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Title: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 07, 2021, 09:03:40 PM
Watch SpaceX launch their first mission of 2021!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=canlzf9dyIw

Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 07, 2021, 09:04:13 PM
Less than 10 minutes to go
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 07, 2021, 09:25:26 PM
Good launch, nailed the 1st stage landing
Stuff never gets old.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 08, 2021, 08:40:46 AM
Looks like there's a SN9 flight planned for the 10th

Meanwhile here's SN9 doing a static engine fire test.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dRlxNRWziM&t=102s

Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 08, 2021, 04:27:31 PM
Live feed of another SN9 engine test
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eTKKtNkBUg
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AZRedhawk44 on January 08, 2021, 05:33:21 PM
What are your thoughts on SN9 sticking the landing this time?

SN8 burned "engine rich" due to the CH4 header tank not providing enough pressure during the flip maneuver to maintain proper fuel flow.  The supposed interim fix is to introduce a helium charged COPV to increase tank pressure, but the long term fix ideally should be further refinement of the Raptor combustion cycle to drive appropriate exhaust levels from the respective preburners into their source tanks.

I think they're going to end up landing it this time, but I'm not really going to consider it a victory, since the craft needs to be able to perform at least 2 landings (one on Mars outbound, and one back on Earth at the return) before it can receive a helium refill.  No helium on Mars to speak of.  The goal is to be able to operate it by refueling everything it needs on Mars.

I'm sure they'll get there, I think it's already a far more capable design than the DC-X.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Boomhauer on January 08, 2021, 05:38:52 PM
SpaceX is proof we don’t need NASA.

Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: cordex on January 08, 2021, 05:41:15 PM
... I'm not really going to consider it a victory, since the craft needs to be able to perform at least 2 landings (one on Mars outbound, and one back on Earth at the return) before it can receive a helium refill.  No helium on Mars to speak of.  The goal is to be able to operate it by refueling everything it needs on Mars.
That's a pretty weird standard.  There are a ton of things which this craft is not capable of that would be necessary for a round trip to Mars.  SN9 isn't intended to have everything figured out to make a round trip, rather it is a small part of that design process.

The victory in my opinion is not in having a system fully developed but in continuous iterative development and improvement.

If SN9 sticks the landing I'll call it a win for sure.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AZRedhawk44 on January 08, 2021, 05:54:13 PM
That's a pretty weird standard.  There are a ton of things which this craft is not capable of that would be necessary for a round trip to Mars.  SN9 isn't intended to have everything figured out to make a round trip, rather it is a small part of that design process.



They're introducing a dependency for craft operation that isn't present in its intended operational environment.  And a huge part of the design of Starship hinged upon autogeneous pressurization and the fully staged closed combustion cycle.

They've got a significant hiccup in that, that needs resolving, before any missions more demanding than Earth-to-Earth can happen.

The failure in fuel pressurization is rather damaging to their aspirations to sell a Human Landing System for Moon operations to NASA's Artemis program.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: cordex on January 08, 2021, 09:36:30 PM
The exact same thing could be said for needing a landing pad or concrete pad to take off from.
Not going to have that on the moon or mars.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on January 08, 2021, 09:40:02 PM
The exact same thing could be said for needing a landing pad or concrete pad to take off from.
Not going to have that on the moon or mars.

Hence no flame diverter for the Earth-side tests.  Won't have a luxury of one there so it has to be made to work without.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on January 09, 2021, 09:33:06 AM
SpaceX is proof we don’t need NASA.

We need NASA for the big ticket basic science and exploration stuff.  Outfits like SpaceX will concentrate on further commercializing space, something NASA cannot do.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 11, 2021, 09:28:04 PM
SN9 could fly this week.
SN10 is waiting in the wings
SN15 is already being assembled
Other bits and pieces of news

Starship SN9 Needs 2nd Static Fire Before Test Flight - Upgraded Starship Leaps Ahead Of Old Designs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sw8OCmyY3E4
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on January 12, 2021, 12:21:36 AM
11-14 in processing?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: dogmush on January 12, 2021, 04:32:34 AM
There is some question as to weather they'll finish building 11-14.  Musk said on Twitter that 15 has some design changes brought about by what they learned so far that might make 11-14 not worth finishing.

That's what fast iteration will do.

Here's a diagram with the status of all of them so far. https://twitter.com/brendan2908/status/1347834757359439876?s=20
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 12, 2021, 09:13:55 AM
There is some question as to weather they'll finish building 11-14.  Musk said on Twitter that 15 has some design changes brought about by what they learned so far that might make 11-14 not worth finishing.

That's what fast iteration will do.

Here's a diagram with the status of all of them so far. https://twitter.com/brendan2908/status/1347834757359439876?s=20

Musk knows that failure often teaches you far more than success. Improvements are coming on hard and fast now.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 12, 2021, 09:52:20 AM
1960s NASA after a failure: Learn from it, fix it, launch
Modern NASA after a failure: Sits in a corner whimpering over it for the next 5 years. What did we do wrong??
SpaceX after a failure: Learn from it, fix it, launch
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: dogmush on January 12, 2021, 10:25:39 AM
1960s NASA after a failure: Learn from it, fix it, launch
Modern NASA after a failure: Sits in a corner whimpering over it for the next 5 years. What did we do wrong??
SpaceX after a failure: Learn from it, fix it, launch but faster

FIFY
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 12, 2021, 10:28:26 AM
FIFY

And far cheaper
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: dogmush on January 12, 2021, 12:06:29 PM
Yep
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 12, 2021, 01:07:36 PM
Watch SpaceX Static Fire Starship SN9! [TIME SUBJECT TO CHANGE]
Everyday Astronaut
716 waiting
Scheduled for 1/12/21, 3:00 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgPLtln_Dmw
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 13, 2021, 12:27:58 PM
Yesterday's static fire got scrubbed so they're going for one today
Live streaming now

Watch SpaceX Static Fire Starship SN9! [TIME SUBJECT TO CHANGE]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB9ZJfNZSys

LIVE: Starship SN9 Static Fire Testing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyFNIyB-ezc
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 13, 2021, 03:23:45 PM
Two static fires today
SN9 may be flying within the next few days
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 13, 2021, 04:04:10 PM
Signs they may be going for a third today
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on January 13, 2021, 04:23:07 PM
Signs they may be going for a third today

Punish that launch pad!  3 second blasts of three raptors is toasty.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 13, 2021, 04:37:39 PM
Three in one day
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 16, 2021, 09:08:44 AM
Two of the Raptors needed to swapped out.
At 8:07 you can see the new launch pad being built

SpaceX Boca Chica - Starship SN9 undergoing Raptor Replacement Tasks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89h2JHmMOIs

0:00 - Date Title
0:47 - SN9 Sunrise
2:43 - Crews Move a Container
3:17 - SN10 in the High Bay
3:51 - Work Continues on the New 3mm Test Tank
4:26 - Work Continues at the Orbital Launch Site
7:21 - Starship SN9 on Suborbital Pad B
8:07 - The Orbital Launch Pad
9:15 - SpaceX Removes Raptor 44
9:50 - Starship Suborbital Launch Pad
10:33 - Raptor SN44 Lowered from Starship Aft Section
12:36 - Two Ring Section Moved
14:07 - Raptor SN44 Brought Back to the Production Site
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 16, 2021, 04:52:38 PM
Watch NASA fire up SLS for the first time!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKdkRLpAOvo

LIVE: SLS Green Run Hot Fire Test
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1bkX9f52NI
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on January 16, 2021, 05:54:06 PM
Early shutdown from a gimballing anomaly.

Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 16, 2021, 05:57:19 PM
Early shutdown from a gimballing anomaly.



Yep, and they said it may take weeks to recycle
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on January 16, 2021, 06:01:18 PM
Yep, and they said it may take weeks to recycle

*eyeroll*  Meanwhile at SpaceX, next day recycle of an abort with three test bursts.

The NASA drone they had kept repeating data, so much data, gotta dig through the data.  I lost IQ points listening to that inane drivel.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Boomhauer on January 16, 2021, 06:17:55 PM
By the time NASA gets back to the moon SpaceX will be on Mars.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 16, 2021, 06:25:16 PM
Looking on wikipedia, yeah I know it's wikipedia, and comparing the Raptor to the RS-25 on the SLS

Almost the same max thrust (R 500,000lb vs  RS-25 512,300lbs)
Raptor is smaller
Raptor is less than half the weight
Raptor has a far higher thrust to weight ratio (200.1 vs 73.1) Like WOW at the difference
Raptor uses liquid methane vs liquid H (both use liquid O as the oxidizer)
Raptor can be relite in flight multiple times

Only real advantage I see RS-25 has over Raptor is that it's a proven design (having been used on the Shuttle) while Raptor is still technically in development. Which begs the question. Why the heck is it taking so long to get SLS flying???

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpaceX_Raptor
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RS-25
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on January 16, 2021, 06:38:03 PM
Looking on wikipedia, yeah I know it's wikipedia, and comparing the Raptor to the RS-25 on the SLS

Almost the same max thrust (R 500,000lb vs  RS-25 512,300lbs)
Raptor is smaller
Raptor is less than half the weight
Raptor has a far higher thrust to weight ratio (200.1 vs 73.1) Like WOW at the difference
Raptor uses liquid methane vs liquid H (both use liquid O as the oxidizer)
Raptor can be relite in flight multiple times

Only real advantage I see RS-25 has over Raptor is that it's a proven design (having been used on the Shuttle) while Raptor is still technically in development. Which begs the question. Why the heck is it taking so long to get SLS flying???

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpaceX_Raptor
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RS-25

NASA's mission since the 70's has been to keep Americans out of space and to funnel money to select industry corporations.  I wish I was joking.  Musk is doing an independent end run around NASA and BoeLockMart.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RoadKingLarry on January 17, 2021, 09:00:43 AM
By the time NASA gets back to the moon SpaceX will be on Mars running at Warp 5.

FTFY

It is my opinion that NASA will never get back to the moon. Their mission budget will be slashed during the Harris/Biden administration and their focus will likely be redirected back toward muslim outreach and social justice issues.
As for SpaceX and friends, I would be surprised if the regulatory burden isn't magnified beyond financial feasibility and they take their toys to another country.
We just can't afford to be sending all that money up in smoke going into space when there are so many social justice programs here that need the money.
 :'(
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on January 17, 2021, 09:07:22 AM
FTFY

It is my opinion that NASA will never get back to the moon. Their mission budget will be slashed during the Harris/Biden administration and their focus will likely be redirected back toward muslim outreach and social justice issues.
As for SpaceX and friends, I would be surprised if the regulatory burden isn't magnified beyond financial feasibility and they take their toys to another country.
We just can't afford to be sending all that money up in smoke going into space when there are so many social justice programs here that need the money.
 :'(

Pretty much this, though I think the impact on SpaceX will be slower in coming.  I believe it will take a few years for Musk to realize that the USA federal government doesn't want him around anymore.
NASA should just start mothballing permanently scrapping their manned programs now.  They should just concentrate on their unmanned projects and Muslim outreach.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AZRedhawk44 on January 17, 2021, 10:39:24 AM
Looking on wikipedia, yeah I know it's wikipedia, and comparing the Raptor to the RS-25 on the SLS

Almost the same max thrust (R 500,000lb vs  RS-25 512,300lbs)
Raptor is smaller
Raptor is less than half the weight
Raptor has a far higher thrust to weight ratio (200.1 vs 73.1) Like WOW at the difference
Raptor uses liquid methane vs liquid H (both use liquid O as the oxidizer)
Raptor can be relite in flight multiple times

Only real advantage I see RS-25 has over Raptor is that it's a proven design (having been used on the Shuttle) while Raptor is still technically in development. Which begs the question. Why the heck is it taking so long to get SLS flying???

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpaceX_Raptor
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RS-25

If you replaced the 4 RS-25's on the SLS with 7 Raptors in a circle (similar to the New Glenn BE-4 engine config), you could truncate the first stage of SLS by a considerable amount since hydrogen requires so much damn volume compared to methane.  This winds up reducing the dry mass of the entire stack and you can possibly even get rid of the solids on the side.

Hydrogen is a *expletive deleted*it propellant to use for sea level booster operations.  Great ISP but terrible thrust, and volume to contain the necessary hydrogen results in excessive dry mass.  Methane is better but not great, RP-1 generates more thrust than either.  Sadly, hypergolics and solid rocket motors generate the best sea level thrust.

SLS with a fat array of Merlin 1-D engines running RP-1 would be even better than a Raptor conversion.

I really don't grok the love for the RS-25 out there.  The damn things need complete rebuilding from hydrogen embrittlement after every Shuttle flight.  Might as well throw them away.  And the low thrust of them mandates the need for AsplodeyBois on the side, which killed 7 people on Challenger.  SLS still hasn't learned from those lessons, other than putting the capsule on top.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 19, 2021, 01:16:27 PM
Watch SpaceX Static Fire Starship SN9! [TIME SUBJECT TO CHANGE]
•Scheduled for Jan 19, 2021 (4:00 I think)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqkE8Q5e2d8
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 20, 2021, 04:26:28 PM
Waiting on a static fire test and some guy towing a boat just drove pass SN9 while it was being fueled. Police having a talk with the driver.

LIVE: Starship SN9 Static Fire Attempt
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHIcC4TI8A8
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 20, 2021, 04:31:08 PM
Everyone was expecting an abort but it's not like they can defuel that thing in a few seconds
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 20, 2021, 05:09:30 PM
Maybe they did abort, appear to be recycling.
Some are saying they may have missed the guy when they cleared the beach area.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Jim147 on January 20, 2021, 05:21:39 PM
Well if he had a trump flag on the boat they probably should close down the whole state just to be sure.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 21, 2021, 05:00:13 PM
Statics fires got canned yesterday for whatever reason that only SpaceX knows so they're going to try today.

If you happen to click on the link right now you can't see anything and I mean nothing thanks to a Pea Soup fog. Solid zero visibility

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bIfzJqAtjE
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 21, 2021, 05:05:09 PM
Oh wait, I can see......something.

And it's gone.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 21, 2021, 05:54:00 PM
Short static fire. Sounded weird but that could be due to the fog
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on January 21, 2021, 08:01:36 PM
Short static fire. Sounded weird but that could be due to the fog

Flaming fart in a fogbank.  =D
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 22, 2021, 09:38:10 AM
Boeing software issues
Shades of 737Max
Maybe

SLS Green Run Update! Why the latest news could be VERY bad for NASA and Artemis. EXTREME RANT!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjVt8l3h4bY
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 22, 2021, 10:21:53 AM
More static fire testing

Live feed
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgwQSslNzRg
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on January 22, 2021, 11:06:58 AM
More static fire testing

Live feed
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgwQSslNzRg

It appears to have been successful this time.  Good job, SpaceX!
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 24, 2021, 09:22:03 AM
T-00:40:00 at time of posting

Lots and lots of Starlinks

LIVE: SpaceX launches a record 143 satellites on Transporter-1 mission
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXcnyGHL8Vg
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 24, 2021, 10:20:32 AM
Good launch
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MechAg94 on January 24, 2021, 12:49:13 PM
Seeing them trying to find the craft in the clouds and the sound is still deafening. 

I need to go see a launch one of these days.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 24, 2021, 11:21:00 PM
Looks like they may try flying SN9 Monday if this any guide.
Live feed starts at 8am


LIVE: Starship SN9 Test Flight
Scheduled for Jan 25, 2021
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPRfJxz-ECE


Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on January 25, 2021, 01:20:16 AM
Looks like they may try flying SN9 Monday if this any guide.
Live feed starts at 8am


LIVE: Starship SN9 Test Flight
Scheduled for Jan 25, 2021
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPRfJxz-ECE




w00+!1

Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 25, 2021, 02:12:42 PM
Wind not playing nice today. They still have a few hours so hopefully the wind will die down..
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AZRedhawk44 on January 25, 2021, 02:20:23 PM
I'm eagerly awaiting the introduction of the hot gas attitude thrusters.  They should make that skydiver last minute correction a lot less dramatic and worrisome.

They're also a critical element of the Starship-based Human Landing System proposal that SpaceX has pitched to NASA for Artemis.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 25, 2021, 03:28:22 PM
Mother Nature said no launch for you today!
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Fly320s on January 25, 2021, 04:18:22 PM
Mother Nature said no launch for you today!

Pansies.  I can fly in that weather.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Jim147 on January 25, 2021, 04:54:53 PM
Yeah but you have the inflatable autopilot to help you.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 25, 2021, 05:12:34 PM
Humans are expendable
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on January 25, 2021, 08:26:53 PM
Humans are expendable

Not the humans smart enough to be astronauts.  Those are a little more dear to come by.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 28, 2021, 09:48:08 AM
Not the humans smart enough to be astronauts.  Those are a little more dear to come by.

Not the ones Fly320 is hauling around in that cattle truck with wings   >:D
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 28, 2021, 09:49:49 AM
Here we go again.
Looks like they're going for a flight today

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5kVZlnHZ3o

Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 28, 2021, 10:44:22 AM
They're saying the winds may have scrubbed the flight attempt on the 25th not entirely because of they're effects on SN9 itself but also because the winds exceeded the safety limits for the worker lifts. They noted the forward fins were still tied down and they would have had to get a guy ~100ft+ up in a bucket to remove the cable.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 28, 2021, 11:00:34 AM
Many may not realize this is only the upper stage of the system

(https://external-content.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nextbigfuture.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2020%2F11%2FScreen-Shot-2020-11-07-at-10.48.14-AM-730x430.png&f=1&nofb=1)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 28, 2021, 12:27:11 PM
Good sign they're going for a launch today is that the fins are free and being tested
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 28, 2021, 01:00:59 PM
According to the FAA no launch until tomorrow.

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Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 28, 2021, 01:12:31 PM
SpaceX is reportedly working with the FAA to get clearance for today.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 28, 2021, 02:46:58 PM
According to the chat FAA is saying not today and now the tank farm is venting which usually indicates fueling so stay tuned. Some are speculating Musk is flipping off the FAA. I find that unlikely but it's Musk.

Yep, fueling
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Jim147 on January 28, 2021, 03:33:26 PM
He's firing one up and saying fire the rocket up too.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 28, 2021, 03:36:21 PM
Final stages of fueling
Some are saying FAA has given the go ahead
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on January 28, 2021, 03:37:33 PM
They still don't have the waiver from the feds.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 28, 2021, 03:41:28 PM
Fueled
Engine chill stage
Light this candle!
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: dogmush on January 28, 2021, 03:41:44 PM
They appear to have started engine chill, so they are theoretically ready to go in 15 min (ish).  They may have approval.  Supposedly they've been working the phones.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 28, 2021, 03:45:20 PM
Musk: FAA? Never heard of her.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 28, 2021, 03:46:56 PM
People are saying in the chat Spacex is saying they have approval
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 28, 2021, 03:50:23 PM
Could be Spacex is going for a static test if they didn't actually get approval
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on January 28, 2021, 03:55:46 PM
Still no FAA waiver according to the talking heads.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 28, 2021, 03:56:17 PM
Darn it. depressurization
Could recycle or could just been a test .
FAA approval were just rumors. 
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 28, 2021, 04:27:32 PM
They were going for a launch but didn't get approval  :mad:
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 28, 2021, 05:41:34 PM
See what happens tomorrow.
Honestly, I think Musk was playing chicken with the FAA
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on January 28, 2021, 06:10:52 PM
According to the FAA no launch until tomorrow.

(https://external-content.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=https%3A%2F%2Ftse1.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DOIP._eqXmIlRGn0_vsmHMdGILwHaDn%26pid%3DApi&f=1)

Totally not related to the wallstreet shenanigans and Musk's offer to slap the GS logo on his next rocket if GME hits $1000/share.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Fly320s on January 28, 2021, 07:02:39 PM
Why does any space launch require FAA approval?  I don't need "approval" to go fly, I just have to fit into the system.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on January 28, 2021, 07:05:06 PM
Why does any space launch require FAA approval?  I don't need "approval" to go fly, I just have to fit into the system.

Because shut up peasant.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Fly320s on January 28, 2021, 07:10:03 PM
Because shut up peasant.

Roger that.

<rant on>

It used to be that the FAA worked for pilots.  We told them what we intended to do and they made it happen.  We also used to fly around without radar or flight following or talking to anyone.  Now, every student pilot I hear on the radio is using flight following and asking permission to fly their plane.  Damn students use flight following even on a beautiful VMC day in Florida.  The idea of self-sufficiency is dying.

<off>
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on January 28, 2021, 07:47:21 PM
They need permission in the form of a waiver.  The waiver allows the rocket folks to fly their rockets.  The FAA will issue NOTAMs and such to warn pilots such as yourself not to fly in the area of rocket launches.  A rocket can break your airplane if it bumps into it.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 28, 2021, 07:57:16 PM
  A rocket can break your airplane if it bumps into it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pn0WdJx-Wkw
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on January 28, 2021, 08:06:37 PM
Roger that.

<rant on>

It used to be that the FAA worked for pilots.  We told them what we intended to do and they made it happen.  We also used to fly around without radar or flight following or talking to anyone.  Now, every student pilot I hear on the radio is using flight following and asking permission to fly their plane.  Damn students use flight following even on a beautiful VMC day in Florida.  The idea of self-sufficiency is dying.

<off>

Yup.  FAA and FCC were created out of the need for deconfliction of shared air and EM spectrum.  And like everything corrupted by those who seek power it has been turned into an instrument of control.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Fly320s on January 28, 2021, 08:08:30 PM
They need permission in the form of a waiver.  The waiver allows the rocket folks to fly their rockets.  The FAA will issue NOTAMs and such to warn pilots such as yourself not to fly in the area of rocket launches.  A rocket can break your airplane if it bumps into it.

You're right, of course.  It just sounds like the FAA is refusing to do its job and clear the airspace for the launch.  That airspace isn't very crowded these days.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on January 28, 2021, 08:12:20 PM
You're right, of course.  It just sounds like the FAA is refusing to do its job and clear the airspace for the launch.  That airspace isn't very crowded these days.

Sounds like they (SpaceX) just need to issue a, NOTAM?, notice to airmen or some such, "hey, we will try to fly a rocket here during this time frame, please go around" and do their thing.  FAA control freaks can pound sand down a rat hole.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Jim147 on January 28, 2021, 08:15:34 PM
The FAA doesn't ask me before the A-10's come in at tree top level. Why should I need to ask them before I launch a rocket?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 28, 2021, 08:18:00 PM
The FAA doesn't ask me before the A-10's come in at tree top level. Why should I need to ask them before I launch a rocket?

Just don't launch one at the A-10s, they can have a bad temper.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: dogmush on January 28, 2021, 08:24:19 PM
I think the FAA statement  is that they have a "safety concern" with the vehicle.  Considering the 50/50 chance it will explode on a good day, I'm not sure what that means.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 28, 2021, 08:56:18 PM
Lot of tin foil hat talk on the internet over this. Some of it includes talk of Biden, Jeff Bezos, & the Chinese.

Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Jim147 on January 28, 2021, 10:37:09 PM
Are they all getting stoned?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 28, 2021, 10:42:22 PM
Are they all getting stoned?

I think the internet is stoned at times
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RoadKingLarry on January 28, 2021, 10:58:43 PM
Lot of tin foil hat talk on the internet over this. Some of it includes talk of Biden, Jeff Bezos, & the Chinese.

Nothing the democrats pulled would surprise me. Including throwing up insurmountable regulatory roadblocks to kill SpaceX.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on January 28, 2021, 11:43:00 PM
SpaceX now being investigated for "hiring bias" because they hire U.S. citizens and not foreigners.

ETA: exculpatory evidence being omitted by the national propaganda that I've seen: foreign nationals can't hold security clearances and space rockets are a dual use technology with all sorts of security clearance requirements; if you can build a satellite booster, you can build an ICBM. 
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: dogmush on January 29, 2021, 07:31:11 AM
SpaceX starts launching from ships in 5.......4.......3........
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Fly320s on January 29, 2021, 07:33:19 AM
SpaceX starts launching from ships in 5.......4.......3........

Still get FAA oversight because they are a US company.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on January 29, 2021, 08:47:05 AM
Still get FAA oversight because they are a US company.

Oil rig, international waters, FAA has no jurisdiction.

Oh look, Elon just bought two decommissioned oil rigs.  Well fancy that.   =D
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MechAg94 on January 29, 2021, 09:01:11 AM
Oil rig, international waters, FAA has no jurisdiction.

Oh look, Elon just bought two decommissioned oil rigs.  Well fancy that.   =D
Starting to sound like a James Bond movie.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MechAg94 on January 29, 2021, 09:02:41 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpQwQx4Q_Dc
Looks like they are still waiting for FAA approval. 

Is there a live feed that doesn't have people constantly talking?  I just want to keep a feed open and hear it if it launches, maybe here the countdown talk.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: dogmush on January 29, 2021, 09:33:38 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpQwQx4Q_Dc
Looks like they are still waiting for FAA approval. 

Is there a live feed that doesn't have people constantly talking?  I just want to keep a feed open and hear it if it launches, maybe here the countdown talk.

Nerdle cam is normally pretty commentary free.

https://youtu.be/Ky5l9ZxsG9M
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 29, 2021, 09:36:16 AM
SpaceX starts launching from ships in 5.......4.......3........

Say hello to Deimos and Phobos

SpaceX bought two former Valaris oil rigs to build floating launchpads for its Starship rocket
https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/19/spacex-bought-former-valaris-oil-rigs-to-build-starship-launchpads.html
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on January 29, 2021, 09:41:58 AM
The uncertainty with the FAA clearance makes the tinfoily hat part of me wonder if the Obiden administration has a hand in this.  Can't have private enterprise upstaging the government (read NASA).  Everyone knows the government does everything better than private enterprise.
Nevermind that the Obiden administration is likely to gut the major NASA manned flight programs in the near future.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 29, 2021, 09:54:25 AM
"Spacex will not be  attempting a flight today likely due to lack of FAA approval"
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 29, 2021, 09:56:02 AM
In other news SN10 has been moved out of the High Bay.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on January 29, 2021, 09:56:18 AM
"Spacex will not be  attempting a flight today likely due to lack of FAA approval"

Yup.  I don't recall the FAA ever jerking SpaceX around so much before.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 29, 2021, 10:03:01 AM
A little tin foil hat voice in me is saying expect an announcement from Biden about NASA taking over SpaceX and maybe even NASA "joining" forces with the Chinese space program as well

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Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on January 29, 2021, 10:46:10 AM
In other news SN10 has been moved out of the High Bay.

It looks like they hired Schmuckatelli Bros. HVAC to do the sheet metal work on SN10's fins.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 29, 2021, 12:03:38 PM
Some speculation SpaceX is merely moving along faster than a Govt agency like the FAA can react to. In other words the FAA is the Buick doing 20 in the fast lane.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 29, 2021, 12:17:23 PM
Edit
Never mind, got two forums confused in the tabs
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MillCreek on January 29, 2021, 12:21:41 PM
I remember over 10 years ago when Boeing and some Ukrainian consortium was using a converted oil rig (the Odyssey) for satellite launches.  It had work done on it in Puget Sound and Vancouver BC, and I think I actually saw it in Puget Sound once.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RoadKingLarry on January 29, 2021, 12:45:12 PM
Some speculation SpaceX is merely moving along faster than a Govt agency like the FAA can react to. In other words the FAA is the Buick doing 20 in the fast lane.

Can't be letting the common folk be upstaging the great and powerful NASA.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 29, 2021, 02:21:12 PM
They're rolling SN10 out to the launch area.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: cordex on January 29, 2021, 02:28:19 PM
They're rolling SN10 out to the launch area.
Having two ready to launch at the same time is cool, but it kind of makes it hard to apply lessons learned from one test to the other.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on January 29, 2021, 05:47:05 PM
Yup.  I don't recall the FAA ever jerking SpaceX around so much before.

Trump was President.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on January 29, 2021, 05:49:21 PM
Can't be letting the common folk be upstaging the great and powerful NASA.

More like NASA's purpose since 1970 has been to keep Americans out of space.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AZRedhawk44 on January 29, 2021, 07:06:38 PM
Having two ready to launch at the same time is cool, but it kind of makes it hard to apply lessons learned from one test to the other.

A lot of what they're testing is software related.  Specifically, parameters for throttle percentage, thrust vector control angles, and aero-flap angle of attack.

That's easily tweaked from SN9 to SN10, with only a few days of configuration and validation through computer modeling.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on January 29, 2021, 09:53:52 PM
(https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/nAmLK4RoGtzPT2ssaWM6b8.jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on February 01, 2021, 08:29:57 AM
NASA delays moon lander awards as Biden team mulls moonshot program. (https://www.theverge.com/2021/1/31/22258815/nasa-moon-lander-awards-biden-spacex-blue-origin-moonshot)   Story is from "The Verge".
I think we can safely predict where this is going.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 01, 2021, 02:02:45 PM
Nothing about a launch today
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 01, 2021, 02:09:49 PM
Interesting website

https://www.starshipstalker.com/
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 01, 2021, 02:13:15 PM
Road closures for today cancelled so no flight today.
Road closures scheduled for Feb 2 & 3rd
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Ben on February 01, 2021, 02:31:52 PM
NASA delays moon lander awards as Biden team mulls moonshot program. (https://www.theverge.com/2021/1/31/22258815/nasa-moon-lander-awards-biden-spacex-blue-origin-moonshot)   Story is from "The Verge".
I think we can safely predict where this is going.

Yup. Need the money for free stuff and diversity training. If the money stays at NASA, it'll be diverted to "climate change". I notice the article continually alluded to 2024 just being one of those made up Trump deadlines impossible to meet - sorta like a certain vaccine.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: dogmush on February 01, 2021, 03:09:09 PM
If we don't go back, rest assured other countries will.

