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#166 FloatingFatMan

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Posted 15 September 2014 - 20:15

Better in this instance to prove fast turnaround capability and get that gear to the ISS.




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Posted 15 September 2014 - 20:44

FloatingFatMan, on 15 Sept 2014 - 16:15, said:

Better in this instance to prove fast turnaround capability and get that gear to the ISS.

Can we call this a fast turn around?  They aren't reusing anything correct?  Fast turn around on the employees part I guess, not on the equipment.



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Posted 15 September 2014 - 20:48

Thats what they need to demonstrate to!
Thats what they need to demonstrate to!

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Posted 15 September 2014 - 21:52

Can we call this a fast turn around? They aren't reusing anything correct? Fast turn around on the employees part I guess, not on the equipment.


Fast turnaround of the pad and crew for consecutive launches, one of the fastest in KSC history.

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Posted 26 September 2014 - 06:02

OK kiddies, now it can be reported that F9R Dev-2 is on the McGregor stage test stand being qualified for flights. Been there for several days.

No idea what the test schedule will be. She may do a few short test hops at McGregor then go to SpacePort America in New Mexico, or she may go straight there. Time will tell.

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Posted 27 September 2014 - 15:15

Awesome!

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Posted 29 September 2014 - 14:37

So the first hops should occur in max. 1 month? Maybe before? I think they will try to go up high in New Mexico before the barge/land landing, maybe even simulating a mission.

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Posted 29 September 2014 - 14:56

It may only be a single hop to test its systems, then off to SPA.

Given this one came off the line and will use production engines, it should have the redundant systems that would have saved F9R Dev-1.

(F9R Dev-1 used a qualification tank and preproduction Merlin 1D's which lacked redundant sensors)

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Posted 06 October 2014 - 15:59

SpaceX F9R landing pad under construction:

http://m.imgur.com/a/MAABh

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Posted 06 October 2014 - 21:48

The launch pad at SLC-4E needed a lot of fixing after the CASSIOPE launch. The structural engineers misunderestimated just how big a blast that big, white 224 foot blowtorch would cause. Wicked acoustics.

They lost a lot of plumbing, infrastructure and for certain many of the microphones anywhere near it. Lots of upgrades needed so it wouldn't happen again, especially with Falcon Heavy. Those changes had to be incorporated into the rest of their F9R & FH launch pad designs, and the new F9R / FH test stand at McGregor..

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Posted 17 October 2014 - 21:26

http://www.nasa.gov/...ings/index.html

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 22:01

http://www.kvia.com/...merica/29516796

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Spaceport America's Executive Director, Christine Anderson ... Spaceport's second tenant, SpaceX, plans to fly a reusable rocket-the Falcon 9-R in March.
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Posted 17 November 2014 - 21:28

Do you think the crs-5 s1 will have grid fins?
Any other surprises?

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Posted 17 November 2014 - 23:47

We haven't seen that core and no one's talking, yet. We're still waiting for confirmation that the barge is finished, but they're pushing it really hard.

FAA docs posted on NSF about the barge radio beacons show if it is used the landing will be offshore of Jacksonville, North 30 49 54, West 78 6 29.

https://apps.fcc.gov...ation_seq=62792

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Posted 21 November 2014 - 09:38

Posted to NSF,

Google just updated their satellite images. This one is the SpaceX facility at SpacePort America. Looks like tanks being stored on what looks like the landing pad. Maybe the diagonal bit left is for the hangar?

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