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SpaceX Falcon 9 Live Landing Attempt

Old 11th Aug 2020, 21:52
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SN5 moved from landing pad to build site.
SN6 moved to launch pad in prep for more hop test flights.
They don't mess about this lot. 😁
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Old 15th Aug 2020, 19:54
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https://www.space.com/spacex-starshi...as-resort.html

SpaceX ramping up Starship prototype tests in Texas (and looking for a resort manager)

.....Starship and Super Heavy will both be fully and rapidly reusable. The duo will therefore be relatively cheap to fly, Musk has said — cheap enough to make crewed Mars missions and a variety of other exploration feats economically feasible, if all goes according to plan.

SpaceX is already starting to flesh out ancillary aspects of this bold vision. For example, the company recently put out a hiring call for offshore operations engineers to help develop floating spaceports for Starship vehicles.

The company is also looking to hire a resort development manager, who will be in charge of transforming Boca Chica Village into a suitable jumping-off point for Starship passengers.

"Boca Chica Village is our latest launch site dedicated to Starship, our next-generation launch vehicle. SpaceX is committed to developing this town into a 21st-century spaceport," a new SpaceX job notice reads. "We are looking for a talented Resort Development Manager to oversee the development of SpaceX's first resort from inception to completion."

That resort will likely be lavish, given that Starship trips will be quite expensive. (Musk has said that the cost of a seat aboard a Mars-bound Starship could eventually drop below $100,000.) Indeed, one of the preferred qualifications for the posted job is "experience working for high-end brand luxury development."......
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Old 18th Aug 2020, 21:49
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Another successful Starlink launch today.

The first stage booster made a perfect landing. The 6th time this particular Falcon 9 first stage has done it.

Launch is about 30 mins into this vid.
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Old 30th Aug 2020, 23:15
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Live Launch of SpaceX Falcon9 with a booster return to the Cape.

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Old 4th Sep 2020, 10:29
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Its all gogogog

Another successful week for SpaceX.

Starlink 11, second use of the stage 1 booster and a perfect landing on the drone ship.



Then shortly afterwards, Starship test vehicle SN6 makes a successful 150M hop.



In addition, New Zealand company, Rocketlab launch their Electron rocket to get them back in the race after a failure last month. The first stage parachutes back in preparation for the planned helicopter capture later on this year.


On the down side ULA fail to launch after a post ignition abort. About 1hr 56 m in to this video.

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Old 4th Sep 2020, 11:28
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Watching Space X boosters land on the drone ships never seems to get old, even though it's now almost routine. Yesterday a new badge arrived that's going on the back of my Tesla, just for the amusement of all the other Space X fans. If the weather stays fine I may get the car cleaned and the badge stuck on:


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Old 15th Sep 2020, 06:45
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https://phys.org/news/2020-09-spacex-sn8-feet-week.html

SpaceX SN8 to launch and fly to 60,000 feet next week

Elon Musk, head of SpaceX, has announced via Twitter that the company's SN8 rocket will take a test flight sometime next week. The plan is for the rocket is to soar up to 60,000 feet (18,300 meters) and then return to Earth in a controlled landing.

SN8 is one in a line of SpaceX's Starships that are predecessors to vehicles for missions to the moon and Mars.

SN5 and SN6 recently completed tests of 500 feet each, which the company calls short hops, before returning to Earth. They were meant to test the integrity of the steel walls of the
rocket. Both were launched at SpaceX's launch site in Boca Chica, Texas, and both had just one Raptor engine pushing them into the air.

SN7 was intentionally destroyed in a test tank to determine the strength limits of the design.

SN8 will launch from the same site and will have three of the Raptor engines to give it the power needed to reach the much higher altitude. The
test next week will be the first time three of the Raptors will be tested together as a single unit.

Before the rocket can be launched, it must first undergo a few more tests. They are called static fires (in which the rocket is held down as the engines fire) and ground checkouts.

SN8 (unlike its predecessors) will also be fitted with flaps to assist with steering and a nosecone, which will be used in the future to hold cargo or people. The addition of both, Musk notes, will give the rocket a look much like the final design........

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Old 15th Sep 2020, 07:08
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This is what it will look like - can't wait to watch it

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Old 17th Sep 2020, 18:44
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SpaceX targeting Friday, September 18th for next Starlink mission.
https://www.spacex.com/launches/index.html#top
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Old 23rd Sep 2020, 14:00
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SN7.1 test article ultimate pressure test.

If you want to see what happens to a 30ft diameter stainless steel cryogenic tank when pressurised beyond its structural load capacity.

About -3.58 into this vid.

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