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“...end of the month...”

hmm...

... my birthday’s the 23rd... I wonder what the chances are... -_-

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5 minutes ago, CatastrophicFailure said:

“...end of the month...”

hmm...

... my birthday’s the 23rd... I wonder what the chances are... -_-

If it really does stay in January, and it can't go up before the fifteenth, than around 7-10 percent (values in the middle are probably more likely than the extremes).

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Interesting, they say it’s Zuma spacecraft, not Zuma satellite. 

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@Ultimate Steve

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11 minutes ago, sh1pman said:
Interesting, they say it’s Zuma spacecraft, not Zuma satellite. 

Not that unusual, I’ve heard the term used a few times with satellites. Tho... it is usually used more with BLEO flights...

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1 minute ago, CatastrophicFailure said:

@Ultimate Steve

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Not that unusual, I’ve heard the term used a few times with satellites. Tho... it is usually used more with BLEO flights...

You probably wouldn't say "Iridium spacecraft" or "GPS spacecraft".

Could be some new X-plane or some such. 

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1 hour ago, CatastrophicFailure said:

“...end of the month...”

I hope it's during the Rolex 24 because there was a launch during the 12 hours of Sebring last year and they basically stopped reporting on the race for a few minutes to talk about rockets. It was awesome.

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35 minutes ago, sh1pman said:

You probably wouldn't say "Iridium spacecraft" or "GPS spacecraft".

Could be some new X-plane or some such. 

Its a spacecraft if it can significant change its orbit. 

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Yeah, I'd assume it has more propellant than a typical sat.

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They will never release what Zuma actually is right? 

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1 minute ago, NSEP said:

They will never release what Zuma actually is right? 

Probably not

Maybe some poeple watching the launch with telescopes can identify it

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5 minutes ago, Nightfury said:
7 minutes ago, NSEP said:

They will never release what Zuma actually is right? 

Probably not

Maybe some poeple watching the launch with telescopes can identify it

 

7 hours ago, tater said:

I'd assume it has more propellant than a typical sat.

Beyond Tesla.
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With all the hype, excitement and rampant speculation about Falcon Heavy, it seems like this thread has expressed insufficient hype, excitement and speculation about the evidence of the fairing RCS in last month's spectacular V'burg launch. Scott Manley mentioned it in his video and this video has very clear footage right around 4:00.

So my questions to the forum are: What do we know about fairing recovery and why is SpaceX being so characteristically secretive about it? 

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Fairing recovery is something that ALL launch providers could potentially do relatively quickly. I suppose it's to SpaceX's advantage to be a little more circumspect about methodology in that case.

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20 hours ago, tater said:

 

That would be pretty awesome to have Crew Dragon operational before the end of the year. Would that mean I can get an internship on the ISS?

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13 hours ago, Racescort666 said:

I hope it's during the Rolex 24 because there was a launch during the 12 hours of Sebring last year and they basically stopped reporting on the race for a few minutes to talk about rockets. It was awesome.

Man, I hope so!  I'll be at the Rolex.

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Can we expect a launch of the Falcon Heavy this year?

/s

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26 minutes ago, ZooNamedGames said:

Can we expect a launch of the Falcon Heavy this year?

Its going to be pay-per-view, they will launch when they get enough subscribers. :o

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46 minutes ago, PB666 said:

Its going to be pay-per-view, they will launch when they get enough subscribers. :o

Come on, I'm going to be there in person, isn't that enough?

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23 hours ago, ZooNamedGames said:

Can we expect a launch of the Falcon Heavy this year?

/s

We expect Falcon Heavy to launch in mid-2011.

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So that basically ends their funding, or what?

 

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After the November flight, SNC executives said that, if NASA agreed the flight met the milestone requirements, the vehicle would be put into storage. “If we have all the data that we needed from the test, and if NASA concludes that with us, the vehicle will not need any further flight tests,” Mark Sirangelo, corporate vice president of SNC’s Space Systems unit, said at the time.

 

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