:
The camera would simply record the car against a pitch dark background. 

Never mind, it would be pitch dark background of an asteroid belt area, not just any pitch black ;)
 
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07 Feb 2018 05:55

It will certainly finish then car flies too far away. Radio transmission from a great distance is not easy. After that maybe we will have single frames time to time.
 
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07 Feb 2018 09:18

I know, unless they mounted a big antenna dish with a good radio transmitter, plus some targeting system and efficient energy source, we wouldn't get any data. It was just a joke, perhaps I'm too enthusiastic now :)
 
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07 Feb 2018 12:09

So, will the roadster be added to SE?
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07 Feb 2018 12:42

midtskogen wrote:
So, will the roadster be added to SE?

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08 Feb 2018 15:11

DoctorOfSpace, how's that car mod coming along?
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08 Feb 2018 18:34

Nothing yet, I am just waiting on one to be publicly released, as my modeling skills are not up to the task.

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15 Feb 2018 06:37

I was at the Falcon Heavy launch last week, watching from the Saturn V center at KSC. Bill Nye was present. My lens was slightly out of focus for much of the flight, so the pictures are a bit blurry sadly. Here are some highlights:

Bill Nye
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KSC LC-39A (where Falcon Heavy was waiting for launch)
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FH in flight
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Shot demonstrating the brightness of the exhaust plume during launch (it's dazzlingly bright to look at in person)
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One of the boosters gliding back to land
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Booster starting the 3-engine phase of its landing burn
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And I know it's a SpaceX thread, but I did get to glimpse Blue Origin's new factory while I was there, it's very impressive to look at
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15 Feb 2018 10:49

Cool. What was the sound like?
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