Leftists are hoping for some Expanse UN style one world government to come about and push this.  It's like they think only white men can be nationalistic.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MechAg94 on February 01, 2021, 03:33:50 PM
If we don't go back, rest assured other countries will.

Leftists are hoping for some Expanse UN style one world government to come about and push this.  It's like they think only white men can be nationalistic.
Eventually someone will go somewhere in space and actually achieve a profitable mission.  At that point, everyone will be trying to get out there.  Maybe corporations like SpaceX will do it first without a lot of govt oversight. 
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RoadKingLarry on February 01, 2021, 04:17:36 PM
If we don't go back, rest assured other countries will.

Leftists are hoping for some Expanse UN style one world government to come about and push this.  It's like they think only white men can be nationalistic.

Something about "he that holds the high ground " comes to mind.
Being at the top of a pretty deep gravity well can be advantageous.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 01, 2021, 09:25:11 PM
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Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 01, 2021, 09:32:21 PM
(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/EtCXNmqXcAIwmH1.jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 02, 2021, 09:35:41 AM
Here we go again
Light this candle!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfHqbahPKpY

SN15 is being stacked in the High Bay as we speak
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 02, 2021, 12:17:56 PM
News ticker says FAA approval given.
https://www.starshipstalker.com/
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 02, 2021, 02:18:33 PM
Tank farm activity
Usually means 30 - 60 minutes to launch
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 02, 2021, 02:37:49 PM
NASA planes airborne
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 02, 2021, 02:45:26 PM
Some sort of hold now
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 02, 2021, 02:46:28 PM
Possible range violation  :facepalm:

Edit: Some guy in a pickup on the range.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on February 02, 2021, 03:01:49 PM
Possible range violation  :facepalm:

Edit: Some guy in a pickup on the range.

We all got to watch him make the "Drive of Shame" off the range.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on February 02, 2021, 03:11:37 PM
The LabPadre video stream is the clearest that I have found so far.  Looks really good, lots of detail in the closeup video of the Starship.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 02, 2021, 03:14:07 PM
https://www.starshipstalker.com/
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on February 02, 2021, 03:15:57 PM
SN10 gets to be the world's most expensive witness plate.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MechAg94 on February 02, 2021, 03:28:28 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky5l9ZxsG9M
Launching now.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MechAg94 on February 02, 2021, 03:30:33 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fb8hB9OIwLY
Better angle. 
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on February 02, 2021, 03:32:21 PM
Engine chill now.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Brad Johnson on February 02, 2021, 03:32:39 PM
Nice view of the crash. It never even fully righted. SN8 performed better. Wonder what went wrong.

Brad
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on February 02, 2021, 03:33:53 PM
Oops...  They broke their rocket.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 02, 2021, 03:34:01 PM
Looks like the 2nd Raptor failed to light
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on February 02, 2021, 03:34:16 PM
One engine did not reignite.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 02, 2021, 03:34:41 PM
SN10 you're up
SN10: Wut?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 02, 2021, 03:36:59 PM
Something flew off during the flip
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MechAg94 on February 02, 2021, 03:39:28 PM
Seems like the landing sequence has no room for error at all.  At least it didn't hit the other one.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 02, 2021, 03:41:13 PM
Looks like it came from the area of the raptors during the relite
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: cordex on February 02, 2021, 03:42:05 PM
Seems like the landing sequence has no room for error at all.
It should eventually have more room for error than the Falcon 9 landing sequence.  The engines on Starship can throttle to the point of allowing hovering.  Falcon 9 can't throttle down that low and so it suicide burns every time.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on February 02, 2021, 03:44:04 PM
SN10 you're up
SN10: Wut?

SN9 tried to take a knee after seeing what happened to SN8 but was sent up anyways and went splat.  SN10 must be sweating bullets.  =D
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 02, 2021, 03:49:31 PM
SN9 came out leaning and landed leaning
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AZRedhawk44 on February 02, 2021, 03:53:39 PM
I think they need to start the maneuver to vertical earlier in their landing regime.  It'll cost a couple more seconds in fuel though, which is supposedly about 600 kilograms per second if the engine is at 100% throttle.

That and they really need those hot gas thrusters.  Control of orientation is just insufficient with cold gas and TVC only.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on February 02, 2021, 04:42:31 PM
I think they need to start the maneuver to vertical earlier in their landing regime.  It'll cost a couple more seconds in fuel though, which is supposedly about 600 kilograms per second if the engine is at 100% throttle.

That and they really need those hot gas thrusters.  Control of orientation is just insufficient with cold gas and TVC only.

Frame it with the requirement for two engine half throttle landing.  Should allow time and altitude for a single engine full throttle burn to safe landing if one engine fails.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 02, 2021, 04:47:45 PM
Frame it with the requirement for two engine half throttle landing.  Should allow time and altitude for a single engine full throttle burn to safe landing if one engine fails.

And/or relight the third
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on February 02, 2021, 04:53:43 PM
And/or relight the third

Yup, toss that in the program script, but design the maneuver overall to be achievable on a single engine and after losing the time of running through the other two engines failing.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 02, 2021, 04:59:36 PM
Wonder if they could use a drogue chute to slow it somewhat and give it more time to deal with issues?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AJ Dual on February 02, 2021, 05:03:13 PM
Wonder if they could use a drogue chute to slow it somewhat and give it more time to deal with issues?

Probably not.

1. It would be a big-*expletive deleted*ss parachute. Here's some people for scale. https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1291835348209803264?lang=en
2. It would be an unpredictable dynamic load while it's trying to manuver and balance on it's engines for landing.

Imagine being a tightrope performer who has to hang onto a parachute with one hand, and still maintain their balance.


As to the crash? Not too sad. IIRC, SpaceX crashed roughly 10 Falcon 9's before they started sticking landings consistently.

The only downside was that getting the Falcon 9 to land was "gravy" on an already paying mission that was profitable without recovery and treating it like an expendable rocket.

Probably stings a little more when Starship is meant to be reusable from the get-go. I'd imagine Musk and Co. were only 50/50 on getting a landing out of this test. IIRC, he was like 30/70 for SN8.

And yeah, SN 10 watching... sitting there like...

Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: dogmush on February 02, 2021, 05:04:14 PM
Wonder if they could use a drogue chute to slow it somewhat and give it more time to deal with issues?

My understanding is they are avoiding chutes so that the same basic maneuver will work on Mars and the moon. With the obvious throttle adjustments.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 02, 2021, 05:05:50 PM
My understanding is they are avoiding chutes so that the same basic maneuver will work on Mars and the moon. With the obvious throttle adjustments.

IIRC most if not all of the Mars landers have used chutes of some sort for slowing. Maybe they could reserve it for landing in 1g for safety sakes
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AJ Dual on February 02, 2021, 05:11:24 PM
I'm not Birdman... but my gut reaction is that the chute would cause more problems than it solves.

And with Starship being roughly the size of the Statue of Liberty.... it's one hell of a parachute.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 02, 2021, 05:12:27 PM
I'm not Birdman... but my gut reaction is that the chute would cause more problems than it solves.

And with Starship being roughly the size of the Statue of Liberty.... it's one hell of a parachute.

why I said drogue chute, just for slowing it  down a bit and give it more time to sort things out.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 02, 2021, 05:15:46 PM
Drogue chutes are also used for control
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on February 02, 2021, 05:19:12 PM
Any sort of parachute is impractical for this application.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 02, 2021, 05:21:25 PM
I'm just saying to help slow it down a bit to gain a couple of seconds or so of time to sort things out and not to land the thing with. Drogue parachutes are a bit different from normal parachutes
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AJ Dual on February 02, 2021, 05:29:28 PM
Ah. I see what you're saying about a drogue.

The main issue is when you want to deploy it. During the horizontal belly-flop stage? Or right before the pivot and suicide burn? And then cut it loose? Or hang onto it?

I think terminal velocity for Starship as it falls during the belly flop maneuver is about 150mph or so? No idea if that's just for the 10km high test flights, or if that's what it's always expected to be. You'd have to factor in the complexity of the chute with it's "dead weight" that contributes nothing to the launch to see if it's worth it. I'd imagine that SpaceX engineers have considered every angle to chutes for recovery/landing, and found them wanting. 

Fly320's correct me if I'm wrong, but don't commercial airliners come in at about 150-160mph give or take altitude of the airport, weather, and the size/make of the airliner?  Granted it's an angled grazing approach, not straight down... but I don't know if Starship falling at terminal velocity is going to benefit from a chute of any size small or large.

I think they actually have enough "control" over Starship per-se. It's just that the Raptor engines have had unexpected failures so the Starship couldn't actually maneuver the way it's software was telling it to.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on February 02, 2021, 05:30:59 PM
I'm just saying to help slow it down a bit to gain a couple of seconds or so of time to sort things out and not to land the thing with. Drogue parachutes are a bit different from normal parachutes

No.  For many reasons no.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 02, 2021, 05:34:19 PM
No.  For many reasons no.

Why?
All they really do is add a bit of drag and act as an air brake. Please make me aware of what I'm over looking here.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 02, 2021, 05:38:36 PM
Ah. I see what you're saying about a drogue.

The main issue is when you want to deploy it. During the horizontal belly-flop stage? Or right before the pivot and suicide burn? And then cut it loose? Or hang onto it?

I think terminal velocity for Starship as it falls during the belly flop maneuver is about 150mph or so? No idea if that's just for the 10km high test flights, or if that's what it's always expected to be. You'd have to factor in the complexity of the chute with it's "dead weight" that contributes nothing to the launch to see if it's worth it. I'd imagine that SpaceX engineers have considered every angle to chutes for recovery/landing, and found them wanting. 

Fly320's correct me if I'm wrong, but don't commercial airliners come in at about 150-160mph give or take altitude of the airport, weather, and the size/make of the airliner?  Granted it's an angled grazing approach, not straight down... but I don't know if Starship falling at terminal velocity is going to benefit from a chute of any size small or large.

I think they actually have enough "control" over Starship per-se. It's just that the Raptor engines have had unexpected failures so the Starship couldn't actually maneuver the way it's software was telling it to.

How fast was Apollo moving when they deployed their drogue chute? Note, drogue not the main chutes.
I'm just wondering if it only gain them a couple of seconds to sort out the engine situation that could be the different between life and death for a lot of people.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on February 02, 2021, 05:42:27 PM
Why?
All they really do is add a bit of drag and act as an air brake. Please make me aware of what I'm over looking here.

 *sigh*

It is produces a constantly shifting force vector as it buffets in the turbulent air.
It is largely static in force produced and not variable like the fins.
It will be redundant as the body and fins are already sufficient aerobraking surfaces.
It will act as a large sail for wind causing the craft to roll and translate unpredictably.
It will consume a significant mass fraction in order to be large enough for a vessel of this size.
It will require its own complex deployment system with pyros and mortars to deploy it eating up more mass.
It will be dead weight during most of the mission not providing any ancillary ability (heat radiators in the fins).
...


And that's just what my kerbal flinging amateur rocketry nerd self can come up with.  Imagine SpaceX's list of why they chose no chutes.

So, NO PARACHUTES, capiche?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 02, 2021, 05:45:12 PM
So, NO PARACHUTES, capiche?

So drogue parachutes are okay then?  :P
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on February 02, 2021, 05:46:01 PM
So drogue parachutes are okay then?  :P

Only for your personal skydiving needs.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 02, 2021, 05:47:00 PM
Only for your personal skydiving needs.

Just playing on the fact you left out the word drogue   :laugh:
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AZRedhawk44 on February 02, 2021, 06:12:32 PM
I'm just saying to help slow it down a bit to gain a couple of seconds or so of time to sort things out and not to land the thing with. Drogue parachutes are a bit different from normal parachutes

A drogue chute would have zero effect on this thing.  It's about 125 metric tons.  You could use one of those M1 Abrams parachutes that kicks a heavy vehicle out of a C130 on a runway, it wouldn't be worth having.  In fact, a chute on the nose, even if it could hold up to the stresses and contribute in a meaningful way, would probably exacerbate the problem here.

The problem is partially the speed, but it's more around the over-correction of orientation due to Thrust Vector Control controlling the maneuver rather than Reaction Control System doing it.

The current RCS on these things is pitiful.  It's cold nitrogen compressed gas.  It's not nearly  enough to spin a steel building 90 degrees in a handful of seconds, and then stop that spin once perfectly vertical.

So what they're doing instead is using the Raptors.  When you light those things while it's horizontal, you get a bunch of horizontal velocity while you try and rotate its attitude.  That has to be negated.  What we see is the rocket rotate about 120 degrees, the TVC overcompensates in the opposite direction and cancels the horizontal velocity, then tries to come back to vertical again.

The center of rotation is closer to the nose fins while it does this.  You have to compensate for the angular momentum of nearly the whole ship, plus gravity, all at once.

SpaceX has a goal of putting hot-gas thrusters on this thing.  Tiny little methane/oxygen rocket engines similar to Raptor but much lower thrust.  Still way higher thrust than cold nitrogen though.  Using those will allow the center of rotation to move lower on the vehicle, rely on TVC of the main Raptors less, and reduce complication of the landing burn calculations.  And it would also hopefully avoid the over-correction issue entirely.  You can't avoid it if you're using your main propulsion engines to rotate the whole craft 90 degrees.

One other problem they're having is maintaining proper fuel pressure.  During ascent this thing sucks fuel from the main tanks, right above the engines.  But at the landing maneuver, fuel feed is shifted to alternate smaller tanks.  One is in the nosecone and the other is nested inside the main tank (can't remember which is O2 or CH4 and it really isn't relevant to the problem).  There is less slosh during the horizontal-to-vertical maneuver if a tank is full, and these landing tanks are tiny compared to the launch tanks.  The Raptor engine is supposed to be able to autogenously pressurize these fuel tanks with a little bit of exhaust, to keep the fuel supply steady.  That's not working quite as expected, so they are augmenting that with COPV canisters filled with nitrogen or helium or something, to boost gas pressure in the landing tanks. 

Parachutes are just not the answer to this problem.  A parachute of the scale to have any impact on this vehicle would weigh more than several seconds of fuel to burn to impart more authority to the landing maneuver.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: 230RN on February 02, 2021, 06:17:38 PM
How about pop-out and retractable panels of the actual rocket skin?  Rapid deployment, stable aero characteristics, not much extra mass for the trip (just the additional deployment and retraction mechanics) since the skin is part of the ship's normal carry load. Just a little extra drag on the trip down.  Only major problem I foresee is hinging the panel since they're part of the curved surfaces of the skin.

Merely suggestive of what I'm getting at:

   (https://i.stack.imgur.com/bm29T.jpg)

Don't take that literally, it's just food for thought.  We could call them drag panels (not drogue panels.)

Should I send this idea to SpaceX?

Is it patentable?

Terry, 230RN
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 02, 2021, 09:43:51 PM
Looks like Musk may have more to worry about now

DOJ Targets Elon Musk’s SpaceX For Allegedly Preferring To Hire U.S. Citizens
https://www.dailywire.com/news/doj-targets-elon-musks-spacex-for-allegedly-preferring-to-hire-u-s-citizens?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=mjk

And the drogue chute idea was just that an idea
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AZRedhawk44 on February 02, 2021, 09:48:20 PM
Looks like Musk may have more to worry about now

DOJ Targets Elon Musk’s SpaceX For Allegedly Preferring To Hire U.S. Citizens
https://www.dailywire.com/news/doj-targets-elon-musks-spacex-for-allegedly-preferring-to-hire-u-s-citizens?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=mjk

And the drogue chute idea was just that an idea

They probably just don't want to *expletive deleted*ck with any HR schisms regarding ITAR.

And, foreign nationals are more likely to be a security risk.  SpaceX doesn't do patents.  They rely entirely on internal security for their IP protection.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Boomhauer on February 02, 2021, 09:52:32 PM
Looks like Musk may have more to worry about now

DOJ Targets Elon Musk’s SpaceX For Allegedly Preferring To Hire U.S. Citizens
https://www.dailywire.com/news/doj-targets-elon-musks-spacex-for-allegedly-preferring-to-hire-u-s-citizens?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=mjk

And the drogue chute idea was just that an idea

And so it begins


Guess who also prefers to hire US citizens? The entire *expletive deleted*ing US government. In fact if you don’t already work for the government it’s damn near impossible to get on with them. If you go on USAjobs.gov you will see most of the positions require previous federal service, US citizenship, and have other preferential qualifications.

But god forbid SpaceX implement a tenth of that. No no, bad company!
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 02, 2021, 10:19:12 PM
I just drank a toast to SN9, may her sacrifice be not in vain.
Be brave SN10, be brave

Okay, maybe I drank too much of a toast   :laugh:
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 02, 2021, 10:36:46 PM
This view just gives me the willies about the whole "belly flop" idea. Hopefully they can get this worked out

https://youtu.be/CTwBllaqcME?t=777
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on February 02, 2021, 10:47:10 PM
Yep, something flew out of the hind end of the rocket during the engine ignition sequence.  Wonder what it was?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on February 03, 2021, 12:21:37 AM
Yep, something flew out of the hind end of the rocket during the engine ignition sequence.  Wonder what it was?

Something important I'd wager.  :laugh:
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 03, 2021, 10:26:33 AM
More on that FAA business
Apparently for SN8's flight back in Dec Musk flipped off the FAA and the FAA didn't take kindly to it.

Quote
Before the December test flight, SpaceX had sought a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration that would have allowed it “to exceed the maximum public risk allowed by federal safety regulations,” the agency said in a statement Tuesday.

But after that waiver was denied, SpaceX proceeded with the flight, violating its launch license in what aerospace and industry officials said was a potentially reckless move that could have posed serious risk to the public’s safety.

As a result of the violation, the FAA directed Elon Musk’s company to investigate the incident and suspend operations that could affect public safety at its launch site in South Texas.

Ultimately, the investigation ended, the FAA approved the company’s remedies and granted it approval to attempt Tuesday’s test.

SpaceX crashes another Starship in test that was delayed over FAA concerns company violated its test license in December
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/02/02/spacex-test-sn9-faa-license/
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 03, 2021, 10:44:45 AM
Good views and analysis of what happened from Scott Manley

SpaceX Starship Number 9 Makes Perfect* Flight (*except for the landing which was a huge fireball)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwZl6YV3xYA
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MechAg94 on February 03, 2021, 11:23:18 AM
This view just gives me the willies about the whole "belly flop" idea. Hopefully they can get this worked out

https://youtu.be/CTwBllaqcME?t=777
That angle caught my attention also.  Just illustrates how low they allow it to go before going vertical and igniting the engines for landing.  Also illustrates just how big that thing is.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 04, 2021, 11:15:54 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6oPXnOEEog
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 04, 2021, 12:42:43 PM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EtZJZXdVgAEclyk?format=jpg&name=large)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 04, 2021, 01:49:55 PM
https://twitter.com/Gideon21593/status/1357248975145943043/photo/1
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 04, 2021, 05:25:09 PM
Tweets discussion the three engine idea

https://twitter.com/brendan2908/status/1357447931117248512

https://twitter.com/fael097/status/1357414722497355789?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Eembeddedtimeline%7Ctwterm%5Eprofile%3Afael097%7Ctwcon%5Etimelinechrome&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.starshipstalker.com%2F
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on February 04, 2021, 06:02:59 PM
Wondering if they didn't do the three engine config first go around because of supply limits from the current header tanks.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AZRedhawk44 on February 04, 2021, 08:23:50 PM
Wondering if they didn't do the three engine config first go around because of supply limits from the current header tanks.

I think it's just too much blind faith in the Raptor ignition system, and a belief that 3 engines will overpower what they're trying to do.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on February 04, 2021, 09:11:00 PM
I think it's just too much blind faith in the Raptor ignition system, and a belief that 3 engines will overpower what they're trying to do.

Blind faith?  The engine is still in unmanned experimental R&D. Blind faith is was Boeing was doing with 737 that cost actual lives.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 04, 2021, 11:02:05 PM
Things you find on the internet

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EtQA0_5XAGMpsAx.jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 04, 2021, 11:04:19 PM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EtIkWQrXEAAu8te.jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on February 04, 2021, 11:27:23 PM
Things you find on the internet

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EtQA0_5XAGMpsAx.jpg)

Experimental rockets have exceptionally short life expectancies.   =D
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: dogmush on February 05, 2021, 07:05:56 AM
Worth remembering that this video is only three years old:

https://youtu.be/bvim4rsNHkQ
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 05, 2021, 12:46:47 PM
Worth remembering that this video is only three years old:

https://youtu.be/bvim4rsNHkQ

Yep
I need to remember to look up how many rockets NASA has had go boom just on the way up.

SN10 is getting it's Raptors installed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z72Au8Px7mM
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on February 05, 2021, 05:05:12 PM
Worth remembering that this video is only three years old:

https://youtu.be/bvim4rsNHkQ

Sticky throttle valve has a wonderfully comedic delay as it tips over and boom.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 05, 2021, 10:06:42 PM
SpaceX Boca Chica: Raptor SN50 Delivered to the Launch Site - SN11 Rolled into the High Bay
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-o01rsgQAw
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RoadKingLarry on February 05, 2021, 10:36:01 PM
Yep
I need to remember to look up how many rockets NASA has had go boom just on the way up.

SN10 is getting it's Raptors installed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z72Au8Px7mM

Talley up how many astronauts they've killed as well. Particularly note the ones they sacrificed on the alter political correctness.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on February 06, 2021, 01:44:43 AM
Talley up how many astronauts they've killed as well. Particularly note the ones they sacrificed on the alter political correctness.

Exactly three with experimental stuff spacecraft and/or rockets.  The capsule for Apollo 1 was still in R&D.

Thirteen (?) with a flawed production design.

Untold number in accidents ground side.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 06, 2021, 08:54:40 PM
LOL

Quote
Starship SN11 is making a run for it into the high bay. FireRocketFire
@NASASpaceflight
https://twitter.com/BocaChicaGal/status/1357735715505897474
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on February 07, 2021, 01:32:43 AM
LOL
https://twitter.com/BocaChicaGal/status/1357735715505897474

Highbay ain't gonna save SN Eleven.  Nine already tried tried that, even tried grabbing the wall.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 08, 2021, 10:23:37 AM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EtsieyhXIAAMn1y?format=jpg&name=large)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 08, 2021, 10:41:30 AM
Quote
SPadre
@SpacePadreIsle
·
40m
Road closure today likely for cryo on Starship SN10, with additional closures Wed-Fri for static fire. Weather deteriorates by Thursday with a cold front. Launch date unknown, determined after successful static fire.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 08, 2021, 03:35:10 PM
LIVE: Starship SN10 Cryogenic Proof Test
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01j90yvN_tA
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 08, 2021, 03:59:17 PM
Hmmmm
Friday maybe?

Quote
      Altitude: From the surface up to Unlimited
Effective Date(s):
From February 12, 2021 at 1400 UTC
To February 13, 2021 at 0030 UTC
https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_1_2084.html

(https://tfr.faa.gov/save_maps/small_1_2084.gif)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 10, 2021, 10:51:40 AM
SpaceX gets picked to launch the first two elements of the Lunar Gateway

Quote
NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the agency’s Power and Propulsion Element (PPE) and Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO), the foundational elements of the Gateway. As the first long-term orbiting outpost around the Moon, the Gateway is critical to supporting sustainable astronauts missions under the agency’s Artemis program.

After integration on Earth, the PPE and HALO are targeted to launch together no earlier than May 2024 on a Falcon Heavy rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The total cost to NASA is approximately $331.8 million, including the launch service and other mission-related costs.
NASA Awards Contract to Launch Initial Elements for Lunar Outpost
https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-awards-contract-to-launch-initial-elements-for-lunar-outpost
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Jim147 on February 10, 2021, 10:57:32 AM
I figured Biden would have canceled that by now.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RoadKingLarry on February 10, 2021, 11:31:04 AM
I figured Biden would have canceled that by now.

He hasn't finished shredding the Constitution by way of executive order yet. He'll get around to returning NASA to it's proper role of perpetuating climate and social justice next.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on February 10, 2021, 11:33:28 AM
I figured Biden would have canceled that by now.

Be patient.  His team has already signaled that they intend to shut down the Artemis program.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 10, 2021, 09:17:15 PM
Quote
Mary
@BocaChicaGal
·
1h
An ‘Alert’ notice has been delivered and a road closure has been scheduled for tomorrow Thursday February 11 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Starship SN10 testing resumes with potentially a static fire test of its three Raptor engines. 🔥🔥🔥
@NASASpaceflight
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 10, 2021, 09:18:08 PM
Quote
Everyday Astronaut
@Erdayastronaut
·
Feb 9
Fun fact about #Starship. By doing the flip around 500m vs higher up like 2,000m, the difference in delta V is ~ 500 m/s! That's a 20 tonne fuel saving, which means basically 20 tonnes MORE you can put into orbit. That's more than a F9 has ever launched, just by flipping later!
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on February 10, 2021, 10:03:35 PM


Physic be like that.  =D
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AZRedhawk44 on February 10, 2021, 10:13:36 PM
Fun fact about #Starship. By doing the flip around 500m vs higher up like 2,000m, the difference in delta V is ~ 500 m/s! That's a 20 tonne fuel saving, which means basically 20 tonnes MORE you can put into orbit. That's more than a F9 has ever launched, just by flipping later!

Except it's crashed every time thus far.

A single Raptor puts out 2200kN of thrust at full throttle.  That's enough thrust to provide a greater than 2:1 thrust to weight ratio of a dry Starship at 100 tons.  Granted, a dry Starship has no fuel to put through said Raptor, and the engine reportedly burns about 600kg of propellant/oxidizer per second.  The current maneuver at 500 meters needs 20 to 24 tons of fuel/ox to accomplish its goal when landing on 2 engines and performing the entire maneuver in a 20 second window.

Every ten seconds added to the burn is an additional 12 tons of fuel for 2 engines, or 6 tons for a single engine.

Starship's terminal velocity in belly flop orientation is about 100 meters/sec.  Starting the burn on a single engine at 2000 meters and initiating the orientation change more slowly on a single engine will cost 15-20 seconds of additional burn time.  As the engine gimbals to face downwards, it slows descent of the craft so that it is in air that much longer and needs that much more fuel to avoid falling out of the sky.

That single Raptor, working with 40 tons of fuel and a 100 ton Starship, has a TWR of 1.57.  It's going to cancel out 5.7 meters/sec of downward velocity, and that number is going to climb every second since the ship gets lighter from burnt fuel.  It'll take 17 seconds to cancel out vertical velocity this way, or about 10.2 tons of fuel.  That 17 seconds offers lots of opportunity to assess engine health, and possibly spool the remaining engine(s) for an alternate landing solution.

Two Raptors have a TWR of 3.54 (100 ton craft and 24 tons fuel).  Every second that two Raptors fire, they cancel out 25.4 meters/sec of downward velocity, and that number climbs every second as the ship gets lighter.  Obviously takes a lot less time to hit 0 m/s from 100 m/s this way (4 seconds, or about 5 tons of fuel).  But there's no margin for error.

Right now their whole landing maneuver is a sub-20 second burn, with flip.  Musk's big talking point on this was redundancy when it comes to human rating this thing.  When you need two engines for the TWR of the finished craft loaded with cargo, and you don't have time in your flight profile to spool the 3rd engine at some point in the landing approach, then you don't have redundancy.

I think paying the 10-20 tons of additional fuel penalty for the additional landing contingencies that a higher flip provides is worth it.


Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 10, 2021, 10:32:27 PM
Quote
Chris Edwards
@its_a_me_chris
·
16h
Replying to
@Erdayastronaut
Another fun fact is that you can get even more into orbit by just crashing it
Tip

 :rofl:
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on February 11, 2021, 04:08:31 AM
Except it's crashed every time thus far.

...

And so what?  It is an experimental testbed that hasn't event reached full prototype.  Exploding is expected!
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 11, 2021, 09:29:56 AM
For your rocket exploding viewing pleasure

Rocket Launch Failures and Explosions Compilation (2016-1942)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z99pGVDZhaY

AMAZING Space Rocket Explosions & Failures [HD]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZI-f_M9aEck
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 11, 2021, 02:20:00 PM
Looks like mother nature is getting a bit silly in southern Texas over the weekend.
Wind is playing havoc with the cameras. They may try a static fire today but if the winds don't let up I highly doubt they'll be doing any flying tomorrow

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Et82eOvXAAQSnK7?format=png&name=900x900)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MechAg94 on February 11, 2021, 03:54:20 PM
That is the same temp they are expected here at work Tuesday morning.  We just had a meeting talking about it.  Plus, natural gas prices spiked on the daily rate which has management looking at efficiencies and alternatives.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Jim147 on February 11, 2021, 04:55:16 PM
Wish it was going to be that warm here.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 11, 2021, 05:33:45 PM
Cams show the weather sucks there now with rain and high winds. Doubt anything is going to happen until after the week end.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 12, 2021, 08:17:53 AM
Quote
Kunal Shah
@kunalb11
·
17h
Elon musk may end up running 4+ 500 billion companies simultaneously at a relatively young age.

What I want to really understand: how does he do it? How does he manage context switching? How does he design his Org?

So many questions.
Tip
Kunal Shah
@kunalb11
·
17h
@elonmusk
 : answer if you see this, dark lord.

