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SpaceX dodged Florida storms to launch its 18th resupply mission to the International Space Station last night while the company's stumpy Starhopper vehicle accomplished its first big hop. CRS-18 launches After a delay from 24 July due to weather, the 18th of 20 contracted missions to the International Space Station (ISS) got …

  1. STOP_FORTH Silver badge

    You dun good

    Excellent choice of picture!

    1. Dan 55 Silver badge

      Re: You dun good

      "I'm the Meatsafe Murderer, only I never done it but I said I did. I had to, otherwise they'd have put me head back down the toilet."

      1. STOP_FORTH Silver badge

        Re: You dun good

        Considered him, but I thought the reference would be too obscure. So, there were at least two of us watching Monkey Dust?

        1. Dan 55 Silver badge

          Re: You dun good

          Yes, those were probably the official viewing figures on BBC3 at God-forsaken o'clock.

          Sounds like the kind of thing you could find on the Internet...

        2. AIBailey

          Re: You dun good

          Ooooh yes. My first thought was "Mister Hoppy".

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    SpaceX, next Falcon 9 in a 1960's Saturn 5 Black and Red Paint Job, Red USA / Flag?

    It would be great to see a 1960's Saturn 5 Black and Red paint job for the next SpaceX Launch, paying homage to the Apollo Era.

    That would be pretty cool + fantastic marketing.

    1. Gene Cash Silver badge

      Re: SpaceX, next Falcon 9 in a 1960's Saturn 5 Black and Red Paint Job, Red USA / Flag?

      Sure, but it'd have to be a new booster. Those used ones are pretty charred, and you'll notice SpaceX doesn't waste time/money cleaning them up and painting them.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    fire swamp mission?

    But what about the RRSHes?

    The Rodent Research Support Hardware? I don't think they exist.

    1. stuartnz

      Re: Always too late, dammit!

      I literally spent several minutes trying to come up with a rewording that would fit this reference, only just now did "Rat Observation Unit, Space Station" come to me.

  4. LeahroyNake


    'Starhopper has scaled things up just a tiny bit.'

    In that it looks like something from Flash Gordon, or a Jules Verne novel. fekkin awesome as far as I'm concerned.

    Musk Ohoooo he will save everyone of us... Maybe, maybe not but at least he is trying, the ego is probably a requirement for these achievements in the timescale that they are happening.

  5. Dvon of Edzore

    Marketing is probably right but...

    From all evidence the successor to "Grasshopper" should be called "Grassburner" as any vegetation in the vicinity will be rendered luminous during testing. Experience from further north in McGregor, Texas, has not equipped SpaceX for how fast things grow down south after a little rain falls or someone uses a big hose to put out the previous fire.

    Icon because it's a hot topic and I can't have two. (Exits abruptly through trapdoor.)

  6. MachDiamond Silver badge

    Landing rockets has been going on for awhile

    Here's one of the flights that got Elon thinking about it:

    1. Dvon of Edzore

      Re: Landing rockets has been going on for awhile

      Yeah, it was on TV about 50 years ago, I think.

  7. John Smith 19 Gold badge

    Wasn't he going to make an announcement once it flew?

    Quite a big announcement of some kind.

    Not sure quite what about.

    Personally I don't think they have a cat in hell's chance of the 2022 Mars launch window (although they will give it there very best shot) but I think they might put something on its way to the red planet in 2024.

    1. takyon

      Re: Wasn't he going to make an announcement once it flew?

      A new Starship presentation should be coming within the next few weeks, as well as a 200 meter hop.

  8. phuzz Silver badge

    "space rock mining devices that use bacteria to recover minerals and metals from rocks [...] led by scientists at the University of Edinburgh."

    This is a spin-off from the process used to make Iron-Bru out of girders.

  9. Brangdon

    First FFSC flight

    The untethered hop was the first time a full flow staged combustion engine has ever flown. There have been two attempts to build such engines before, neither of which got beyond the test stand. So the hop is truly historic, and a tremendous achievement.

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