Vulcan Centaur maiden flight

ULA's new rocket is going to be lifting off in a few bings, and will be sending the the Peregine lander to one of the moon's poles.

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Its just going to scrub.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      That's always a possibility

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Generals are cancer

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    just 6 years late

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Bro, every rocket is late. Both SLS and Falcon Heavy fly 5 years after they were initially slated to do so.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        You're comparing engine development with rocket development...

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Oh, I thought you were talking about the rocket in general and not the BE-4s specifically. But then again developing new engines is expensive and takes forever as well

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Years post covid aren't real so actually just 2 years late

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Since be-4 is methalox, does that mean the exhaust is gonna be blue?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      yes, just like our blue origin

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >our
        Jeff is that you?

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          our blue origin is the earth

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      turns out you can't really see the exhaust because of the bright ass srbs

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Who's betting on an explosion?

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    how are we feeling ulasisters?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Breddy Gud, though Tory does needs to bring back the 'stash

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        he did

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Excellent

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    my favorite part to watch is when the rocket lands

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    You're so pretty,
    You're so popular

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I have no idea how much weight the pain for the V adds, but its one hell of a logo.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        We're ditching the logo after Cert-2, unless the customer pays for it. Wasted weight

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      She has stylish engines now! aaaaaaaaAAA

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I want to pull down her reusable shorts and frick her navel

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    45 minute launch window
    at 2:18 est

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    you are now aware that the Vulcan logo is a smoking cigarette

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Honestly pretty fitting, seems like it would fit her

      https://i.imgur.com/RSJIKLj.jpg

      You're so pretty,
      You're so popular

      attitude.
      Nice dubs btw

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous
  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    ula amanda cute

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >proceeding for an on time liftoff

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Does it have the BE-4? Did Jeff finally provide the engines?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      this is a very innovative engineless rocket

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        At this point I wouldn't be surprised to find out they used another engine.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        This, the mEMe drive actually turned out to be real

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous
    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      no, it never got the engines. not sure how they plan on launching tonight but we'll see

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        look at her shoes

        https://i.imgur.com/RSJIKLj.jpg

        You're so pretty,
        You're so popular

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    What's the countdown?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      ~11m

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Wish me luck <3

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    WERE GOOD TO GO LADS

  18. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Is everyone in mission control an intern?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      gen alpha launch commentators be like
      >we have liftoff of the sigma rocket fr fr
      >we are going through the period of maximum rizz on the sigma rocket
      >adin ross reports skibidi trajectory
      >we have SECO fr fr no cap
      >we have a skibidi insertion into ohio orbit fr

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      There are probably no interns in mission control. ULA laid off a large amount of their older workers a few years back so it's a very young company now (especially because Denver).

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Correct

  19. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    All the systems are go, ALL THE SYSTEMS ARE GO

  20. 2 months ago
    Anonymous
  21. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Vulcan: precise. high energy. reliable.

  22. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >bullshit orbiting the sun forever

    cool, so the super rich get to have their bullshit pointlessly detract from scientific discovery because they have money

  23. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    GO GIRL GOOOOOL

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >rocket that's 5.4m in diameter is thicc
      nice

  24. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Godspeed

  25. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    We're off!

  26. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    AAAAAA

  27. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    MUN OR BUST

  28. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    So when will it get to the moon

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      The last week of February

  29. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I don't trust that gimbaling

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      This webm is terrible and I hope bad things happen to you.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        All of this due to blackface musk?Calm down dude

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      https://i.imgur.com/jy7wL8Q.png

      All of this due to blackface musk?Calm down dude

      LMAO

  30. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    alright things look good.

  31. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    what's the point of this when spacex already figured out launch? this is a pathetic knockoff, lmao

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      It's optimized for sending payloads for deep space missions
      Also, the government doesn't want to rely on only one launch company for their military payloads

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >government doesn't want to rely on only one launch company
        Commercial companies too, you wouldn't want to be stuck with one launch vehicle or launch provider

        Centaur is a high energy upper stage good for GTO and TLI.
        In a perfect world we would see the government forcing ULA and SpaceX to make a Falcon 9 / Centaur LV.

        >Falcon 9 / Centaur LV
        Nah, part of the Falcon 9's low cost is the fact that it has the same diameter and uses Kerosene/LOX on both stages. F9 is better optimized for LEO, while VC can better reach higher orbits, they're specialized for different things.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >Nah, part of the Falcon 9's low cost...
          True, they are different enough roles to justify 2 LVs.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Can it compete on cost with Falcons?