Quote
Elon Musk
@elonmusk
Replying to
@kunalb11

I’m an alien
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: cordex on February 12, 2021, 08:43:11 AM
But a legal one.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 12, 2021, 08:45:41 AM

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Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: TomJo on February 15, 2021, 05:25:23 AM


Apparently, it benefits a lot of people. The basic principle of modern capitalism is that a person or a company is successful (profitable, etc.) only when it benefits society. This means that people are willing to pay a set price for the services or goods that the company provides.
So society now considers electric cars and space companies useful.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 15, 2021, 09:11:22 AM
29 in Boca Chica with 40+mph winds . When I last saw poor SN10, camera is out now, it looked like it wanted to go back into Highbay
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 15, 2021, 10:17:17 AM
24 now. Wow. Bet there was a run on coats and gloves in Texas. Heard they're having a lot of brown outs, maybe due to all the electric heaters going?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: TommyGunn on February 15, 2021, 10:56:18 AM
24 now. Wow. Bet there was a run on coats and gloves in Texas. Heard they're having a lot of brown outs, maybe due to all the electric heaters going?

News said it was deliberate to not strain the system ....  ???
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Fly320s on February 15, 2021, 10:57:33 AM
News said it was deliberate to not strain the system ....  ???

My family in the DFW area reports the same thing.  Rolling blackouts that last around two hours.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MechAg94 on February 15, 2021, 11:04:58 AM
My brother is a bit West of Houston.  He just lost power.  Hopefully, it is just 2 hours. 

The load should be a little lower since a lot of the chemical plants down on the coast are having trouble keeping things running.  Not used to sustained freezing temps.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on February 15, 2021, 11:15:24 AM
I read yesterday where a lot of the power windmills are frozen due to the weather.  Probably 50% are offline.  That's a pretty good chunk of power for Texas.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Fly320s on February 15, 2021, 11:55:43 AM
I read yesterday where a lot of the power windmills are frozen due to the weather.  Probably 50% are offline.  That's a pretty good chunk of power for Texas.

Don't those wind turbines use grid power to heat the important bits and to keep things running when the wind dies?  That's what I read somewhere.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on February 15, 2021, 11:57:56 AM
Don't those wind turbines use grid power to heat the important bits and to keep things running when the wind dies?  That's what I read somewhere.

I was thinking the same thing, but apparently they don't, at least in Texas.  Or the cold is such that it is beyond the capacity of the heaters.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RoadKingLarry on February 15, 2021, 01:16:45 PM
24 now. Wow. Bet there was a run on coats and gloves in Texas. Heard they're having a lot of brown outs, maybe due to all the electric heaters going?

One of my old shipmates lives in Texas. Their power is out. Their power supplier relies heavily on wind turbines which are apparently frozen up, so much for green energy.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 15, 2021, 01:48:02 PM
Quote
Mike Hudgeons
@hudgeons_mike
·
3h
Replying to
@BocaChicaGal
 and
@NASASpaceflight
Mary,
Are yall experiencing power outtages down south? Many in DFW are without power. Bless you Mary!!!🤘❤
Tip
Mary
@BocaChicaGal
·
24m
Thankfully, no power outage at Boca Chica. I do believe there are power outages in the surrounding areas though. Several traffic lights are not working in Brownsville.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: TechMan on February 15, 2021, 02:28:02 PM
I heard that it was the first time in TX history that all 254 counties were under a Winter Storm Warning.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on February 15, 2021, 05:40:24 PM
I read yesterday where a lot of the power windmills are frozen due to the weather.  Probably 50% are offline.  That's a pretty good chunk of power for Texas.

Expected and obvious consequences for one hundred, Alex.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: TommyGunn on February 15, 2021, 07:23:14 PM
I heard that it was the first time in TX history that all 254 counties were under a Winter Storm Warning.


Globular Warmulating .....  :angel: [tinfoil]
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 15, 2021, 10:55:47 PM

LIVE: SpaceX Launches 60 Starlink Satellites on Falcon 9
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dro26yN6OZU
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on February 15, 2021, 10:56:36 PM
I heard that it was the first time in TX history that all 254 counties were under a Winter Storm Warning.

Globular Warmulating .....  :angel: [tinfoil]

Globulating Anticlimactic Changulation
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 15, 2021, 11:09:35 PM
Lost the booster.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 15, 2021, 11:20:10 PM
In the chat "Booster Lives Matter"
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 15, 2021, 11:43:39 PM
2nd stage and payload are fine. Booster went into the drink though

Quote
Everyday Astronaut
@Erdayastronaut
·
28m
After stage shut down we did see a little extra spice on the first stage. Wonder if something wasn’t right at this point already. Unfortunately B1059 is now becoming a coral reef. Rest in pieces friend. The new record to break is 24 consecutive landings... 25 remains elusive 🥺
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 15, 2021, 11:44:20 PM
Quote
LabPadre
@LabPadre
·
40m
Due to a major power infrastructure failure on South Padre Island all LabPadre cams will be down until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience. #SpaceX #BocaChica #Texas #Starship
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on February 16, 2021, 12:54:39 AM
2nd stage and payload are fine. Booster went into the drink though

Two dozen stuck landings in a row before a failure.  How's ULA's landing record?  >:D
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: dogmush on February 16, 2021, 07:56:48 AM
2nd stage and payload are fine. Booster went into the drink though

Quote
Everyday Astronaut
@Erdayastronaut
·
28m
After stage shut down we did see a little extra spice on the first stage. Wonder if something wasn’t right at this point already. Unfortunately B1059 is now becoming a coral reef. Rest in pieces friend. The new record to break is 24 consecutive landings... 25 remains elusive 🥺


Have they tried naming one Memphis Belle?*


*Yes, I know Hell's Angels did it first, but they don't have a movie, do they?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 16, 2021, 08:24:18 AM
60 more Starlinks deployed.

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1361542266163130369


Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 16, 2021, 11:21:49 AM
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1361711665864130563

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Elon Musk
@elonmusk
Replying to
@Tesla
Covered in snow & ice, roads mostly closed & no power in Austin
11:18 AM · Feb 16, 2021·Twitter for iPhone
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: TomJo on February 16, 2021, 12:26:35 PM
Be patient.  His team has already signaled that they intend to shut down the Artemis program.

Shut down the Artemis program? Are you sure?
What for? Why, then, is NASA selecting contractors for this program?
It's good that Preservance is almost on Mars. Now it cannot be postponed, rescheduled or closed.
Will JWST be cancelled too?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on February 16, 2021, 05:34:39 PM
Shut down the Artemis program? Are you sure?
What for? Why, then, is NASA selecting contractors for this program?

Yes, I am sure.  Read the article a few days ago where the OBiden administration stated they are "re-evaluating" the program.  That's typical political speak for impending cancellation.
NASA is still selecting contractors solely because of bureaucratic inertia as the program has not been officially cancelled yet.

Edited to add:

Well, I have to dine on some crow it seems.  The Obiden administration has now signaled they will continue supporting NASA's Artemis program.  This is a surprising development given that Biden has been dismantling everything else labeled Trump since he took office.

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2021/02/04/White-House-Biden-supports-NASA-program-to-send-astronauts-to-moon/9021612463940/ (https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2021/02/04/White-House-Biden-supports-NASA-program-to-send-astronauts-to-moon/9021612463940/)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 16, 2021, 05:53:48 PM
Yes, I am sure.  Read the article a few days ago where the OBiden administration stated they are "re-evaluating" the program.  That's typical political speak for impending cancellation.
NASA is still selecting contractors solely because of bureaucratic inertia as the program has not been officially cancelled yet.

Edited to add:

Well, I have to dine on some crow it seems.  The Obiden administration has now signaled they will continue supporting NASA's Artemis program.  This is a surprising development given that Biden has been dismantling everything else labeled Trump since he took office.

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2021/02/04/White-House-Biden-supports-NASA-program-to-send-astronauts-to-moon/9021612463940/ (https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2021/02/04/White-House-Biden-supports-NASA-program-to-send-astronauts-to-moon/9021612463940/)

How else are they going to get the first trans-handicapped-illegal alien-elementary school drop out-POC on the moon to plant the BLM flag for all of man flexible gender kind?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on February 16, 2021, 06:28:02 PM
Yes, I am sure.  Read the article a few days ago where the OBiden administration stated they are "re-evaluating" the program.  That's typical political speak for impending cancellation.
NASA is still selecting contractors solely because of bureaucratic inertia as the program has not been officially cancelled yet.

Edited to add:

Well, I have to dine on some crow it seems.  The Obiden administration has now signaled they will continue supporting NASA's Artemis program.  This is a surprising development given that Biden has been dismantling everything else labeled Trump since he took office.

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2021/02/04/White-House-Biden-supports-NASA-program-to-send-astronauts-to-moon/9021612463940/ (https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2021/02/04/White-House-Biden-supports-NASA-program-to-send-astronauts-to-moon/9021612463940/)

I think The Angry Astronaut covered the politics of this.  In short it's an easy PR and cash grab for everyone hence not killing it.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 16, 2021, 06:52:25 PM

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SPadre
@SpacePadreIsle
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35m
Still no power or water. 🥶 Daughter stuck at DFW airport for days. Going to look for some hot food somewhere. Sure makes you appreciate things!
https://twitter.com/SpacePadreIsle/status/1361816051114258433?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Eembeddedtimeline%7Ctwterm%5Eprofile%3ASpacePadreIsle%7Ctwcon%5Etimelinechrome&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.starshipstalker.com%2F
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on February 16, 2021, 07:03:33 PM
https://youtu.be/Kuy2w0L77Hc (https://youtu.be/Kuy2w0L77Hc)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: TomJo on February 17, 2021, 10:42:24 AM
A bit offtopic. But will someone be watching the landing of Preservance?
Could something go wrong? (I hope not)
Are any of you on the list of 11 million names that will be delivered to Mars?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 17, 2021, 10:49:01 AM
A bit offtopic. But will someone be watching the landing of Preservance?
Could something go wrong? (I hope not)
Are any of you on the list of 11 million names that will be delivered to Mars?

Actually I was thinking I should have named this thread Space News and not just limit it to SpaceX. Guess I still can right?

Watching the landing? Was planning on it.

And I'm not.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 18, 2021, 03:06:39 PM
Less than an hour away

LIVE: NASA's Perseverance rover attempts to land on Mars!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sty0e6l3Y3Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gm0b_ijaYMQ
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MillCreek on February 18, 2021, 03:57:51 PM
Mars touchdown confirmed!
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RoadKingLarry on February 18, 2021, 04:02:59 PM
WOOT!!

Hell, I'm still geeked out about the first time they pulled this trick off.


Will NASA get canceled for using all that racist math to make this happen?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 18, 2021, 04:04:07 PM
(https://i.pinimg.com/736x/40/90/90/4090909bc78932b668ec6ddf7ccac732.jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Jim147 on February 18, 2021, 06:32:05 PM
I was working and missed it.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Fly320s on February 18, 2021, 06:44:02 PM
I was working and missed it.

You didn't miss anything.  The only video is of the control room.  Not very exciting.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 19, 2021, 06:28:51 PM
HiRISE Captured Perseverance During Descent to Mars
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/images/hirise-captured-perseverance-during-descent-to-mars

(https://d2pn8kiwq2w21t.cloudfront.net/images/jpegPIA24270.width-1600.jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RoadKingLarry on February 19, 2021, 11:55:09 PM
Anyone else considered the the fact that Mars is (so far as we know) populated entirely by semiautonomous robots?
 :rofl:
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MechAg94 on February 20, 2021, 12:21:06 AM
Anyone else considered the the fact that Mars is (so far as we know) populated entirely by semiautonomous robots?
 :rofl:
Hopefully they don't start reproducing. 
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Ben on February 20, 2021, 08:07:11 AM
Anyone else considered the the fact that Mars is (so far as we know) populated entirely by semiautonomous robots?
 :rofl:

Hopefully the Asgard don't try and contain them in a time dilation bubble that the robots then reverse so they advance a year for every day that goes by in normal space and then the next thing you know you have molecular super robots that can stick their hands in your brain.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on February 20, 2021, 10:41:04 AM
Hopefully the Asgard don't try and contain them in a time dilation bubble that the robots then reverse so they advance a year for every day that goes by in normal space and then the next thing you know you have molecular super robots that can stick their hands in your brain.

Don't give the lefties any ideas.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AJ Dual on February 20, 2021, 11:20:39 AM
Hopefully the Asgard don't try and contain them in a time dilation bubble that the robots then reverse so they advance a year for every day that goes by in normal space and then the next thing you know you have molecular super robots that can stick their hands in your brain.

If they were nice robots, that'd damn handy.

Implants so I could surf APS without a computer or phone.

If they were not nice robots, I doubt there would be anything I could do about it anyway.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 20, 2021, 05:30:57 PM
Uh Oh

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/What_NASA_isn't_telling_you_RS..jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 22, 2021, 08:47:35 AM
Road closures for today, could indicate static fire tests.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 22, 2021, 06:22:39 PM
Tank Farm activity
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Jim147 on February 22, 2021, 07:33:35 PM
How's the wind down that way?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MechAg94 on February 22, 2021, 09:03:55 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/uvz0E3Z.jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: TomJo on February 23, 2021, 02:18:11 PM
Jeff Bezos, like Elon Musk, sees the future of humanity in space. But instead of meaningless (according to Bezos) colonization of Mars, Jeff proposes to explore space using O'Neill cylinders. How to do it and what are the advantages?
I think that both options are meaningless at the current level of technology development.
We still don't have a debris cleanup program. But there are a bunch of ideas on how to send even more garbage there.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AZRedhawk44 on February 23, 2021, 02:29:15 PM
Jeff Bezos, like Elon Musk, sees the future of humanity in space. But instead of meaningless (according to Bezos) colonization of Mars, Jeff proposes to explore space using O'Neill cylinders. How to do it and what are the advantages?
I think that both options are meaningless at the current level of technology development.
We still don't have a debris cleanup program. But there are a bunch of ideas on how to send even more garbage there.

Debris cleanup will never happen with disposable mentality to everything sent up.  The only people who have a prayer of having a valid opinion on the matter right now are SpaceX.  BO can keep its trap shut until it makes orbit and has reusable hardware capable of doing so.

About the only viable debris cleanup tech I can envision, available on today's horizon, would be a laser based satellite which tracks space debris and discovers new targets, and with the laser it vaporizes a small portion of the debris to create thrust to push the trash into Earth's atmosphere.  The trouble with that is it isn't far off from being considered a weapon.  And could even target manned or unmanned operational spacecraft, or even terrestrial targets, with devastating results.

As-is, I think what Musk is doing with Starlink is genius.  It's going to make all the GEO comms satellites obsolete when fully deployed.  They self-immolate inside of about 5 years, no need for clean up.  The rest of the stuff at 400km or lower will eventually fall into Earth's atmosphere on its own.  Even the ISS needs periodic boosts or it will fall out of the sky.

The other glorious thing about Musk's plan is it doesn't matter what detractors think.  He's paying for it himself.  People who support colonization of Mars can buy Starlink internet deliberately to support the effort.  For the most part, it's funded by Starlink, by SpaceX launch contracts, and Musk's Tesla stock.  No tax money.  So naysayer opinions just don't matter.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 23, 2021, 04:56:13 PM
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The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has already cleared Starship serial number 10 (SN10) for flight, cutting short any potential licensing drama facing SpaceX’s latest high-altitude Starship launch efforts.
https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-starship-third-launch-landing-faa-clearance/
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on February 23, 2021, 07:06:38 PM
Jeff Bezos, like Elon Musk, sees the future of humanity in space. But instead of meaningless (according to Bezos) colonization of Mars, Jeff proposes to explore space using O'Neill cylinders. How to do it and what are the advantages?
I think that both options are meaningless at the current level of technology development.
We still don't have a debris cleanup program. But there are a bunch of ideas on how to send even more garbage there.

Bezos is full of hot air.  His space company is older than SpaceX and an arguably closer relationship wit NASA.  And how much useful payload has it ever launched?  None? 
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: TomJo on February 24, 2021, 08:01:19 AM
Bezos is full of hot air.  His space company is older than SpaceX and an arguably closer relationship wit NASA.  And how much useful payload has it ever launched?  None?

Exactly. That's why I'm wondering why I still see articles mentioning this on the net.
And the idea could be good in the future when this is backed up by the availability of cheap, durable material for the space elevator. (I doubt the space elevator will ever be built.) I think the time has come when private space companies will set the tone for space exploration. (Will seek profit)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: TomJo on February 24, 2021, 08:15:16 AM
https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-starship-third-launch-landing-faa-clearance/
Clear. You are a fan. It's not bad. (And most of this company's endeavours are well thought out) But
Otherwise, you would know that there are several dozen projects aimed at developing space tugs, foam trash catchers, and so on.
New space companies and startups (which was also SpaceX 12 years ago) are initially developing methods to clean up what they are going to launch into orbit.
Of course, at the moment the closest space debris cleaner is the reusable space tug (https://www.skyrora.com/space-tug) from Skyrora.
This does not solve the problem with the 50th 2-tonne remnants of rockets in orbit, but it is already a start.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 24, 2021, 09:24:05 AM
Quote
Mary
@BocaChicaGal
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15m
Road closure for today February 24 has been cancelled. 🚀
@NASASpaceflight

Means no testing today.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AZRedhawk44 on February 24, 2021, 09:27:18 AM
They're swapping an engine.

Last time that happened, the FAA considered the operation to be a completely new rocket and required resubmission of the correct forms in triplicate (you keep the GOLDENROD, not the canary!).

No launch this week most likely.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on February 26, 2021, 08:39:12 PM
Clear. You are a fan. It's not bad. (And most of this company's endeavours are well thought out) But
Otherwise, you would know that there are several dozen projects aimed at developing space tugs, foam trash catchers, and so on.
New space companies and startups (which was also SpaceX 12 years ago) are initially developing methods to clean up what they are going to launch into orbit.
Of course, at the moment the closest space debris cleaner is the reusable space tug (https://www.skyrora.com/space-tug) from Skyrora.
This does not solve the problem with the 50th 2-tonne remnants of rockets in orbit, but it is already a start.

A "laser broom" has really good promise for deorbiting debris.  BLUF: You shoot the leading surface of space debris and it ablates off creating thrust that lowers it's orbit so it finally falls into the atmosphere and burns up.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MillCreek on February 26, 2021, 09:30:21 PM
^^^Do we currently have ground-based lasers capable of delivering that much energy to orbital altitude?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on February 27, 2021, 02:46:44 AM
^^^Do we currently have ground-based lasers capable of delivering that much energy to orbital altitude?

Yeah but that is a bad place to "shoot" from because of angles and atmospheric attenuation.  This is the sort of thing you put in a geostationary orbit (or farther) so you can shoot the debris and hit its prograde aspect. 
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Fly320s on February 27, 2021, 06:46:39 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voSpOrimkMY
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AJ Dual on February 27, 2021, 03:27:47 PM
Jeff Bezos, like Elon Musk, sees the future of humanity in space. But instead of meaningless (according to Bezos) colonization of Mars, Jeff proposes to explore space using O'Neill cylinders. How to do it and what are the advantages?
I think that both options are meaningless at the current level of technology development.
We still don't have a debris cleanup program. But there are a bunch of ideas on how to send even more garbage there.

The advantages of an O'neill cylinder or other space colonies is you can put them wherever you want. Namely closer to Earth and Cislunar space so they're not cut off by significant light lag for communications, and get the fuller benefit of solar power by being closer to the sun than Mars is. Plus once it's going, you can move it anywhere under low thrust, kind of like mobile city. So if there's a good asteroid going by, you could in theory follow it and go mine it.

Other advantages, you can build them to spin and produce 1 earth G, so no issues with bone density or any other gravity related illnesses or developmental problems in children (assuming bio-tech doesn't come up with alternative answers) And you can cover them in asteroid debris to block any/all solar or cosmic radiation. And with a mass of a small asteroid, you've got almost no lift costs to send people or materials away from there to other destinations in the Solar System. Leaving a space colony would be cheaper than even lifting off from the Moon.

And further down the road, if we never develop tech to move really fast in space, just sending an entire space colony can make long distance trips to the outer solar system, or maybe even someday interstellar, do-able since people would be more willing to go if their entire community and all the comforts of home goes with them.

What is unsaid though is how you actually BUILD such a ginormous tube in space from (presumably) asteroid or Lunar materials. OTOH, we have a pretty good idea of how to dig on Mars or Luna, or use existing caves or lava tubes to hide from radiation. And in theory, the low gravity of Mars or the Moon isn't a show stopper long-term. You could build a city/base as a shallow cone to spin it and create a centrifugal force vector combined with Mars or Lunar gravity to create 1 G like on Earth. And while solar power in Mars orbit or further is not ideal, it still works. Just at less efficiency.

Of course, the correct answer is to try both planetary settlement and space colonies, and see which works best. Since we've really done neither before and it's difficult to extrapolate or simulate all the complex factors in both undertakings.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AZRedhawk44 on February 27, 2021, 10:07:58 PM
Quote
The advantages of an O'neill cylinder or other space colonies is you can put them wherever you want. Namely closer to Earth and Cislunar space so they're not cut off by significant light lag for communications, and get the fuller benefit of solar power by being closer to the sun than Mars is. Plus once it's going, you can move it anywhere under low thrust, kind of like mobile city. So if there's a good asteroid going by, you could in theory follow it and go mine it.

Initially sounds good, but the dV you'd need to match up with a passing asteroid is ENORMOUS.

Humanity would drive itself into heat-death from expending reaction mass to chase asteroids if that were our objective (pushing an O'neil cylinder to match same vector as asteroids).

Sending robotics to slowly mine the asteroid, eject the useless bits into dust gently orbiting the mass, and use some of the asteroid (H2O, N2, Xenon, whatever) as reaction mass to propel the valuable bits to a manufacturing site, is a far better solution.  But this is thinking trans-generationally, which doesn't really pan out on high risk new technology space ventures.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on February 28, 2021, 08:41:09 PM
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Mary
@BocaChicaGal
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45m
I have just received an update that Starship SN10 will not fly until Wednesday March 3. Tomorrow’s attempt has been cancelled. No hop tomorrow. 🔥🚀🔥
@NASASpaceflight
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 02, 2021, 03:23:24 PM
Quote
Mary
@BocaChicaGal
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58m
Happy to let y’all know that I have been asked to evacuate for Starship SN10 launch attempt tomorrow. It looks like it will be a beautiful day for a launch. I can’t wait to see SN10 nail the landing!FireRocketFire
@NASASpaceflight
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Fly320s on March 02, 2021, 04:24:28 PM
Where do those people go when they have to evacuate for a launch?  Seems like a real pain to do that.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: cordex on March 02, 2021, 04:35:13 PM
Where do those people go when they have to evacuate for a launch?  Seems like a real pain to do that.
Probably not far away.

SpaceX wanted to buy them out but my understanding is that the people who live there at this point are mostly space nerds who live there specifically to be close to the launch complex.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MillCreek on March 02, 2021, 05:14:56 PM
^^^I, for one, would love to be able to sit in my yard and watch space launches.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 02, 2021, 06:10:23 PM
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Michael Baylor
@nextspaceflight
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1h
Starship SN10 Wednesday launch status:
- FAA approval ✅
- Temporary Flight Restriction ✅
- Evacuation notice ✅
- Marine hazard zone posted ✅
- Road closure scheduled ✅
- Official confirmation from SpaceX  🟡
Quote
Michael Baylor
@nextspaceflight
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1h
*Official confirmation from SpaceX is not technically required, but it would be a great sign. The company previously confirmed the SN8 and SN9 launch attempts ahead of time.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 02, 2021, 10:39:32 PM

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Camera with flashTrevor Mahlmann
@TrevorMahlmann
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42m
- Official confirmation from SpaceXWhite heavy check mark
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 03, 2021, 11:27:51 AM
They're going for a launch today
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 03, 2021, 12:56:14 PM
Tank farm activity
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on March 03, 2021, 01:37:38 PM
Rolled it back to Pad Closeouts.  Someone in a pickup truck is out near the tank farm from looking at the video.  No one is clear on whether it is a SpaceX person investigating a problem, or someone that sneaked into the launch area.  From the camera shot, the pickup looks very similar to the one that was chased away during the launch of SN9.
Tank farm activity has stopped.  Things are uncertain about launching today at this point.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 03, 2021, 01:40:46 PM
Appears to be SpaceX personnel checking out something at the tank farm.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYZaaz8UbRE
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 03, 2021, 02:29:40 PM
Tank farm activity resumed

 [popcorn]
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: dogmush on March 03, 2021, 02:40:02 PM
Looks like they're loading propellant.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on March 03, 2021, 02:46:12 PM
Looking good at the moment.  I sure hope they pull this off successfully today.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: dogmush on March 03, 2021, 03:03:11 PM
Tri Venting.  Should be about 10 min.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on March 03, 2021, 03:06:41 PM
Engine chill.  Looking good so far.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 03, 2021, 03:16:16 PM
Abort at engine ignite
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on March 03, 2021, 03:18:01 PM
Abort after ignition.  Crud.
Out of bounds thrust on one of the engines at startup.  Done for the day.  Emptying tanks.  Maybe next week at a guess.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 03, 2021, 03:19:48 PM
Abort occurred at 0.1 seconds to clamp release
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on March 03, 2021, 03:22:27 PM
Now SpaceX is changing gears, saying they are not officially standing down for the day.  They are keeping their livestream up and will determine if they can try again in today's window.  They have to evaluate some data before making a final decision.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 03, 2021, 03:25:07 PM
SN11 peaking out of the high bay "No boom?"
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on March 03, 2021, 03:37:48 PM
SpaceX has announced they will recycle the launch and make another attempt today at 1730 EST.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 03, 2021, 03:42:37 PM
SpaceX: We ain't NASA
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: dogmush on March 03, 2021, 03:47:29 PM
Quote
Elon Musk
@elonmusk
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6m
Launch abort on slightly conservative high thrust limit. Increasing thrust limit & recycling propellant for another flight attempt today.

SpaceX: *expletive deleted*ck it, raise the threshold and full send.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on March 03, 2021, 04:06:32 PM
NASA has killed more astronauts than SpaceX, so that tends to make them a little lot more conservative.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 03, 2021, 04:09:38 PM
No lives at risk here unless something goes all out Murphy on us so lets test this thing.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 03, 2021, 05:25:31 PM
Tank farm activity started again
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on March 03, 2021, 05:56:00 PM
Methane venting, waiting for tri-vent engine chill.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on March 03, 2021, 06:15:08 PM
They are going to reignite all three engines for the flip and burn, but shut down one just before touchdown.
Brief hold, but counting down again.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on March 03, 2021, 06:16:37 PM
Seemed like a slow liftoff, but she is flying!
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 03, 2021, 06:22:00 PM
Nail it
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 03, 2021, 06:22:40 PM
Landing legs didn't deploy
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on March 03, 2021, 06:23:23 PM
Stuck the landing, but there is a fire on the ground.  Rocket is leaning a little, but doesn't look like it will topple.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on March 03, 2021, 06:23:51 PM
Landing legs didn't deploy.

Oops.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 03, 2021, 06:24:08 PM
The Leaning Tower of SN10
But on the ground.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 03, 2021, 06:25:15 PM
99% nail it
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on March 03, 2021, 06:25:50 PM
Lit the three engines a little sooner, shut down two, landed on one.
Who needs landing legs as long as you stick a soft touchdown.
Pretty good fire around the base of the rocket.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 03, 2021, 06:30:02 PM
BOOM!
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on March 03, 2021, 06:30:38 PM
Yup...  Shame.  It came shortly after the fire fighting system was shut down.
My live stream is several seconds behind, not really very live.

Timeline adjusted on my feed.  Last step was "Vehicle Safing"  The added a new last step "Or Not".

Still, it was the best flight yet.  Landing legs did actually deploy, but one or more may have had problems.  Musk is known to be less than satisfied with the current landing leg design.  SpaceX will get a lot of good data from this flight.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 03, 2021, 06:36:10 PM

Timeline adjusted on my feed.  Last step was "Vehicle Safing"  The added a new last step "Or Not".

LOL just noticed that
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 03, 2021, 06:39:48 PM
Landing legs needs work
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on March 03, 2021, 06:40:49 PM
"Starship SN10 landed on the landing zone, then burned off the excess propellant in a rapid fashion."
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 03, 2021, 07:04:06 PM
SN11 peaking out of the high bay "No boom?"

(https://i.imgur.com/zoeaeZt.gif)

(https://i.imgur.com/2UExQom.gif)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: HeroHog on March 03, 2021, 07:24:13 PM
https://youtu.be/_jWbqhP5eJI?t=30367
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 03, 2021, 08:56:34 PM
Quote
Elon Musk
@elonmusk
·
1h
RIP SN10, honorable discharge
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on March 03, 2021, 10:27:11 PM
SN11 peaking out of the high bay "No boom?"

"No, boom."  =D
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on March 03, 2021, 10:31:21 PM
"Starship SN10 landed on the landing zone, then burned off the excess propellant in a rapid fashion."

We got everything today: launch, dive, landing, and explosion!  Good work SN10.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 04, 2021, 09:23:29 AM
Got my first chance to really get a good look at some videos full screen

1) Looks like the legs did deploy but couldn't tell if it was all of them or not. Plus one or more may not have locked in place.

2) Looking at this video full screen it appears she may have bounced a few times upon touchdown which may or may not have damaged the legs https://twitter.com/NASASpaceflight/status/1367254064791244800
Either way the legs IMHO need to be far beefier. I know Musk is obsessed with cutting every oz, for very good reasons, but he may have to accept some weight gain in a few areas IMHO.

Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: dogmush on March 04, 2021, 09:38:12 AM
SpaceX has already said several times this isn't the actual landing leg design.  These legs are a "placeholder" design while they get more of the vehicle designed and tested.  No point in designing robus Mars Capable landing legs until you know if the part of the rocket they attach to is at it's final design.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 04, 2021, 09:42:22 AM
SpaceX has already said several times this isn't the actual landing leg design.  These legs are a "placeholder" design while they get more of the vehicle designed and tested.  No point in designing robus Mars Capable landing legs until you know if the part of the rocket they attach to is at it's final design.

Aware, just feel if they want to recover their test vehicles intact beefier legs would probably help. I'm sure they would like to at least recover the raptors. 
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 04, 2021, 10:37:05 AM
Quote
What about it!?
@FelixSchlang
·
2h
I'm guessing, we already have a name for Starship #11! Geronimo!
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 04, 2021, 10:38:25 AM
https://twitter.com/BocaChicaGal/status/1367483885202857986
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 04, 2021, 12:20:21 PM
Scott Manley has his video up

At 04:03 you can see some of the legs just kind of flopping around. 3 appear be locked, 3 not so much.
After that part stay tuned for his analyst of the fire and explosion


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF9mdMI1qxM
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AZRedhawk44 on March 04, 2021, 02:32:02 PM
Correct me if my understanding is wrong. but what we have here in Starship is a LOX header tank in the nose.  After that we have a large empty space in the nose cone which will ultimately be either cargo or human habitat depending on craft version and design.  After that we have the methane tank.  Between the primary methane tank and the bottom LOX tank, we have the methane header tank.  Finally, we have the primary LOX tank and then engines and landing gear at the bottom.  The LOX header is in the nose for ballast/balance reasons, since O2 is heavier than CH4 and serves to counterbalance the mass of the engines at the rear.

So there are two header tanks, and two primary tanks.

The task of the primary tanks is to provide fuel for launch and acceleration operations in flight, and to provide fuel storage and plumbing facilities for orbital fuel transfer operations.

The task of the header tanks is to provide fuel for post-belly-flop landing maneuvers, so that the tank is full and slosh is minimized for reliable delivery to the turbopumps.

SpaceX has said before that they intend to expose the primary tanks to vacuum during routine spaceflight.  This is supposed to help insulate the header tanks so that their cryogenic payload is easier to maintain on their limited electrical budget in the vehicle.  Obviously they had neither the time nor the altitude to accomplish that here, and suffered from an artificially imposed altitude ceiling from the flight plan.  They cannot safely burn 100% of the fuel in the primary tanks without damaging the engine turbopumps, and they cannot vent the tanks in Earth atmosphere during the belly flop since there is neither time nor ecological willpower to spray methane into the atmosphere.  So these low altitude test flights and landings will all suffer from the drawback of having residual fuel in the primary tanks.

So on a real flight, an energetic explosion like this is considerably less likely because the primary tanks would be empty.

But:

One would hope that the primary tanks are not holding vacuum during reentry to Earth or Mars.  Hopefully they're sucking ambient atmosphere in to maintain neutral pressurization during reentry, or being gently pressurized by a suitable inert gas during descent.  A jarring impact like seen during yesterday's landing would result in a vacuum container crumpling much more easily than a container at one atmosphere of pressure.  And while Raptor offers autogenous pressurization of its fuel tanks via exhaust recirculating, apparently it does not offer enough spare exhaust to 100% pressurize the header tanks without assistance from nitrogen COPV's right now.  So it certainly cannot pressurize the much larger primary tanks with O2 or CH4 exhaust from the respective preburners.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 06, 2021, 09:45:29 AM
Quote
Mary
@BocaChicaGal
·
1h
Sunrise with Tankzilla at SpaceX Boca Chica launch site.This is the crane that will lift Starship SN11 onto the launch stand as early as Monday, March 8.
https://twitter.com/BocaChicaGal/status/1368185882696708102?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Eembeddedtimeline%7Ctwterm%5Eprofile%3ABocaChicaGal%7Ctwcon%5Etimelinechrome&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.starshipstalker.com%2F
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: TechMan on March 08, 2021, 07:57:19 AM
https://twitter.com/BocaChicaGal/status/1368185882696708102?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Eembeddedtimeline%7Ctwterm%5Eprofile%3ABocaChicaGal%7Ctwcon%5Etimelinechrome&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.starshipstalker.com%2F

https://twitter.com/BocaChicaGal/status/1368907487211044866 (https://twitter.com/BocaChicaGal/status/1368907487211044866)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: TechMan on March 08, 2021, 07:58:39 AM
WLJ, did you see this one?

https://twitter.com/jdeshetler/status/1368749190948425732 (https://twitter.com/jdeshetler/status/1368749190948425732)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 08, 2021, 11:05:27 AM
(https://i.redd.it/yfnskdxwewk61.jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 11, 2021, 08:54:43 AM
Checking SN11's legs

https://twitter.com/austinbarnard45/status/1369353962269274113
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 11, 2021, 08:58:25 AM
Last night's Falcon 9 landing went a little better this time

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1369926878497181696
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 12, 2021, 07:00:55 AM
Quote
Mary
@BocaChicaGal
·
8h
I have received an “Alert” notice and a road closure has been scheduled for Friday, March 12 from 7 a.m. - noon. Possible static fire attempt of Starship SN11’s three Raptor engines as early as tomorrow. 🔥🚀🔥
@NASASpaceflight
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 12, 2021, 07:23:35 AM
According the The Angry Astronaut SN10 landed harder than desired because of another header tank issue. The engine started consuming helium out of the header tank pressure system that was installed in SN10 to help solve the low header tank pressure issue that occurred on SN8 (and maybe SN9) and thus wasn't producing the required thrust on landing. They're going for another helium less system on SN11 (11:24 in the video). And they beefed up the landing legs

Why SN11 is the Most Important Starship Test For SpaceX So Far (Rare Footage)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQFlSODBwX0&t=353s
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 13, 2021, 04:49:45 PM
Quote
SPadre
@SpacePadreIsle
·
30m
Tuesday TFR 🚀 

Static fire on call for Monday.
Pretty breezy southerly surface winds Tuesday then shifting NE Wednesday bringing much clearer air for viewing. Nice weather for the remainder of the week so good chance Starship SN11 will fly!
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 13, 2021, 04:52:56 PM
https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_1_4748.html
Quote
NOTAM Number :   FDC 1/4748 Download shapefiles
Issue Date :   March 13, 2021 at 1442 UTC
Location :   Brownsville, Texas
Beginning Date and Time :   March 16, 2021 at 1100 UTC
Ending Date and Time :   March 17, 2021 at 0030 UTC
Reason for NOTAM :   Space Operations Area
Type :   Space Operations
Replaced NOTAM(s) :   N/A
Pilots May Contact :   HOUSTON (ZHU) ARTCC, 281-230-5560
Jump To:         Affected Areas
Operating Restrictions and Requirements
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Airspace Definition:
Region bounded by:
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From:   26º00'00"N   97º02'00"W   BRO067019
To:   25º58'00"N   97º02'00"W   BRO073018.7
To:   25º56'00"N   97º05'00"W   BRO079015.8
To:   25º55'00"N   97º06'00"W   BRO083014.9
To:   25º55'00"N   97º09'00"W   BRO083012.2
To:   25º55'00"N   97º12'00"W   BRO084009.5
To:   25º57'00"N   97º14'00"W   BRO070007.8
To:   26º02'00"N   97º13'00"W   BRO044010.8
To:   26º03'00"N   97º12'00"W   BRO042012.1
To:   26º05'00"N   97º07'00"W   BRO047016.9
To:   26º04'00"N   97º04'00"W   BRO054018.7
To:   26º03'00"N   97º03'00"W   BRO058019.1
To:   26º00'00"N   97º02'00"W   BRO067019
Altitude: From the surface up to Unlimited

Hmmm

Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 14, 2021, 08:46:53 PM
Quote
Mary
@BocaChicaGal
·
3h
I have received an “Alert” notice and a road/beach closure has been scheduled for tomorrow March 15 from 6 a.m. - noon. Possible static fire attempt of Starship SN11’s 3 Raptor engines tomorrow. 🔥🔥🔥🚀
@NASASpaceflight
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 15, 2021, 08:50:01 AM
Quote
Eric Berger
@SciGuySpace
·
Mar 14
With this morning's Starlink mission SpaceX has launched a rocket, on average, every eight days in 2021. If you don't know much about rockets, know this: Such a cadence is jaw-dropping for an orbital rocket, especially a large one.

Quote
Elon Musk
@elonmusk
·
12h
SpaceX did 2X rest of world payload to orbit last year, probably 3X to 4X this year

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1371256869705109504?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Eembeddedtimeline%7Ctwterm%5Eprofile%3Aelonmusk%7Ctwcon%5Etimelinechrome&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.starshipstalker.com%2F
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: TechMan on March 15, 2021, 09:12:18 AM
The above is just mind-boggling. 
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 15, 2021, 09:53:05 AM
Especially considering they were mere days from bankruptcy at one point.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: TechMan on March 15, 2021, 10:03:11 AM
I read that the 1st stage Falcon 9 booster that was launched this past Sunday morning was the 9th launch/recovery for that booster alone.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 15, 2021, 11:19:07 AM
Quote
Tesmanian.com
@Tesmanian_com
Starlink Is Key To Funding SpaceX’s Starship Fleet To Colonize Mars
Quote
Elon Musk
@elonmusk
·
13h
Replying to
@Tesmanian_com
Yes
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on March 15, 2021, 01:10:02 PM
I read that the 1st stage Falcon 9 booster that was launched this past Sunday morning was the 9th launch/recovery for that booster alone.

Thought it was six?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: TechMan on March 15, 2021, 01:33:49 PM
Thought it was six?

Nope, 9.
https://www.space.com/spacex-starlink-21-internet-satellites-launch-rocket-landing-success (https://www.space.com/spacex-starlink-21-internet-satellites-launch-rocket-landing-success)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on March 15, 2021, 04:36:21 PM
Nope, 9.
https://www.space.com/spacex-starlink-21-internet-satellites-launch-rocket-landing-success (https://www.space.com/spacex-starlink-21-internet-satellites-launch-rocket-landing-success)

I've missed some stuff.  Last I checked on them an F9 had just failed on its sixth recovery.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: TechMan on March 15, 2021, 04:46:08 PM
I've missed some stuff.  Last I checked on them an F9 had just failed on its sixth recovery.

The pace is frenetic.

2010-2013 - 7 launches
2014 - 6 launches
2015 - 7 launches
2016 - 8 launches and 1 launch pad explosion
2017 - 18 launches
2018 - 20 launches
2019 - 10 launches
2020 - 25 launches
2021 - So Far 7 launches Scheduled - 37 launches

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Falcon_9_and_Falcon_Heavy_launches (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Falcon_9_and_Falcon_Heavy_launches)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on March 15, 2021, 05:35:29 PM
The pace is frenetic.

2010-2013 - 7 launches
2014 - 6 launches
2015 - 7 launches
2016 - 8 launches and 1 launch pad explosion
2017 - 18 launches
2018 - 20 launches
2019 - 10 launches
2020 - 25 launches
2021 - So Far 7 launches Scheduled - 37 launches

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Falcon_9_and_Falcon_Heavy_launches (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Falcon_9_and_Falcon_Heavy_launches)

Good, gooood!
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 15, 2021, 06:28:35 PM
Scrub on the static fire
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AZRedhawk44 on March 16, 2021, 03:40:29 PM
Evidently just two boosters, 1051 and 1049, have each launched 10% of all currently active satellites in orbit.

Two SpaceX boosters account for over 20% of all active satellite launches (by count... not by mass).

https://www.reddit.com/r/SpaceXLounge/comments/m590hw/1051_and_1049_have_each_launched_10_of_all_active/

Obviously the tiny size and packing density of Starlink missions makes that possible.  But still... 9 launches each on those two boosters.  And they're going to use them until they break.  I expect to see an examination/servicing period after the 10th flight of each one, then roll them back into rotation.

I saw this pic on /r/SpaceXMasterRace:

(https://i.redd.it/8zrtvq3kd7n61.png)

1050 completed its primary mission successfully.  It's being mocked for successfully diverting itself away from its designated landing zone out to sea safely, and touching down softly despite its hydraulic grid fins malfunctioning and locking up during descent.

One-and-done rockets are history.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 18, 2021, 12:54:36 AM
Quote
Rob Dickinson
@Rjdlandscapes
·
Mar 16
Crazy! Full stack flight July?
Quote
Elon Musk
@elonmusk
Replying to
@Rjdlandscapes
 
@Erdayastronaut
 and
@SpaceX
That’s our goal
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on March 18, 2021, 12:13:36 PM

Wow, that's ambitious.  Hope they make the schedule.  I will look forward to seeing that flight whenever it takes place.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 18, 2021, 05:05:56 PM
Good SLS engine test
BN1 stacking as we speak

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0X0womVi7w
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Fly320s on March 18, 2021, 06:01:48 PM
What is a "full stack?"
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 18, 2021, 06:17:45 PM
What is a "full stack?"

I'm assuming he means Starship on the booster which would be ambitious by July and not just a full up booster

(https://qph.fs.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-11a95fb18e1d0f033dd917a1216390bb)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AZRedhawk44 on March 18, 2021, 06:51:41 PM
In other news, Blue Origin actually admitted recently that they won't have a New Glenn launch article until Q4 of 2022.  Which, everyone knows, really means H1 of 2023 if they're lucky.

They're also constantly shifting their deliverable date of BE-4 engines that they are selling to ULA for ULA's new Vulcan rocket, to the right.  What was supposed to be Q3 of 2020 (and 2019, and 2018, before that) is now summer of 2021.  ULA intends to try to fly a Vulcan by Q4 of 2021.  They have a ground support fitment test article out at the Cape right now.

Vulcan is supposed to be configured with two BE-4 engines on its first stage and a variable number of solid rocket motors much like its predecessor the Atlas V.  Aerojet Rocketdyne lost in competitive bidding between Blue Origin and AR, when submitting engine designs for ULA's new generation rocket.  Since then, BO's delivery schedule has slid to the right by years.  Lockheed-Martin is looking at acquiring AR.  AR was bidding a kerosene based engine called the AR-1 that has since been shelved.  The AR-1 was designed specifically to replace the Atlas V RD-180 engine which is actually provided by Russia's Roskosmos.  The RD-180 puts out about 4 meganewtons.  Two AR-1 engines put out about 4.4 meganewtons.  Two BE-4 engines put out about 4.8 meganewtons.

If LockMart acquires AR, and BO takes longer to deliver on the BE-4 deliverables, watch for pressure to mount on ULA to dramatically reconfigure Vulcan (probably a complete ditch of the vehicle) and focus on the AR-1 as a first stage engine solution.  Or use AR-1 as a basis of a new vehicle that focuses on reusability, since ULA has nothing like that and their noises regarding SMART reuse are a joke.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 18, 2021, 07:15:58 PM
In other news, Blue Origin actually admitted recently that they won't have a New Glenn launch article until Q4 of 2022.  Which, everyone knows, really means H1 of 2023 if they're lucky.

They're also constantly shifting their deliverable date of BE-4 engines that they are selling to ULA for ULA's new Vulcan rocket, to the right.  What was supposed to be Q3 of 2020 (and 2019, and 2018, before that) is now summer of 2021.  ULA intends to try to fly a Vulcan by Q4 of 2021.  They have a ground support fitment test article out at the Cape right now.

Vulcan is supposed to be configured with two BE-4 engines on its first stage and a variable number of solid rocket motors much like its predecessor the Atlas V.  Aerojet Rocketdyne lost in competitive bidding between Blue Origin and AR, when submitting engine designs for ULA's new generation rocket.  Since then, BO's delivery schedule has slid to the right by years.  Lockheed-Martin is looking at acquiring AR.  AR was bidding a kerosene based engine called the AR-1 that has since been shelved.  The AR-1 was designed specifically to replace the Atlas V RD-180 engine which is actually provided by Russia's Roskosmos.  The RD-180 puts out about 4 meganewtons.  Two AR-1 engines put out about 4.4 meganewtons.  Two BE-4 engines put out about 4.8 meganewtons.

If LockMart acquires AR, and BO takes longer to deliver on the BE-4 deliverables, watch for pressure to mount on ULA to dramatically reconfigure Vulcan (probably a complete ditch of the vehicle) and focus on the AR-1 as a first stage engine solution.  Or use AR-1 as a basis of a new vehicle that focuses on reusability, since ULA has nothing like that and their noises regarding SMART reuse are a joke.

Fits in nicely with this video. The look inside of BO's facility's is, shall we say, rather sad

Blue Origin - 7,845 Days Later and a New Video - Anything Positive? Well...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqT2O2eHE1I
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 18, 2021, 08:43:29 PM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EwzEoj5WQAIPBrk?format=jpg&name=large)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 19, 2021, 09:25:38 AM
It's time to make those bets for SN11...

https://www.reddit.com/r/SpaceXMasterrace/comments/m4r60e/its_time_to_make_those_bets_for_sn11/
(https://preview.redd.it/vjt9kpjccym61.jpg?width=960&crop=smart&auto=webp&s=57cc27b9149a6e8440ab6c0b8deaa73898943c98)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: TechMan on March 19, 2021, 10:25:56 AM
It's time to make those bets for SN11...

https://www.reddit.com/r/SpaceXMasterrace/comments/m4r60e/its_time_to_make_those_bets_for_sn11/
(https://preview.redd.it/vjt9kpjccym61.jpg?width=960&crop=smart&auto=webp&s=57cc27b9149a6e8440ab6c0b8deaa73898943c98)

I'll take D4.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 19, 2021, 10:45:10 AM
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1372826575293583366?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Eembeddedtimeline%7Ctwterm%5Eprofile%3Aelonmusk%7Ctwcon%5Etimelinechrome&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.starshipstalker.com%2F (https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1372826575293583366?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Eembeddedtimeline%7Ctwterm%5Eprofile%3Aelonmusk%7Ctwcon%5Etimelinechrome&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.starshipstalker.com%2F)
Quote
Marcus House
@MarcusHouse
·
14h
This is why they need that bridge crane. Temporary solution... chop a hole in the top of the high bay for the crane. A very SpaceX'ish fix to the problem. 😉
Quote
Elon Musk
@elonmusk
·
6h
The [ahem] reach-around

 :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Fly320s on March 19, 2021, 12:14:10 PM
It's time to make those bets for SN11...

https://www.reddit.com/r/SpaceXMasterrace/comments/m4r60e/its_time_to_make_those_bets_for_sn11/
(https://preview.redd.it/vjt9kpjccym61.jpg?width=960&crop=smart&auto=webp&s=57cc27b9149a6e8440ab6c0b8deaa73898943c98)

I'll take all squares.  Betting on an airborne explosion.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on March 19, 2021, 01:31:52 PM
It's time to make those bets for SN11...

https://www.reddit.com/r/SpaceXMasterrace/comments/m4r60e/its_time_to_make_those_bets_for_sn11/
(https://preview.redd.it/vjt9kpjccym61.jpg?width=960&crop=smart&auto=webp&s=57cc27b9149a6e8440ab6c0b8deaa73898943c98)

Are we betting like roulette?  I'm guessing it plonks on the border of C2 and C3.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 21, 2021, 04:14:20 PM
 :rofl:

https://twitter.com/i/status/1373520044404129792
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 22, 2021, 01:56:41 PM
Looks like SN11 had a good static fire today so unless there's something we're not aware of yet SN11 could be flying within the next few of days, tomorrow even.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on March 22, 2021, 03:51:32 PM
Looks like SN11 had a good static fire today so unless there's something we're not aware of yet SN11 could be flying within the next few of days, tomorrow even.

Burn baby, burn!
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 22, 2021, 10:26:41 PM
(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/Ej1Zuq0WoAcSbPh.jpg)

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/Ej1Zuq0XgAI0D0d.jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 23, 2021, 10:34:28 AM
Quote
Viv
@flcnhvy
·
13h
Replying to
@elonmusk
 
@arstechnica
 and
@SciGuySpace
“study competitive launch systems from 2030 onward”

... uh, cool. SpaceX will be setting up Mars Base Alpha by then haha

Opening up European launch market to private companies would prob help. With such an absurd amount of politicians involved, result is stagnation by default
Quote
Elon Musk
@elonmusk
·
5h
SpaceX will be landing Starships on Mars well before 2030. The really hard threshold is making Mars Base Alpha self-sustaining.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 23, 2021, 10:49:31 AM
Quote
What about it!?
@FelixSchlang
·
3h
Very strong upper level winds throughout the week above Boca Chica. We might, but it's uncertain. Fingers Crossed!!!
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 23, 2021, 01:43:26 PM
Status on LabPadre shows "no launch today" but there is tank farm activity, not sure why. Maybe another static fire?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 23, 2021, 01:53:21 PM
Someone else wondering the same thing

https://twitter.com/SpacePadreIsle/status/1374416937187352577
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 23, 2021, 03:05:34 PM
Quote
Mary Retweeted

Michael Baylor
@nextspaceflight
The road closure for Starship SN11's test flight on Wednesday has been canceled. The earliest possible flight date is now Thursday, per road closures.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 25, 2021, 11:01:18 PM
Quote
Mary
@BocaChicaGal
I have received an “Alert” notice and a road closure has been scheduled from 7 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 26. According to the Cameron county the closure is for engine testing (static fire) and 10km flight. 🔥🚀🔥@NASASpaceflight
https://twitter.com/BocaChicaGal/status/1375259038057893890?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Eembeddedtimeline%7Ctwterm%5Eprofile%3ABocaChicaGal%7Ctwcon%5Etimelinechrome&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.starshipstalker.com%2F
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 26, 2021, 08:44:55 AM
Tank farm activity already 

It appears they're going for both a static fire and flight the same day
 [popcorn]
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 26, 2021, 08:50:40 AM
Cool fog around SS and the tank farm in the moist morning air in addition to the usual morning fog there
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 26, 2021, 09:39:48 AM
Static fire
Now waiting if Mary gets an evac order for the village, if she gets one that is a sign it was a good static fire and there should be a flight attempt today
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 26, 2021, 11:11:55 AM
Light this candle

Quote
Mary
@BocaChicaGal
·
1m
I have been officially asked to evacuate Boca Chica by noon today. It’s a Go for Starship SN11 flight attempt this afternoon. 🔥🚀🔥
@NASA
https://twitter.com/BocaChicaGal/status/1375464984881283075?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Eembeddedtimeline%7Ctwterm%5Eprofile%3ABocaChicaGal%7Ctwcon%5Etimelinechrome&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.starshipstalker.com%2F
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on March 26, 2021, 11:55:13 AM
Wootwoot!
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 26, 2021, 03:56:15 PM
Scrub
Could be the weather, started to fog up.
They're saying next try Monday.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 26, 2021, 03:59:48 PM
It just disappeared in the fog
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 26, 2021, 06:19:00 PM
Quote
Elon Musk
@elonmusk
·
1h
Standing down SN11 until probably Monday. Additional checkouts are needed. Doing our best to land & fully recover.
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1375545176324734978?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Eembeddedtimeline%7Ctwterm%5Eprofile%3ASpacePadreIsle%7Ctwcon%5Etimelinechrome&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.starshipstalker.com%2F
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Jim147 on March 26, 2021, 10:07:27 PM
Tell him we wanted a belly flop.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 29, 2021, 10:31:49 AM
FTS armed so that means  [popcorn]

BTW: My SN11 bingo bet is B2
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 29, 2021, 11:37:58 AM
Quote
Elon Musk

@elonmusk
Replying to @elonmusk
FAA inspector unable to reach Starbase in time for launch today. Postponed to no earlier than tomorrow.
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1376558233624666120?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Eembeddedtimeline%7Ctwterm%5Eprofile%3Aelonmusk%7Ctwcon%5Etimelinechrome&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.starshipstalker.com%2F

*expletive deleted* *expletive deleted* *expletive deleted* *expletive deleted* *expletive deleted* FAA
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Fly320s on March 29, 2021, 01:05:26 PM

*expletive deleted* *expletive deleted* *expletive deleted* *expletive deleted* *expletive deleted* FAA

Now you know how I feel.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 29, 2021, 01:12:30 PM
 :rofl:

https://twitter.com/LPTexas/status/1376558901055918082
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on March 29, 2021, 07:01:24 PM
FAA inspector accidentally turned right at Albuquerque.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 30, 2021, 08:51:15 AM
Turn on the computer and they're going for a launch this morning and you can't even see the darn thing in the fog.


Quote
Elon Musk

@elonmusk
Replying to @Erdayastronaut
Tracking to a potential 8am liftoff

Note: 8am CT
 
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 30, 2021, 08:59:23 AM
1:00 minute
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 30, 2021, 08:59:47 AM
I can see part of the tank farm!
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 30, 2021, 09:01:21 AM
She's flying ... somewhere where that glow is.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 30, 2021, 09:07:39 AM
Big boom and flying debris. Live feed camera even got hit.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on March 30, 2021, 09:08:03 AM
Great big kaboom during the engine restart.  Bits and pieces raining down over the launch site.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 30, 2021, 09:10:37 AM
SN12 you're up! Oh wait
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 30, 2021, 09:16:26 AM
I'll take all squares.  Betting on an airborne explosion.

Looks like you're the winner
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: TechMan on March 30, 2021, 09:19:14 AM
I'll take all squares.  Betting on an airborne explosion.

Winner winner chicken dinner.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 30, 2021, 09:20:08 AM
Several live streamers cameras took hits. Know of at least one that was taken out.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MechAg94 on March 30, 2021, 09:23:58 AM
Dang. 

NASA would have been frozen in a 5 year study to find out what went wrong.  Hope they  have no problem continuing.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 30, 2021, 09:32:22 AM
Quote
Elon Musk

@elonmusk
Replying to @elonmusk @SpaceX
At least the crater is in the right place!
 
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on March 30, 2021, 09:36:33 AM
One casualty confirmed.  A yucca plant in front of a camera was clobbered by flying debris.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 30, 2021, 09:42:42 AM
Chamber pressure issues on Engine 2 during ascent. May or may not have a connection with the RUD during landing 
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 30, 2021, 09:45:06 AM
Quote
Elon Musk
@elonmusk
·
6m
Looks like engine 2 had issues on ascent & didn’t reach operating chamber pressure during landing burn, but, in theory, it wasn’t needed.

Something significant happened shortly after landing burn start. Should know what it was once we can examine the bits later today.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 30, 2021, 09:54:55 AM
Dang. 

NASA would have been frozen in a 5 year study to find out what went wrong.  Hope they  have no problem continuing.

In his best 300 voice
THIS IS SPACEX!

Quote
Elon Musk

@elonmusk
Replying to @Adamklotz_ @SpaceX
SN15 rolls to launch pad in a few days. It has hundreds of design improvements across structures, avionics/software & engine.

Hopefully, one of those improvements covers this problem. If not, then retrofit will add a few more days.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 30, 2021, 10:41:44 AM
Quote
http://NWS Brownsville
@NWSBrownsville
If anyone on South Padre Island, or in the Boca Chica area, Port Isabel, Laguna Vista, etc received an abrupt and startling wakeup this morning, this was probably it. Our radar was able to see #SN11 unfortunately explode in mid-air. #RGVwx #txwx

Radar image
https://twitter.com/AShipleyWX/status/1376892768426078211
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 30, 2021, 11:00:02 AM
Quote
Brady Kenniston
@TheFavoritist
Headphone warning!

Our last views of #Starship #SN11's flight, now with sound!

That's a big boom.

https://twitter.com/TheFavoritist/status/1376895130125414404
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 30, 2021, 11:57:57 AM
Bit and pieces of SN11 everywhere
Note the checklist, Crash: Check

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTA0GTgFn5E
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 30, 2021, 12:05:41 PM
Quote
Starhopper: I've seen some *expletive deleted*it
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: cordex on March 30, 2021, 12:19:31 PM
Elon should sell bits of his crashed starships.

I'd buy one for my kids.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: TechMan on March 30, 2021, 12:51:59 PM
Elon should sell bits of his crashed starships.

I'd buy one for my kids.

I would too.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 30, 2021, 12:57:08 PM
Hold on declaring a winner of the Starship bingo. Elon did say the crater was in the right spot. Did SN11 blow up in the air or upon impacting the pad? %$#! fog
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 30, 2021, 12:57:36 PM
I would too.

Me three
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 30, 2021, 01:13:03 PM
 :rofl:

Quote
Jay L. DeShetler
@jdeshetler
Starships - four visual side-by-side cool clips from Mary, syncing the moment of Raptors' ignition prior to landing. Oh...never mind.....
@NASASpaceflight
 
@SpaceX
 
@BocaChicaGal
https://twitter.com/jdeshetler/status/1376939694441697282

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/ExvZyeXUYAIHuSu-RS.jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 30, 2021, 03:16:43 PM
This is CNN

Quote
Anna Alexeev
@AlexeevAnna
Replying to
@TheFavoritist
 and
@TGMetsFan98
CNN:

"SpaceX hides failing starship program behind thick fog."

12:44 PM · Mar 30, 2021·Twitter for Android

 :facepalm:
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 30, 2021, 03:19:16 PM
I'm no expert nor do I play one on TV but this don't look good

https://twitter.com/BouncyNinjaaa/status/1376937906259034115
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Fly320s on March 30, 2021, 05:05:56 PM
I'm no expert nor do I play one on TV but this don't look good

https://twitter.com/BouncyNinjaaa/status/1376937906259034115

Unavailable to me.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on March 30, 2021, 05:26:30 PM
Unavailable to me.

Hitting "Refresh" a few times usually brings it up for me.  Did you try that?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 30, 2021, 05:54:36 PM
Hitting "Refresh" a few times usually brings it up for me.  Did you try that?

