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23 minutes ago, tater said:

The NASA contract pays for a new Crew Dragon each time. They decided to alter Crew Dragon slightly for a dedicated cargo version (small changes, mostly), presumably just to run the production line and bang them out. Cargo versions will be nominally assumed to fly 5 times each, but more if that works out. Used Crew Dragons will be SpaceX property to do with as they please, I suppose.

News from the future: “...NASA commercial Moon transportation contracts pay for a new Starship each time. Used Starships will be the SpaceX property to do with as they please...”

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15 minutes ago, sh1pman said:

News from the future: “...NASA commercial Moon transportation contracts pay for a new Starship each time. Used Starships will be the SpaceX property to do with as they please...”

The funny thing is that it's hard to imagine a new Starship costing any more than NASA already pays for even a Delta IV Heavy launch. That will be funny, if they can charge a few hundred million expendable for a SS flight in an era where SLS is literally 10X more for about the same payload (I'm assuming they get to at least block 1b with a fairing for that).

Also:

 

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Music!

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Posted (edited)

I don't think they're going to space today. Music has been on for way longer than usual.

Edited by Delay

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@RealKerbal3x yer I’m a bit confused by that. 

The plan was already to use a brand new dragon for crew mission and reuse the capsule for cargo missions after it. It kinda seems like the tweeter may have misunderstood something but I don’t know what confirmation they are referring to.

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Fueling continues, but it's pretty marginal. Sad, as after this squall it's clear skies.

Now the POV is 90%, 10% go.

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I feel like that might be pertinent.

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Posted (edited)

Live view start! Weather looks... spotty :/

Annnddd... HOLD and scrub due to weather. Better luck tomorrow :)

Edited by Scotius

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We might, juuuust might see a new "Launch Abort" clock design?

It's very unlikely they won't get a hold.

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They have four "ceramic tiles" on Dragon to test for Starship. Interesting.

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Weather still no go.

They have test tiles for Starship on Dragon. The gray paint is to measure the effect on tank color for prop temperatures on longer duration missions.

 

Almost certainly a weather scrub, though.

Storm looks like it's evaporating on the radar, but not until after the launch window :( is my guess.

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Posted (edited)

 

Weather is supposed to suck tomorrow as well, though.

Clear in TX, though:

 

Edited by tater

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SpaceX has still said that they will have a stream... no idea, just watch their YT channel I guess.

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Posted (edited)

I hope that's just flare-off burning there...

EDIT: Fire seems to have gone out. Vehicle did not explode.

Edited by IncongruousGoat

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That fire did not look nominal, it looked worse than the one a few days ago, like a leak. I don't want to be pessimistic, but this might mean a week or a few of delay.

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Posted (edited)
4 minutes ago, Ultimate Steve said:

That fire did not look nominal, it looked worse than the one a few days ago, like a leak. I don't want to be pessimistic, but this might mean a week or a few of delay.

Could be a blowoff valve venting from overpressure that happened to also ignite, maybe.

Edited by SuperFastJellyfish

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