Falcon Heavy Launch From Down the Beach

Sorry it took this long to post this. Technical problems and traffic jams…

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Awesome view, thanks for sharing. Looks like you were North of 39A, so I assume your view of the landing was not so great. Could you hear the sonic boom’s on the return?

  • JS Initials

    WOW!!! It must have been awesomely LOUD LOUD LOUD! Did you feel the acoustic waves pounding your chest?

  • Bob Redman

    Everything about this was beyond description! I’m so glad you were able to be there knowing how iffy all of this is. What a blast, pardon the pun! I saw the last Hubble servicing mission blast off from there and was so grateful that it went off on time and without a hitch.

  • therealdmt

    Glad you got to witness it; thanks for sharing!

  • ThomasLMatula

    Great photos! Thanks for sharing!

    The third burn worked making it I believe the first private payload placed in a Solar orbit. With an orbit extending into the asteriod belt (2.61 AU) it is boldly going where no roadster has gone before.

  • JS Initials

    As I posted in another thread, get out your copy of “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” Hey! You never know! You might have a chance to thumb down a Roadster in the cosmos. LOL

  • ReSpaceAge

    I drove there from South Carolina planning to go to Jetty Park as I have done several times before. On the drive I decided to try playalinda. I last filled up my car in Georgia where gas is a little cheaper. I arrived at playalinda at 3 am. I had about a quarter tank of gas and nothing to drink with me.
    I napped till 6 am, their opening time. I parked in lot 4. All day long I drink nothing not wanting to ask anyone for water. Playalinda is a primitive park with no running water. I burned a lot of gas on the bumper to bumper traffic on the way in. I watched the launch from parking lot 1 on it’s beach access ramp. After the launch which was AMAZING too watch! I had to walk back to my car. By that time the traffic was getting heavy. I got in the line with my gas gauge near E realizing that in the traffic I may run out. I did what I could to conserve gas. I was very very thirsty. I parked on the side of the road to let the traffic die down. I even slept some in the back of my car. When I woke the traffic was still heavy. I was desperate for water!! I turned off the road and went to the security shack at an entrance to NASA. I told them I was almost out of gas and thirsty and needed help. They said they couldn’t help at first but then decided to let me drink water from their water cooler. I drank 32 oz. there and took 32 oz. with me. I got back into traffic. On the side of the road I saw a guy sleeping in his car waiting on the traffic. I checked to see if he had passed out. He was fine. I got to the bridge and was very worried about running out of gas on the bridge. I had to wait for the traffic to get better there before crossing. I drove over the bridge and stopped at the first gas station.
    Regular was $1.69 πŸ™

    I’m glad to have made it out of Playalinda alive. Lol

    What an adventure!

  • ReSpaceAge

    This flight did more for Space interest than commercial crew will. Defiantly worth the risk of the pad and possible delay of commercial crew.

  • Bob Redman

    Maybe if you had planned a little better?

  • Douglas Messier

    Two booms followed by roar of landing burns….

  • therealdmt

    Re: “This flight did more for Space interest than commercial crew will”

    Yeah, maybe. With those sci-fi simultaneous booster landings plus the most payload to orbit since the Saturn V, and then the Tesla Roadster and the Starman β€” crap, this was probably the biggest deal in space since the very first Shuttle launch back in β€˜81

  • therealdmt

    Maybe you can catch the next one in your Model 3. Be sure to bring some water though β€” no need to die if you’re not the one going up!

    Glad to hear you made it though. I sure wish I could have gone

  • ReSpaceAge

    I agree that my planning was lacking.
    However for launches, playalinda does not appear to be designed to handle that number of people safely. There really needs to be a double lane road at least to handle that many people. Plus you can’t tell me that the primitive toilet for that many people is safe. That place needs a water line put in. Guaranteed many germs were passed with that many people unable to wash their hands. Adding a water line is not going to hurt the birds, and may save a few human lives.

