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  • Doobie Keebler
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Musk selects payload for first Falcon Heavy test flight to Mars.
"I'm over 70 and have never seen such , arrogance, incompetence and Ill -intentions as this President and his aids."    The Dotard     (posted 12 days after his 68th birthday)

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Re: Musk selects payload for first Falcon Heavy test flight to Mars.
Reply #1
OK then
"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man."
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Re: Musk selects payload for first Falcon Heavy test flight to Mars.
Reply #3
Where do we go sign if we want Trump in the trunk of the Tesla?

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Re: Musk selects payload for first Falcon Heavy test flight to Mars.
Reply #4
Where do we go sign if we want Trump in the trunk of the Tesla?
Aw, come on, strap* him into behind the wheel, have an exhaust soundtrack on the stereo and make sure the horn beeps. It'll keep him occupied on the trip.

*permanently
Are we there yet?

Re: Musk selects payload for first Falcon Heavy test flight to Mars.
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Mollusk selects payload for first Falcon Heavy test flight to Mars.
Surprise, it's mollusk food.
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 if you hold it tight you won't have any
if you give it away you'll have so many
they'll be rolling all over the floor

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Re: Musk selects payload for first Falcon Heavy test flight to Mars.
Reply #6
Missed opportunity.

A car as a PR gimmick. Noone cares.

A load of hot pants. Famous forever.


It's what plants crave.

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Re: Musk selects payload for first Falcon Heavy test flight to Mars.
Reply #7
 :cheer:

The Falcon Heavy assembly is in progress at the Cape....






.... and the payload prep is well underway too ....








"I'm over 70 and have never seen such , arrogance, incompetence and Ill -intentions as this President and his aids."    The Dotard     (posted 12 days after his 68th birthday)

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Re: Musk selects payload for first Falcon Heavy test flight to Mars.
Reply #8
Payload is fully encapsulated within the fairing and has been moved to the assembly building for test fitment.



There is some speculation about whether Musk will chose to leave the payload in place after fitment when the multi-core assembly is moved to the pad for the multiple static tests that are necessary for this new platform. While the Roadster might have some sentimental and a bit of historical value the whole point of selecting it, aside from the obvious advertising value, was using something slightly better than water, concrete, or steel but still an easily sacrificed payload on an initial "test" vehicle. While it's certain that a genuine payload with a potential worth of billions would never be left on the assembly during testing, in this case he might elect to do so and save days of labor and not an insubstantial amount of moolah.
  • Last Edit: December 26, 2017, 06:44:39 PM by Doobie Keebler
"I'm over 70 and have never seen such , arrogance, incompetence and Ill -intentions as this President and his aids."    The Dotard     (posted 12 days after his 68th birthday)

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Re: Musk selects payload for first Falcon Heavy test flight to Mars.
Reply #9
Is that a Tesla in your fairing or are you just happy to see me? *

The FH was rolled out to Launch Pad 39a and raised to it's fully erect position.

The video is a time lapse running at 16x followed by repeat at 32x.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4U27rJWV4l0

* initial joke shamelessly stolen from social media. I make no apologies for the second.
"I'm over 70 and have never seen such , arrogance, incompetence and Ill -intentions as this President and his aids."    The Dotard     (posted 12 days after his 68th birthday)