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Everything posted by RCgothic

  1. The launch platforms will be giant!
  2. Haha, well. I guess closing all the airlocks does rather identify the culprits!
  3. Interesting! So basically it's not that the main burn is exceptionally accurate, but they spare nothing on vernier RCS burns!
  4. And the secondary customer will be similarly worried about the primary customer's requirements (e.g. CRS-1/Orbcomm).
  5. It's clearly a launch pad. The supposed downcomer isn't lined for water and there's no piping beneath the concrete footing for it to connect to. Plus we know the pad will have to be elevated because you can't excavate a flame trench in Boca chica due to the water table. The centre pipe is either structure for a flame diverter or temporary support for the concrete forms.
  6. Well B1051.5 isn't the flight leader, so that agrees with what you're saying if they're being a little more cautious with B1049.6.
  7. Looking back I don't think B1051 was cleaned before its fifth flight.
  8. Are these cleaned up weld lines new, or do they do this before every flight,
  9. Wow. SLS isn't even necessarily compatible with clipper.
  10. I can't believe people still think it's going to be some sort of water tower. It's gigantic. The footings and concrete supports are way beyond what is needed for a water tower. Either that or people are trolling in a way that's too subtle for me. The central pipe is either a temporary support for the concrete forms, or a support for a blast deflector. It's not lined for water and there's no plumbing below the pad footings.
  11. Whenever I manage to beat @tater to a news item I feel ridiculously pleased with myself!
  12. Depends on the payload mass relative to the stage mass. For a 56t payload, yes, RL10 would be better if you're staging shortly after the main launch vehicle has burned from the parking orbit. For a 1.3t payload like Persephone, a raptor stage would be better than a Centaur because for small payloads better mass fraction trumps better ISP. TWR isn't really important to vacuum stages already in orbit.
  13. I would have thought flying polar missions from Vandy improves the possible cadence from Florida, but maybe and extra 2-3 flights a year isn't worth it.