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          For a LEO mission the F9 can do? No.
          Can an F9 put 12 tons into TLI? No.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Well can you buy a heavy for the same or cheaper to do that? I guess you might run availability constraints from SpaceX. Especially if you want to expend cores.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            VC is around the same price as a FH, also the Falcon Heavy is limited the Payload attach fitting, so if you wanted to launch bigger payloads you need to rebuild the 2nd stage. There are more design considerations than just $/kg to LEO

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            The Vulcan is flying today, who knows how long it'll be until SpaceX has several BFRs and LEO refueling working.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      having more than one company is 'worth' it

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Centaur is a high energy upper stage good for GTO and TLI.
      In a perfect world we would see the government forcing ULA and SpaceX to make a Falcon 9 / Centaur LV.

  32. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I want to FRICK the Astrobiotic woman!!!

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      She's single!

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        you're kidding, that's just too good to be true

  33. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    Launch of a new LV is very rare, I think you can deal with it.

  34. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Anyone know how long until TLI?

  35. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    [...]

    What stream(s) are you watching?

    https://i.imgur.com/FdeYGjy.png

    Anyone know how long until TLI?

    In about ~10 bings

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Thanks anon, I'm sticking around now I know it's not 5 orbits.

  36. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Does anyone have an idea if ULA is still considering Vulcan Heavy?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      no, she's on a diet
      stop forcing your fat fetish on her >:(

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        You know I wasn't going to go with that angle, but its just been rumored that Elf-san is getting an anime

        [...]

        so maybe I will.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Holy guacamole

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Yes but the designs are premature and very stupid

  37. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Last burn

  38. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    spaceX btfo forever

  39. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    For a maiden flight, this thread is practically barren. Goes to show that nobody really cares about it

  40. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Well there's not much to say about it until the lander reaches the moon in 6 weeks.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Six weeks? I thought it was a three-day trip to the moon.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        It'll be reaching lunar orbit in a few days buts its going to be in orbit for a while before it lands.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Apollo took ~3 days because it had a big J-2 engine to raise it's apogee all the way out to the moon in one burn. Very important to reduce the life support requirements for the mission.
        These little landers we've been sending lately have small low thrust engines, so they have to do multiple acceleration burns over a period of weeks. Efficiency wins over speed when there is no crew onboard.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          TLI for peregrine was done by the Centaur's second stage, its already on its way to the moon, its just that it needed to complete a highly eccentric orbit for it to pass near the moon and then it was going to spend over a month in a highly elliptic orbit before landing

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            So what happens now? It will remain in the eccentric orbit forever or it will pass near the Earth atmosphere close enough and will eventually reenter?

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            They're hoping to repurpose it as a lunar orbiter, the fuel issues the lander is having ruled out going down to the moon, but keeping it in orbit is the best way to partially salvage the mission.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Six weeks? I thought it was a three-day trip to the moon.

      It'll be reaching lunar orbit in a few days buts its going to be in orbit for a while before it lands.

      I have some bad news anons...

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        What? Has Peregrine just now become like the 4th lunar lander to experience a failure in the last 2 years?

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          The moon men have a strict border-control policy.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      its dead

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        https://i.imgur.com/XediRbF.png

        it's so over

        >Chandryaan 2 fails for some unspecified reason
        >Hakuto-R fails because of the computer misjudging the altitude
        >Beresheet fails because of a stuck valve
        >Luna-25 fails due to loss of communication and overburning during an orbital maneuver
        >Peregrine has a critical fuel leak that cripples the mission
        Damn, lunar probes have been eating shit these past few years even with the successes going on

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          The moon is a harsh mistress. Luna wants only the boldest and bravest.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Its funny, given some have already been declaring the mars curse is over given how many successes there have been since the begining of the century, and now there's problems landing probes of the moon.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            it's because the tech used to get to the moon cannot be replicated anymore, get with the times gramps

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >Buying from the lowest bidder

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            I don't believe Peregrine was the lowest of the contractors that won awards for CLPS. And I don't think Russia, India, Israel, and Japan operate on lowest bidder contracts to the degree it is in the US

  41. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    we need operation paperclip 2

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      it's over

      https://i.imgur.com/Ac1HSrx.png

      We're so back

      we're back

      https://i.imgur.com/XediRbF.png

      it's so over

      it's over

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      https://i.imgur.com/Ac1HSrx.png

      We're so back

      https://i.imgur.com/XediRbF.png

      it's so over

      We don't need paperclip 2, we need to accept the free market isn't the answer to everything and the government and handle long returns on investment better than the market.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        There's nothing inherently wrong with public-private partnerships. That being said NASA shouldn't be leaning so heavily on it, see HLS, because there are cases where there aren't going to be many commercial applications.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          The fundamental issue is the market expects a return, what is the expected ROI for this mission?
          If it's under 0% (it is) then using public money is simply funneling funds into an unsustainable private business model.

