SpaceX Falcon Heavy (updates & maiden flight)


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FloatingFatMan

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

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DocM

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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Matthew S.

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

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

WIP. We knew there would be gremlins.

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DocM

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

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FloatingFatMan

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

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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Beittil

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

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

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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DocM

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

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DocM

1200-1800 Eastern

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Unobscured Vision

: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

Won't be at the start of the window

 

 

 

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