Watch SpaceX Webcast Hosts Get Tongue Tied After Losing Falcon Heavy Central Core

“Oh, we’ve just gotten confirmation…”

If they had the same image on the laptop as was shown on the screen behind them, they knew it wasn’t on the ship.

  • 868686

    They lied live on Youtube, shame on them!

  • Kirk

    If the “Telemetry stops” caption added at 0:03 refers to the telemetry in the upper right corner, than it is wrong. That is the Stage 2 telemetry where the Speed and Altitude stop changing at SECO.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Cut them some slack. That’s a tough call to make when … If it lands you lose video, and if it crashes you lose video. Landing is still a new technology they’ll fail and it won’t mean a systemic problem. Heck 114 years into flying airplanes we’re biffing landings all the time.

  • Mr Snarky Answer

    Must be a slow space news day.

  • Spambot1

    Wow what an amazing scoop.

  • Aerospike

    Doug, most of your readers did not have the privilege to watch this in person. Or in other words: unlike you we saw that “live” on the stream a week ago. 😉

    (Well at least some realized what that meant, I mean some didn’t even notice, that the stream showed the same booster cam twice …)

  • This really is a pathetic thing to gripe about. Gotta find something to complain about eh?

  • Douglas Messier

    It’s up to them to tell the viewer what’s going on and they wouldn’t after the booster crash. Stop blaming me for that.

  • Mr Snarky Answer

    Can I blame you for the B.S. caption about telemetry stopping for S2 when it hit nominal orbit?

  • Jeff2Space

    Who among us has not stumbled a bit when in front of a large audience? My guess is that they knew it didn’t make it safely on top of the barge, but didn’t know exactly what to say. But that is speculation on my part.

    I remember that during the Challenger disaster, the announcer said something like “Obviously a major malfunction”. That was absolutely true, but at the same time it is etched in my brain as an “obvious understatement” since the crew had no chance to survive. Did the announcer know that at the time? I have no idea. My point is that we have the benefit of hindsight, which the announcer did not.

  • Kirk

    They have told us (and shown us) in the past when boosters have crashed into the barge, and have been good sports about it. I suspect the presenters were rather confused about what they were seeing and hearing as they probably didn’t expect a clean miss given the nature of the previous failed barge landings. You title stating that the hosts were tongue tied over the loss is accurate and likely reflects their confusion.

    “If they had the same image on the laptop as was shown on the screen behind them, … .” It’s more likely that the laptop showed the live webcast so they could better narrate what the viewer was seeing.

    What I find most interesting is that if you watch the webcast but switch camera to view 2 (Countdown Net Audio / Fixed view of Mission Control at Hawthorne), everyone is so elated by the success of the rest of the mission that neither Gwynne Shotwell nor anyone else in view seems the least bit perturbed by the “We lost the center core.” call out.

    I also found it very strange how the hosted webcast ended with “We’ll see you next time.” and no mention of the upcoming, 4+ hour live stream from orbit.

  • Kirk

    And if you’re looking to point out all of SpaceX’s little lies, how about @ T+07:19 when the host, describing the views from the two side boosters, says, “And even though those look very similar, those two boosters’ views, those are actually representing different boosters.” when during the live webcast they accidentally had the view from one booster duplicated. (They’ve fixed that in the webcast now online, showing the two separate views, as well as fixing their little mess up at fairing separation where, instead of showing the Roadster’s grand reveal, they were showing the trajectory map (with a fascinating view of the various booster’s IIPs during their boost back burn)).

    SpaceX’s webcasts aren’t as polished as they could be if they devoted more resources to them, and I really appreciate them as they are. Beyond a certain point, the more polished a production is, they less authentic it feels.

    Pointing out various glitches and tongue tied moments isn’t just fair game, it is something that even (or especially) SpaceX enthusiasts are particularly interested in scrutinizing. Attributing nefarious intent to what can easily be explained by confusion of the moment is going too far.

  • Mr Snarky Answer

    Even readers that were at Playalinda were listening to the feed realtime (despite mobile services sucking it) and watched it again later that night. Total nothing-burger

  • Douglas Messier

    Some were. I couldn’t get a signal except on the wooden bridge connecting the parking area with the beach. That’s not where I watched it from.

  • Douglas Messier

    What sort of person asks a rhetorical question he doesn’t want an answer to?

  • Mr Snarky Answer

    Yup, mobile service sucked and transient. Seems Verizon and TMobile slightly better than ATT.

  • Jeff2Space

    Someone with the screen name “Mr Snarky Answer”. 😉

  • Douglas Messier

    Well, I’m glad we’ve settled that….

  • Jan Bach Andersen

    One has to remember that spacex is a private company and the launch of falcon heavy was er very important launch for them to demonstrate and do promotion for the company..with that ind mind ,i think is very understandable that they dit not want at failed landing to hit all the world tv screens ,when the primary mission vent so well , and it worked fine ,they got at lot of good tv shots all over , and that what matters in the end of day ..they need to run the company also tomorrow