  42. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    We're so back

  43. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    it's so over

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >not fake
      damn you

  44. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Vulcan Heavy may someday come about. It's on the drawing board right now. Starship is real. You've seen it down at Boca Chica. We're building the core stage. We have all the engines done, ready to be put on the test stand at Starbase.. I don't see any hardware for a Vulcan Heavy, except that he's going to take three Vulcans and put them together and that becomes the Heavy. It's not that easy in rocketry.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >It's not that easy in rocketry
      >Literally what SpaceX did with FH

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Taking this seriously for no particular reason, isn't Musk on record saying FH did indeed turn out to be a lot harder than expected...

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        also
        >Literally what ULA did with DIVH
        >Literally what Khrunichev did with Angara
        that's what makes Charlie's remark so funny

  45. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    Seems a lot less israelited then usual but they still failed

  46. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Okay so the mission was a success for the launch vehicle. Does this mean ULA will start cranking out these rockets to take some market share from SpaceX?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Rockets usually have some contracts before they even fly, Vulcan is no different in that it already has a bunch of NatSex and prject Kuiper payloads.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      apart from the contracts they already negotiated, i somewhat doubt they'll be able to take back a share of the commercial market.
      ULA has made strides in making their production more efficient, but in the end it's still a disposable rocket and they're not really close to the falcon family's price/performance ratio except in really high energy trajectories which are mostly government launches, the vast majority of commercial launches are LEO to GEO

  47. 2 months ago
    Barkun

    Stop making these SILLY space threads. Space is nothing buttnerd.

  48. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Vulcan Cert-1 Rocket Cam

    So many views we didn't see during the launch livestream

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      nice Earth view at the end of video

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Performance off, but ball park. Understandable since proprietary. Doesn’t quite understand low energy vs high or their architectures. Did not avail large set of public pricing on NSSL P2. Vulcan substantially cheaper, with > than 30% price advantage in high energy:
      Solid 6/10

  49. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Valve post https://twitter.com/667e11/status/1745134834052399258

  50. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    another billion dollars completely wasted by nasa.
    an yet again there will be nobody held responsible.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >oooh...
      >husbant...
      >you spend to much money on space slight
      >now we are homeress....

  51. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Are we just gonna let any butthole with enough money dump their junk on the moon now as a fundraiser for NASA? Feels wrong to me, shouldnt the rest of the world get a say?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      The outer space treaty permits it, the moon is effectively a commons.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >noooo you can't just litter on the moon!!!
      why not? its already a lifeless wasteland, what being hurt?
      >noooooo!!! i own the whole universe and you can't do anything to it without my permission!!! its not fair!!!
      https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/narcissistic-personality-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20366662

  52. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Update #12 for Peregrine Mission One

    As Peregrine emerges from a planned communications blackout with NASA’s DSN ground network, we’re pleased to announce the team’s efforts to gather payload data have been fruitful. We have successfully received data from all 9 payloads designed to communicate with the lander. All 10 payloads requiring power have received it, while the remaining 10 payloads aboard the spacecraft are passive.

    These payloads have now been able to prove operational capability in space and payload teams are analyzing the impact of this development now. We are proud of the mission team for achieving this incredible feat under such challenging circumstances. Below are a list of payloads that have received power:

    – (pictured) Iris Lunar Rover from Carnegie Mellon University. At the bottom of the overexposed image sent from Peregrine in space are the Iris rover’s wheels. To its left is a fuel tank with the American flag.
    – COLMENA from LINX-UNAM (together with Agencia Espacial Mexicana (AEM))
    – M-42 Radiation Detector from the German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    – Linear Energy Transfer Spectrometer (LETS) from NASA’s Johnson Space Center
    – Near-Infrared Volatile Spectrometer System (NIRVSS) from NASA’s Ames Research Center
    – Neutron Spectrometer System (NSS) from NASA’s Ames Research Center
    – Peregrine Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer (PITMS) from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, The Open University (OU), NASA, and the European Space Agency (ESA).
    – Pocari Sweat’s Lunar Dream Time Capsule from Astroscale
    – Optical Precision Autonomous Landing (OPAL) TRN sensor from Astrobotic
    – (a subsystem) Navigation Doppler Lidar (NDL) from NASA’s Langley Research Center

    Please stay tuned for more information and a link to a forthcoming media telecon.

  53. 2 months ago
    Anonymous
    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      its going well

  54. 2 months ago
    Anonymous
    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >can't even be repurposed as a lunar orbiter
      F

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