  • ReSpaceAge

    The crowd there watching the launch was about 80 precent male. Also there was a very large percentage of people under thirty, more than 60 percent under thirty I guess. Still a decent showing from the boomer crowd but we don’t command Space interest anymore. Elon and the kids do.
    Written in the sand in giant letters was a sign “ELON Please hire me for an Internship”. Some kids built a beautiful Falcon Heavy on it’s side, in the sand.
    As I walked from me car to my viewing area, there was a young couple on the grass near the road. The young lady was on a towel half naked sunning her back while the guy stared at the rocket with his high powered camera on a tripod.
    I told them that’s classic! Yeah yeah keep staring at the rocket young man! πŸ™‚

    With all the young people strutting around showing off expensive viewing equipment, in the middle of it all, there was an old lady reading in her car. I pointed at her and said “what’s that?” She looked around trying to figure out what I was talking about. I said no that, is there paper in it? She said it’s a book! I gasped! And she started to laugh. Her old thick book with a jacket looked like something from the distant past.

    The trip was worth every minute.

  • duheagle

    Hey, it could have been worse. I live in So. California. As of Monday, the cheapest gas I could find, after the recent state tax increase, was $3.13/gal.

  • ReSpaceAge

    But trump has unleashed The oil and coal industry? Prices should be dropping at the pump. Or are they f—ing us again?

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Here’s a pic of that first private insertion into solar orbit. Taken from Kitt Peak National Observatory during the burn. The exposure is 3 minutes long and shows what seems to be a burn and a dump of leftover … something , RP-1, LOX, or He. Manmade, and private, near Earth comet. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d4873122b6a8507f1217dea20632d000ff5e1d9c08b36768d5006b488f6a8bf6.jpg

  • Kirk

    Glad to hear that the security folks helped. Consider not being quite so shy about asking average people for help in the future. Some will blow you off, but a lot of people will be more than happy to share if they brought extra water, particular if you ask with a good attitude. You know, if you give an embarrassed smile and laugh and say, “Hi, I really messed up and forgot to bring any water. Do you have any to share?” I do a lot of hiking and pretty regularly run into people who didn’t prepare as well as they should. It feels good to help other people. In the immortal words of Harry Tuttle, Heating Engineer, “We are all in it together.”

    I’m envious of you seeing FH from 39A at Playalinda. I saw the SpX/CRS-8 launch (the first one with a successful droneship landing) from there back in April 2016, but that was from LC-40. It was way cool, but 39A is so much closer!

  • ThomasLMatula

    What a great image! Thanks!

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Noooo they’re private industry they would NEVER gouge. Never! That said a $1.69 per gallon for gas is pretty darn good, and when you figure in inflation over the past 50 years and compare that to the average income of an American, it’s a excellent price. Industry does gouge, but these days it’s not happening with oil at least. You can look at profits of oil corporations by year and it’s pretty obvious when they gouge us. Look at Exxon’s spurt of profit in the last quarters of 2008, that’s what a gouge looks like. The price of oil was just coming down from a spike yet costs (for us) remained very high for months afterwards and the oil industry made record profits. Looking at the same report you see profits are way down probably due to Iraq, Iran, American fracking, and Saudi Arabia’s attempt to shut it down. There’s lots of competition right now.

  • Lee

    Ummm, I think you mean $2.69/gal…

  • duheagle

    If regular gas is really $1.69/gal. in the Southeastern Conference states it would seem the Trump administration’s energy policy is doing fine, at least in Red State America. The progs who run the People’s Republic of California, though, are still busily at work turning this state into a bad monkey copy of a European country. Besides ever-rising gas taxes, the CA air quality bureaucracy also mandates gasoline formulations that are produced and used nowhere else in the country. This makes CA its own gasoline market unconnected to the rest of the country. Combine that with the fact that the same bureaucracy hasn’t allowed any new refinery capacity to be built here in 40 years and has kept fracking illegal and the outlier nature of CA gas prices is readily understood – except, of course, by the Tree-Hugger Mafia that runs this place.

  • ReSpaceAge

    2.69 typo

  • duheagle

    I’d be delighted if I could find gas out here even at your non-typoed price.

  • Andrew_M_Swallow

    > 60 percent under thirty

    That in its self is good news. The torch has been passed.