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MECO norminal. Sep and ignite 2nd stage.

First stage entry burn looked good.

First stage landing on drone ship... success!

Second stage burn number 2 in about 18 minutes.

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38 minutes ago, Brotoro said:

They will only be trying to catch one fairing half in a net...and the other will be recovered from the drink. Don't know why.

At a guess, doing more testing for water landings. Also, only need one ship this way, assuming one ship can carry both halves

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8 minutes ago, StrandedonEarth said:

At a guess, doing more testing for water landings. Also, only need one ship this way, assuming one ship can carry both halves

I think they said that two ships were out to recover the fairings.

Second burn was in the blind. But was good. And Turksat just separated. Good job.

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13 hours ago, Kass_Is_Legend said:

as most of you should know by now, yesterday SN9 completed its raptor static fire test, looked a LOT better then sn8's 

Your post has been merged into the SpaceX thread. 

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I think I have some kind of prediction for Superheavy which is that the whole "catching a booster with the launch arm" idea will be later on in the life of Starship since it seems a bit to overcomplicated for the first 50~ flights or so and I think we may see some sort of landing legs earlier on before transitioning to mid air booster catching.

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3 minutes ago, Delta dart said:

I think I have some kind of prediction for Superheavy which is that the whole "catching a booster with the launch arm" idea will be later on in the life of Starship since it seems a bit to overcomplicated for the first 50~ flights or so and I think we may see some sort of landing legs earlier on before transitioning to mid air booster catching.

Yeah, they definitely won't catch it on the first flight. I wouldn't say 50 flights but certainly for 20 flights or so, SH will have landing legs.

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So what do you guys make of this? Will SN12-14 be skipped, or are they preparing for a more ambitious test flight ahead of time?

 

I'm hoping we see SN50+ Raptors soon. I wonder when that written presentation will be out. After SN9's flight?

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Nice words from Chris Hadfield:

 

Just now, Spaceception said:

So what do you guys make of this? Will SN12-14 be skipped, or are they preparing for a more ambitious test flight ahead of time?

I'm thinking that SpaceX didn't expect SN8 to get nearly as far as it did, so they started building a lot of prototypes so they could have several tries at the flight and left the major changes to SN15. But SN8's flight was almost perfect, and the issue that doomed it was easily fixable, so they realised that they could get away with skipping SN12-14 and move directly to higher and faster flights. Maybe SN15 will have a full heat shield and go to orbit, who knows?

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1 hour ago, Delta dart said:

I think I have some kind of prediction for Superheavy which is that the whole "catching a booster with the launch arm" idea will be later on in the life of Starship since it seems a bit to overcomplicated for the first 50~ flights or so and I think we may see some sort of landing legs earlier on before transitioning to mid air booster catching.

I say +50 flights, a lot depending on how fast they move forward with launches.
For one the catch system will be an major construction itself and nothing they will start building before they have two orbital pads or more. 
Also a bit depending on there they will launch to, building this at the KSC will be hard because of existing infrastructure there and hard to launch while its under construction. 

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I'm guessing much sooner with the catch system. What's the point of perfecting landing on legs when you can start landing on the catcher? Why not test all the things in parallel, if possible?

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6 minutes ago, Lukaszenko said:

I'm guessing much sooner with the catch system. What's the point of perfecting landing on legs when you can start landing on the catcher? Why not test all the things in parallel, if possible?

This. What’s the point of even designing legs that they know will be obsolete? Probably the leg engineer was having trouble coming up with a workable arrangement and did an end run around the problem. Besides, the plan was always to land on the mount anyways. 

Not to mention that just because we don’t see any sign of a catching support tower at the SH launch mount, doesn’t mean it’s not under construction in the tents and can be cranes into positions in weeks or less. Look at how fast the high bays go up...

I wouldn’t be surprised to ultimately see service towers on rails to be rolled to and from the mount, allowing the launch tower to get out of the way of the hazard zone and the landing arms move in....

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1 minute ago, sevenperforce said:

Check out the tiling arrangement on this SN15 section.

