SpaceX reached a new milestone recently when a Falcon 9 booster launched for the sixth time and then landed safely. How many more times can this booster launch? What’s the theoretical limit? And how much does it actually cost SpaceX to refurbish a Falcon 9 booster between launches and what does this process entail?
It has long been known that SpaceX’s Falcon rockets use more than one type of upper stage depending on the needs of a given mission, but only now have we learned some more details. Falcon rockets actually use three different upper stages, which differ in how long they can last in orbit.
SpaceX used to perform a so-called static fire test before every launch of its Falcon 9 rocket. However, since 2020 SpaceX has in some cases not performed this pre-launch test at all. Let’s take a look at the purpose of a static fire, the types of missions where SpaceX skips this test, and try to figure out why. We will also explain why some static fires are performed with the payload attached and others without.
Third episode of a new series highlighting interesting moments captured by Tesla FSD Beta testers. In this installment, we look at the V10 software update which was hyped by Elon Musk as “mind-blowing”. And while it’s true it improved in some areas and fixed several long standing issues, it’s also been making pretty dangerous mistakes.
Second episode of a new series highlighting interesting moments captured by Tesla FSD Beta testers. In this installment, we show several clips involving cyclists and pedestrians in the road. Autopilot usually has no problem going around them but sometimes the scenario can be pretty complex. Check out the video to see how the software handles these interesting situations.
First episode of a new series highlighting interesting moments captured by Tesla FSD Beta testers. In this installment, I show several examples of big mistakes that FSD Beta in the form of running red lights and stop signs. The video also talks about how Autopilot handles obscured signs and traffic lights or what happens when it encounters a stop sign that isn’t mapped.
In less than two weeks, the ground-breaking Inspiration4 mission is scheduled to launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft into orbit with four crew members, none of whom are professional astronauts. Crew Dragon for this mission is equipped with a glass cupola to give the crew the best possible view during their three-day stay in Earth orbit. What have we learned so far about the largest window to ever be flown to space?
FSD Beta software is a version of Tesla Autopilot designed to eventually be capable of driving autonomously in virtually any situation. It’s definitely not there yet, but it has improved a lot since its initial release. I made a video that compares clips from two drives on the exact same route, but taken 9 months apart. The difference is stark.
Just one month after the Starship SN9 test flight, its successor SN10 launched. This time, SpaceX got much closer to a complete success. SN10 was the first prototype to land in one piece, although it exploded a few minutes later. Elon Musk later explained why the landing was not successful.