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  1. At last here's the first flight of F9R dev, the second test vehicle, 60% larger than grasshopper. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UjWqQPWmsY Latest news on the F9R flight to the ISS is that the experimental soft landing at sea with legs equipped went well, see Elon's twitter feed for details https://twitter.com/elonmusk This could be the start of low cost space access and serious space colonisation, which of course is a central theme of Macross.
  2. Official update on the relight test: "Though not a primary mission objective, SpaceX was also able to initiate two engine relights on the first stage. For the first restart burn, we lit three engines to do a supersonic retro propulsion, which we believe may be the first attempt by any rocket stage. The first restart burn was completed well and enabled the stage to survive reentering the atmosphere in a controlled fashion. SpaceX then lit the center engine for a single engine burn. That relight also went well, however we exceeded the roll control authority of the attitude control thruster
  3. At last here's rocket cam of the next generation Falcon 9 1st stage relighting at 64km / 4200mph, at 2:40 minutes in. A quick view before the exhaust fogs the camera. This new Falcon 9 has relightable engines (for testing) but not yet legs. See this thread for details of grasshopper 2 and a photo of a folding leg http://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/1150976-spacex-reusable-launcher-grasshopper-thread-2/
  4. Oh yeah! Elon is making the Macross dream of space colonisation reality.
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    Lego Anyone?

    This is excellent, and even more interesting because it's an original VF design.
  6. Good work yet again. The Zzard is very interesting and has a mind blowing transformation.
  7. Big day! Elon Musk on twitter: "Rocket booster relit twice (supersonic retro & landing), but spun up due to aero torque, so fuel centrifuged & we flamed out" "Between this flight & Grasshopper tests, I think we now have all the pieces of the puzzle to bring the rocket back home." Elon is the most important person on this planet, and it looks like it will be private companies that colonise space and mine the solar system, where governments have of course failed to realise the importance. Just divert half of military costs, the tech is similar and the military industrial complex
  8. The answer to the topic title is no it isn't The size is one thing you don't alter for something to remain Macross. I've looked through your blog and very much like the model and the video, i appreciate someone modelling a parked folded fighter mode too. I feel a cockpit naturally has an ergonomic form derived from the pilot, like the cabin of a car does ... so because your rescaling is so extreme i find your pilot figure looks funny and ridiculous. The design can certainly look good at a larger size but only with a reproportioned cockpit. However a fighter would naturally want the nose as
  9. ^ What he said. Try this at 47 feet ... I wuv it.
  10. 325m test, looks like sci-fi especially on the way down.
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