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SpaceX Updates (Thread 4): F9, FH & Dragon


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#151 IsItPluggedIn

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 03:00

"The uploader has not made this video available in your country." That is annoying.

 

Although its good to hear they are thinking about this kind of thing and building towards it, I wish they were further along in the testing. Another 10 years or so for flights to Mars, I wish it was more like 5 years.




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Posted 05 February 2014 - 05:00

Try this link outside the US



And as stated - the first parts of the path to Mars, the big Raptor methane engine, is going to start tests at NASA Syennis very soon.

Methane engines are important because methane fuel can be made from abundant materials on Mars itself. Ditto water (which hivrs you hydrogen and oxygen) and making methane gives you more water. That way you don't need to carry the return propellants with you.

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 03:11

Jeez, Mars??? :) what about next launches onto boring Earthy orbits???

 

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 03:34

As noted in the CRS-3 thread, the current delay in CRS-3 has its roots in NASA wanting power mods to Dragon to run more refrigeration units, the bad US weather (record snow, ice, high winds, bitter cold) preventing the first stage from shipping by truck, and a busy Visiting Vehicle schedule at ISS.

With >3,800 employees as of Oct. 2013 and still rapidly expanding SpaceX can indeed walk and chew gum at the same time.

#155 SarK0Y

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 03:57

commercial launches?



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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:15

2 geostationary launches in the last several weeks, SES-8 and Thaicom 6, and a simultaneous launch of 8 ORBCOMM OG2 commsats after CRS-3.

#157 Beittil

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 12:35

SpaceX booked another flight for SES, a FH this time!

 

 

 

 PARIS — Satellite fleet operator SES, which in December launched the first geostationary-orbiting satellite aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9, on Feb. 20 said it would launch a much larger satellite aboard SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket in 2016.

 

http://www.spacenews...for-2016-launch



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Posted 20 February 2014 - 12:58

Expect more big news in a couple of weeks :)

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 15:49

Expect more big news in a couple of weeks :)

 

Will Elon be reporting live from Mars? :p



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Posted 20 February 2014 - 16:30

Not yet :D

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 16:53

Not yet :D

 

Damn, such a slacker!



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Posted 20 February 2014 - 17:07

We should be hearing more on Raptor and the big HUGE new rocket soon since Propulsion VP Tom Mueller spilled half the beans.

You should see the private forum discussions amongst aerospace engineers from California to Russia ("WHAT?!".."HOLY CR*P!".."WTF!"..etc.), including NASA people. Now they're burning up their simulators.

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 17:23

Well... You could always quote one or two... Suitably redacted of course... ;)



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Posted 20 February 2014 - 17:38

Can't yet because of a private forum embargo rule. Once it releases I post, and believe me it's hard holding some stuff back. Right now I'm holding Raptor engine specifics.

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 18:55

Look into my eyes... You are feeling sleepy... your will is leaving you... You are floating... Your will is mine...  You will give me the engine info....

 

 

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