TheGuyNamedAlan

Falcon Heavy Drone-ships and other stuff.

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there are currently 2 drone-ships that works for SpaceX. 1 on the Pacific and 1 on the Atlantic. if falcon heavy was ever needed for any high-velocity missions such as new horizon, the two side boosters might need to land on drone-ships. if they come back to land, there might not be enough velocity to mach the requirements of the mission. 

would they make 2 more drone-ships or will they just not reuse the boosters at all.

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Probably just not attempt to land them, for high energy missions like NH.

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7 hours ago, Bill Phil said:

Probably just not attempt to land them, for high energy missions like NH.

wow thats unlike spacex. they literally attempt landing every single launch. reusablility is thier  motto right??

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11 hours ago, TheGuyNamedAlan said:

wow thats unlike spacex. they literally attempt landing every single launch. reusablility is thier  motto right??

Not on every launch. A few early ones didn't even attempt landing, since the hardware wasn't ready. But it's just how it would work. You get more DeltaV and energy if you don't try to reuse the boosters. On high energy trajectories, it would help out quite a bit. Not to mention that landing from high energy trajectories isn't an easy thing to do... (not as high energy as the upper stage and payload, but quite a bit)

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Apparently the center core of an F9H will be different than the single stick F9 or the F9H side boosters (which should be the same design). Which is a bit counter-productive, as one would hope that boosters that have seen a few flights would be flown expendable in the core, but I guess the core has to be built stronger to handle the extra loads / heavier payloads

At any rate, I would expect that any boosters flown in expendable mode would be quite experienced and would have already had their share of ups and downs.

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