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22 minutes ago, RCgothic said:

Interesting that there aren't any aerocovers on those.

I strongly suspect B8 has been promoted to orbital launch attempt.

If B7 passes the complete static fire campaign I could definitely still see it going first. That's far from certain of course

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25 minutes ago, RCgothic said:

Interesting that there aren't any aerocovers on those.

I strongly suspect B8 has been promoted to orbital launch attempt.

Or might they be mitigating risk in case of another ker(bal)fuffle, like how they did static fires sans payload for a while after Amos-6?

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Just now, Beccab said:

If B7 passes the complete static fire campaign I could definitely still see it going first. That's far from certain of course

I agree, the missing aerocovers might simply be that they are not needed for static tests and make the engines easier to inspect between tests. 
More so in that the upcoming tests are the outer engines who is spin up with nitrogen from the base. 

Benefit with B7 is that you can splash it rater than try to recover on first flight with just simulated flight data as its already an previous version while B8 is better. 

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A reminder that Superheavy only needs to fire 17 raptor 2 engines to beat SLS or 19.7 R2s to beat N1 as the most powerful rocket stage ever fired, and the current Superheavy config has 20.

 

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50 minutes ago, RCgothic said:

 

A reminder that Superheavy only needs to fire 17 raptor 2 engines to beat SLS or 19.7 R2s to beat N1 as the most powerful rocket stage ever fired, and the current Superheavy config has 20.

 

Maybe they can make sure the area is clear of stuff on fire, too? 

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14 minutes ago, TKMK said:

So is B7 prepping to test fire? And doesn't the full super heavy have 33 engines?

Unsure on firing, but they took the central engines out, so any test in the near future is only with the outer ring of 20 engines, not the 13 in the middle.

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Keeping Cygnus around is great, and actually pretty important. It's dissimilar from Cargo Dragon in many useful ways.

1. It can boost ISS.

2. It berths, and docking ports are in short supply (this is huge from a scheduling POV).

3. The berthing hatch is larger, which impacts what they can send/remove from ISS in volume terms.

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