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kstaron
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12/23/2015 | 11:13:44 AM
What shape was it in?
It's huge that they brought back the rocket successfully. But is it in any way able to be used again? I'd love to know how useable the rocket really is at this point. Would it need a 20% overhaul or 80%? (And how nervous are the people going to be that first reuse a rocket?) I look forward to seeing what comes of this. Perhaps by the time my kids are grown they can book a flight to the moon for vacation.
Gary_EL
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12/23/2015 | 5:59:39 PM
Re: What shape was it in?
This is the most exciting thing that has happened in the space effort in years. I, too, hope that the rocket will be able to be reused in its entirety, but even if it can't, SpaceX has at least got the ball rolling. Any way you look at it, a titanic first step.
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12/23/2015 | 8:19:24 PM
Re: What shape was it in?
I agree.  For most of the history of space exploration, government agencies have been the main source of technology, and thus set the pace for space travel.  Now with independent agencies such as SpaceX, the possibilities of future travel become way more exciting.  Even if they are only partially reusable, the cost savings could be used to fund other projects or or lower the overall cost.  

I can't wait to see what the next decade of space exploration brings!
mak63
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12/23/2015 | 8:35:54 PM
success
Whether is SpaceX , Blue Origin or someone else, we need the success of these programs, unless we want to rely on the Soyuz rockets for ever.
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12/24/2015 | 10:21:21 AM
Congratulations to Mr. Musk
If commercial space travel is ever to be more than a libertarian fantasy, then these are the sorts of experiments that need to succeed.

But he he will also need to round up some real live private customers instead of relying on government contracts.
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12/24/2015 | 11:05:27 AM
Re: Congratulations to Mr. Musk
That's where things like Blue Origin can really help. While the Amazon rocket can take people to the edge of 'space' really cheaply, it will allow more people to try it and get a buzz for going into space. Give it a few years, with successful re-uses of the Falcon 9 under its belt, and Space X will be able to offer trips up for less than a million dollars. 
MatthewO028
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12/24/2015 | 6:27:28 PM
SpaceX Rocket landing
The cheering crowd was SpaceX Employees at their Hawthorne, California facility, not the Cape.
Gary_EL
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12/25/2015 | 3:59:09 AM
Re: Congratulations to Mr. Musk
Private customers, as yet, have no non-trivial way to make all that much money in space, and so the main customer has to remain the gov't and the military for now. But, what if Musk is even close to right and the cost of shipping a pound of cargo into space goes down by anything close to a factor of a hundred? Then who knows what might be possible!
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12/25/2015 | 10:50:51 PM
Re: Congratulations to Mr. Musk
If space tourism is what pays the bills for what Musk is really after --- space colonization --- then let's hope it goes down to a cost where most people in the top 1 to 10 percent of America can take a spin. That would subsidize many of the rest of us when we need to find a new home in the galaxy after Earth goes to hell.
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12/26/2015 | 9:22:20 PM
Re: What shape was it in?
Good point. Economics is required to make history on a budget. Deploying 11 satellites for specific M2M communication is a massive mission in its own right. If we take into consideration that there are around 1,100 working satellites in space at the moment then, 11 additional satellites is a major addition. As a bonus, the landing will enable future deployments to cost less.

I wonder if ORBCOMM has provided additional information about the capabilities that the new satellite fleet will enable.
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