Falcon 9 / Dragon

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  1. Sphinx

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    On it's way to the launch pad.. (in the distance)

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    So this is being built for carrying Starship right? For moon missions? Am I right in reading that they are planning test launches in the next few months?
     
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    It's the first stage of the rocket, starship is the second stage plus the spaceship. The entire thing can only get to low earth orbit (with full payload), the plan is to launch starship to orbit, then do multiple launches of a specialised tanker version of starship and refuel it in orbit, at which point it's capable of getting more or less anywhere in the solar system.

    It's not being designed for moon missions per se, it's being designed for mars missions. It just so happens they're also fulfilling nasa's contract for a moon lander as a side-quest :p

    EDIT - And yeah, in Elon time they're testing at the end of this month maybe. So in actual real world time, before the end of the year probably :p
     
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    This official video is from 2019, but the launch plan is basically still the same to get Starship to The Moon or Mars:

     
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    Yeah sick cheers dudes! Super exciting!
     
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    Tim Dodd the Everyday Astronaut recently had the chance for a Starbase tour, with none other than Elon Musk himself as the tour guide:


    This is only part 1
     
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    Elon's commentary around design versus manufacturing is very good. I did like the examples re; optimising parts that don't need to exist too.
     
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    Thanks for that! Sure I had all notifs turned on for Tim's channel but apparently not, for some reason. Now I have something to watch while I eat dinner.
    I really like him as an interviewer, his enthusiasm is infectious and I think his interviewees appreciate it.
    Looking forward to Part 2 with Elon, and his next chat with Peter Beck once Neutron progresses further too.

    And thanks for that too. Awesome photos!

    Love the fact that Eric Berger never shies away from a Public Facepalm when it's well deserved. :thumbup:

    "A launch site in Boca Chica, Texas that has never conducted an orbital launch..."
    Can you believe the bloody cheek of that! Piss off guys, nobody likes a sore loser.
    Just wait until SpaceX successfully completes history's first successful on-orbit refuelling of a vehicle capable of lunar/interplanetary travel...
    Predicting a biblical level of twitter tantrum/meltdown.

    Edit: reading it again just to fully appreciate the subtext re. why they're so grumpy...
    "[National Team's Architecture] is flexible to fly on multiple existing launch vehicles [that we own]...
    the system is entirely built on heritage systems [that we've put no significant R&D dollars into modernising] and proven technologies that are flying today [which we massively overcharge for]."

    "Heritage systems". Guys.... if you mean "old technology" then just say "old technology".
    Lockheed and N-G have done many great things... bawling because they got pulled away from the teat is not one of them.
     
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    Stacking of ship 20 onto booster 4 in progress right now.
     
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    And fully stacked (from nasaspaceflight.com)

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    that's a lot of bang right there.
    super hyped to see this work, but if it goes RUD that'll be good too :weirdo:
     
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    BocaChicaGal bringing the good stuff yet again.
    That is proper massive.
    Yeah, big-bada-boom would be awesome entertainment, but it'll be even better if it goes up fine on the first attempt.
    (shutup dude, don't jinx it, don't jinx it)
     
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    shell go up all right. landing the pieces is the trick.
    very interesting to see these links.
     
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    Slightly reworded: she'll definitely go up. but will she come down in one piece at the expected moment or in many pieces at an unexpected moment?

    All jokes aside, I have no doubt that all of the knowledge, experience, data they've picked up via their fast-iteration process (thru Merlin/Falcon/Raptor/Starship-thus-far) is right now making sure that this launch will be a success.
    And that it will go on to massively reduce the cost of space travel. You better believe I will be shouting GOGOGOGOGO!!! at the top of my lungs. :)

    It just gets harder and harder to feel sorry for Old Space and The Bezos Org.
     
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    Tim Dodd has posted his part 2 video with Elon:
     
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    hey there's always the chance it could blow up on take off. even if it did. they'll design-construct their way to success with subsequent prototypes.

    having a 'spacecraft' that can actually take off and land in its entirety (well ok it still has a staged design for a reason - weights and efficiencies i spose) is the science-fiction dream this project has as a goal.
    the vids with elon are interesting. :thumbup:
     
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    Humans in "Cherry-Picker Lift" for scale...

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