MMOs get incredibly excited about Tesla’s Spaceman

    
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No, you didn’t dream it up. Wednesday, the world was abuzz over Elon Musk’s Tesla company sending a rocket into orbit that was toting a roadster with a space suited manniquin (aka “Spaceman”) on board. The images were instantly provocative and captivating, and several MMO studios couldn’t help but jump on board the moment.

The Guild Wars 2 team suggested that a Quaggan in a space suit could join the fun, while Star Trek Online had a field day with an “Earth space dock traffic notification.”

And Dual Universe whipped up a short video showing its version of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket taking off, which you can watch after the break.

Source: Twitter #1, #2, #3

 

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I hope Elite: Dangerous puts it in the game. What I love about SpaceX is that they’re not afraid to fail.

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Michael18

What I find most exciting about what SpaceX does is that while they are still in the process of catching up with the achievements of government agencies, from the first moment on they also built something revolutionarily new (esp. reusability).

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Armsbend

Stupidity of this pop culture aside – it was an absolutely amazing feat. Not the suit but the rocket launch and re-landing. The people’s eroding faith in government will pave the way for corporations and idea people to take over their complete inability to accomplish human endeavor any longer. A new era.

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deekay_000

the 80s sci fi/cyberpunk dystopic future has been here for some years now.` hell we’ve even ot vr chat rooms now too XD

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BigAngry

Yeah, Elon Musk wants you to THINK it’s a mannequin…

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deekay_000

it’s actually someone he murdered. the entire launch and car thing is purely a plot to hide the body where no one will ever find it.

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Armsbend

That would be a fantastic short story. The ironic twist being his enemy is on every screen in the world and used to promote his killer.

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Melissa McDonald

hmmmm

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squid

Reddit has more or less confirmed that there is at least one dead hooker in the trunk.

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Armsbend

I think what you are trying to say is that even if the rocket blew up – it would still be a win for Musk.

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Alex Willis

So much of this doesn’t seem real (which I mean in a good way, not in a “TINFOIL-FAKE” way). Some of the footage of the landing is astonishing. The sci-fi nerd in me is giddy. (Listen for the sonic boom near the halfway mark!)

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Utakata

…despite the cringe worthy note and PR stunts of sending cars, mannequins and/or disco balls into various orbits (and I remember they used to complain about space junk), those twin landing boosters where incredibly impressive. If my pigtails could land like that from unintentional fall, I am pretty sure it would of saved me from a lot of repair bills. o.O

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Armsbend

Incredible. To think one man’s vision is going to populate Mars one day – if he isn’t assassinated first.

The real science fiction is how Musk intends on populating Mars. How will he choose the million people to populate the planet? Who will try to force their will on him in doing so? The implications are honestly mind-boggling. Moral questions and ideologies will clash because of this in the next two decades. It is a guarantee.

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Schmidt.Capela

Another thing that impressed me is that, from the images of the launch, it seems like SpaceX rockets have a far more efficient fuel injection system than the rockets Nasa uses; their flame looks less like that of a flamethrower and more like what you would get from a Bunsen burner.

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Armsbend

They have some information on the rockets on wiki – look up the Merlin series of rockets. Interesting stuff. It would be so exciting to be involved with this project. I wish them all the success the solar system has to offer.

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KumiKaze

They do use different fuel. Most NASA rockets use(d) liquid hydrogen along with liquid oxygen, where as SpaceX use rocket grade kerosene (RP-1) and liquid oxygen. The kerosene is more stable than LH2 , and far less of an explosion hazard.

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Space Captain Zor

O_O

Holy crap

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Melissa McDonald

Did anyone even 20 years ago think it was possible to LAND a rocket the same way it takes off? Holy cow.

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Armsbend

a few years ago most people thought he was foolish.
Just one article from 2014 doubting he could make it cost effective or even do it:
http://aviationweek.com/blog/nasa-cnes-warn-spacex-challenges-flying-reusable-falcon-9-rocket

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Rolan Storm

Heh. We are living the feature.

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Zora

Humans haven’t set foot on Mars yet and already we send our expensive litter to its surface, tch tch…

…shame on you, earthlings. Shame on you!

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BigAngry

If what I heard is correct, it already missed Mars. The angle is wrong.

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deekay_000

it was also just going to be in mars’s orbit.

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squid

It’s not supposed to go to Mars—just orbit the Sun (though I think he said there was a chance it could hit Mars in the next 20 million years or something.)

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Melissa McDonald

I can’t be the only person thinking this:

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Zora

No, you are not… :P

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Fisty

I knew I’d seen a spaceman in a car before! This had been killing me!