Yeah I get that with twitter sometimes too
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 30, 2021, 06:37:28 PM
If nothnig else Elon does have a sense of humor

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1375652425814704128
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 30, 2021, 08:28:38 PM
(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/ExwpJXLWQAMZQjv.jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 30, 2021, 08:33:48 PM
(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/Exv5ixkWgAkHhIn.jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 30, 2021, 08:39:20 PM
(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/ExwXH5iXIAINgAq-rs.jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on March 30, 2021, 09:03:21 PM
(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/Exwa18zWYAIG1en.jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on April 01, 2021, 07:17:43 PM
SN15 in the High Bay
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on April 02, 2021, 02:25:31 PM
SpaceX Starship SN11 launch and explosion slowmo / binaural audio
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4eawtvznbc
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on April 03, 2021, 10:08:03 AM
The Angry Astronaut is doing a live discussion

Is The Raptor The Achilles Heel For Starship?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN-9dgJm59M
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MillCreek on April 03, 2021, 10:22:23 AM
https://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/piece-of-spacex-rocket-debris-lands-at-washington-state-farm/

If a piece of a rocket landed on my property, I sure as heck would not give it back.  Unless it was hazardous.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on April 04, 2021, 10:18:10 PM
Quote
Mary Retweeted

Brady Kenniston
@TheFavoritist
SpaceX is planning to rollout Starship SN15 as early as Monday. In preparation for its arrival, a hydraulic ram has been installed at Suborbital Pad A to simulate Raptor forces against its new Thrust Puck.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AZRedhawk44 on April 04, 2021, 11:38:25 PM
The Angry Astronaut is doing a live discussion

Is The Raptor The Achilles Heel For Starship?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN-9dgJm59M

This is an interesting angle and worthy of discussion, but I just could not digest AA's format for this discussion.  Constantly breaking train of thought to thank whatever patron throws a buck into the chatroom is no way to have a content driven presentation, especially when you then have to also add praise for each region of the country/world that each donor is from.

Evidently the mass fractions are so close, and the efficiency of Raptor so high, that this scope of reusability is just not possible with any other chemical rocket engine.  Merlin, BE-4, RS-25, F1, whatever.  Can't do it without full flow staged combustion.  Which has never been done before Raptor.

What we have going on here is on par with the end of the turboprop and the rise of the jet engine, but also at the same time the peak of chemical rocket propulsion.  There is just no getting significantly better, without eliminating chemical reaction mass (i.e. that giant container of O2) in favor of some other means of energetic acceleration to enjoy the benefits of Newtonian physics.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Hawkmoon on April 05, 2021, 12:24:01 AM
https://www.cnet.com/news/spacex-starship-sn11-test-flight-flies-high-tuesday-then-explodes/

Quote
A later statement from SpaceX confirmed that after the landing burn started, "SN11 experienced a rapid unscheduled disassembly," adding that "teams will continue to review data from and work toward our next flight test."

Written by a true maestro of understatement and misinformation.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on April 05, 2021, 04:16:07 AM
https://www.cnet.com/news/spacex-starship-sn11-test-flight-flies-high-tuesday-then-explodes/

Written by a true maestro of understatement and misinformation.

I thought it stood supreme until I was informed of an actual intentional space maneuver entitled "lithostaging": the intentional removal of spacecraft sections via collision with a hard surface.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on April 05, 2021, 04:32:31 PM
SN11 RUD tied to engine #2 CH4 turbopump per Elon
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on April 07, 2021, 12:35:02 PM
Launching another 60 starlinks as I type this
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on April 07, 2021, 12:45:27 PM
Aced the launch, aced the landing. Fantastic video from the 1st stage as it was landing on the ship
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: TechMan on April 08, 2021, 09:28:15 AM
Aced the launch, aced the landing. Fantastic video from the 1st stage as it was landing on the ship

I saw that, it was awesome.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on April 08, 2021, 01:17:27 PM
SN15 rolling down the highway
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on April 08, 2021, 02:39:20 PM
Roll on down the highway.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gi0Opxwyino (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gi0Opxwyino)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on April 08, 2021, 05:14:03 PM
Roll on down the highway.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gi0Opxwyino (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gi0Opxwyino)

Godspeed brave starship!
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on April 08, 2021, 07:47:32 PM
Completely fogged in again. Someone better keep Elon away from the launch button.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on April 09, 2021, 03:02:26 PM
Quote
TankWatchers
@WatchersTank
Police cars revolving lightSUPER HEAVY LAUNCH & CATCH TOWER!

A new FAA filling confirms that SpaceX is planning to build a Launch/Catch tower for Super Heavy Booster, the tower will be located at SpaceX's Boca Chica Launch site.
https://twitter.com/WatchersTank/status/1380250360011440128/photo/1

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EyehbybXIAMOhVP?format=jpg&name=small)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on April 13, 2021, 01:45:52 PM
This cool as ______

Hundreds of drones were launched in the night sky in the city of Veliky Novgorod in Russia to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's journey to space
https://twitter.com/SkyNews/status/1381698639588823040
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: fifth_column on April 13, 2021, 03:17:09 PM
Wow. Drone swarm software is really impressive.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: cordex on April 13, 2021, 04:19:09 PM
Wow. Drone swarm software is really impressive.
Yeah, it really is.  I bet we'll start seeing those in place of and alongside fireworks shows more and more.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Perd Hapley on April 13, 2021, 09:38:26 PM
Yeah but that is a bad place to "shoot" from because of angles and atmospheric attenuation. 


Is "shoot" the wrong word for lasers? It works for arrows and bullets...
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on April 14, 2021, 05:03:22 AM

Is "shoot" the wrong word for lasers? It works for arrows and bullets...

You are throwing a lot of photons, so why not?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on April 15, 2021, 10:48:26 AM
Quote
Elon Musk
@elonmusk
·
8h
Aiming to launch next week
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on April 16, 2021, 04:54:15 PM
Quote
SpaceX
@SpaceX
·
5m
NASA has selected Starship to land the first astronauts on the lunar surface since the Apollo program! We are humbled to help
@NASAArtemis
 usher in a new era of human space exploration → http://go.nasa.gov/3tur510
https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1383160370248896512?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Eembeddedtimeline%7Ctwterm%5Eprofile%3ASpaceX%7Ctwgr%5EeyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfX0%3D%7Ctwcon%5Etimelinechrome&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.starshipstalker.com%2F

Quote
Michael Baylor
@nextspaceflight
·
56m
Official: SpaceX's Starship is the only vehicle selected to move forward as the Human Landing System for NASA's Artemis program, beating out Blue Origin and Dynetics.

Starship will attempt to land the first humans on the Moon since 1972.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on April 16, 2021, 04:55:05 PM
 :rofl:

https://twitter.com/davfilmsx3/status/1383160468181721092/photo/1
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on April 19, 2021, 11:10:30 AM
It flies!

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Succeeds in Historic First Flight
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/nasas-ingenuity-mars-helicopter-succeeds-in-historic-first-flight
 
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MechAg94 on April 19, 2021, 11:43:08 AM
It flies!

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Succeeds in Historic First Flight
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/nasas-ingenuity-mars-helicopter-succeeds-in-historic-first-flight
That is really cool.
Quote
The small rotorcraft made history, hovering above Jezero Crater, demonstrating that powered, controlled flight on another planet is possible.
Was there some thought the laws of physics were different on another planet?  Poor word choice.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AJ Dual on April 19, 2021, 12:01:00 PM
That is really cool.Was there some thought the laws of physics were different on another planet?  Poor word choice.

Yeah. Of course it's "possible".

More like the "Challenge of controlled flight with an autonomous vehicle with umpteen minutes of light-lag, in an incredibly thin atmosphere."

Flying on Mars will probably always be second fiddle to rovers, aside from small side missions to look at inaccessible places like cliff sides or something. Due to the thin atmosphere and high RPM's needed it'll drain even the best battery tech fast, and create short flight with a long recharge time.

I suspect that NAA is really thinking about this with an eye towards Saturn's moon Titan, where the gravity is lower, but the atmosphere is thicker than Earth's. And the atmosphere is actually useable as fuel. You just need to carry oxygen, which could be gotten pretty easily from the water ice "rocks" laying around. Or possibly the low gravity and high lift from the environment makes nuclear powered flight possible. RTG's should work really well on Titan, because the "cold side" would be really cold and have the benefit of radiative, and conduction/convection cooling to create a nice thermoelectric gradient due to the atmosphere. Or maybe run a Sterling generator. (Need Birdman!)

IIRC, if your space-suit was light enough, and with some extra fabric and struts, I think it's even possible for a human to fly on Titan by flapping their arms due to the low gravity and thick atmosphere.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AZRedhawk44 on April 19, 2021, 01:20:00 PM
SpaceX won the bid for the NASA Human Landing System for the Artemis missions.  Right now they're the sole source provider for a landing craft to ferry humans from the "Lunar Gateway" space station to the moon's surface.

Blue Origin and Lockheed Martin are very frustrated by this, there are hints of legal challenges and back room lobbying to come.

But the selection of a Starship variant craft as the HLS winner is cataclysmic to OldSpace.  The shock waves will take several years to subside.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RoadKingLarry on April 19, 2021, 03:46:52 PM
Nice to dream about but it's pie in the sky, not like any of it will ever happen.
The funding will be stripped for "more important" things like welfare and slavery *reparations.

*damn you autocorrect.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: cordex on April 19, 2021, 03:53:51 PM
slavery preparations.
It may be a typo but it is not wrong.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on April 19, 2021, 06:00:19 PM
It may be a typo but it is not wrong.

Yeah.  :'(
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Cliffh on April 19, 2021, 09:47:41 PM
Nice to dream about but it's pie in the sky, not like any of it will ever happen.
The funding will be stripped for "more important" things like welfare and slavery *reparations.

*damn you autocorrect.

It may be a typo but it is not wrong.

And that's how autocorrect takes an uplifting thread and plunges it into the depths of despair.

*************************************

Piece of Wright brothers' 1st plane now on Mars

https://www.livescience.com/wright-brothers-airplane-nasa-mars.html

I heard about that on the radio this afternoon.  Thought it was pretty cool, and am glad someone thought to put it there.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AJ Dual on April 20, 2021, 10:18:32 AM
Nice to dream about but it's pie in the sky, not like any of it will ever happen.
The funding will be stripped for "more important" things like welfare and slavery *reparations.

*damn you autocorrect.

That's why we have so much hope for SpaceX. With projects like Starlink, they're creating their own demand for services, even if NASA gets re-tasked with teaching gender studies to whales or something.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RoadKingLarry on April 20, 2021, 12:47:41 PM
Do you actually think the government will allow the US private sector to continue in space in competition with CCP? They will be regulated and taxed out of the game.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: dogmush on April 20, 2021, 01:48:56 PM
Do you actually think the government will allow the US private sector to continue in space in competition with CCP? They will be regulated and taxed out of the game.

Look how close Boca Chica is to the border, and How much of SpaceX's launch and recovery gear is seaborne and connect the dots.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: fifth_column on April 20, 2021, 01:53:09 PM
Do you actually think the government will allow the US private sector to continue in space in competition with CCP? They will be regulated and taxed out of the game.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51127706571_a379ab5911_w.jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on April 20, 2021, 03:40:41 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51127706571_a379ab5911_w.jpg)

NASA is junk!  It's a piece of junk!
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MechAg94 on April 20, 2021, 03:57:24 PM
Look how close Boca Chica is to the border, and How much of SpaceX's launch and recovery gear is seaborne and connect the dots.
Maybe he can make a deal and help start up the Mexican Aeronautica Espacia Administration'.

https://southpark.cc.com/video-clips/ufig22/south-park-mexican-space-program

Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AZRedhawk44 on April 20, 2021, 04:01:11 PM
Well, they are sending Tom Cruise to space.  (South Park episode 201 is a treasure that never gets aired anymore)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RoadKingLarry on April 20, 2021, 04:11:58 PM
NASA is junk!  It's a piece of junk!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bifOI4MbHVU
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on April 20, 2021, 06:39:18 PM
Watching all the new tanks and such going up at Boca Chica it would be a heck of a mess if a Starship came down in the middle of it all.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: TommyGunn on April 20, 2021, 06:57:47 PM
NASA is junk!  It's a piece of junk!
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MechAg94 on April 20, 2021, 09:05:46 PM
NASA Frantically Building Real Moon For Elon To Land On
https://babylonbee.com/news/nasa-frantically-building-real-moon-for-elon-to-land-on

Quote
The source indicated he hopes to have construction completed by 2024 when the first manned mission is planned. "That should be enough time to slap together a convincing-looking moon and install a decent space laser inside it," he said.

If not ready, the astronauts will have to use the same sound stage they used for the 1969 landing.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Boomhauer on April 20, 2021, 09:49:01 PM
Well, they are sending Tom Cruise to space.  (South Park episode 201 is a treasure that never gets aired anymore)

They even removed it from the Comedy Central website.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on April 26, 2021, 06:05:34 PM
SN15 static fire
Appeared to be good.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on April 29, 2021, 12:30:03 PM
(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/E0HPJyUX0AEUhBO.jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on April 29, 2021, 03:49:22 PM
(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/E0HPJyUX0AEUhBO.jpg)

Nice!
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Cliffh on April 29, 2021, 08:09:07 PM
Thanks.  That pic made a less than good day much better.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on April 29, 2021, 08:20:35 PM
 =D

The FAA approves launches of SpaceX’s Starship SN15, SN16, and SN17
https://spaceexplored.com/2021/04/29/the-faa-approves-launches-of-spacexs-starship-sn15-sn16-and-sn17/
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on April 29, 2021, 08:22:48 PM
And in case you missed it SpaceX nailed another starlink launch and booster landing last night
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on April 29, 2021, 08:54:41 PM
And in case you missed it SpaceX nailed another starlink launch and booster landing night

Making the impossible into routine.   :cool:
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on April 29, 2021, 11:52:07 PM
FTS in being installed at this very moment
Flight tomorrow?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on April 30, 2021, 09:07:10 AM
(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/EyrqdxDWQAACsr7(1).jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on April 30, 2021, 09:08:31 AM
For those interested here's how the last one went.

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/EyFNlSTXEAIRf1x(1).jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Fly320s on April 30, 2021, 09:19:34 AM
Is the bingo based on initial contact with the ground or the final resting place?   :rofl:
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Brad Johnson on April 30, 2021, 09:50:36 AM
Is the bingo based on initial contact with the ground or the final resting place?   :rofl:

Are there multipliers for accurately predicting two or more points of contact?

Brad
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on April 30, 2021, 10:52:22 AM
Watching the weather
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on April 30, 2021, 10:53:19 AM
Is the bingo based on initial contact with the ground or the final resting place?   :rofl:

No you can't pick the scrap pile to the upper right.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Jim147 on April 30, 2021, 10:58:32 AM
I'm going with the row of porta pottys.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on April 30, 2021, 11:28:36 AM
Extra bonus points if it comes down in Mexico
I guess the Gulf of Mexico is fair game too.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on April 30, 2021, 11:34:27 AM
If this was NASA this wouldn't be so funny. With every hard landing NASA would have to pause for a year or two while they conduct a $100 million study and then spend $3 billion changing the design of a valve. Elon turns his head and yells "NEXT! and change that %$#! valve by tomorrow morning" while we play landing pad bingo.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on April 30, 2021, 01:49:52 PM
Road closure has been canceled so a scrub is assumed. Think the weather is the issue
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 01, 2021, 11:40:25 AM
And waiting in the wings

https://twitter.com/considercosmos/status/1388311210907537412/photo/1
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 01, 2021, 09:25:48 PM
Oh crap, we're screwed. Maybe she'll treat it like her border job and never show up.

Vice President Kamala Harris given yet another job, this time chairing the National Space Council
https://twitchy.com/brettt-3136/2021/05/01/vice-president-kamala-harris-given-yet-another-job-this-time-chairing-the-national-space-council/.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Jim147 on May 01, 2021, 09:49:20 PM
Yeah we are screwed, musk needs to move offshore.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: JN01 on May 01, 2021, 11:22:11 PM
Oh crap, we're screwed. Maybe she'll treat it like her border job and never show up.

Vice President Kamala Harris given yet another job, this time chairing the National Space Council
https://twitchy.com/brettt-3136/2021/05/01/vice-president-kamala-harris-given-yet-another-job-this-time-chairing-the-national-space-council/.

Now she can officially manage the space between Biden's ears.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 02, 2021, 06:05:32 PM
Quote
Mary
@BocaChicaGal
·
1h
Just received an Alert notice for Monday, May 3 from noon - 8 p.m. Currently there is no road closure scheduled on the Cameron county website but that can change at any time. #WenHop 🔥🚀🔥
@NASASpaceflight
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 02, 2021, 11:07:02 PM
Quote
Michael Baylor
@nextspaceflight
·
2h
No hop on Monday! The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) for May 3 has been removed. TFRs are currently posted for Tuesday and Wednesday, meaning the soonest that Starship SN15 could fly is now May 4.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on May 02, 2021, 11:37:51 PM
At some point it makes sense to make that airspace its own actively controlled airspace like any other airport.  Temporary everything bureaucracy is pointless waste and drag.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 04, 2021, 12:02:09 PM
Scrub. Could be weather
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MechAg94 on May 04, 2021, 12:09:37 PM
Thanks.  I have the video up, but the sound turned down.  I didn't noticed the title change to note it was scrubbed.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 04, 2021, 01:22:01 PM
Still got a Starlink launch this afternoon.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 04, 2021, 05:04:10 PM
And another good launch and landing. 9th flight for the booster.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Jim147 on May 04, 2021, 06:38:29 PM
Did we skip over Spacex bring four astronauts home on a night landing a few days ago?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 04, 2021, 06:50:41 PM
Sort of, thought about posting something but got distracted and then forgot.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Jim147 on May 04, 2021, 07:32:04 PM
Forgot what?

You know the thing.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 04, 2021, 07:34:10 PM
They say memory is the second thing to go. Can't remember what the first is.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Jim147 on May 04, 2021, 09:50:19 PM
What?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 05, 2021, 11:55:36 AM
Get in the bunker!

Rocket debris from China's space station launch is falling back to Earth — but where?
The Long March 5B rocket's core stage could fall from space any day now.
https://www.space.com/china-space-station-rocket-launch-debris-falling
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RoadKingLarry on May 05, 2021, 12:07:57 PM
Quote
China's Long March 5B rocket is "unpredictably" falling back to Earth...

 [tinfoil]
That's what they want you to believe.
 [tinfoil]
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Hawkmoon on May 05, 2021, 12:40:53 PM
Quote
China's Long March 5B rocket is "unpredictably" falling back to Earth...

If it's unpredictable, how are they telling us about it before it happens?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 05, 2021, 12:46:26 PM
Prepping SN15 for launch
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 05, 2021, 04:18:51 PM
"Raptor service truck" back to the pad. Could be a scrub or just a check. Still over 4 hours left in the launch window.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 05, 2021, 05:42:00 PM
Tank farm activity. Looks like they're going for it
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 05, 2021, 06:18:57 PM
Final countdown
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on May 05, 2021, 06:19:04 PM
Soon!
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 05, 2021, 06:22:58 PM
(https://hosting.photobucket.com/albums/x383/WLJohnson1/.highres/mondaymorningsp1.gif)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on May 05, 2021, 06:27:05 PM
They lit that candle!
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 05, 2021, 06:27:24 PM
One way or another it's coming back down
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Jim147 on May 05, 2021, 06:28:23 PM
Come on outhouses
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 05, 2021, 06:29:02 PM
Video keeps cutting out
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 05, 2021, 06:29:45 PM
Those raptors do look different
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on May 05, 2021, 06:30:12 PM
On the flop!
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 05, 2021, 06:31:09 PM
Upright!
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 05, 2021, 06:31:46 PM
A small fire at the base
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on May 05, 2021, 06:31:54 PM
Looks like they stuck the landing!
Small fire under the base of the rocket.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Jim147 on May 05, 2021, 06:32:40 PM
Looks like they stuck it
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on May 05, 2021, 06:32:54 PM
Big fire.  Crap...  Hope there is no big kaboom.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 05, 2021, 06:32:58 PM
Fire looks worrisome
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on May 05, 2021, 06:35:27 PM
Looks like they ran out water.  Seems to be two fires.  Expecting a big kaboom any time.

ETA:  Water cannons back up.  Fire looks to be diminished.  Water cannons now turning off.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 05, 2021, 06:36:59 PM
Fire may be out
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Jim147 on May 05, 2021, 06:39:12 PM
Dang, I just grabbed the marshmallows.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on May 05, 2021, 06:40:40 PM
Someone update the Dragon picture with SN15.   =D
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 05, 2021, 06:41:31 PM
I'm still holding my breath expecting a KaBoom
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 05, 2021, 06:49:14 PM
Looks like it almost missed the pad. Pretty darn close to the water cannon too.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E0qJyhXWEAMze73?format=jpg&name=large)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 05, 2021, 06:59:48 PM
Still standing
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 05, 2021, 07:06:43 PM
Quote
Elon Musk
@elonmusk
·
29m
Starship landing nominal!
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 05, 2021, 08:23:55 PM
I think she landed in square C7
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 05, 2021, 08:32:31 PM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E0qbo5iXoAEysP3?format=jpg&name=large)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 05, 2021, 08:34:30 PM
 :rofl:
https://twitter.com/WolvesSuperfan/status/1390097530000605188/photo/1
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 05, 2021, 08:48:06 PM
Looks like they're sending out crew and equipment to secure SN15
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 05, 2021, 09:35:05 PM
In the dark with the lights shinning on it it looks like something from a 50s sci-fi movie.

Crew now on the pad inspecting SN15
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 05, 2021, 10:55:46 PM
 [tinfoil] :facepalm:

Quote
Meh
@Meh01818310
·
59m
Replying to
@Erdayastronaut
 and
@marylizbender
Honest question.  Do we have any proof they actually executed the belly flop properly?   They launched on a cloudy day and the video conveniently cut out during the maneuver
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 05, 2021, 10:57:21 PM
Shot of SN15 coming out of the clouds doing the flip
https://twitter.com/Erdayastronaut/status/1390125636417642496
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 06, 2021, 09:39:44 AM
It's still standing
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AJ Dual on May 06, 2021, 11:02:29 AM
That's some Star Wars grade *expletive deleted*it right there.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 06, 2021, 11:07:40 AM
"Tankzilla" rolling out to the pad
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 06, 2021, 11:12:17 AM
 :rofl:

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/E0qb_tXWEAYGihc.jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 06, 2021, 11:19:39 AM
Looks like they've got SN15 secured.
I was thinking they would have something to latch on to the landing legs and it appears that's just what they may have done while awaiting the arrival of "Tankzilla"

LIVE: Starship SN15 Recovery Operations [No Commentary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2sgT7O6_LE
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 06, 2021, 12:32:57 PM
Waiting on someone to give Harris credit since she's now chairing the National Space Council.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AZRedhawk44 on May 06, 2021, 01:02:56 PM
Looks like some of the heat tiles on the bottom test patch fell off at some point.  Excellent feedback for higher altitude tests though.

I'm kind of hoping they try something a bit more "vigorous" with SN15 after they get a chance to examine it thoroughly; Instead of a slow climb to 10k meters, a rapid climb to 100k or as high as they can reasonably get it with only 3 raptors and the max partial fuel complement those 3 engines can lift.  Obviously they're not going to be able to SSTO it so I'm still just talking up and down with no horizontal component.  But maybe get some data on a little bit of reentry energy, compare temps on bare skin vs shielded sections.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 06, 2021, 01:49:15 PM
Looks like they may be getting ready to move SN16 out.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 06, 2021, 04:09:12 PM
https://twitter.com/thejackbeyer/status/1390388069329776650/photo/1
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 06, 2021, 05:29:45 PM
How dare a host not be "woke"!

Elon Musk’s upcoming ‘SNL’ hosting gig causes outrage among stars
https://nypost.com/2021/04/26/elon-musk-hosting-snl-sparks-outrage-from-shows-stars/

Elon Musk's SNL gig 'has upset cast members'
https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/elon-musks-snl-gig-has-upset-cast-members/ar-BB1g5Vqu
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 06, 2021, 08:33:44 PM
Noticed only two of the raptors lit during the flip. Did Elon revert back to only lighting two or was there a failure in one of the raptors?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Jim147 on May 06, 2021, 09:18:36 PM
Noticed only two of the raptors lit during the flip. Did Elon revert back to only lighting two or was there a failure in one of the raptors?

I don't know, did you ask him?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 06, 2021, 10:49:14 PM
Dear Elon
Why did you only light two raptors during SN16's flip?
And do you have that $500 million you owe me?

Thanks
WLJ
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: TechMan on May 07, 2021, 09:44:25 AM
Dear Elon
Why did you only light two raptors during SN16's flip?
And do you have that $500 million you owe me?

Thanks
WLJ

I was listening to NASA Spaceflight and they said that it was part of the flight profile.  They cannot throttle down the raptors that low so they just turn one off and the other 2 compensate.

https://youtu.be/NPNvB5ComFw?t=33880s (https://youtu.be/NPNvB5ComFw?t=33880s)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 07, 2021, 10:02:12 AM
I was listening to NASA Spaceflight and they said that it was part of the flight profile.  They cannot throttle down the raptors that low so they just turn one off and the other 2 compensate.

https://youtu.be/NPNvB5ComFw?t=33880s (https://youtu.be/NPNvB5ComFw?t=33880s)

With SN8 & SN9 only two were lit during the initial landing burn. After SN9's raptor failure during the landing burn leaving only one they started lighting all three and then shut off the unneeded third if all three lit once it was known they had two good ones. With SN15 it appears they only lit two this time. Whether that was a revert back to the original way due to higher faith in SN15's revised raptors or it was because of a failure I haven't heard yet.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 07, 2021, 10:34:24 AM
Quote
Elon Musk
@elonmusk
·
7h
Might try to refly SN15 soon

Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on May 07, 2021, 12:15:29 PM

Quote
Elon Musk
@elonmusk
·
7h
Might try to refly SN15 soon


I was wondering if he would do that.  Getting more time on it seems logical since it had a nominal flight the first time.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 07, 2021, 04:58:09 PM
Me think AA has been drinking  :rofl:

SpaceX SN15 Analysis - Starship Aces Most Critical Test Yet! (Well, 99.9%) AND May Be Reflown!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4KfLhIBdn0
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 09, 2021, 02:50:21 PM
60 more Starlinks launched last night. 10th launch and landing for the booster.

https://youtu.be/v7bL5xV8-Ys?t=3166
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RoadKingLarry on May 09, 2021, 03:31:23 PM
So how many more before they can bring Skynet online?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: BobR on May 09, 2021, 03:43:32 PM
So how many more before they can bring Skynet online?

Or, how many more before he puts enough of those up there to make astrophotography a challenge, trying to shoot between satellite passes?   :old:


bob
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Jim147 on May 09, 2021, 03:59:53 PM
Remeber genisys is skynet.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 10, 2021, 08:13:21 AM
Blue-check hopes Elon Musk dies in a Tesla fire after flashing that notorious ‘white power’ hand gesture during SNL appearance
https://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2021/05/09/blue-check-hopes-elon-musk-dies-in-a-tesla-fire-after-flashing-that-notorious-white-power-hand-gesture-during-snl-appearance/

Google Musk SNL to see a bunch of SJW articles where they're losing their minds.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on May 10, 2021, 12:06:55 PM
Blue-check hopes Elon Musk dies in a Tesla fire after flashing that notorious ‘white power’ hand gesture during SNL appearance
https://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2021/05/09/blue-check-hopes-elon-musk-dies-in-a-tesla-fire-after-flashing-that-notorious-white-power-hand-gesture-during-snl-appearance/

Google Musk SNL to see a bunch of SJW articles where they're losing their minds.

No, I don't think I will.  Screw their propaganda.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 11, 2021, 11:40:05 AM
Doing something with 15. Big crane (the one they call Kong I think) on site and currently holding on it.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 11, 2021, 03:38:07 PM
Truck hauling what looked like new landing legs (maybe) headed out to the pad
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Jim147 on May 11, 2021, 04:40:51 PM
Branging out a 3 pack of Estes rockets.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on May 12, 2021, 04:03:07 AM
Truck hauling what looked like new landing legs (maybe) headed out to the pad

The disposable interim legs are neat in their own right, the progressing size of holes creates a controlled propagation crumple zone.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 13, 2021, 07:33:25 PM
Some good views of SN15's flight
First time I've seen the landing legs deploy from inside the skirt and pretty good view of touchdown

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CZTLogln34
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MechAg94 on May 13, 2021, 10:54:08 PM
Cool video. 

This was recommended on it.  Video cuts of all the short hops of the SN craft.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5Vw2ZDe-G0
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 14, 2021, 10:22:30 AM
Putting 15 on the launch pad.
Doesn't mean they're going to launch it again but we shall see.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 14, 2021, 02:37:18 PM
China will be attempting a landing on Mars tonight

China prepares for country’s first Mars landing attempt with Tianwen-1
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2021/05/china-first-mars-landing-attempt-tianwen-1/
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: BobR on May 14, 2021, 02:58:23 PM
China will be attempting a landing on Mars tonight

China prepares for country’s first Mars landing attempt with Tianwen-1
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2021/05/china-first-mars-landing-attempt-tianwen-1/

I don't know why they say attempting, I am pretty sure they will hit the planet. The question is whether or not their rover will be operable after the landing. :)

bob
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 14, 2021, 03:05:31 PM
I don't know why they say attempting, I am pretty sure they will hit the planet. The question is whether or not their rover will be operable after the landing. :)

bob

There' always the possibility they could miss it entirely, it's happened.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on May 14, 2021, 08:09:57 PM
Can't say I'm cheering for the CCP.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Fly320s on May 14, 2021, 08:18:36 PM
All the CCP has to do is copy and paste the info they stole from everyone else.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 15, 2021, 10:14:21 AM
China landed, maybe. They're being secretive about it other than saying it landed. https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57122914

And Rocket Lab lost one last night. Looks like the 2nd stage went wonky. https://youtu.be/idBe7iP7dso?t=5712
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 15, 2021, 04:18:40 PM
Rocket Lab's 20th Launch Spins Out Of Control After Successful Booster Flight
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ir6l8dgbF9E
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on May 15, 2021, 08:24:47 PM
China landed, maybe. They're being secretive about it other than saying it landed. https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57122914

And Rocket Lab lost one last night. Looks like the 2nd stage went wonky. https://youtu.be/idBe7iP7dso?t=5712

Well, China is asshoe, so....

