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The FAA EIS for LC-39A's DOD National Security Space Launch 2 upgrades is out;

 

pad upgrades including a HUGE Mobile Service Structure, and Falcon Heavy's NSSL Category 3 fairing.

 

FAA LC-39A EIS...(PDF)

 

LC-39A's MSS will be a clamshell affair, capable of fully enclosing F9/FH and withstanding a Category 5 hurricane.

 

And the new NSSL Categoty 3 fairing will be wider and longer,

 

Current: 5.2 x 13.1 meters (17 x 43 feet)

Category 3: 5.4 x 18.6 meters (17.7 x 61 feet)

 

This should stretch Falcon Heavy from 70 meters (229 feet) to 75 meters (247 feet)

 

Friggin' BEAST 😎

 

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Falcon Heavy will launch the probe to asteroid Psyche

 

 

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SpaceX's Principal Integration Engineer "Big John" Insprucker says they may start doing double launches, with two vehicles counting down at once.

 

 

 

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I took a quick look at their website;

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The price for this mission is in the same range as past private orbital spaceflights. We can’t say more than that as it depends on who chooses to participate and the make-up of the crew.

If you are interested in learning more and when appropriate are prepared to demonstrate your financial capability, contact Space Adventures for more information.

AKA - if you have to ask how much, you probably can't afford it. it would definitely be on my list if I ever won the lottery though :D

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The SpaceX droneship fleet increments by one... 

 

 

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18 hours ago, DocM said:

The SpaceX droneship fleet increments by one... 

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I heard this potentially is going to be quite an upgrade on the current two and maybe even capable of having Startship/Heavy prototypes land on it.

 

Also that if you know where to look, it's already visible to the world.

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Starship for orbital debris mitigation?

 

 

 

https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/10/27/spacex-executive-pitches-starship-for-space-debris-cleanup/

 

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SpaceX executive pitches Starship for space debris cleanup

 

SpaceX could use its Starship vehicles to clear out space debris in Earth orbit, alongside the program’s more publicized purpose of ferrying people and cargo to the moon and Mars, a company executive said.

Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX’s president and chief operating officer, said the company’s next-generation Starship program could help solve the problem of space junk.
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“Not only will it decrease the costs of access to space, it’s the vehicle that would transport people from Earth to Mars,” Shotwell said in an interview with Time’s technology columnist Patrick Lucas Austin. “But it also has the capability of taking cargo and crew at the same time, and so it’s quite possible that we could leverage Starship to go to some of these dead rocket bodies — other people’s rocket’s, of course — basically pick up some of this junk in outer space.”

As of February of this year, the European Space Agency said there were about 22,300 objects in orbit regularly tracked and catalogued by space surveillance networks. As of February, about 90% of those objects were no longer functioning, according to ESA.
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