Vertical Landing Rockets Before SpaceX

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Justin Y. : KSP has taught me to always revert my save when I try a suicide burn

Sany0 : again....came for the title....stayed for the shirt....

Greg Brockway : Gets notification, drops everything, clicks like before viewing, grabs a cup of coffee, complements Paul before viewing, watches video.

TAOFLEDERMAUS : And let's not forget SPECTRE, who used vertically-landing rockets in You Only Live Twice. (and rocket guns!)

Warped Perception : I have to tell you, you have inspired me to dress up a little nicer when I'm on camera, historically I wear cheap Walmart shirts...lbvs. now you know when you see me wearing nice shirts it's because of you !!!

Daniel Matthews : We stand on the shoulders of giants, and occasionally the faces of many midgets...

Marc : SpaceX is the first one to do it economically and reliably. I give them the gold star.

MePhIsTo : Please do a video on "Rosetta Mission".

Chris Weiser : I was one of the Scaled Composites engineers on the DC-X program. The final flight of DC-XA occurred when it touched down on the pad. Unfortunately, one of the four pressure lines that deployed the landing gear struts had not been connected. DC-XA remained vertical for a few moments, but inevitably started to tilt as the open line failed to support its strut. KaBOOM.....

HebaruSan : Please don't feed the confusion by telling people that Starman's Tesla went "to Mars." It's on an orbit that crosses Mars's orbit, but will not be arriving at the red planet for the foreseeable future.

VodkaHindJelly : Not a new idea at all. Professor Calculus did this in TinTin Destination Moon way back in the early 50's. :-)

Aaron Porebski : Jeff Who?

Little Cripple : Just 5 days till the next Block 5 (Falcon 9) launch. Can't wait to see how they pan out. Between 6-10 flights each Elon reckoned in one interview. Unfortunately but understandably NASA want a fixed design for man flight, but I'd still love it if they would tweak them to make keep improving like they did with block 4.

Cupcake Conspiracy : Space x actually sends things to orbit and back, blue origin doesn’t

Thomas Mathyn : Love the channel

Carl Howard : What? No mention of Armadillo Aerospace?

Watchyourselvez : God I love this channel. And the shirts!!!

Ed Langer : Despite the program alarms, LM Eagle was given a go for landing. The reason Armstrong took manual control was so that he could overfly the boulder field to which he was headed.

2 Minute Tour : The rendezvous radar was not left on accidentally. Buzz got permission from Mission Control before the flight to leave the rendezvous radar in case of a last minute abort. It was felt that this would make the abort more reliable, if it were to be needed. However, while they tested this in the simulator prior to the flight and while in the simulator it worked fine running both landing and rendezvous radar at the same time, this turned out to be a problem on the actual LM due to the fact that the wiring was different. The two radars running eventually caused an overload in the computer and the computer kept resetting itself and starting back again with what it deemed the most important items, which was not the rendezvous radar. Eventually the computer tried to run the rendezvous radar and another 1202 or 1201 alarm would cause a quick reset of the system. Basically, the computer rebooted itself automatically within a split second and resumed at priority task #1. Mission Control was aware that the 1202 and 1201 alarms were not mission critical alarms, but neither Neil nor Buzz apparently knew this, despite a Sim just a few days before launch that went over these exact alarms and which caused Steve Bales, in the Sim, to call an abort. Upon recognition that this was the wrong decision, he made a cheat sheet that showed clearly that these two alarms were not deal breakers. Because this info was not shared with the crew, they had the extra stress of worrying about the alarms and the effect on the landing at the most critical moments of the first landing. Steve Bales was a hero to the press for calling out that "we are go on that alarm" but it would have been better had he shared this with the crew prior to launch.

Sam : Elon called one of the Thai cave rescuers a 'pedo' out of pure malice. I've lost all respect for Musk now 😔

olivia tg : Sorry to burst your bubble . . . the first was " Jules Verne " going to the moon.

