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SpaceX: Current missions and future plans. (Renamed thread.)

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6 minutes ago, mikegarrison said:

Why is there a line, anyway? What part of the launching infrastructure has to be shared?

The Air Force blowing up your crappy broken rocket part of the infrastructure.

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23 minutes ago, DMagic said:

The Air Force blowing up your crappy broken rocket part of the infrastructure.

So "range safety"? I was guessing water supply and/or fire fighting.

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23 minutes ago, mikegarrison said:

So "range safety"? I was guessing water supply and/or fire fighting.

Yup, @DMagic's right. In fact, SpaceX had been quietly developing a new system to automatically blow up their own crappy broken rockets with the specific aim of speeding turnaround time at the Cape.  ULA, et al, would get a similar thing too. SX and the Air Force have said it might eventually make two launches in a day possible. 

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48 minutes ago, CatastrophicFailure said:

Yup, @DMagic's right. In fact, SpaceX had been quietly developing a new system to automatically blow up their own crappy broken rockets with the specific aim of speeding turnaround time at the Cape.  ULA, et al, would get a similar thing too. SX and the Air Force have said it might eventually make two launches in a day possible. 

It's not a SpaceX system, it's an air force system. The first gen was flying in shadow mode on some of Orbital's rockets around the time SpaceX was founded. It's been a long time coming.

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2 hours ago, mikegarrison said:

Why is there a line, anyway? What part of the launching infrastructure has to be shared?

Range :P

And they take quite some time to switch from one to another launch vehicle...although SpaceX AFTS speeds that process up  a little. Range is limiting factor. They use some very old tech there

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One of the first AFTS flights was on F1 F2, over a decade ago. Long time coming.

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On 21.03.2017 at 1:24 AM, Yobobhi said:

NASA will get there first for sure

… and plant a flag?

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3 hours ago, DarthVader said:

One of the first AFTS flights was on F1 F2, over a decade ago. Long time coming.

Huh, that's weird. Most of my flights are on F5 F9. :wink: 

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10 hours ago, Ten Key said:

Huh, that's weird. Most of my flights are on F5 F9. :wink: 

Falcon One, Flight Two

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HIF doors opened, but they scrubbed 24 hours.

Launch date as yet unaffected 

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