Gwynne Shotwell on The Space Show,
LC-40 to be modded to allow FH launches, 39A will also launch F9 and FH
39A not big enough for SpaceX super HLV, would build new site
Raptor question, smaller methane engine than million lb thrust one? no smaller engine, some subscale components being made for testing, focus on full Raptor
Raptor super HLV not named yet
When will cargo Dragon make powered landings? powered landing is for Dragon V2 (crew), will retrofit powered landing to cargo version
Raptor methane engine is for super HLV, but wouldn't rule out methane upper stage for F9/FH
Dragon 2 unveiling later this year
what are markets for super HLV? F9/FH is for commercial sat launches, super HLV is for transport to Mars
what rockets Raptor will be used for, and specs? Raptor is for Mars launches, not releasing specs yet.
only doing a few secondary payloads, not a lot of money in secondary market
commercial crew (not SpaceX specifically) about a year behind where it would be if fully funded, Congress may consider more funding given Crimea
with increased launch rate, will SpX prep 2 launches at 2 pads at once? likely in 2015 (referring to next VAFB launch?)
biggest near term challenges for SpX? make rockets highly producible, increase production rate, no big issues meeting that, current TAKT time 1 core a month, should be 2 a month by end of year.
when will SpX Mars missions happen? Lots of work to do, Elon says 12-13 years, will shoot for that timeframe.
not focused on Phobos or Deimos, but doesn't mean we wouldn't look at them
concern on increasing regulation? not overly concerned, but keep close eye, pretty comfortable with where regs are now
SpX has over 3000 employees, will expand and where focus? yes, will expand at more "sane" pace than in past, in all our locations
almost recovered CASSIOPE 1st stage, what changes to successfully recover? optimize reentry/landing burn, get more stability on stage, add ACS, make iterative progress, hard problem but believe will solve it.