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Re: SpaceX

#321  Postby newolder » Jan 29, 2018 10:46 am

Looks ready to go after the static fire test:
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Re: SpaceX

#322  Postby Made of Stars » Jan 29, 2018 10:52 am

Yes, looks like they have the handle bars extended, and all.
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#323  Postby Macdoc » Jan 29, 2018 12:02 pm

some how Dr Strangelove comes to mind. Yeeeehaaaaaw
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Re: SpaceX

#324  Postby zulumoose » Jan 29, 2018 12:43 pm

Paint it another colour and it would not look out of place in Thunderbirds.
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Re: SpaceX

#325  Postby The_Piper » Jan 29, 2018 4:03 pm

:popcorn: :eager:
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Re: SpaceX

#326  Postby laklak » Jan 29, 2018 4:25 pm

They're trying for Feb 6th launch date, I'll be able to see it from here, about 140 miles as the crow flies.
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Re: SpaceX

#327  Postby Made of Stars » Jan 30, 2018 11:19 am

You'll prolly be able to hear it from there, lak.
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Re: SpaceX

#328  Postby newolder » Jan 30, 2018 12:55 pm

Meanwhile, there is a Falcon 9 launch scheduled for later today:
The launch window opens on Tuesday, January 30, at 4:25 p.m. EST, or 21:25 UTC...

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Re: SpaceX

#329  Postby laklak » Jan 30, 2018 5:22 pm

Made of Stars wrote:You'll prolly be able to hear it from there, lak.


Possible, I imagine. We lived in Daytona Beach during the Apollo program, about 90 miles from Cape Kennedy. You could definitely hear the Saturn 5s. Best launch I saw was STS7, we were just across the lagoon from the pad. You could see the shock wave come across the lagoon, the water started rippling as it rolled towards us. Saw a night launch from there too, I think it was STS8. Lit the sky up like a sunrise. Those solid boosters put out one hell of a lot of light and noise.
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Re: SpaceX

#330  Postby newolder » Jan 30, 2018 8:32 pm

Standing down for today - second stage sensor needs fettling. Try again tomorrow.
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#331  Postby newolder » Jan 31, 2018 5:14 pm

Launch update: "Wednesday, January 31, at 4:25 p.m. EST, or 21:25 UTC. ..." watch live at the same link as in post #328
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Re: SpaceX

#332  Postby The_Piper » Jan 31, 2018 9:52 pm



I wonder how many fish die in the splashdowns. :nono: :dopey:
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So, if humans ever make a moon station, can some of the space junk be reused or repurposed there?
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Re: SpaceX

#333  Postby newolder » Jan 31, 2018 10:00 pm

I was surprised that stage 1 (a 2nd-time reused stage) did not attempt another landing. The commentator said that each 1st stage was due for 10s of reuses initially and rising to hundreds in future. :dunno:
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#334  Postby patient zero » Feb 01, 2018 3:15 am

newolder wrote:I was surprised that stage 1 (a 2nd-time reused stage) did not attempt another landing. The commentator said that each 1st stage was due for 10s of reuses initially and rising to hundreds in future. :dunno:

I think I read this was an older model with only a handful of reuses possible.

Looks like it survived its water landing.
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#335  Postby Made of Stars » Feb 01, 2018 9:58 am

This stage was an older Block 3 variant. SpaceX now have 3, I think, of these older boosters in storage and are planning to shift their fleet to the latest Block 5 model. Another factor was the launch to geostationary orbit, with a higher velocity return. The return was also significantly downrange, requiring a long transit and return for the drone landing ship and tug. They've no doubt prioritised their resources for the impending launch and planned return of the Falcon Heavy cores too.

As indicated above, they've used this older Block 3 core to test some variation (hotter landing) on the usual landing model, apparently successfully. Funny to see something the size of a 12 storey building floating like that.
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Re: SpaceX

#336  Postby Made of Stars » Feb 01, 2018 11:34 am

Elon Musk has confirmed on Twitter that SpaceX trialled a three engine landing burn with this one (usually only one engine for landing).
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Re: SpaceX

#337  Postby newolder » Feb 01, 2018 11:41 am

Old and retired or not, it seems to have survived better than some of the earlier hard surface landing attempts. :thumbup:
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Re: SpaceX

#338  Postby Made of Stars » Feb 01, 2018 11:48 am

Yes, speaking of which:

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Re: SpaceX

#339  Postby newolder » Feb 01, 2018 10:37 pm

Not spacex but NASA's RS-25 engine static test fire live in a few minutes... https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive
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Re: SpaceX

#340  Postby Made of Stars » Feb 02, 2018 9:11 pm

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