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4 minutes ago, magnemoe said:

and they hope to get it to orbit,

SSTO? Or with the booster?

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4 minutes ago, sh1pman said:

SSTO? Or with the booster?

With booster as far as I know.
They will fly suborbital with prototype however. 

Prototype is likely heavier than the final version and unknown if it will have enough dV to reach orbit and land again as SSTO

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SpaceX fans are very kind people.

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11 minutes ago, DDE said:

SpaceX fans are very kind people.

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Is that... the blue moon balls?

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16 minutes ago, DDE said:

SpaceX fans are very kind people.

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This made me LOL so hard!

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4 minutes ago, Flying dutchman said:

I'm really interested in how the actuating drag fins will work. Will these be on the orbital prototype?

Im sure they will. Besides the heatshield its the most critical part of the starship, it would be stupid not to test it as early as possible.

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Posted (edited)
8 hours ago, Reactordrone said:

Yeah but the Atlas fairing has the entire upper stage inside it.

Both of those numbers are from the payload adapter to the start of the ogive. 

Edited by Racescort666
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The octagon part of Blue Moon is nearly 7m across at the longest point (has to fit in NG), the scale on that image is all wrong (BM is too small). Did make me laugh, though.

OK, wrong thread, but Blue Origin abbreviated is "BO" and Blue Moon is BM... do they not think of these things?

 

 

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4 hours ago, tater said:

The octagon part of Blue Moon is nearly 7m across at the longest point (has to fit in NG), the scale on that image is all wrong (BM is too small). Did make me laugh, though.

OK, wrong thread, but Blue Origin abbreviated is "BO" and Blue Moon is BM... do they not think of these things?

I heard they had plans for a mission to Saturn but somebody called them on it.

 

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10 minutes ago, KSK said:

I heard they had plans for a mission to Saturn but somebody called them on it.

 

Is that after the flight of their Blue Jupiter probe (that one I kinda like).

On topic:

Falcon 9 is vertical on the pad for a static fire in advance of the Starlink launch Wednesday night.

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Gets back on topic after a schoolboy snigger at the last post. :)

 

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1 hour ago, KSK said:

I heard they had plans for a mission to Saturn but somebody called them on it.

 

As long as they don’t go past Saturn, now that would be awkward...

ok ok...

 

1 hour ago, tater said:

Falcon 9 is vertical on the pad for a static fire in advance of the Starlink launch Wednesday night.

With all those storms moving thru tho? :blink:

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Static fire WITH payload? They must be really confident in their COPVs... 

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I looked online and didn't find any closer pictures of B1049.3 on the pad (for now), so I went to Playalinda to catch some and share them here:

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The weather and the distance (about 12.5 km) make them bad, but at least the community can get a preview of it.

 

 

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43 minutes ago, sh1pman said:

Static fire WITH payload? They must be really confident in their COPVs... 

Maybe they are testing that the payload will not dispense during firing.

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Posted (edited)

Awaiting official word, but...

 

Oh, wait, that actually was official. :D

Edited by CatastrophicFailure

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Interesting notions of how Starlink might deploy:

 

Also:

 

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16 hours ago, sh1pman said:

Static fire WITH payload? They must be really confident in their COPVs... 

They’re perfectly happy risking their own payload, but will no longer risk the payload of a paying customer. 

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1 hour ago, StrandedonEarth said:

They’re perfectly happy risking their own payload, but will no longer risk the payload of a paying customer. 

They’re probably self insuring so no nasty  insurance company to please

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4 hours ago, StrandedonEarth said:

They’re perfectly happy risking their own payload, but will no longer risk the payload of a paying customer. 

And re-establishing a track record of doing the static fires with payload integrated. If the loss is far enough back and they're doing plenty of pre-integrated fires, they can persuade all but the most risk averse customers to go with it again and speed up their tempo.

Edited by Damien_The_Unbeliever
typo

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Posted (edited)

So we have the hopper, waiting on Raptor to be reinstalled.

Next door, they are building another one (not hopper, presumably higher alt test vehicle).

Now, it turns out pictures are emerging of a THIRD Starship (SH?) being constructed in FL at a facility in Cocoa.

 

(that or a very shiny, cylindrical water tank is being built on a lot that SpaceX owns/leases.)

Edited by tater

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Heavy Booster prototype being built? :D

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