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


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Posted 24 April 2014 - 23:00

F9 is to launch 6 ORBCOMM OG2 commsats around May. The sats, first and second stages are already at KSC. No problem there.

The Range hasn't assigned an official date yet, KSC is very busy in May, but ORBCOMM is quoting the possibles as May 13-14, May 18-20 and May 25-26.


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Posted 25 April 2014 - 07:20

Elon Musk is scheduled to talk at the Export-Import Bank Conference in Washington at 11:15 AM EDT.

http://www.exim.gov/...ence-Agenda.cfm

SpaceX is also set to make an announcement at 1 PM EDT.

There are several major SpaceX announcements in the works, some regarding CRS-3 and most not, that for now are 'in the black.' If these hit on 10% of those it'll be a Really Big Deal.

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 12:06

https://twitter.com/...597517911752704

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Rec'd Note: "Elon Musk will make an important SpaceX announcement today, Friday, April 25th at 1:00PM ET at ...DC venue to be announced ..."

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 13:15

If these hit on 10% of those it'll be a Really Big Deal.

 

How cryptic :p Hehe.



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Posted 25 April 2014 - 13:47

Part of it will be tweeted here

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@SpaceX "important announcement" today at 1:00 pm Nat'l Press Club. @NASAWatch will live tweet

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 17:47

A lot of good info.
-CRS3 booster soft landed in the ocean from multiple telemetry sources.
-Legs fully deployed.
-Video of booster landing being cleaned up and will then be posted on Spacex website.
-Booster subsequently destroyed by wave action after splash down.

-Expect to have the first stage of a F9 land back at Cape by the end of the year.

-Protesting Air Force block buy from ULA for the payloads SpaceX can put into orbit.
-On good terms with Air Force just protesting the procurement issue.

-FH first launch will be from 39A.

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 20:40

There's a TON more thats still 'in the black.'

The USAF block buy of Atlas V's and Delta IV's was done by a civilian DoD employee who has since put in his retiremnt papers. No doubt before the ink fully dries he'll be working for Lockheed, Boeing or ULA.

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 23:52

I figured someone had their hand in the honey pot when it came to the block buy deal.

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 00:20

I figured someone had their hand in the honey pot when it came to the block buy deal.


Oops....

(Jeff Foust is an aerospace journalist, and one of the good guys)

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Sen. John McCain writes the Secretary of the AF, asking her to clarify statements she made on EELV competition: http://1.usa.gov/1hykYLL

^ actually 2 letters, and NOT friendly

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McCain to SecAF: "the reasons you cite for the block-buy contract and the lack of competition for those 36 launches appear to be specious"

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 03:30

SENATOR MCCAIN SEEKS INFORMATION ON AIR FORCE’S EVOLVED EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE (EELV) PROGRAM - Press Releases - United States Senator John McCain

 

 

 "So, your assertion that no new entrant is qualified to perform “heavier” launches is misleading and possibly false."



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Posted 26 April 2014 - 07:07

Yup. Doubly so since F9 in expendable mode, and using normal prop margins (no landing or engine out props) can out-lift all but the 2-3 largest Atlas V variants ->16.5 tonnes to LEO. That from NASA's NLS-2 mission calculator.

And ULA's claim that large block buys save DoD money reminds me of the trophy wife who "saves" you $1,000 by buying a Halston dress for $5,000 instead of $6,000 :rofl:

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 08:02

Also worth noting is that Spacex is only protesting the bulk award of those flights that they can fly -there seems to be a fair bit of confusion in comment threads elsewhere about this.

Also there seems to be some confusion about the flight record - reliability. Did Boeing or Lockheed Martin need to demonstrate tens of launches before being eligible for DoD payloads? There seems to be an argument that unless you have 30+ flights under your belt you shouldn't get a look in.

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 10:06

Atlas V and Delta IV were able to fly EELV payloads on their 9th and 2nd launches, respecfively.

Falcon 9 has 9 launches under her belt, 4 in the v1.1 configuration, with #10 next month. In that mission it'll launch 6 ORBCOMM commsats in one pop.

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 19:30

what a problem????? if you have good vehicles, Just run'em for civilian customers: the best price & the best success rate make their own. i think Musk has no had confidence to perform well for civilians, then he would like to secure self w/ endless monies of military guys. however, ula has performed too flawlessly to kick 'em away that easy + their lobby is superior too. :rolleyes: :rofl:



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Posted 26 April 2014 - 23:28

And it will be ULA's monopoly that does away with them. With a hearing on launch prices and a Senator like John McCann looking into the contracts your company has, it will not be the lobbyist that are able to save you. The budget is a really big deal in D.C. and the ability to save over $1 billion a year speaks for itself.