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Also, notice that there seems to be almost a whole set of tile attachment points. Maybe they're going for a full heat shield on SN15?

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26 minutes ago, RealKerbal3x said:

full heat shield on SN15?

It would make sense to try the flip-landing maneuver with full mass on the starship. Or maybe it's going to be the first orbital..... :P

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You guys may be a little ahead of me here, but I haven't seen it spelt out explicitly - it's not SN12 in the mid-bay. It's SN15.

So looks like they're skipping 12,13,14.

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1 hour ago, RCgothic said:

So looks like they're skipping 12,13,14.

Does that mean they've 'fixed' something on 15 prior to stacking that was already integral to the earlier iterations?  Something they don't want to waste time, energy or money tearing down those to fix it?

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9 minutes ago, JoeSchmuckatelli said:
1 hour ago, RCgothic said:
So looks like they're skipping 12,13,14.

Does that mean they've 'fixed' something on 15 prior to stacking that was already integral to the earlier iterations?  Something they don't want to waste time, energy or money tearing down those to fix it?

I suspect that 12-14 are going to be partial prototype tests, like SN7.

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If Elon persists in this hairbrained scheme to catch Superheavy by its grid fins, I have an idea how it could be done. 

I like the idea of snagging Superheavy's grid fins on wires, but having the wires strung bare between towers doesn't make much sense and doesn't give much control. You aren't able to control different axes of freedom because attempting to "shock absorb" in the vertical axis will allow the booster to swing in the opposite direction. What you want is a system that controls the tilt of the booster and the vertical displacement of the booster separately.

Here's what I'm thinking:

super-heavy-catcher.png

 The "catch" wires for the grid fins are taut across the semicircle arms, so as soon as contact is made (even if it's just one wire) it immediately tugs on the entire arm.  Each arm, in turn, rotates on a single axis, held by a crane-like wire set. Finally, each entire arm platform rests on shock absorbers which can only actuate up and down.

As the booster descends, the arms lay flat to stay out of the way of the rocket plume. Then, at the correct time, they are rapidly lifted into place to snag the grid fins. (Alternately, they could be folded up and lowered into place to snag the grid fins.) They are more or less locked in place by their crane wires and the entire platform provides vertical shock damping. Finally, once the engines have cut off and the booster has come to rest, the platforms are lowered gently and the arms provide fine control to guide the booster onto the launch clamps. 

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The problem I see with a lot of these 'catch the grid fins' designs is that it requires the spacecraft to land exactly on the x. 

We need a solution that can catch a craft that lands a bit off center - and I like your cable thinking - but I don't think it's long enough. 

You need arms that can swing into positions relatively quickly and cables to snap up and take the strain / stabilize the craft - but I don't think you can do it if it's a glorified jack stand and the craft has to thread the needle to get to the pad. 

Suggested: pairs of arms/towers with cables spaced wide enough from the pad to not interfere with any slightly off descent trajectory.  Make them capable of being moved fairly quickly into position and then tighten the cables of each pair to take the strain at the grid fins. 

 

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The grid fins are what, 7 meters long I heard? Nine meter core... All they need is two parallel bars thirteen meters apart, with a small dip in the center. That gives two meters clearance wiggle room on each side and much more on the open sides. I think they have much accuracy already  

Mounted to an arm/shock absorber assembly similar to an engine lift at a vastly larger scale. Or maybe some other mounting arrangement supporting both ends would be better. Still sounds fairly simple. The more complicated part would be allowing the bars to move closer to each other as needed, if needed, which I suppose would be easier to do supporting both ends of the bars...

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And not only are the aerodynamic loads distributed in space, they are distributed in time as well.

The grid fins may be designed to take large loads, but that does not mean they're designed for impact loads. The closest thing to an impact a grid fin should feel in flight is the unstart that happens around Mach 1, which itself is distributed over the fin.

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On rails.

Massive fins sliding up and down on rails.
It can adjust the rocket vertically and let it change its clearance: "land/start" - high, "park" - low.

Also it can adjust CoM and CoP to save the fuel in flight.

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