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An end to end Charlie Foxtrot.

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No doubt Senator Shelby is screaming at the sky right now over this. SLS/Orion is his pet project -- aka "the Ultimate Pork Barrel" -- and he's not going to let it go down if he can help it.

 

Just let it go, Senator. If what we think about SpaceX's upcoming stuff if even half correct, SLS will be completely and utterly obsolete by 2025. And by then, I'm going to have my Engineering degree and I plan to be working for SpaceX. And guess what? I've got an idea (or fifteen!) of my own that's gonna raise the bar by several dozen meters ... :D No way anybody will catch up to SpaceX then. 

 

Gotta keep my cool ... ;) 

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From the NASA Advisory Committee (NAC) conference

 

1) ESA Orion service module delayed from January 2017 to March 2017, or later. Sounded more like later.

 

Now...sit down. Done? 

 

Take a deep breath.

 

Settled? OK.

 

2) NASA's Hill: we will not have hold down bolts for SLS like shuttle, but depend on weight of vehicle itself. 

 

Some NAC folks are a tad skeptical.

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13 minutes ago, DocM said:

2) NASA's Hill: we will not have hold down bolts for SLS like shuttle, but depend on weight of vehicle itself. 

 

Some NAC folks are a tad skeptical.

Doesn't say it there ... but maybe it'll have 4 (or whatever) hold down arms like the Saturn V.  I don't believe the V had bolts either.

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Saturn V didn't have solids.  

 

The Shuttle bolts held the SRBs down to restrain the stack.  SLS would have been the same, but apparently not.

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18 minutes ago, DocM said:

Saturn V didn't have solids.  

 

The Shuttle bolts held the SRBs down to restrain the stack.  SLS would have been the same, but apparently not.

True.  I wasn't thinking about the SRBs .... was thinking more along the lines of .... oooo ... that's a big rocket. :)

 

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Wait'll you see the BFR :woot:

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3 minutes ago, DocM said:

Wait'll you see the BFR :woot:

I can't :)  Especially when they light it up.  

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What'll be interesting is the LAS for a ship the size of BFS.

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