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Falcon 9 / Dragon

Discussion in 'Science' started by MoorKhan, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. Sphinx

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    Starship #24 rolls out to the pad at Starbase. :thumbup:

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  2. Quadbox

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    Fascinating that the nilesat launch last night was the very first GTO launch spacex have done this year. In ordinary times GTO launches are like bread and butter, the market's sure doing interesting things even beyond just starlink
     
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    It only finished 15 minutes ago, like clockwork.

     
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    Tims recent interview with Elon (part 3?)

    Elon Musk Explains SpaceX's Merlin Engine!

     
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    Good luck trying to get Branson, Bezos or any CEOs at Northrop Grumman, Boeing, UA etc to explain the versions, complexities and workings of their rockets and engines without notes or a script.
    This is the Elon difference. Peter Beck from Rocket Lab (NZ) would also come in second.
     
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  6. Sphinx

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    These new SpaceX Raptor full-flow staged combustion engines deliver around ~230t (2.3 MN; 510,000 lb) of thrust each : :thumbup:

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    33 of them are now installed on the latest Starship Booster test rocket: :shock::shock:

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    (by far the most powerful launch vehicle ever built)
     
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    Yup.

    Tim Dodd just tweated that the 4th instalment is almost done that talk exclusively Raptors, v1 vs v2.
     
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    We've got a bet going on another forum as to who launches first, Starship or SLS. My money has long been on SLS.

    But as for Starship, the FAA have finally released their environmental review for the starship launch site.
    https://www.space.com/spacex-starship-faa-environmental-review-approval
    "SpaceX can continue developing and testing its giant Starship vehicle in South Texas, provided the company takes pains to mitigate its impact on the environmentally sensitive area, a long-awaited review by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has found."

    Musk says starship itself will be ready in July.
    https://www.space.com/spacex-starship-ready-orbital-flight-july-elon-musk
    "Starship will be ready to fly next month. I was in the high bay & mega bay late last night reviewing progress," the billionaire entrepreneur said via Twitter today (June 14).
    "We will have a second Starship stack ready to fly in August and then monthly thereafter," Musk added in another tweet today (opens in new tab)."

    "Hardware readiness won't guarantee a July Starship flight, however; SpaceX still needs to secure a launch license from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). And getting one won't necessarily be easy"

    Depends on how quickly they can mitigate the concerns raised in the FAA report, I guess.
     
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    Tims recent interview with Elon (part 4?)

    Elon Musk Explains SpaceX's Raptor Engine!
     
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    certainly seems like he knows his physics :wired::Pirate:
     
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    Appears a preburner test didnt go quite according to plan, that looks like a fuel-air explosion under the pad
     
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    Yeah that was a big bada boom.

    Hopefully it didnt damage too much, but Im not hopeful, there's got to be raptor / Booster and stage zero damage at some level.
    Also, there was another explosion and fire under the tower earlier, not sure what that was.
     

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