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Posted 05 August 2014 - 21:44

There's more footage, these being two short cut together clips. If they release the rest I *highly* recommend fastening your seat belts, putting down food & drink and swallowing before hitting "Play."


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 07:04

Do you think they will? They could've done it when they released the Orbcomm landing inboard footage. They never released the Cassiope landing...but it would be freaking awesome!

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 09:30

Hard telling. I hope they do.

I can understand the CASSIOPE footage mot being released because of the roll issue, but this one would be a PR positive.

OTOH, they may want the first full landing vodeo to be the one on land - in full HD & Technicolor. That one will set YouTube on fire.

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 14:27

At the AIAA conference,

"...just last friday we had another flight of our f9r dev vehicle -that's the rocket formerly known as grasshopper- and it went up to/it did a thousand meter hover test and testing out some new software, new actuators, and it performed really well so it was really really fun to watch that thing fly. If it's not on youtube yet it'll be there soon so keep an eye out for that."
- Garrett Reisman, former astronaut and SpaceX's senior engineer for astronaut safety and mission assurance



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Posted 09 August 2014 - 18:44

I wonder why they haven't released it yet.

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 19:34

It's taken over a week before, and that was when they weren't in the middle of trying to get off 4 launches in ~60 days.

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 20:07

Off topic: is there anything scheduled for October? Doesn't look like it... August asiasat, September crs-4, November og2, December crs-5

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 21:02

October is open to allow pad and transporter-erector mods & preparations for the Dragon V2 pad abort test in November.

OG2 #2 has moved right into 2015 at the request of ORBCOMM. Remember the slip because of a problem with one of their satellites? It required mods, which were also done to the other 5 sats before launch. Now they want to check out those 6 sats on orbit before launching the other 11.

There are a couple other sats that may move into its slot, one for Turkmenistan and one for NASA. Still under discussion.

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Posted 15 August 2014 - 01:16



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Posted 15 August 2014 - 01:28

Looks like it was a good landing, too bad the video becomes unusable right at the landing stage though.



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Posted 15 August 2014 - 01:44



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 22:28

There has been some confusion about the crs-4 reusability test. It's seems to be clear that the 1st stage is older and didn't have any landing legs. However, some people say that SpaceX may have added landing legs. This would also fit with gwynne shotwells unofficial statement, that there will be no more water landings, rather barge landings and mid term rtls.
Any info or thoughts?

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Posted Yesterday, 01:21

Good arguments both ways but nothing 100% convincing IMO, and SpaceX isn't confirming either way. A very slight tilt towards legs. We'll probably hear after AsiaSat 6 as everyone is pushing to get it up ASAP.

One thing we did hear is that a full-size F9 mockup will be used for the Dragon V2 pad abort test. All the better to accurately simulate such an abort.

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Posted Yesterday, 02:30

Ok, hopefully we will know more after asiasat 6. This will be exciting.