 =D
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: JN01 on May 15, 2021, 11:18:09 PM
China landed, maybe. They're being secretive about it other than saying it landed. https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57122914


Great. Now when the SpaceX crew lands, they're going to get COVID.  =)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 16, 2021, 10:01:06 AM
Great. Now when the SpaceX crew lands, they're going to get COVID.  =)

And find all the animals eaten  :P
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 16, 2021, 10:02:25 AM
Another 52 Starlinks launched yesterday.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 16, 2021, 12:51:20 PM
Still have yet to see one photo from the Chinese Mars lander. Well except for maybe one unlabeled photo which may or not be from the lander. Either something has gone wong or they're just being aholes.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MillCreek on May 16, 2021, 01:07:17 PM
^^^Things that make me go 'hmmm'.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RoadKingLarry on May 16, 2021, 03:31:05 PM
Still have yet to see one photo from the Chinese Mars lander. Well except for maybe one unlabeled photo which mayor not be from the lander. Either something has gone wong or they're just being aholes.

Those aren't mutually exclusive conditions but odds on the former are pretty high.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MechAg94 on May 16, 2021, 06:06:45 PM
https://babylonbee.com/news/china-lands-alluring-female-mars-rover-to-steal-secrets-from-nasa-rover
China Lands Alluring Female Mars Rover To Steal Secrets From NASA Rover

(https://media.babylonbee.com/articles/article-8640-2.jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Jim147 on May 16, 2021, 06:13:43 PM
Get one more up there and it is robot fighting time.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MechAg94 on May 16, 2021, 06:20:07 PM
Get one more up there and it is robot fighting time.
Robot Wars!  On MARS!!!!

The ratings would be through the roof.   =D
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 16, 2021, 07:02:59 PM
Robot Wars!  On MARS!!!!

The ratings would be through the roof.  astronomical =D
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MechAg94 on May 16, 2021, 10:03:50 PM
With the lower gravity, it occurs to me the flipper type robots could launch them a LONG way.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AZRedhawk44 on May 17, 2021, 01:26:38 PM
Blue Origin is insufferable.

Fans of BO on their sub are claiming they're contributing to a new record of the largest number of people in space simultaneously.

Was previously set by one the Shuttles docking with the ISS back in 1995, at the same time a Mir crew was present on that station and another ISS rotation on the way in another Soyuz.  13 people.  Been tied a couple times since then but not eclipsed.

The fans of that expensive pogo stick ride are claiming that the people in it are going to "space" and will contribute to a new record of 7 on the ISS, 3 on the Chinese station, and if at least 4 are in New Shepard, then that will make 14 people.  Nevermind the damn thing has no horizontal velocity to speak of, the life support on it is so primitive as to be effectively nonexistent, it has no RCS/OMS control capability, no heat shielding, and it cannot dock with anything.

Honestly I find the notion of calling anyone who rides a spacecraft an "astronaut" to be disingenuous.  Passengers on ocean craft are not called sailors.  And in particular, the "naut" portion of the word means you're in the act of traversing, traveling, or navigating.  A weak-ass ballistic craft that can't go anywhere, is not doing any of those things.  Even if you pay for an orbital pleasure cruise, such as the Inspiration 4 mission launching this summer on a SpaceX dragon, or the DearMoon mission supposed to launch around 2024 to send a private crew on a Starship on a slingshot around the Moon, if you're not responsible for and capable of controlling the craft and altering its flight profile or repairing its subsystems... you're not an astronaut.  My guess is that all 4 of the Inspiration 4 mission will have different levels of competence in those regards and might actually earn the title.

People on New Shepard though, will have the vast responsibility over their bowels, their cameras, and their seat belts.  And that's all.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 17, 2021, 01:35:34 PM
I like BO's engine designs but everything else about them stinks like last week's diapers. Things like demanding billions from the govt up front when Bezos could easily pay for it out of pocket.

And speak of the devil, this just popped up a few minutes ago.

Quote
With the limited funding, NASA said it could afford to pay for only a single company to build its lunar lander and last month it awarded Elon Musk’s SpaceX the contract. As a result, Bezos’s space venture, Blue Origin, lost out after bidding $6 billion, or twice what SpaceX had said it would charge. (Bezos owns The Washington Post.)

Along with Dynetics, the defense contractor that also lost out on the contract, Blue Origin protested NASA’s decision, saying the space agency “executed a flawed acquisition.” It also took to Capitol Hill, lobbying its allies in Congress to force NASA to come up with the additional money and make a second award.

On Wednesday, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D) of Washington state, where Blue Origin is headquartered, came through, introducing legislation that calls for NASA to do just that. The legislation, which passed as an amendment to another bill, would authorize but not appropriate an additional $10 billion to the Artemis program through fiscal 2026. It also calls for NASA to pick a second winner for the contract.

Blue Origin’s loss to SpaceX on the lunar lander contract may get Congress to do something it hadn’t done before: Give NASA extra money
Sen. Maria Cantwell’s legislation would give NASA an additional $10 billion to fund a second lunar lander after SpaceX won a single award
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/05/12/cantwell-blue-origin-jeff-bezos-nasa/
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AZRedhawk44 on May 17, 2021, 02:04:21 PM
Trouble with that is that authorization without appropriation basically dictates that NASA must split the award.  And in true "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need" fashion, would mean that 2/3 of the award originally destined for SpaceX would go instead to BO (since SpaceX's bid was ~$3 billion and BO's bid was $6 billion).

I'd just as soon see SpaceX drop out and rescind their bid at that point, and land people on the Moon before NASA and without their participation.  *expletive deleted*it on the entire Orion/SLS/Gateway/Lander architecture and publicly eviscerate it for the laughingstock it is.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 18, 2021, 12:15:49 PM
BO: Founded Sept 2000
SpaceX: Founded May 2002

We all know what SpaceX has done since it's founding but what has BO done in that time? A few vertical flights and that's it, not a single anything to orbit. Meanwhile Bozo, the richest man in the world BTW, demands more govt money
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on May 18, 2021, 09:31:57 PM
BO: Founded Sept 2000
SpaceX: Founded May 2002

We all know what SpaceX has done since it's founding but what has BO done in that time? A few vertical flights and that's it, not a single anything to orbit. Meanwhile Bozo, the richest man in the world BTW, demands more govt money

Now how much NASA money has each taken along with any other grants, subsidies or nondelivery?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 19, 2021, 04:59:55 PM
At last: First Photos from China’s Mars Rover #shorts
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ep7Hb0_GPbU
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Jim147 on May 19, 2021, 06:45:28 PM
At last: First Photos from China’s Mars Rover #shorts
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ep7Hb0_GPbU

I was hoping for decepticons.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 22, 2021, 10:22:49 AM
Quote
This is an experimental better-than-nothing livestream. Virgin Galactic is attempting its first spaceflight from Spaceport America in New Mexico. There may be gaps in the live video when Jack Beyer, our correspondent in the field, moves between locations.

LIVE: Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity attempts first spaceflight from Spaceport America
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbFPOnyCyZs
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on May 22, 2021, 10:40:19 AM
LIVE: Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity attempts first spaceflight from Spaceport America
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbFPOnyCyZs

Now that's a name I haven't heard from in a while.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 22, 2021, 10:42:42 AM
https://www.flightradar24.com/VGX03/27cb3f3c
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 22, 2021, 10:50:55 AM
Camera-man/person/they/them/it/mass of cells/thing is changing positions so don't be surprised they're just showing flightradr24 in the meantime.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 22, 2021, 11:29:47 AM
Looks like a good drop and engine burn.
FlightRadar24 shows it at 0ft LOL
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 22, 2021, 12:18:30 PM
(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/E2ASz_AVcAkbYIb.jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 22, 2021, 06:31:07 PM
Looks like BO (Bezos Odor) issues are going to cost ULA millions and are hosing the DOD as well.
BO's engines were looking good but now not so much

The Angry Astronaut delves into the reasons behind ULA's cancelation of a key military flight in favor of a more expensive Atlas V.
Who is the obvious culprit?  Just how bad is the situation with Vulcan Centaur, and what could this mean to NASA and the US Military?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gsjktI7wzQ
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 22, 2021, 06:49:21 PM
(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/E2A2ME4XMAIiElW.jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MillCreek on May 22, 2021, 07:00:19 PM
Isn't Blue Origin using refurbished Russian motors?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Jim147 on May 22, 2021, 10:18:53 PM
Isn't Blue Origin using refurbished Russian motors?

Not sure. They might be using Hawkmoons refurbished computers.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on May 23, 2021, 12:50:41 AM
Isn't Blue Origin using refurbished Russian motors?

You're thinking of the first engines ULA was offered from Energomash.  I think all the refurbs have been expended decades ago.  They've been using new manufactured RD-180's from NPO Energomash on the Atlas V. 

Blue Origin was supposed to deliver the BE-4 methalox engine for the new ULA Vulcan heavy lifter but they are screwing the pooch hard. 

I find it hilarious that due to a law kicking in next year there is an outside chance that ULA may need to buy SpaceX engines; Government paylods will be banned from flying on foreign made engines.  So no more RD-180 engined Atlas-V for those, meanwhile they still don't have their engine for the Vulcan ready because Bezos.

This opens the possibility of a Merlin engined Atlas-V/VI or a Raptor engined Vulcan.  Since Merlin is mature and SpaceX is looking to move beyond the Falcon rockets I could definitely see Musk making some cash on the back engine of that program selling refurbished single use Merlin's to ULA.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AZRedhawk44 on May 23, 2021, 12:38:34 PM
Technically, Raptor is required to be available for sale to launch service competitors of SpaceX due to some funding SpaceX accepted back in 2016/2017.

http://www.parabolicarc.com/2016/01/18/spacex-air-force-funding-infusion-raptor-engine/

What's interesting about that, is that Raptor is physically so much smaller (smaller radius) than BE-4 but puts out roughly the same thrust.  I can't find a published number for the nozzle diameter, but the couple of pathfinder and prototype images I've seen put it at about 2 meters.  Raptor is only 1.3 meters diameter.  This increases the thrust per square meter available on the bottom of the engine, meaning that instead of having only two BE-4 engines and a series of strap on SRB's, ULA could reconfigure and stretch the first stage tank a bit, and go to 4 or 5 Raptors.

Trouble here from a market perspective, is that the DOD doesn't want all its eggs in one basket.  If there's a Raptor problem down the road, it grounds ULA and SpaceX (once they finalize their shift to Starship).  ULA wanted BE-4 for market variety.

Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 23, 2021, 12:44:02 PM
Elon could shift gears for a little bit and get a larger faring for the Falcon Heavy up and running and that would allow the FH to take over until SS is available as a launch vehicle in the meantime.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on May 23, 2021, 01:03:56 PM
Elon could shift gears for a little bit and get a larger faring for the Falcon Heavy up and running and that would allow the FH to take over until SS is available as a launch vehicle in the meantime.

Already is, but slower and distributing its cost over several launches because DoD didn't pay them to develop it unlike Vulcan.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 23, 2021, 01:08:31 PM
Already is, but slower and distributing its cost over several launches because DoD didn't pay them to develop it unlike Vulcan.

My understanding is that the larger FH faring is not ready yet due to it being a low priority on Elon's to do list since he's so focused on SS. AA's video gets into that some.  FH unlike Vulcan is already flying with proven engines but needs a larger faring for many contracts which Elon has said is doable. Maybe with this BO/ULA mess the DOD will be calling Elon and saying "Pretty $$$$$ Please".
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 25, 2021, 11:36:47 PM
More faring issues. This time with the Ariane 5's effecting the launch of the James Webb Telescope.

Will the James Webb Space Telescope get delayed AGAIN?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNL_3Iirmtk
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 26, 2021, 12:24:16 AM
More BO news
The man who just bought a 1/2 billion dollar yacht needs what is basically a bailout  :facepalm:

Quote
NOW THAT Jeff Bezos’s space flight company Blue Origin has lost a multibillion contract to Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Congress is prepping the ground for Bezos to win a contract anyway, ordering NASA to make not one but two awards.

The order would come through the Endless Frontier Act, a bill to beef up resources for science and technology research that’s being debated on the Senate floor this week. An amendment was added to that legislation by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., to hand over $10 billion to NASA — money that most likely would go to Blue Origin, a company that’s headquartered in Cantwell’s home state.


SENATE PREPARING $10 BILLION BAILOUT FUND FOR JEFF BEZOS SPACE FIRM
https://theintercept.com/2021/05/25/jeff-bezos-blue-origin-senate-bailout/
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 26, 2021, 09:24:26 AM
Word is SN15 is heading back to the barn.

https://twitter.com/thejackbeyer/status/1397403053968400390?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Eembeddedtimeline%7Ctwterm%5Eprofile%3ABocaChicaGal%7Ctwgr%5EeyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3R3ZWV0X2VtYmVkX2NsaWNrYWJpbGl0eV8xMjEwMiI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJjb250cm9sIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19%7Ctwcon%5Etimelinechrome&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.starshipstalker.com%2F
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Ben on May 26, 2021, 09:35:39 AM
Still have yet to see one photo from the Chinese Mars lander. Well except for maybe one unlabeled photo which may or not be from the lander. Either something has gone wong or they're just being aholes.

https://youtu.be/uX2cS8wvQHI?t=91
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 26, 2021, 03:19:48 PM
Another 60 Starlinks launched and another good landing
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 26, 2021, 05:06:48 PM
SN15 rolling down the road to the barn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKfJPq4KbXc

Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 26, 2021, 05:30:14 PM
(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/E2Vk6oSWYAIY85r.jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 26, 2021, 05:31:27 PM
(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/E2SiAlfX0AAOqYo.jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 26, 2021, 05:36:07 PM
*expletive deleted*it

https://twitter.com/katlinegrey/status/1397446169098346496
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 26, 2021, 05:36:37 PM
What it says

Quote
JohnnyBgood
@Casual_Opinion
·
14h
Replying to
@katlinegrey
 and
@DJSnM
Can someone translate what the graffiti is saying?
Tip
LT H
@LTH38584255
·
13h
Прежде чем лезть к вездам, человеку нужно научиться жить на земле = Before going to the stars, man must learn to live on Earth
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 26, 2021, 06:24:43 PM
SN15 rolling down the road to the barn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKfJPq4KbXc

Okay, not the barn. Went pass the highbay.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AZRedhawk44 on May 26, 2021, 06:47:21 PM
*expletive deleted*it

https://twitter.com/katlinegrey/status/1397446169098346496

Evidently it translates to some of that commie bullshit about fixing problems on Earth first.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 26, 2021, 06:51:01 PM
Evidently it translates to some of that commie bullshit about fixing problems on Earth first.

Translation is in my following post
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 26, 2021, 08:37:09 PM
(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/E2Ojx-jXEAAZond.jpg)
https://twitter.com/Caspar_Stanley/status/1397140728153788416/photo/1
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 27, 2021, 08:07:17 AM
To go with the photo in reply #633

Why did SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Make a Visible Shockwave in the Sky? #shorts
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlkXVJQ0atE
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on May 27, 2021, 01:59:22 PM
(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/E2Ojx-jXEAAZond.jpg)
https://twitter.com/Caspar_Stanley/status/1397140728153788416/photo/1

Beautiful art.  Note the engines won't be that close to each other.  Have to leave room for gimballing.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AZRedhawk44 on May 27, 2021, 02:14:41 PM
The outer ring won't gimbal.

Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on May 27, 2021, 02:17:25 PM
(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/E2SiAlfX0AAOqYo.jpg)

 =D
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 27, 2021, 03:02:59 PM
Quote
Chris G - NSF
@ChrisG_NSF
Recent news of graffiti defacement of a remaining #Buran orbiter in #Baikonur has led to renewed criticisms of lax security at the Kazakh spaceport & calls to transfer ownership of the "Soviet Shuttles" to museums.

From Katya Pavlushchenko (
@katlinegrey
)
https://twitter.com/ChrisG_NSF/status/1397970730000826372
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on May 28, 2021, 01:52:29 AM
https://twitter.com/ChrisG_NSF/status/1397970730000826372

Didn't the one Russia have end up wearing a roof because they didn't maintain the building it was in? 
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 29, 2021, 02:37:17 PM
Some Starlink news
Actually wondered if something like this would come up due to Starlinks potential impact on ground based astronomy. It could start getting crowed up there with Starlink + ESA's Oneweb and now China's verision.

Quote
Satellite operator Viasat is asking the FCC to stop SpaceX from launching more Starlink satellites as it heads to court to compel a thorough environmental review of the rapidly growing megaconstellation.

On Friday, Viasat formally asked the Federal Communications Commission to stay an April 27 license modification that allows SpaceX to continue building out the broadband constellation, which already numbers more than 1,600 satellites.
Quote
Viasat’s bid to stop or at least slow Starlink’s expansion rests on convincing a federal appeals court that the FCC was legally obligated to assess the megaconstellation’s environmental impact before approving SpaceX’s request to more than double the number of satellites it intends to operate from 550 kilometers.

Viasat asks FCC to halt Starlink launches while it seeks court ruling
https://spacenews.com/viasat-asks-fcc-to-halt-starlink-launches-while-it-seeks-court-ruling/
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on May 29, 2021, 08:56:50 PM
Some Starlink news
Actually wondered if something like this would come up due to Starlinks potential impact on ground based astronomy. It could start getting crowed up there with Starlink + ESA's Oneweb and now China's verision.

Viasat asks FCC to halt Starlink launches while it seeks court ruling
https://spacenews.com/viasat-asks-fcc-to-halt-starlink-launches-while-it-seeks-court-ruling/

Endless environmental impact studies is how the aholes running the show kill technologies that would reduce our dependence on them.  Like with nuclear power or the logging industry.

I expect they really don't give two shits about the environment, they just was government protectionism against a market competitor.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 30, 2021, 10:16:59 AM
Endless environmental impact studies is how the aholes running the show kill technologies that would reduce our dependence on them.  Like with nuclear power or the logging industry.

I expect they really don't give two shits about the environment, they just was government protectionism against a market competitor.

Not the environment per say but how thousands of low earth orbit satellites will impact ground based astronomy.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on May 30, 2021, 10:17:28 AM
(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/E2l09ttUUAAvJR-.jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on June 03, 2021, 01:23:17 PM
Cargo Dragon launch
Apparently no static fire before launch this time which is highly unusual if not a first for SpaceX

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKVmkvhheA4
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on June 03, 2021, 06:44:03 PM
Cargo Dragon launch
Apparently no static fire before launch this time which is highly unusual if not a first for SpaceX

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKVmkvhheA4

Possible indication of how reliable the Merlin engine has become.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on June 04, 2021, 10:39:36 AM
Possible indication of how reliable the Merlin engine has become.

It was also the first launch of a new booster versus a used one in quite a while.  Twenty launches if I am not mistaken.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on June 04, 2021, 11:09:09 AM
It was also the first launch of a new booster versus a used one in quite a while.  Twenty launches if I am not mistaken.

But what about the engines on board?  Those get swapped around a lot.  They could have been reflown.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on June 06, 2021, 12:20:00 AM
LIVE: SpaceX Launches the SXM-8 Communications Spacecraft
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVEe6LYhWbY
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on June 07, 2021, 10:14:57 PM
Looks like 16 is going nowhere and may be scrapped while 17 is currently being scrapped since it looks like they're going straight to orbital with SN20

https://youtu.be/fBa3V3WkMs0
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on June 08, 2021, 12:27:05 AM
Neat stuff.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on June 13, 2021, 01:21:47 AM
Someone bid $28 million for a 10 minute BO flight. Some are saying it would be funny as heck if it was Musk or Branson.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on June 13, 2021, 01:26:51 AM
Someone bid $28 million for a 10 minute BO flight. Some are saying it would be funny as heck if it was Musk or Branson.

 :laugh:
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on June 13, 2021, 12:25:42 PM
To add to the above only 3 of those 10 minutes will actually be in micro gravity. So yeah
 
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on June 13, 2021, 12:34:21 PM
 :rofl:

https://twitter.com/SpaceXMR/status/1403489727701991430/photo/1
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on June 13, 2021, 12:40:06 PM
(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/E3sjICQXMAIjy8T.jpg)

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/E3skAxhXIAYpo3K.jpg)

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/E3skCUkWQAAYgsl.jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on June 13, 2021, 04:47:44 PM
(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/E3sjICQXMAIjy8T.jpg)

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/E3skAxhXIAYpo3K.jpg)

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/E3skCUkWQAAYgsl.jpg)

They've gone to plaid!
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Cliffh on June 14, 2021, 07:23:31 PM
A beautiful piece of fine machinery!
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on June 16, 2021, 01:24:42 PM
SN16 rolled out of the High Bay looks like it's headed to the area where 15 is currently sitting.

LIVE: Lift of Starship Orbital Launch Tower Section #5
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WL6Fl8cex3Q
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on June 16, 2021, 01:33:50 PM
Also on a live feed

Spacewalk to Install New International Space Station Solar Arrays
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCKsedpraVg
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on June 29, 2021, 02:57:07 PM
Launch currently on hold at 30 seconds due to weather

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WE-nD_gozw
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on June 29, 2021, 02:57:44 PM
Make that a range violation
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on June 29, 2021, 03:01:14 PM
Scrubbed due to range violation. Speculation they couldn't get the range clear before the weather closed in so they scrubbed
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on June 29, 2021, 03:08:31 PM
They're saying a plane cause the range violation. Probably Bezos trying to see what a real launch actually looks like
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Regolith on June 29, 2021, 09:06:35 PM
Damn, missed that they were trying again today. Any idea when the next attempt is?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on June 29, 2021, 09:38:03 PM
Quote
06/29/2021 15:40
Stephen Clark Stephen Clark
Elon Musk, SpaceX's founder and CEO, says an aircraft ventured into the keep out zone around the Falcon 9's flight path, triggering the last-minute hold.


Quote
06/29/2021 15:04
Stephen Clark Stephen Clark
SCRUB. SpaceX confirms the Falcon 9 launch won’t happen today after a last-minute hold at T-minus 11 seconds due to a “fouled range.” The next opportunity for launch is tomorrow at 2:56 p.m. EDT (1856 GMT).

https://spaceflightnow.com/2021/06/29/falcon-9-transporter-2-mission-status-center/
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on June 30, 2021, 08:45:09 AM
Seeing some posts saying it was a Navy P-8 that causes the scrub.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on June 30, 2021, 08:46:38 AM
Live feeds

Tubular Bells: Part One Livestream | Virgin Orbit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgL5pMDktxA

Watch Virgin Orbit launch a rocket from a 747!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05MfomjVKlo
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on June 30, 2021, 10:07:37 AM
Flightradar24 track https://www.flightradar24.com/OBT01/283cf815
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on June 30, 2021, 02:18:03 PM
If at first you don't succeed

LIVE: SpaceX launches Transporter 2 mission, performs landing at Cape Canaveral
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwJVJU2RAEY
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RoadKingLarry on June 30, 2021, 03:46:03 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiWg7L0NJYU
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on June 30, 2021, 03:51:54 PM
Absolutely gorgeous landing views
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MillCreek on June 30, 2021, 05:00:58 PM
That landing, tho.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on July 01, 2021, 12:06:07 PM
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SpaceX teams are performing the first rollout of a Super Heavy booster in Starbase, Texas. The prototype vehicle, Booster 3, will go to Test Stand A for testing. Booster 4 is currently slated to be the booster that launches the orbital launch attempt.

LIVE: First ever Super Heavy rollout as Booster 3 heads to launch site
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDnwL2EokhU
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on July 01, 2021, 02:02:11 PM
That landing, tho.

Check this out

Tracking footage of Falcon 9 landing on LZ-1
https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1410392725996904448
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MechAg94 on July 01, 2021, 02:24:52 PM
Check this out

Tracking footage of Falcon 9 landing on LZ-1
https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1410392725996904448
Nice.  Almost looks like a CGI shot from a scifi movie. 
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on July 01, 2021, 07:50:43 PM
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Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Cliffh on July 01, 2021, 09:57:53 PM
Check this out

Tracking footage of Falcon 9 landing on LZ-1
https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1410392725996904448

My first thought was "beautiful"!  On second thought "Damn beautiful"! 
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on July 02, 2021, 12:59:55 AM
(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/E5PUnfMWEAc4DW7.jpg)

"Please don't explode on me..." -Starhopper
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on July 11, 2021, 08:42:05 AM
Jeff who?

LIVE: Virgin Galactic launches Richard Branson to space on Unity 22
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KI2_cpR9Ek
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Ben on July 11, 2021, 09:20:25 AM
Interesting that both Branson and Bezos are going up this month, but Musk is staying on the ground. This is where we see if Musk is actually a Bond villain or not, consolidating his power.  =D
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Fly320s on July 11, 2021, 10:03:32 AM
I have a rule: Never be the launch customer.  That rule is very important in rocketry.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on July 11, 2021, 10:42:46 AM
In the air
One way or another Branson is coming back down.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on July 11, 2021, 10:49:52 AM
Another live feed where they're showing VG's feed at the moment
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3RXPF_B7As
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on July 11, 2021, 11:33:54 AM
Coming down
The look on one of the girls faces is like "is that it?"  :rofl:
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on July 11, 2021, 11:43:22 AM
Back on the ground in one piece.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AZRedhawk44 on July 11, 2021, 11:46:02 AM
Interesting that both Branson and Bezos are going up this month, but Musk is staying on the ground. This is where we see if Musk is actually a Bond villain or not, consolidating his power.  =D

He just turned 50 and he has stated in the past that he intends to die on Mars, just hopefully not on impact.

It would not surprise me if he has been grooming a replacement for a few years and he's on either the first or second manned crews to work on the Mars propellant plant.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Bogie on July 12, 2021, 12:34:16 AM
Is Musk making a profit with payloads? I know a guy here in STL (I think he would be a good fit here...) who is going "satellite payload" rocket stuff... He is "interesting."
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Hawkmoon on July 12, 2021, 08:44:16 AM
Coming down
The look on one of the girls faces is like "is that it?"  :rofl:

The taller, Anglo-looking woman had been up before.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on July 12, 2021, 08:46:14 AM
That was an attempt at a double entendre joke
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on July 12, 2021, 06:03:48 PM
LIVE: Super Heavy Booster 3 Cryogenic Proof Testing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0sKS0Ea8xs
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on July 12, 2021, 08:20:12 PM
LIVE: Super Heavy Booster 3 Cryogenic Proof Testing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0sKS0Ea8xs

I both do and don't want to see it go pop.   =D
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on July 18, 2021, 11:06:48 PM
Could be why there are rumors of SpaceX possibly moving super heavy operations to the Cape or using the Cape as a backup.

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Based on the environmental review, the FAA could order SpaceX to take down the tower. "It is possible that changes would have to be made at the launch site, including to the integration towers to mitigate significant impacts," the May 6 letter said, adding the FAA learned of the tower's construction "based on publicly available video footage."
U.S. warns SpaceX its new Texas launch site tower not yet approved
https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/faa-warns-spacex-it-has-not-approved-new-texas-launch-site-tower-2021-07-14/
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AZRedhawk44 on July 19, 2021, 06:17:54 PM
Could be why there are rumors of SpaceX possibly moving super heavy operations to the Cape or using the Cape as a backup.
U.S. warns SpaceX its new Texas launch site tower not yet approved
https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/faa-warns-spacex-it-has-not-approved-new-texas-launch-site-tower-2021-07-14/

Old news.  Mountain out of molehill.  It's already resolved.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on July 19, 2021, 08:36:00 PM
Old news.  Mountain out of molehill.  It's already resolved.

SN flight FAA issues were resolved but it appears the tower issue may, note may, still be on going. But some are now saying it's just a paperwork issue.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on July 19, 2021, 08:36:39 PM
While I wasn't looking they started doing BN3 static fires. Life get in the way of keeping on top of some of this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Cl5wrUffk0
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on July 20, 2021, 08:32:59 AM
Jeff Who's turn

LIVE: Blue Origin Launches Jeff Bezos to Space on First Crewed New Shepard Mission
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGl8MRJheiA
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on July 20, 2021, 08:35:31 AM
Jeff wearing an ugly as ____ cowboy hat.

They even have one of those Arby ring if you liked your meal bells on the launch pad  :rofl: :facepalm:
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on July 20, 2021, 08:43:40 AM
"You have to push the button to talk!"

"YOU HAVE TO PUSH THE BUTTON TO TALK!"

 :rofl:
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on July 20, 2021, 08:49:22 AM
OMG the suck up to Bezos from the BO people   [barf]
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Ben on July 20, 2021, 09:09:47 AM
A couple of things:

The guy who had "other obligations" is going to be hating life if his name ever gets out.  :laugh:

Both Bezos and Branson are essentially taking super expensive carnival rides. Don't get me wrong - I'd go in a heartbeat. The rides though, are only 50 miles up and 10 minutes long. I heard on the TV this morning that Musk plans to (unsure if it's the first ride or later this year) go into orbit. Now that's a ride to space!
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Ben on July 20, 2021, 01:22:40 PM
"That's a penis!"