Jeriku : Tintin and the XFLR6

Damp potato #36 : A curious droid notification never fails to brighten my evening! Love the new intro as well.

Murdock MacIntyre : Fantastic video 👍👍👍👍

Je Thompson : The Curious Droid videos are educational and AWESOME :-)

Laughing Cheeze : WOW, I had no idea Scaled Composites was around back then!!

John Bazaar : I was very disappointed when the delta clipper program was cancelled. It would've made perfect sense to continue development of landing systems the same way SpaceX did. Since they're already throwing away the booster, attach a landing system and experiment. We could've had reusable boosters 20 years ago. Oh well. We're there now and going to the moon soon. Mars will be shortly after. Very excited to see it. Thanks, John

GabDubé : Spacecraft landing was always imagined vertically, since using the main engines for deceleration is the only active solution that makes sense. It's mostly Star Wars and Star trek that ruined laypeople's minds in how they conceive the notion of "spacecraft", instead featuring "airplanes-in-space" and "boats-in-space", with "space" essentially being a reskinned sky or ocean. Space is not the sky, space is not an ocean, space is a totally different medium.

Mac The Knife : The Flying Bedstead was the name of the Rolls-Royce Thrust Measuring Rig, not the NASA vehicle. Better to not confuse the two considering how massively different they were. A little bit of research goes a long way.

Nation Gurung : Everything you thought was new, NASA did first 60 years ago, and then never did again.

Ginny855 : Did the McDonnell douglas dc x tip over in 7:24 or is it just the movements of the camera? Very interesting video as always 😊

Husker54 : Bloody love ur channel .. Keep it up with the future tech and space stories i heckin love them

London England : Imagine if we actually invested in space exploration and we didn't have to abandon cool technology for 50+ years after we invent it. We would have cities in space right about now.

PeterC : Great how science fiction becomes science fact given time....

Vincent Rouleau : Please note the the computer alarm did prevent the computer landing the LM. The computer was still flying the LM when Armstrong went into re-target point selection mode. The computer was overloaded from input from the rendez-vous radar, but successfully flushed out those radar input requests and continued to fly the LM at all time.

crazymuthaphukr : As always Scaled Composites was 20 years ahead of their time. Scaled Compostites >>>> Space X and all other aero companies combined.

gptrees1 : Was the radar really accidentally left on? I thought Buzz left it on intentionally just to eliminate a step in case of an emergency abort.

JeeD : come for the info stay for the shirts

First Name : I love aerospace history and of course those sassy shirts.

BRETT : Im curious,didnt the LEM do this on a different planet,and on its first attempt?

Alpha Adhito : Geez, I remember watching DC-X demonstration flights in Science channel in what... 15 years ago? as a kid. Now we have Falcon 9 and New Shepard, just wow

Sean Barker : Can your next video be on the Elon Musk submarine that saved the Thai children from the cave... oh wait that was just a shameless plug that he did 😂

Peizxcv : NASA's greatest obstacle isn't space, it is incompetent managers

Alexander : All lies, Elon Musk just stole Sheldons idea.... ;)

BlueSkies : What a smart shirt 😃

kurtu5 : This video is incomplete. Here is what I could find for actual VTVL rocket flights before SpaceX; 1961 Bell Rocket Belt(as seen in video) 1969 Grumman Lunar Module(as seen in video) 1990s DCX(as seen in video) 1999-2009 Jaxa flew 4 RVTs Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge ran for 3 years and 3 players flew VTVLs 2006-2009 Armadillo Aerospace attempted 3 times 2009 Unreasonable Rockets flew once 2009 Masten Space Systems' Xioe flew and won the Level 2 challenge Not sure why there is no mention of any vehicles past the mid 90s. Anyone got vehicles to add to the list?

Steve Pirie : Awesome!

Kevin Doyle : Amazing video always great content on this channel

Tac Wolf : Hooray a new video!!! Love your stuff man!!!

ash29k : Please do your next video while stroking a white cat, Bond villain brilliance!!! Love your bids, keep 'em coming please!