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SpaceX Falcon Heavy (updates & maiden flight)

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DocM    15,994

Just remove the inflation valves from the valve stems. $1.50 tool, 2 minutes per tire.

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Unobscured Vision    2,642

Yessir. That'll sort all the questions concerning the tires. :yes: I just hope SpaceX remembered to sort it. Sometimes it's the most mundane, basic, stupid crap that'll trip up the smart ones ... :rofl:

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DocM    15,994

Bear in mind that a FH booster nose cone is large enough to be converted into a 2-story fishing cottage.

 

The payload fairing could hold a double-decker bus with room to spare. 

 

FH's maximum payload weight is more than a fully loaded 737 airliner; passengers, crew, fuel and cargo.

 

Thrust: equal to eighteen 747 airliners at full throttle.

 

 

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Unobscured Vision    2,642

All true, but it's been drilled into us since the beginning to err on the side of caution. Cooled, chilled and brittle rubber composites that have been subjected to rupture forces can act like projectiles and have many of the same properties as such -- including penetration/shredding capability.

 

Not saying that it's likely, just that it's possible. Don't want that stuff doing damage, and we have to take worst-possible-case scenario into account. I'm sure it'll be fine, though. (Y) 

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Skiver    1,935

I would imagine that Tesla is probably little more than a shell, surely with all the components that could shake around and loosened during launch, everything that can be removed probably has been.

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DocM    15,994

Not as much as you'd think since the chassis is semi-monocoque. 

 

Most likely the big battery pack is gone in favor of space-rated batteries, and the electric motor is gone, and the systems cooling system has been removed to eliminate volatiles.

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DocM    15,994

 

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DocM    15,994

 

 

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Unobscured Vision    2,642

Odds are good that they'll scrub today, out of an abundance of caution -- all things being equal with FH this cycle. :no: One delay after another, after another.

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FloatingFatMan    17,194

Go away, wind!

 

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DocM    15,994

45th Space Wing is sending up weather balloons, so more info once they're up.

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DocM    15,994

Now 1505 Eastern (2005 UT)

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DocM    15,994

 

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+Jimmy1    10,353
2 minutes ago, DocM said:

 

what does that mean?  that they are launching for sure? or just potentially?

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DocM    15,994

It means they'll still be watching the weather, but GAME ON! The countdown clock has started.

 

 

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DocM    15,994

GO for propellant loading

 

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bguy_1986    331
5 minutes ago, DocM said:

GO for propellant loading

 

Where do you go for this information since the stream isn't live yet?  Just curious if there is a technical stream somewhere.  I probably won't understand half of it, but it'd sound cool.  lol

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Unobscured Vision    2,642

Twitter, and https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/. There's a big meet-up with a lot of the Forum members down at the launch today, and some of them are working at the Cape (some NASA/US-Gov, others SpaceX). Many of them are on Social Media and are providing status updates as they're able. And, of course, it's all over the various Space News outlets who are already live on their respective channels on Youtube and such. :yes: 

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Unobscured Vision    2,642

Everyday Astronaut is streaming but his bitrate is 1 frame every 3~5 seconds haha ...

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DocM    15,994

And every news outlet from Murdo to Moscow is covering this. Every  Detroit station has run stories today.

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Unobscured Vision    2,642

Here's a streaming HD cam of the pad, in realtime.

 

 

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+DevTech    1,408

One giant road trip for an electric car,

One small step for a manned flight to Mars.

 

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Unobscured Vision    2,642

AH! Almost forgot ....

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For our buddy @Draggendrop, who couldn't be here to celebrate this day with us. He would have loved this. (Y)

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