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22 minutes ago, RCgothic said:

Get hyped:

 

Unless, you know, it's windy that day or something.

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18 minutes ago, mikegarrison said:

Unless, you know, it's windy that day or something.

Interesting point. Wonder what the limits are for recovery of the booster for this flight? Would they delay over bad weather downrange?

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Frosty SN4

 

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So, they have welded a fridge and an oven and tested this as both.

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Posted (edited)

Idea for new Christmas song: Frosty the Starship.

:sticktongue:

Edited by RealKerbal3x

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Posted (edited)

My falcon 9 Block 2, 1 to 1 scale, with a mock dragon 2 capsule, using the 3.7m part is so huge, I think too huge for kerbin.mqex0q9.png

Edited by kspbandit

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It's been a slow news day for Boca Chica. SpacePadreIsle is going to take a look in a bit to see what's changed.

 

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13 hours ago, kspbandit said:

My falcon 9 Block 2, 1 to 1 scale, with a mock dragon 2 capsule, using the 3.7m part is so huge, I think too huge for kerbin.mqex0q9.png

Send it to Elon. He will deal with it and plus it looks cool!

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Raptor #20 is the one for the hop:

SN6 gets some more progress:

And Elon doesn't (always) mess around: 

 

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Full video from NASA Spaceflight on Raptor SN20 being delivered:

 

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Posted (edited)

Apparently there are some fairly major differences between Raptors still:

This must be a photo of the installation in MK1?

Starhopper didn't have 3. I don't think SN1 got as far as 3 engines installed. SN3 also lost before engines installed. SN4 has only had one.

If that's the case then we maybe don't need to get too excited. MK1 could just have been posing for the cameras with whatever would fit. I heard #8, #9 & #10 were earmarked for Mk1, but that doesn't mean those are the ones installed. Could be some significantly earlier numbers there.

Edited by RCgothic

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Wet dress rehearsal and static fire tentatively in for Tuesday with Wed Thurs backup dates.

 

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Some photos that weren't posted earlier:

That last photo in particular...

20200511-194929.jpg  

Check out the fat falcon legs!

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11 hours ago, RCgothic said:

Apparently there are some fairly major differences between Raptors still:

This must be a photo of the installation in MK1?

Starhopper didn't have 3. I don't think SN1 got as far as 3 engines installed. SN3 also lost before engines installed. SN4 has only had one.

If that's the case then we maybe don't need to get too excited. MK1 could just have been posing for the cameras with whatever would fit. I heard #8, #9 & #10 were earmarked for Mk1, but that doesn't mean those are the ones installed. Could be some significantly earlier numbers there.

Yes on MK1 was just to bolt the engines below the skirt to take an up skirt photo. 

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2 minutes ago, magnemoe said:

Yes on MK1 was just to bolt the engines below the skirt to take an up skirt photo. 

Maybe I should do a Google search on that ... OK, no. I guess I should not.

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20 minutes ago, mikegarrison said:

Maybe I should do a Google search on that ... OK, no. I guess I should not.

it was an guess from mine side but as the fins was just bolted on I assumed the same was true for the engines. 

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Posted (edited)

This is an excellent article on the nature of risk in spaceflight:

 

Edited by RCgothic

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1 hour ago, RCgothic said:

That last photo in particular...

20200511-194929.jpg  

Check out the fat falcon legs!

Interesting, I started to wonder if this was a new design change when I realised that it's just a stylised logo and probably doesn't reflect the real landing leg plans in any way.

Though Starship/Super Heavy's design is extremely flexible, so we never know...;)

Edit: New NASA Spaceflight video, there are nosecones everywhere in Boca Chica!

 

Edited by RealKerbal3x

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Posted (edited)

Soon, we won't be counting them at all.

Edit: Oh, whoops. Somebody posted this already.

Edited by Wjolcz

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