 :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

I have to say, that was my thought the first time I saw the spacecraft. Is Bezos one of the rich people that spent a lot of time on Epstein Island?  =D

https://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2021/07/20/flesh-gordon-jeff-bezos-rocket-reminds-people-of-a-male-body-part/
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on July 20, 2021, 01:24:32 PM
"That's a penis!"

 :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

I have to say, that was my thought the first time I saw the spacecraft. Is Bezos one of the rich people that spent a lot of time on Epstein Island?  =D

https://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2021/07/20/flesh-gordon-jeff-bezos-rocket-reminds-people-of-a-male-body-part/

I came this close to typing "Light this penis" in one of the live chats but I figured I would get banned
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: BobR on July 20, 2021, 01:25:14 PM
A couple of things:

The guy who had "other obligations" is going to be hating life if his name ever gets out.  :laugh:

Both Bezos and Branson are essentially taking super expensive carnival rides. Don't get me wrong - I'd go in a heartbeat. The rides though, are only 50 miles up and 10 minutes long. I heard on the TV this morning that Musk plans to (unsure if it's the first ride or later this year) go into orbit. Now that's a ride to space!

I think that to be called a "space trip" they need at least one orbit. Branson got close to space but all he really did was ride a rocket plane really high.

Bezos crossed the imaginary line but still just barely got there.

Give me an orbit or stay at home. ;)

bob
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: dogmush on July 20, 2021, 02:56:58 PM
I have a feeling the first manned Starship will be a spectacle.


"Hold my Tesla and watch this!"


As an aside, I noticed on the live stream that Blue Origin was using Rivian electric trucks to go to the launch pad.  Not passive aggressive at all....
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on July 20, 2021, 05:28:55 PM
I have a feeling the first manned Starship will be a spectacle.


"Hold my Tesla and watch this!"


As an aside, I noticed on the live stream that Blue Origin was using Rivian electric trucks to go to the launch pad.  Not passive aggressive at all....

Heh, Musk, in his Tesla, bolted inside the starship, riding it to orbit and back again.



Just to put stuff into historical perspective...

VG is working on a multipassenger X-15 (and this actually has potential for niche high speed travel)

BO is working on a refurbishable multipassenger Mercury-Redstone (really expensive thrill ride)

SX is working on a reusable Saturn-V (and has already made a refurbishable Apollo and reusable Titan-IV)


My opinion of BO is they only exist to suck up government money.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Ben on July 20, 2021, 09:25:37 PM
Well, here we go. Now that private enterprise is heading for space, we need to tax space.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/commercial-spaceflight-the-next-frontier-for-taxes
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on July 20, 2021, 10:58:43 PM
How they saw the launch in Japan

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/amPKM1X_460swp.webp)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on July 20, 2021, 11:00:06 PM
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Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on July 20, 2021, 11:00:30 PM
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Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: French G. on July 20, 2021, 11:34:48 PM
I really hope Elon lights up a fat one when he reaches orbit. Just because.  [popcorn] Ultimate dad joke and a first for humanity.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on July 21, 2021, 04:53:30 AM
I really hope Elon lights up a fat one when he reaches orbit. Just because.  [popcorn] Ultimate dad joke and a first for humanity.

You could do zero G smoking but the ash and particulate is gonna be a pain to manage.  Probably just use a vaporiser.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Ben on July 21, 2021, 09:54:31 AM
Turning the thread slightly political, Bezos gave Van Jones $100 million after landing as a way for "paying back" for the launch. Right after he said "thanks to Amazon employees and customers for paying for my ride". Even libs seem to be going after him for giving money to Jones instead of Amazon employees (or the organizations lefties would prefer the money go to).
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on July 24, 2021, 12:20:34 AM
Turning the thread slightly political, Bezos gave Van Jones $100 million after landing as a way for "paying back" for the launch. Right after he said "thanks to Amazon employees and customers for paying for my ride". Even libs seem to be going after him for giving money to Jones instead of Amazon employees (or the organizations lefties would prefer the money go to).

Bezos is all about Bezos.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on July 24, 2021, 12:22:33 AM
Jeff Who?

Quote
SpaceX
@SpaceX
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NASA has selected Falcon Heavy to fly Europa Clipper! Launching in October 2024, this interplanetary mission will study whether Jupiter's icy moon Europa could have conditions suitable for life. http://go.nasa.gov/3iGmYKV
https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1418667693016711170

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Europa Clipper Mission
https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-awards-launch-services-contract-for-europa-clipper-mission
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on July 24, 2021, 12:28:18 AM
BTW: They got the Hubble working again after many said it was dead for good.

NASA Returns Hubble Space Telescope to Science Operations
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2021/operations-underway-to-restore-payload-computer-on-nasas-hubble-space-telescope

Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Ben on July 24, 2021, 08:26:52 AM
Looks like the FAA has redefined what an astronaut is, and Bezos didn't make the cut. I believe the new rules came out the day of his launch. I also recall the launch announcer kept calling everyone in the penis "astronauts".   =)

https://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/faa-jeff-bezos-not-astronaut-new-criteria
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on July 24, 2021, 09:55:08 AM
Looks like the FAA has redefined what an astronaut is, and Bezos didn't make the cut. I believe the new rules came out the day of his launch. I also recall the launch announcer kept calling everyone in the penis "astronauts".   =)

https://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/faa-jeff-bezos-not-astronaut-new-criteria

Yeah, bugged me a bit when the launch announcer kept calling each one as Astronaut-Name over and over again. Similar to Famous Daves restaurants where everyone is referred to as Famous-Name.

I can understand the FAA on this because calling them astronauts is akin to calling every passenger on an airliner a pilot and that's really all Bezos was, a passenger. But that's okay, Bezos has got plenty of money for greasing palms to get this changed.

How about we call him Junior Astronaut Bezos like they did in the old days when they allowed little kids to visit the cockpit of an airliner?  :rofl:
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Ben on July 24, 2021, 10:03:58 AM
I can understand the FAA on this because calling them astronauts is akin to calling every passenger on an airliner a pilot and that's really all Bezos was, a passenger. But that's okay, Bezos has got plenty of money for greasing palms to get this changed.

I agree. Just like in aircraft, you can have "pilot" and "aircrew" and they are all generally "aircrew", astronauts should either be piloting the craft, or doing some job related to operations to be referred to as "astronauts". Bezos, et. al., were essentially passengers on a (really cool) trip.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on July 24, 2021, 10:13:19 AM
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Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on July 24, 2021, 10:16:08 AM
And fittingly found on Amazon
Kid even looks like Bezos  :rofl:

Jr. Astronaut Suit with Cap
https://www.amazon.com/Aeromax-Astronaut-Embroidered-patches-WHITE/dp/B000FGM3S6/ref=sr_1_2?crid=1AZOTWMP9GWK9&dchild=1&keywords=junior+astronaut&qid=1627136065&sprefix=junior+as%2Caps%2C217&sr=8-2
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on July 24, 2021, 10:21:34 AM
Jeff Who?
https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1418667693016711170

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Europa Clipper Mission
https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-awards-launch-services-contract-for-europa-clipper-mission

     ALL THESE WORLDS
     ARE YOURS EXCEPT
            EUROPA
         ATTEMPT NO
      LANDING THERE
   USE THEM TOGETHER
   USE THEM IN PEACE
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MillCreek on July 24, 2021, 12:36:47 PM
And fittingly found on Amazon
Kid even looks like Bezos  :rofl:

Jr. Astronaut Suit with Cap
https://www.amazon.com/Aeromax-Astronaut-Embroidered-patches-WHITE/dp/B000FGM3S6/ref=sr_1_2?crid=1AZOTWMP9GWK9&dchild=1&keywords=junior+astronaut&qid=1627136065&sprefix=junior+as%2Caps%2C217&sr=8-2

No adult sizes? What a fricking rip off!
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on July 25, 2021, 09:49:35 PM
Quote
LabPadre
@LabPadre
You know you have a problem when you call in a duster for mosquitos. #SpaceX #Starbase #BocaChica #Texas #Starship
https://twitter.com/LabPadre/status/1419324078230487048
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on July 25, 2021, 09:52:28 PM
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Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on July 29, 2021, 12:24:09 PM
Jeff "Not the Astronaut" Bezos waving money at NASA

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The world’s richest man appealed to NASA Administrator Bill Nelson in an open letter Monday, offering to cover billions of dollars in the US space agency’s costs. In doing so, Bezos hopes Blue Origin can be reconsidered for a contract to build the vehicle that will land the next astronauts on the moon.

Jeff Bezos offers NASA $2 billion to get Blue Origin back in the moon race
https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/27/tech/jeff-bezos-nasa-intl-hnk/index.html

Blue Origin's $2 Billion offer to NASA is VERY bad for Artemis and competition! Here's why!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufXfshZTo-E
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 03, 2021, 08:34:44 AM
Work for the first orbital flight continues

29 Raptor Engines Installed on Super Heavy Booster 4 Overnight | SpaceX Boca Chica
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3v3wxg7DI5o
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 03, 2021, 08:37:58 AM
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Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 03, 2021, 08:39:35 AM
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Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 03, 2021, 08:40:11 AM
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Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 03, 2021, 09:39:43 AM
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A Boeing Starliner spacecraft is flying the Orbital Flight Test 2 (OFT-2) uncrewed demonstration mission to the Space Station. Liftoff on an Atlas V rocket from SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral SFS, Florida is scheduled for 1:20 pm Eastern (17:20 UTC).

LIVE: Atlas V Launches Starliner OFT-2 for Boeing and NASA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEQwjJW7iI4
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: TechMan on August 03, 2021, 12:47:24 PM
LIVE: Atlas V Launches Starliner OFT-2 for Boeing and NASA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEQwjJW7iI4

Private Video   :'(
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 03, 2021, 06:02:47 PM
Private Video   :'(

WTH, they've never done that before.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 03, 2021, 06:05:53 PM
Flight was scrubbed and I guess the live feed was too.

Boeing's Starliner launch delayed yet again
Engineers found an unexpected issue with Starliner's propulsion system.
https://www.space.com/boeing-starliner-oft2-nasa-launch-delayed
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 03, 2021, 06:09:41 PM
https://twitter.com/austinbarnard45/status/1422635216024264707
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AZRedhawk44 on August 03, 2021, 06:50:42 PM
Flight was scrubbed and I guess the live feed was too.

Boeing's Starliner launch delayed yet again
Engineers found an unexpected issue with Starliner's propulsion system.
https://www.space.com/boeing-starliner-oft2-nasa-launch-delayed

I feel bad for anyone from NASA that is selected to ride in Starliner.  That capsule is a real *expletive deleted*it show.

Kind of hoping that the Dreamchaser wins a cargo contract and continues evolution to function as it was intended:  A crewed space plane.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 04, 2021, 08:50:39 AM
Meanwhile SN20 is taking shape with 3 atmosphere and 3 vacuum raptors

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/E7663rjXoAUPP5V.jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Pb on August 04, 2021, 09:26:07 AM
It is wonderful to see private industry working on space flight!   =D
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: TechMan on August 04, 2021, 09:51:16 AM
Starbase Factory Tour with Elon Musk (Part 1/3) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t705r8ICkRw)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 04, 2021, 10:20:02 AM
LIVE: Super Heavy Booster 4 Lifted to Orbital Launch Table
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtTsj02BvlI
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 04, 2021, 04:34:12 PM
And here I thought this whole time SpaceX was their official name.  :facepalm:

Quote
Elon Musk
@elonmusk
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That is the goal. Our official name is actually Space Exploration Technologies. SpaceX is short form.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 04, 2021, 04:55:21 PM
They're lifting the booster right now. Amazing views of the engines

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyHVskV5SAI
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 04, 2021, 06:09:15 PM
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Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 04, 2021, 06:10:12 PM
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Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 04, 2021, 06:11:12 PM
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Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Jim147 on August 04, 2021, 06:15:17 PM
A few more boosters and proper timing, I think they could push earth into path of SMOD.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: dogmush on August 04, 2021, 07:15:37 PM
That's.....a lot of engines.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on August 04, 2021, 08:10:14 PM
Korolev's dream might finally reach space.   =)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MillCreek on August 04, 2021, 09:09:01 PM
I wonder what the lifting capacity of that crane is, and the weight of the rocket.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: dogmush on August 04, 2021, 09:26:39 PM
That is a  Liebherr LR 11350 (https://wiki.labpadre.com/w/Kong) with a 1500 ton capacity.

Super Heavy is estimated to be about 300 tons dry.
 (http://spacelaunchreport.com/bfr.html)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 05, 2021, 08:37:20 AM
And here's SN20

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/E8BhQgyWEAEbiKy.jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 05, 2021, 08:40:24 AM
And already rolling to the pad

LIVE: Starship Rollout as Ship 20 Heads to the Pad for Stacking on Booster 4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzvMbxaj15Y
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 05, 2021, 08:42:37 AM
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Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 05, 2021, 08:46:11 AM
Thought I was seeing things at first but it's being followed by a fuel tank.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 05, 2021, 08:58:04 AM
Good views of the tiles. Still big gaps thought. Amazing it's already rolling down the road considering they only just put the nosecone on yesterday.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 05, 2021, 09:08:08 AM
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Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 05, 2021, 10:12:33 AM
Meanwhile a Chinese "private"  space flight company, iSpace, had a failure

Chinese commercial rocket Hyperbola-1 fails in Return to Flight attempt
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2021/08/chinese-commercial-hyperbola-fails-return/
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 05, 2021, 02:47:27 PM
Looks like they getting ready to stack SN20 on top of BN4

Quote
Elon Musk
@elonmusk
Aiming to stack ship on booster today
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 05, 2021, 02:53:10 PM
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Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 05, 2021, 03:05:46 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhJRzQsLZGg
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 05, 2021, 04:13:37 PM
LIVE: Starship Prototype Ship 20 Stacking on Super Heavy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36uoAA13vvA
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 05, 2021, 05:19:28 PM
Quote
Elon Musk
@elonmusk
·
4m
Winds are too high today. Looks like wind speed will be low enough to stack early tomorrow morning.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 05, 2021, 08:08:03 PM
Quote
Elon Musk

@elonmusk
Replying to @techvamp
Once Mechazilla is operational, winds will rarely be an issue
 
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 06, 2021, 08:24:29 AM
Stacking

LIVE: Starship Prototype Ship 20 Stacked on Super Heavy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B2_dfvRZ4M

Holy ...............
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 06, 2021, 08:49:04 AM
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Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 06, 2021, 08:49:28 AM
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Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 06, 2021, 08:58:28 AM
Contact
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on August 06, 2021, 08:58:40 AM
That's one tall rocket.  I wonder when SpaceX will get their problems with the FAA squared away so they can launch that beast?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 06, 2021, 09:04:53 AM
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Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 06, 2021, 09:19:12 AM
Speculation this is just a test fit so SN20 may be coming back down.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 06, 2021, 10:02:35 AM
Unstacking
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 06, 2021, 11:56:35 AM
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Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 06, 2021, 11:57:35 AM
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Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 06, 2021, 11:58:07 AM
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Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 06, 2021, 01:26:44 PM
Third launch this week for China

China launches Zhongxing-2E on Long March 3B
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2021/08/zhongxing-2e-long-march-3b/
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 06, 2021, 01:31:37 PM
Want to go to space? Virgin Galactic has reopened ticket sales — for $450,000 each
https://www.wlky.com/article/virgin-galactic-reopens-ticket-sales-for-450-000-per-seat/37236302
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 06, 2021, 01:37:17 PM
Looks like SN20 is headed back to the barn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhJRzQsLZGg
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 06, 2021, 05:18:54 PM
Yep, Elon just wanted to see if everything fit together. SN20 is back in the barn getting the rest of the tiles put on. Reminded of a kid playing with lego blocks.  :rofl:
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on August 06, 2021, 09:31:28 PM
That's one tall rocket.  I wonder when SpaceX will get their problems with the FAA squared away so they can launch that beast?

Disregard bureaucrats, acquire orbit.  =D
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 08, 2021, 02:26:00 PM
Quote
Thomas Burghardt
@TGMetsFan98
·
19h
SpaceX will acquire communications smallsat operator Swarm Technologies (@SwarmInternet
), according to an FCC request to transfer all of Swarm's licenses to SpaceX.

Swarm is to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of SpaceX.

https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topi
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 10, 2021, 11:27:50 AM
BN4 off the launch pad and headed back to the barn.

Starbase LIVE: 24/7 Starship & Super Heavy Development From SpaceX's Boca Chica Facility
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhJRzQsLZGg
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 10, 2021, 05:59:27 PM
LIVE: Antares Launches Cygnus NG-16 Mission to Resupply Space Station
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rkq_NXEYMNk
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: TommyGunn on August 10, 2021, 07:16:22 PM
The next space xproject  [tinfoil] :
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on August 10, 2021, 10:42:52 PM
LIVE: Antares Launches Cygnus NG-16 Mission to Resupply Space Station
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rkq_NXEYMNk

I like that they rolled with the computer failure and didn't abort the whole show.  *looking at ULA*
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 11, 2021, 11:43:07 AM
New Glenn who?

Size comparison between Starship/Super Heavy (left), Saturn V (center) and New Glenn (right)
https://www.reddit.com/r/SpaceXMasterrace/comments/oylehk/size_comparison_between_starshipsuper_heavy_left/

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Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on August 11, 2021, 01:02:32 PM
How long has BO been working on the New Glen rocket?  Development was started in 2012.  First launch was slated for this year, but has been pushed back until first quarter of next year at the earliest.
I'm skeptical of that projected time, too.  I guess I'll believe it when I see it.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MillCreek on August 11, 2021, 01:05:09 PM
https://gizmodo.com/what-in-the-hell-is-going-on-with-boeing-s-starliner-1847457012

Boeing continues to have issues.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 11, 2021, 01:19:03 PM
How long has BO been working on the New Glen rocket?  Development was started in 2012.  First launch was slated for this year, but has been pushed back until first quarter of next year at the earliest.
I'm skeptical of that projected time, too.  I guess I'll believe it when I see it.

https://twitter.com/fael097/status/1423668825900392449?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Eembeddedtimeline%7Ctwterm%5Eprofile%3Afael097%7Ctwgr%5EeyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NwYWNlX2NhcmQiOnsiYnVja2V0Ijoib2ZmIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19%7Ctwcon%5Etimelinechrome&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.starshipstalker.com%2F

Quote
The Kármán Tribune
@KarmanTribune
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Aug 6
SpaceX Stacks History’s Biggest Rocket As Blue Origin Artist Stacks Photoshop Layers Of Newest Infographic — REPORT: https://futurism.com/blue-origin-salty-infographic-spacex
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Rafael Adamy
@fael097
·
Aug 6
Plot twist: Blue Origin is actually a graphic design company
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on August 11, 2021, 03:58:05 PM
How long has BO been working on the New Glen rocket?  Development was started in 2012.  First launch was slated for this year, but has been pushed back until first quarter of next year at the earliest.
I'm skeptical of that projected time, too.  I guess I'll believe it when I see it.

I haven't even seen a picture of the rocket body under construction.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 12, 2021, 07:37:26 AM
Quote
Elon Musk
@elonmusk
·
7h
Booster & Ship will return to orbital launch pad on Monday (winds allowing). Just finishing off some small plumbing & wiring, which is easier in high bay.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 13, 2021, 11:57:11 AM
LIVE: Starship Rollout as Ship 20 Heads back to the Test Site
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6Mw0cN2hkE
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 13, 2021, 08:25:27 PM
How long has BO been working on the New Glen rocket?  Development was started in 2012.  First launch was slated for this year, but has been pushed back until first quarter of next year at the earliest.
I'm skeptical of that projected time, too.  I guess I'll believe it when I see it.

Quote
My proceeds from PayPal were $180m. I put $100m in SpaceX, $70m in Tesla and $10m in Solar City.

I had to borrow money for rent. — Elon Musk
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 27, 2021, 07:28:19 PM
Sigh
As of now I really really hate BO

Quote
NASA "reluctantly agrees" to extend the stay on SpaceX's HLS contract by a week bc the 7GB+ of case-related docs in the Blue Origin suit keeps causing DOJ's Adobe software to crash and key NASA staff were busy at Space Symposium this week, causing delays to a filing deadline. lol
https://twitter.com/joroulette/status/1431299991142809602
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Regolith on August 27, 2021, 09:41:47 PM
Sigh
As of now I really really hate BO
https://twitter.com/joroulette/status/1431299991142809602

 ;/

I guess they're taking the "If you can't win on the facts, bury them with bullshit" approach...
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 28, 2021, 09:03:50 AM
SpaceX, NASA scrubs CRS-23 mission to ISS due to unacceptable weather
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2021/08/crs-23-launch/
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 28, 2021, 09:07:41 AM
Wish Jeff would put in as much effort into building rockets as he is putting in screwing with SpaceX

Amazon calls on FCC to reject SpaceX’s amended second-gen Starlink plan
https://spacenews.com/amazon-calls-on-fcc-to-reject-spacexs-revised-second-gen-starlink-plan/
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 28, 2021, 09:12:54 AM
Looks like COVID may have an impact on SpaceX's launch schedules but not for the reason you may think

Quote
A widespread shortage of liquid oxygen linked to the latest wave of the pandemic could affect SpaceX’s launch schedule, a company executive said Aug. 24.

Speaking on a panel at the 36th Space Symposium here, Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating officer of SpaceX, cited difficulties in securing supplies of liquid oxygen as one of its biggest supply chain concerns.

“We’re actually going to be impacted this year with the lack of liquid oxygen for launch,” she said. “We certainly are going to make sure the hospitals are going to have the oxygen that they need, but for anybody who has liquid oxygen to spare, send me an email.”

Liquid oxygen shortage squeezes SpaceX launch plans
https://spacenews.com/liquid-oxygen-shortage-squeezes-spacex-launch-plans/
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Ben on August 28, 2021, 10:11:28 AM
Not sure if Bezos' toy rocket belongs in the kids toys dept. Seems like it should be in the adult toys dept.  :rofl:

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Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 28, 2021, 10:21:30 AM
Should be a soft plush toy  :rofl:
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on August 28, 2021, 10:34:40 AM
Not sure if Bezos' toy rocket belongs in the kids toys dept. Seems like it should be in the adult toys dept.  :rofl:

(https://external-content.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=https%3A%2F%2Fnewsofamerica.org%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2021%2F08%2FJeff-Bezos-Dick-Rocket-goes-on-sale-for-69.jpg&f=1&nofb=1)

Incidentally, MSRP is $69.  Make of that what you wish.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 28, 2021, 10:51:02 AM
And for only $26 million you can ride it.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MillCreek on August 28, 2021, 11:47:12 AM
Not sure if Bezos' toy rocket belongs in the kids toys dept. Seems like it should be in the adult toys dept.  :rofl:

(https://external-content.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=https%3A%2F%2Fnewsofamerica.org%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2021%2F08%2FJeff-Bezos-Dick-Rocket-goes-on-sale-for-69.jpg&f=1&nofb=1)

I predict it will not be long before the adult toy version is being made.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Fly320s on August 28, 2021, 04:14:41 PM
I predict it will not be long before the adult toy version is has being been made.

FIFY.

Click it, if you dare!  https://www.avclub.com/now-the-space-race-billionaires-can-compare-their-roc-1847335625
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 28, 2021, 05:01:27 PM
LIVE: Astra Test Flight (Launch Vehicle 0006)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8Tdm797BzM
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 28, 2021, 06:41:10 PM
Whoops
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 28, 2021, 06:45:49 PM
Freaky looking take off. Rocket went sideways for a bit before slowly rising then broke up after ~2 1/2 minutes of flight.

Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Jim147 on August 28, 2021, 06:47:01 PM
What happened? YouTube doesn't work good on this. Well that would have saved me some typing.  :P
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 28, 2021, 06:47:38 PM
10 sec before launch https://youtu.be/O8Tdm797BzM?t=5607
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 28, 2021, 06:50:08 PM
They kept talking like it was a normal launch like Meh, it's suppose to do that
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 28, 2021, 06:54:38 PM
When I saw it rising from the smoke I was like "no *****ing way!" after doing that sideways dance from the pad.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Fly320s on August 28, 2021, 07:00:42 PM
When I saw it rising from the smoke I was like "no *****ing way!" after doing that sideways dance from the pad.

Someone didn't calculate the thrust correctly.  Or an engine didn't ignite.

In the end, thrust solves problems.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 28, 2021, 07:03:47 PM
Someone didn't calculate the thrust correctly.  Or an engine didn't ignite.

In the end, thrust solves problems.

Could have been an engine

But add this into the mix
Watch the area of the pad at the base of rocket right before the smoke cover it. Something from the pad (I think part of the hold down sys) or the rocket or both flies up and hits the rocket. Wonder if they had a release issue.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 28, 2021, 07:13:02 PM
Look at the ground

https://youtu.be/O8Tdm797BzM?t=5830
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on August 28, 2021, 10:43:20 PM
What a shame.  Very weird launch.  That sideways skip doomed the flight in my opinion.  Low thrust due to engine bell damage from a hold-down release issue perhaps? 
I read recently where one of the private rocket companies was near folding.  One more failed launch and they would be done.  I don't remember which company it was but this makes me wonder if Astra is the one.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on August 29, 2021, 02:43:16 AM
They lost an engine at T+1s apparently.  Absolutely amazing that the rest of the engines had enough gimble and thrust, and the guidance quick acting enough, that it caught itself, drifted until the TWR was regained, and cleared the launch site.

Most older rockets would have just kaboomed right there and taken out the launch stand.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 29, 2021, 08:58:50 AM
Was waiting for Scott Manley to chim in.
According to him they lost 1 of 5 engines and the item smacking the rocket was the race way cover. which may or may not be or part of the cause and/or related.

Why This Rocket Went Sideways Off The Launch Pad
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2jU5W4ehPE
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 29, 2021, 09:17:48 AM
Meanwhile at SpaceX late last night.
Nailed the launch, nailed the landing.

SpaceX Launches CRS-23 to the Space Station
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eac4loxYK40
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 29, 2021, 11:00:54 AM
This photo illustrates my biggest concern about launching super heavy at Boca Chica. If that thing goes boom there's going to be lot of broken glass and the very high probability of people being injured. Heaven forbid that thing veers off in that direction.

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/E963K-8VkAEL845.jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: dogmush on August 29, 2021, 04:10:34 PM
This photo illustrates my biggest concern about launching super heavy at Boca Chica. If that thing goes boom there's going to be lot of broken glass and the very high probability of people being injured. Heaven forbid that thing veers off in that direction.


meh.  SpaceX's launch site is [checks google maps] 4.99 miles from South Padre Island.  Several of the launch complex's at Canaveral are closer to Port Canaveral than that, and the town of Port Canaveral is pretty packed.  I think NASA has mostly moved to launch sites farther north these days but there are certainly launch pads built closer to people than 5 miles.

Vandenburg's launchpads are closer to Dependa housing then SpaceX is to SOuth Padre.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 30, 2021, 09:20:53 AM
Super is 2x more powerful than anything ever launch at the Cape and you also have to add the Starship sitting on top into the mix
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 30, 2021, 09:21:45 AM
LIVE: SpaceX Cargo Dragon CRS-23 arrives at the ISS (30 Aug 2021)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjIdYm67vd4
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on August 30, 2021, 10:47:44 AM
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Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on September 01, 2021, 11:45:08 AM

@SpaceX
·
10h
Landing in the dark through clouds
https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1432927540297887747?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Eembeddedtimeline%7Ctwterm%5Eprofile%3Aelonmusk%7Ctwgr%5EeyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NwYWNlX2NhcmQiOnsiYnVja2V0Ijoib2ZmIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19%7Ctwcon%5Etimelinechrome&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.starshipstalker.com%2F
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AZRedhawk44 on September 01, 2021, 01:40:29 PM
Super is 2x more powerful than anything ever launch at the Cape and you also have to add the Starship sitting on top into the mix

Except oxidizer and fuel are kept in separate tanks.  The realistic explosive yield of a full Starship/Booster stack is far lower than even one of the Shuttle/SLS boosters.

A failure of Starship will look more like SpaceX's AMOS-6 conflagration/explosion than Challenger's explosion.  A waterfall of fire, more than a high energy event.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on September 02, 2021, 08:02:48 PM
Watch Firefly launch their FIRST EVER orbital rocket, Alpha!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HfHAazNM3Q

Quote
We will go live at T-60 minutes, so you can use the YouTube notification to know they are 60 minutes from launch] Also stay tuned to our twitter feeds for additional updates - http://twitter.com/erdayastronaut

Firefly Aerospace is the next private rocket company that aims to achieve orbit with its brand new Alpha launch vehicle. Alpha will lift off from Vandenberg Space Force Base, USA, and targets a 300 km low Earth orbit (LEO) in which it will deploy multiple payloads. On board of the FLTA001 DREAM mission will be Firefly’s DREAM payloads, which consist of technical and non-technical payloads, ranging from CubeSats and DNA samples, to pictures of loved ones.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on September 02, 2021, 10:02:18 PM
Boom
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on September 02, 2021, 10:26:37 PM
What a shame.  At least they got it through Max-Q before it went boom.  Not bad for the first attempt to fly the vehicle.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on September 03, 2021, 01:14:29 AM
Amazing first try!  So many don't event get off the pad before boom.  Looks like this one had a failure causing a major maneuver deviation and the flight termination system (self destruct) was activated.

