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SpaceX Falcon Heavy (updates & maiden flight)

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DocM    14,009

 

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+FloatingFatMan    15,108

Everyone get your ear protectors ready... You're gonna need 'em!

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DocM    14,009

And this won't be a 3-4 second static fire like the Falcon 9 tests;  12+ seconds, assuming everything holds together or it doesn't abort.

 

Damn male alligators will think it's mating season again, coming to the surface and bellowing a challenge like they did with Saturn V.

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DocM    14,009

 

 

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Matthew S.    328

Doesn't look like it's going to happen today either.

 

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The static fire test of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket is not expected today, and we have not received a new target date for the hold-down firing at pad 39A.

SpaceX's launch team continues to work through testing of the Falcon Heavy ahead of the first static fire at pad 39A.

Meanwhile, launch preps at nearby pad 41 are underway for an Atlas 5 mission scheduled for liftoff Thursday evening, with rollout of the rocket to the launch pad scheduled for tomorrow. A Falcon Heavy static fire at pad 39A is not expected to occur during the Atlas 5 countdown, a ULA official said today, due to shared safety, security and ground infrastructure between the two adjacent pads.

But the target date for the Falcon Heavy static fire remains uncertain, and we'll share information as we confirm it.

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DocM    14,009

Scrub for today. Next attempt has to be Friday because of the Atlas V SBIRS GEO 4 launch on Thursday.

 

Window open: 1500 Eastern (2000 UT)
 

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Unobscured Vision    2,376

WIP. We knew there would be gremlins.

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DocM    14,009

Test as you fly, fly when you're ready.

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+FloatingFatMan    15,108

Aaaaw... :(

 

I get that they need to make sure everything is perfect, and the LAST thing I want is an incident.. But dang.. Get on with it!!! 

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DocM    14,009

 

 

 

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DocM    14,009

Todays Atlas V SBIRS GEO Flight 4 launch scrubbed due to a LOX fill/drain valve problem. Rescheduled to Friday, bumping the FH static fire. Waiting for a new date & time.

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DocM    14,009


 



 

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DocM    14,009

 

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DocM    14,009

 

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Beittil    456

Sooooo, let's hear all those folks again saying Boca Chica will never see an F9 launch out of it... 

 

SpaceX needs that launch site, stat... 

 

Then again, can they even get launch licenses during shutdown? 

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DocM    14,009

SpaceX just received a 5 year launch license for any number of GTO launches trom LC-40. I'd imagine at some point such bulk licenses for other pads & orbits would be issued.

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Skiver    1,894

As I understand it, the shutdown is over now and we can hopefully get back to getting ready for the FH Launch? Any news on a possible test fire?

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Beittil    456

Now NET Wednesday, no window yet tho. 

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DocM    14,009

Space News is reporting 1500 Eastern, if the wet dress rehearsal goes well.

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DocM    14,009

1200-1800 Eastern

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Unobscured Vision    2,376

:yes: That fits perfectly in-line with what folks on my end have been saying too. Pad and other technical issues that needed to be straightened out before the test launch would likely take a month.

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DocM    14,009

 

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DocM    14,009

Won't be at the start of the window

 

 

 

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