Falcon 9 / Dragon

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  1. Sphinx2000

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    Another successful launch and sea based landing of Falcon 9 with successful deployment of the new Dragon 2 spacecraft!
    Congratulations to the SpaceX team.



    Docking with the ISS starts about (~6AM PST) tomorrow, which is 9PM AEST / 10PM AEDT
    You can follow it here: https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/
     
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  2. Quadbox

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    Anyone know when the docking is? All my calendars are launches only lol

    EDIT - On an unrelated note, by my calculations if the next Falcon 9 (Well actually it's a falcon heavy) launch is successful, Falcon 9 will actually have a higher reliability rate than the Delta IV

    EDIT 2 - Think I've found it, sounds like it's about 9pm tonight AEST (1100 GMT)
     
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    HERE IT IS

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    Currently live -
     
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    Good highlight reel/summary by Scott

     
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    TIL that Elon originally created SpaceX in 2002 specifically for the idea of colonisation of Mars and The Moon and not launch vehicle development initially, but because the Russians (and others) were charging such high prices for launches he decided to R&D their own rockets instead - at great financial risk. Now their goal is to decrease the costs and improve the reliability of access to space ultimately by a factor of 10.
     
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    No doubt the Russians (and others) are regretting that price-gouging now.

    If I remember correctly, they took the same approach for the PICA-X heatshielding. The original PICA was too expensive, so they developed their own version (PICA-X), built their own production facility, and dropped the cost to about 1/10th of what it was originally. Same deal with batteries for the Tesla cars, which resulted in the Gigafactories being built.

    Presumably all of SpaceX's current providers have taken this lesson to heart: if you try to rip them off, they'll just move production in-house and do it better/cheaper.
     
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    Fair chance we're going to see a very minor hover test either this weekend or early next week it sounds like :). I'm picturing like, a one metre altitude hover test :p
     
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    Next Falcon Heavy launch is coming up soon.

    Launch window: 7th April 2019 (6:36-8:35 p.m. EDT)
    Launch site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
    A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the Arabsat 6A communications satellite for Arabsat of Saudi Arabia. Arabsat 6A will provide Ku-band and Ka-band communications coverage over the Middle East and North Africa regions, as well as a footprint in South Africa.

    https://www.spacex.com/falcon-heavy

    Falcon Heavy is the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)---a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel--Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost.


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    That's a lot of horses...

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    Rocket Launch: April 9, 2019 6:36 PM EDT | SpaceX Falcon Heavy Arabsat 6A
    Apr 09, 2019 6:36 PM EDTKennedy Space Center LC-39ASpaceX Falcon Heavy Arabsat 6A


    If i'm correct April 10 8:36am AEST if my timezones are right?

    Love the photo, looks so small from the angle but it's actually quite massive haha,
     
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    Typical, I'm busy then :p. Oh well, replay it is
     
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    Going to try and get this on a big screen at work tomorrow. Cant wait :)
     
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    I might be getting my conversions wrong, but I think now the launch time is Thursday morning for us here in Aus. 8:36am abouts... ? I have trouble enough converting UTC times to AEST/AEDT and then throw in the recent daylight savings change.

    That being said, if it *is* tomorrow, I'll be watching it at work also ha!
     

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