Range Safety function check: works!
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Fly320s on September 03, 2021, 05:57:58 AM
First launch attempt and they had payload onboard?

I hope the customers got a huge discount and insurance policy.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on September 03, 2021, 07:50:01 AM
Much better video. Couldn't tell much from the live feed last night.
Rocket started tumbling end over end.

Firefly Alpha Rocket Explodes In Flight
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NisZvIs4SKk
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on September 03, 2021, 07:52:11 AM
First launch attempt and they had payload onboard?

I hope the customers got a huge discount and insurance policy.

Go down to payloads

Firefly Aerospace’s maiden flight of Alpha launch vehicle ends in failure
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2021/09/firefly-maiden-flight-alpha/
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Fly320s on September 03, 2021, 08:19:03 AM
Ah, they weren't payloads, they were freeloads.   =D

Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: fifth_column on September 03, 2021, 11:41:45 AM
Anomaly = boom.

I like that.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on September 03, 2021, 03:18:50 PM
Herrrrrre's Scott Manley
Appears to be engine failure

Reaver Causes Destruction of FireFly
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erXrnvyuhJs
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: fifth_column on September 03, 2021, 06:56:32 PM
They'll do that.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on September 08, 2021, 11:00:38 AM
LIVE: Super Heavy Booster 4 Lifted to Orbital Launch Mount
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IS9MTbrelHM
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on September 15, 2021, 05:31:07 PM
LIVE: SpaceX Inspiration4 Launch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuNLtRR1heU

Quote
Falcon 9 is launching Inspiration4, the first all-private crewed mission to orbit. The five-hour launch window opens at 8:02 p.m. Eastern (00:02 UTC) from LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The mission is a fundraiser for St. Judes Children's Research Hospital. In the spirit of the mission, NASASpaceflight is running a YouTube fundraiser during our launch livestream.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on September 15, 2021, 07:58:34 PM
T- 5 minutes
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on September 15, 2021, 09:28:39 PM
(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/x383/WLJohnson1/E_XmswKWEAYKzTh.jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on September 15, 2021, 09:30:11 PM
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Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on September 18, 2021, 06:34:38 PM
LIVE: Dragon Splashdown of Inspiration 4 SpaceX Mission with 4 Private Astronauts
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye3fs5SNRWU
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on September 18, 2021, 07:11:00 PM
Inspiration 4 crew is down safe.  Recovery crews approaching.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on September 18, 2021, 09:58:22 PM
Three days sure goes by fast.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Bogie on September 18, 2021, 10:14:13 PM
So... who among the usual suspects are public in wishing that they had crashed and burned?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: T.O.M. on September 19, 2021, 06:32:15 PM
Gotta admit, I'm jealous.  I'd love to see the Earth from orbit.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on September 27, 2021, 12:59:07 PM
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United Launch Alliance is set to launch NASA’s most powerful Earth-imaging satellite, Landsat 9, on an Atlas V rocket. Liftoff is currently scheduled for 11:12 AM PDT (18:12 UTC) on Monday, September 27, from Space Launch Complex-3 East (SLC-3E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

LIVE: ULA Launches Landsat 9 on Atlas V
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXcwFTJxctA
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MechAg94 on September 27, 2021, 08:12:50 PM
LIVE: ULA Launches Landsat 9 on Atlas V
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXcwFTJxctA
I don't remember seeing a launch in weather like that. 
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on September 27, 2021, 10:20:44 PM
LIVE: Starship Cryogenic Proof Test of Ship 20
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAjps1Hdko8
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on September 27, 2021, 10:27:29 PM
Never mind, looks like they cut it short for some reason.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on September 28, 2021, 01:19:30 PM
I don't remember seeing a launch in weather like that.

Last time I remember one it was followed shortly by a stainless steel rain storm  :facepalm:
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on September 29, 2021, 09:21:54 PM
LIVE: Starship Cryogenic Proof Test of Ship 20
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ioe8gJaPz8
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on September 30, 2021, 09:06:32 AM
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Elon Musk
@elonmusk
Replying to
@LabPadre
Proof was good!
1:40 AM · Sep 30, 2021·Twitter for iPhone
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on September 30, 2021, 09:34:25 AM
That's good news.  One more step complete.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on September 30, 2021, 08:21:01 PM
Anyone understand Japanese?

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Launch time: 8:51:21 pm EDT on 30th (00:51:21 GMT on 1st)
Launch site: Uchinoura Space Center, Japan
Destination: Low Earth Orbit
A Japanese Epsilon rocket will launch the Rapid Innovative Payload Demonstration Satellite 2, or RAISE 2, technology demonstration satellite for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Eight smaller rideshare payloads will also be on this launch.
English translation is not available for this broadcast.

LIVE: Japanese Epsilon rocket launches RAISE 2 mission
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cppUTBTj9kw
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on September 30, 2021, 08:55:17 PM
Hold for some reason
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on September 30, 2021, 08:57:45 PM
Scrub
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on October 01, 2021, 05:09:31 PM
Lots of info in this video

Major Starbase Update: FAA's Environmental Assessment Explained | SpaceX Boca Chica
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTiesMAdlU0
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on October 12, 2021, 11:51:22 AM
Astra determines it was a propellant leak which caused an engine failure at liftoff.

Astra completes investigation and schedules next orbital launch attempt
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2021/10/astra-lv0006-investigation/
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on October 12, 2021, 11:52:57 AM
Ship 20 prepares for Static Fire – New Raptor 2 factory rises
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2021/10/ship-20-static-fire-new-raptor-2-factory/
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on October 15, 2021, 09:01:59 PM
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5:00 am EDT (09:00 GMT) Live coverage begins.
5:34-6:49 am EDT (09:34-10:49 GMT) Launch window.
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
Destination: Asteroid Belt
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch NASA’s Lucy spacecraft. Built by Lockheed Martin and led by the Southwest Research Institute, Lucy will fly by seven Trojan asteroids, a unique family of asteroids that orbit the sun in front of and behind Jupiter. The rocket will fly in the 401 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters, and a single-engine Centaur upper stage.

LIVE: Lucy Trojan asteroid mission launches on Atlas V rocket!+
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3lO6WPSFnY
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on October 18, 2021, 09:41:20 AM
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Mary
@BocaChicaGal
I have received an ‘Alert’ notice for possible S20 static fire attempt today (10-18). There is a road and beach closure scheduled. The ‘Alert’ notice states Space Test Activities from 4:00 pm - 1:00 am. The county website states closure from 5 pm - midnight. 🤷‍♀️
@NASASpaceflight
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AZRedhawk44 on October 18, 2021, 01:58:38 PM
Astra determines it was a propellant leak which caused an engine failure at liftoff.

Astra completes investigation and schedules next orbital launch attempt
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2021/10/astra-lv0006-investigation/

Every time I see someone talking about Astra, I confuse it with ARCA, and I think the silly asses had finally actually tried to launch their steam rocket.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on October 21, 2021, 07:36:22 PM
LIVE: Starship Prototype Ship 20 Static Fire Testing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS0-QttXZ38
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on October 21, 2021, 08:17:15 PM
Static fire
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on October 21, 2021, 08:18:28 PM
Some tiles may have fallen off.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on October 22, 2021, 11:14:48 AM
Two static fires last night including the first static fire of an installed Vacuum Raptor.

Meanwhile more Starliner delays, maybe another years worth

NASA and Boeing testing valves to confirm root cause of Starliner issues
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2021/10/nasa-boeing-testing-valves-starliner/
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on October 22, 2021, 12:42:09 PM
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Elon Musk
@elonmusk
Replying to
@SpacePadreIsle
If all goes well, Starship will be ready for its first orbital launch attempt next month, pending regulatory approval
12:09 PM · Oct 22, 2021·Twitter for iPhone
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on October 22, 2021, 12:44:10 PM
Unlike Jeff Elon does have a sense of humor

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/r/SpaceX Masterrace
@SpaceXMR
Petition to name the two Starbase launch towers Barad-dûr and Orthanc #SpaceX https://reddit.com/r/SpaceXMasterrace/comments/qd2uyx/petition_to_name_the_two_starbase_launch_towers/?utm_source=ifttt

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Elon Musk
@elonmusk
Replying to
@SpaceXMR
Tries to launch some rockets – accidentally summons dark lord
11:38 AM · Oct 22, 2021·Twitter for iPhone
https://twitter.com/SpaceXMR/status/1451354708132642817

 :rofl:
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on October 22, 2021, 01:07:06 PM
And...wow

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Michael Sheetz
@thesheetztweetz
53–Christopher Phelan of Corpus Christi says "this is environmental racism; this is colonialism."

"This is a weapons system, you're testing a weapons system ... it's going to hurt people, it's going to murder people."

"The only reason they're here is money."
9:30 PM · Oct 20, 2021·TweetDeck

The above came from

Oct 20
The second FAA public hearing on the draft environmental assessment of SpaceX's Starship project in Boca Chica, Texas has begun:
https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1450997874108608514
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on October 24, 2021, 11:40:03 AM
 :rofl:

https://twitter.com/SpaceXMR/status/1451943570391371783
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on October 25, 2021, 09:51:24 PM
LIVE: Japanese H-2A launches QZS 1R into Quasi-Zenith Orbit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ0eTEkNBmk

Launch time: 10:19 pm EDT on 25th (02:19 GMT on 26th)
Launch window: 10:00-11:00 pm EDT on 25th (02:00-03:00 GMT on 26th)
Launch site: Tanegashima Space Center, Japan
Destination: Quazi-Zenith Geosynchronous Orbit (45° inclination)
A Japanese H-2A rocket will launch a replacement satellite for Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System, which provides regional navigation services over the Asia-Pacific Region. The QZS 1R satellite, built by Mitsubishi Electric Corp., will replace the aging QZS 1 satellite launched in 2010. The H-2A rocket will fly in the “202” configuration with two strap-on solid rocket boosters. Delayed from Oct. 25 by poor weather forecast.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on October 25, 2021, 10:11:15 PM
Different looking launch setup
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on October 25, 2021, 10:16:46 PM
Turn on Closed Captions and it's coming up with some off the wall translations  :rofl:
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 09, 2021, 09:17:40 AM
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Ship 20 has all six Raptors installed and is being prepared for further static fire testing. Meanwhile Mechazilla's chopsticks are coming to life, the Wide Bay rises from the ground, and we bid farewell to Frankencrane.

Ship 20 Readied for Static Fire Testing with Six Raptor Engines | Starship Update (Narrated)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TD5N-SqVaE0
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 09, 2021, 09:18:02 AM
Crew-2 returns to Earth after six-month stay on the ISS
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2021/11/crew-2-return-to-earth/
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 09, 2021, 09:28:49 AM
And BO loses in court

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The Court of Federal Claims has ruled against Blue Origin in its suit about the agency’s selection of SpaceX for a single Human Landing System award.

In a one-page filing Nov. 4, Judge Richard A. Hertling granted a motion by the federal government, the defendant in the case, to dismiss the case filed by Blue Origin in August

Federal court rules against Blue Origin in HLS lawsuit
https://spacenews.com/federal-court-rules-against-blue-origin-in-hls-lawsuit/
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 10, 2021, 11:20:33 AM
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Date: November 10, 9:03 p.m. Eastern
Mission: NASA's SpaceX Crew-3 Mission to the International Space Station
Description:

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission will launch four astronauts aboard a Crew Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center to the International Space Station. Assigned to the mission are NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn, and Kayla Barron, and European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer.
https://www.nasa.gov/launchschedule/
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 10, 2021, 11:23:16 AM
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Mary
@BocaChicaGal
I have received an ‘Alert’ notice and there is a road closure scheduled from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. November 10. Possible Ship 20 static fire tomorrow! 🤩😅🔥
@NASASpaceflight

3:58 PM · Nov 9, 2021·Twitter for iPhone
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 10, 2021, 05:31:20 PM
LIVE: SpaceX Launches Crew-3 to the Space Station
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvrJkyUIHDk

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SpaceX is set to launch the Crew-3 mission to the Space Station on Falcon 9 for NASA. The launch is targeting 9:03 PM EST (2:03 UTC) from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

Article: https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2021/...
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 10, 2021, 09:45:28 PM
Another good launch.
Looks like they had a fire on the drone ship after 1st stage landing from the video. Can find any info on what's going on yet.

Edit: just a play of the light
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 10, 2021, 09:47:56 PM
This should be fun to watch

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Rocket Lab is preparing for its Love At First Insight mission that will launch from Launch Complex-1A, Māhia Peninsula, New Zealand. On the Love At First Insight mission, Electron will carry two Earth-observation microsatellites for BlackSky’s constellation into a 430 km low Earth orbit (LEO) at 42° inclination. Moreover, this mission will mark the third planned ocean splashdown recovery attempt of the company and the first time when a helicopter will be involved in the recovery process by observing Electron’s descent.

goes live at 12:00am EST

Watch Rocket Lab attempt to recover an Electron Rocket!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Hli4dy4FBY
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 10, 2021, 10:03:30 PM
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Launch time: NET 12:32 am EST (05:32 GMT)
Launch site: Launch Complex 1A, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
Destination: Low Earth Orbit
A Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch two small satellites for BlackSky’s commercial fleet of Earth observation spacecraft. Rocket Lab has nicknamed this mission “Love At First Insight.” Delayed from late August, September, and October due to COVID-related restrictions.

LIVE: Electron launches "Love At First Insight"! (11 Nov 2021)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-Xys3qKVjg
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on November 10, 2021, 10:34:51 PM
Spinlaunch.  A very interesting concept for launching into orbit without using a first stage booster rocket.  They've been very low key, kind of hiding under the radar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAczd3mt3X0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAczd3mt3X0)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 10, 2021, 10:37:42 PM
I just finishing watching that. Currently digesting
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on November 11, 2021, 03:15:12 AM
Spinlaunch.  A very interesting concept for launching into orbit without using a first stage booster rocket.  They've been very low key, kind of hiding under the radar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAczd3mt3X0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAczd3mt3X0)

A 10,000g windup is a bit of a doozy but feasible for machines.  No squishy payloads there.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 11, 2021, 08:05:06 AM
LIVE: Electron launches "Love At First Insight"! (11 Nov 2021)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-Xys3qKVjg

Launch got pushed back to Nov 16.

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    Launch update: We are holding off on launch today out of an abundance of caution due to an out-of-family ground sensor reading and to allow more time to complete helicopter recovery preparations. The next available launch opportunity is no earlier than Nov 16 UTC.
    — Rocket Lab (@RocketLab) November 11, 2021
https://spaceflightnow.com/2021/11/10/rocket-lab-electron-22-mission-status-center/
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 11, 2021, 08:08:09 AM
Absolutely incredible footage from Chris of #Crew3 at second engine cut off (SECO)!!! Unbelievable
https://twitter.com/Erdayastronaut/status/1458658835263066115?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Eembeddedtimeline%7Ctwterm%5Eprofile%3AErdayastronaut%7Ctwgr%5EeyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NwYWNlX2NhcmQiOnsiYnVja2V0Ijoib2ZmIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19%7Ctwcon%5Etimelinechrome&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.starshipstalker.com%2F
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 11, 2021, 08:17:01 AM
Starliner, the gift that keeps on taking

Boeing reports $185 million charge to pay for Starliner delays
https://spaceflightnow.com/2021/10/28/boeing-reports-185-million-charge-to-pay-for-starliner-delays/
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 11, 2021, 05:19:45 PM
LIVE! SpaceX Crew-3 Approach ISS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LkHSUPwQfA
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 12, 2021, 10:39:17 AM
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Starship prototype Ship 20 is conducting engine testing of its Raptor engines. Exact test details are unconfirmed, but it will potentially include preburner and/or static fire testing. All six engines are currently installed on the vehicle, so there is the possibility of the first static fire test with all six Raptors.

LIVE: Ship 20 Engine Testing with Orbital Starship Prototype
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8ja43uGrdQ
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 12, 2021, 12:32:49 PM
Pre Burner test. Lots of flame, may have done all 6 engines.
Looks like they're going for more, either another pre burner test or a static fire.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 12, 2021, 01:19:01 PM
Static fire.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 12, 2021, 01:20:53 PM
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Elon Musk
@elonmusk
Replying to
@NASASpaceflight
Good static fire with all six engines!
1:17 PM · Nov 12, 2021·Twitter for iPhone
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 12, 2021, 01:22:23 PM
https://twitter.com/NASASpaceflight/status/1459223181684838403
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 13, 2021, 08:11:43 AM
This morning while I was still Zzzzzzzzzzzz

Falcon 9 Launch of 53 Starlink Satellites
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6fRtpxwO6U

Looks like another good launch and landing of the booster
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 13, 2021, 08:18:17 AM
Beautiful launch

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1459496546047717382?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Eembeddedtimeline%7Ctwterm%5Eprofile%3ASpacePadreIsle%7Ctwgr%5EeyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NwYWNlX2NhcmQiOnsiYnVja2V0Ijoib2ZmIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.starshipstalker.com%2F
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 13, 2021, 08:24:53 AM
9th flight for the booster.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: MillCreek on November 13, 2021, 10:32:20 AM
9th flight for the booster.

Does anyone know the design life of the boosters? Or is the plan to continue refurbishment for a new launch until it breaks?
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on November 13, 2021, 05:54:24 PM
Does anyone know the design life of the boosters? Or is the plan to continue refurbishment for a new launch until it breaks?

Quote from Wikipedia:
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SpaceX intentionally limited Block 3 and Block 4 boosters to flying only two missions each,[1][2] but the company indicated in 2018 that they expected the Block 5 versions to achieve 10 flights, each with only minor refurbishment.[3]

And:

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While Block 4 boosters were only flown twice and required several months of refurbishment, Block 5 versions are designed to sustain 10 flights with just some inspections.[3]

I do have a vague recollection that SpaceX is looking at flying the current Block 5 boosters beyond ten missions, but I don't recall the number they were shooting for before retirement of an individual booster.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 14, 2021, 05:09:49 PM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FEK306RWUA8vsVV?format=jpg&name=900x900)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on November 14, 2021, 05:46:53 PM
^^^
 :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 14, 2021, 06:47:12 PM
https://www.reddit.com/r/SpaceXMasterrace/comments/qts3e9/elon_isnt_in_the_mood_today/?utm_source=ifttt
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 14, 2021, 08:19:22 PM
Whoops, posted the wrong link above

The one I meant to post
 https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1460051518124699650?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Eembeddedtimeline%7Ctwterm%5Eprofile%3Aelonmusk%7Ctwgr%5EeyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NwYWNlX2NhcmQiOnsiYnVja2V0Ijoib2ZmIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19%7Ctwcon%5Etimelinechrome&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.starshipstalker.com%2F
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 15, 2021, 03:19:33 PM
Oh good blank grief

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A Russian satellite broke up in low Earth orbit in a deliberate test of a Russian antisatellite device that created thousands of pieces of debris.

The satellite, Cosmos-1408, appears to have broken up late Nov. 14 or early Nov. 15 Eastern time, based on commercial and government tracking data. The satellite, weighing about 2,000 kilograms, was launched in 1982 and, now defunct, was last tracked in an orbit about 485 kilometers high.

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Early Nov. 15, the seven people on the ISS were instructed to shelter in their Crew Dragon and Soyuz vehicles because of a “debris cloud.” That debris cloud has since made several other close approaches to the station, although no damage was reported. The station’s crew resumed some operations later in the day although parts of the station remain sealed off as a precaution against any impacts.

Russia destroys satellite in ASAT test
https://spacenews.com/russia-destroys-satellite-in-asat-test/

Satellite debris forces space station crew to take shelter; U.S. blames "reckless" Russian missile test
\https://www.cbsnews.com/news/satellite-debris-space-station-crew-take-shelter/
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RoadKingLarry on November 15, 2021, 03:23:35 PM
Musk needs to start a side business doing low Earth orbit clean up. Sell the collected debris back to the country of origin and use the profit to fund the operation. I'd bet there would also be a good collector market for a while as well.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 15, 2021, 03:34:07 PM
Musk needs to start a side business doing low Earth orbit clean up. Sell the collected debris back to the country of origin and use the profit to fund the operation. I'd bet there would also be a good collector market for a while as well.

Some companies are doing some testing on that very thing.

New Effort To Clean Up Space Junk Reaches Orbit
https://www.npr.org/2021/03/21/979815691/new-effort-to-clean-up-space-junk-prepares-to-launch
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 15, 2021, 09:29:53 PM
LIVE: Vega VV20 launches 3 CERES satellites
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWsRUVSjnnU

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Launch time: 4:27 am EST (09:27 GMT)
Launch site: ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana
Destination: Low Earth Orbit
An Arianespace Vega rocket, designated VV20, will launch three CERES signals intelligence satellites for the French military. The three small satellites were built by Airbus Defense and Space and Thales Alenia Space. Delayed from Nov 15.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 16, 2021, 12:33:47 PM
^^^^
Solid rocket. It was like "And I'm outta here!"
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 16, 2021, 12:35:13 PM
Thanks Russia

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In addition to the 1,500 trackable fragments generated by the test, the event also created hundreds of thousands of smaller pieces that are invisible to Earth-based observers, the U.S. Space Command (USSC), which is responsible for military operations in outer space, said in a statement.

"USSPACECOM's initial assessment is that the debris will remain in orbit for years and potentially for decades, posing a significant risk to the crew on the International Space Station and other human spaceflight activities, as well as multiple countries' satellites," USSPACECOM said in the statement.

In fact, about half of the fragments might fall to Earth "within the next couple of years" but the remainder might remain hurtling through space for "more than a decade," Hugh Lewis, head of the Astronautics Research Group at the University of Southampton, the U.K., and Europe's leading space debris expert told Space.com.

Space debris from Russian anti-satellite test will be a safety threat for years
By Tereza Pultarova about 1 hour ago
The cloud of debris will increase the number of avoidance maneuvers performed by satellite operators all over the world by more than 100% in the next few years.
https://www.space.com/russia-anti-satellite-test-space-debris-threat-for-years
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 16, 2021, 12:42:51 PM
There are those who have been saying an event like the above could start a chain reaction that could put LEO off limits for decades
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: Ben on November 16, 2021, 01:05:26 PM
I don't know that I can get pissed at Russia over that, since it's something I could easily see our military doing, at which point they would defend it as important and safe. The ruskies just did it first.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 17, 2021, 08:18:56 PM
LIVE: Electron launches "Love At First Insight"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-Xys3qKVjg

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Launch time: 8:20 pm EST (01:20 GMT)
Launch site: Launch Complex 1A, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
Destination: Low Earth Orbit
A Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch two small satellites for BlackSky’s commercial fleet of Earth observation spacecraft. Rocket Lab has nicknamed this mission “Love At First Insight.” Delayed from late August, September, and October due to COVID-related restrictions. Rocket Lab will be attempting a booster recovery. It will splash down in the ocean under a parachute. There will be a helicopter hovering nearby for the first time, monitoring the descent and splashdown. ​The "aerial catch" will happen on a future mission.
Scrubbed Nov 11 due to an "out-of-family ground sensor reading". Delayed from Nov 16, early Nov 17 due to weather.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 18, 2021, 01:46:50 PM
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@Teslarati
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US President Biden pats GM CEO’s back: “You electrified the entire auto industry. You led.”
https://teslarati.com/tesla-ignored-biden-gm-ceo-ev-leader-video/
 by @ResidentSponge
Elon Musk
@elonmusk
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@mayemusk
Sigh

The article he's reacting to

US President Biden pats GM CEO’s back: “You electrified the entire auto industry. You led.”
https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-ignored-biden-gm-ceo-ev-leader-video/
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 18, 2021, 02:34:16 PM
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Next Week NASA plans to launch its Double Asteroid Redirect Test Mission on a Falcon 9 rocket out of Vandenberg Space Force Base. The DART mission is a technology demonstrator which will test the operation of various new technologies in spaceflight, and ultimately crash the spacecraft into a small asteroid to demonstrate the ability to change the orbit of an object using a kinetic impactor.

NASA's DART Mission Will Move Mountains In Space
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0nZvOm3bNs
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 18, 2021, 02:44:35 PM
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The DART spacecraft launch window begins November 24, 2021.  DART will launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. After separation from the launch vehicle and over a year of cruise it will intercept Didymos’ moonlet in late September 2022, when the Didymos system is within 11 million kilometers of Earth, enabling observations by ground-based telescopes and planetary radar to measure the change in momentum imparted to the moonlet.

Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) Mission
https://www.nasa.gov/planetarydefense/dart
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: AZRedhawk44 on November 18, 2021, 02:53:12 PM
Thanks Russia

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Hugh Lewis, head of the Astronautics Research Group at the University of Southampton, the U.K., and Europe's leading space debris expert told Space.com.

Space debris from Russian anti-satellite test will be a safety threat for years
By Tereza Pultarova about 1 hour ago
The cloud of debris will increase the number of avoidance maneuvers performed by satellite operators all over the world by more than 100% in the next few years.
https://www.space.com/russia-anti-satellite-test-space-debris-threat-for-years

I googled this man's name and position and was enormously disappointed that his middle initial was not "E" (it's "G").
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 18, 2021, 08:02:09 PM
Coverage going live at 11:00pm EST. Not sure of the planned launch time though.
Hope this one doesn't go sideways off the pad like the last one

Astra Test Flight (Launch Vehicle 0007)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIIlpatVwBE

Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 18, 2021, 09:53:02 PM
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dev
@astrodeven
Main takeaways from Elon’s talk:

-First orbital launch attempt in January/February

-1000 Starships for life to become multi-planetary

-2-3 uncrewed Mars landings before humans

-A dozen Starship launches in 2022

-Launch of commercial payloads in 2023
https://twitter.com/astrodeven/status/1461162253617672197?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Eembeddedtimeline%7Ctwterm%5Eprofile%3ASpacePadreIsle%7Ctwgr%5EeyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NwYWNlX2NhcmQiOnsiYnVja2V0Ijoib2ZmIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19%7Ctwcon%5Etimelinechrome&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.starshipstalker.com%2F
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 18, 2021, 11:34:50 PM
Coverage going live at 11:00pm EST. Not sure of the planned launch time though.
Hope this one doesn't go sideways off the pad like the last one

Astra Test Flight (Launch Vehicle 0007)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIIlpatVwBE

Start time keeps getting pushed back. Now shows a little over 10 minutes
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 18, 2021, 11:38:48 PM
BTW: The longest Lunar eclipse in almost 600 years is tonight
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 18, 2021, 11:48:06 PM
Now they say 12:20. Come on I got to sleep
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 19, 2021, 12:27:41 AM
Finally
Still an hour away from launch though  =(
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 19, 2021, 12:31:48 AM
They left the gate open....just in case  :rofl:
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 19, 2021, 02:17:28 AM
Scrub
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 19, 2021, 07:34:37 PM
If at first you don't succeed....

Video goes live at 11:00pm EST

Astra Test Flight (Launch Vehicle 0007)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97qhttuqtB4
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 19, 2021, 11:35:26 PM
Live now
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on November 20, 2021, 01:27:44 AM
Successful launch and flight of Launch Vehicle 0007.  They made it into orbit this time.  Good job Astra.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 20, 2021, 08:51:03 AM
Successful launch and flight of Launch Vehicle 0007.  They made it into orbit this time.  Good job Astra.

I fell asleep due to lack of sleep waiting on the launch the night before with the live feed running on the laptop next to me in bed. Woke up for last nights launch a few seconds before the launch and saw it.
Good launch with no sideways dance this time.  :laugh:
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on November 20, 2021, 09:28:08 AM
I fell asleep due to lack of sleep waiting on the launch the night before with the live feed running on the laptop next to me in bed. Woke up for last nights launch a few seconds before the launch and saw it.
Good launch with no sideways dance this time.  :laugh:

I was zonked my own self.  Had to work pretty hard to stay awake for the launch.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 20, 2021, 08:32:19 PM
Really good discussion on the Russian ASAT "Test" and the problem of space junk.

NSF Live: Russian ASAT Test w/ Jonathan McDowell.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHP_m-UpF7U
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 24, 2021, 08:49:21 AM
Slept through this one

Nailed the launch, nailed the landing.

NASA DART - SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches Asteroid Impact Mission
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyqzK2hC0sA

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SpaceX is preparing to launch NASA’s DART (Double Asteroid Redirect Test) mission onboard a Falcon 9 rocket. DART is a demonstration mission to determine the effects of an intentional impact on an asteroid. DART’s collision with the asteroid moon Dimorphos is set for October 2022.

The launch of the small spacecraft from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base is scheduled for November 23rd at 10:21 Pacific Time (6:21 UTC on November 24th).

Read more about DART: https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2021/...
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 25, 2021, 09:49:40 AM
There has been an "Incident"

James Webb Telescope Delayed Due to "Incident"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfLoayApkk4
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: RocketMan on November 25, 2021, 11:58:54 AM
It's a fantastic piece of technology and it would be wonderful if it all works.  But, given its complexity and the 300 or so things that have to go perfectly just during mirror deployment after launch, I'm not going to be surprised if the JWT has problems.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on November 25, 2021, 03:32:05 PM
There has been an "Incident"

James Webb Telescope Delayed Due to "Incident"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfLoayApkk4

ULA dropping a $2,000,000,000 satellite on the floor immediately sprang to mind.

No, really.  A previous shift had removed the mounting bolts holding it to the manipulation frame and then the next shift came in and rotated the frame without checking first.  Whump, two billion dollar satellite crashes to the floor.
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: WLJ on November 25, 2021, 03:44:59 PM
(https://i.stack.imgur.com/eJy3b.jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX News
Post by: kgbsquirrel on November 25, 2021, 04:07:09 PM
I misplaced a zero.  Mea culpa.