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SpaceX Missions Thread
HarbingerDawnDate: Tuesday, 07.01.2014, 01:47 | Message # 61
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The Thaicom-6 satellite was deployed into its proper transfer orbit. This marks the 10th consecutive successful launch for SpaceX, the 8th success of the Falcon 9 family, and the 3rd success of the Falcon 9 v1.1.




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HarbingerDawnDate: Tuesday, 07.01.2014, 08:19 | Message # 62
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Best photo of the launch (in my opinion)



Launch replay






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HarbingerDawnDate: Friday, 10.01.2014, 02:24 | Message # 63
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Great photo from the Thaicom-6 launch






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Destructor1701Date: Friday, 10.01.2014, 03:23 | Message # 64
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Magnificent!

They need to stick some Hero cameras with jetisonable transparent lens-covers on those rockets - HD and launch-grime-free.

Yes, I know - bandwidth hogs...







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HarbingerDawnDate: Wednesday, 15.01.2014, 15:04 | Message # 65
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Mission highlights video from SpaceX. Shows views of fairing separation and payload jettison, which were not visible during the live launch coverage.



EDIT: Oops, this is from their previous mission, the SES-8 launch smile Still a cool vid.





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Edited by HarbingerDawn - Wednesday, 15.01.2014, 15:13
 
HarbingerDawnDate: Wednesday, 29.01.2014, 18:15 | Message # 66
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Thaicom-6 mission overview vid (for real this time!). Includes upper stage relight and payload deployment.






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Destructor1701Date: Saturday, 01.02.2014, 02:51 | Message # 67
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Thanks for keeping this thread updated, HD - I'm baffled that there seems to be so little interest in SpaceX on this forum, of all places!




 
HarbingerDawnDate: Saturday, 01.02.2014, 03:06 | Message # 68
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Quote Destructor1701 ()
I'm baffled that there seems to be so little interest in SpaceX on this forum, of all places!

Well, it is an astronomy and software related forum rather than a spaceflight related forum. The Orbiter forum is more the place for that kind of thing. But if you want the MOST interested place in SpaceX, go to forum.nasaspaceflight.com smile Them people be crazy about SpaceX, rockets, and pretty much anything spaceflight-related. Great place to see the best news, updates, pictures, and speculations that you won't find anywhere else.





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HarbingerDawnDate: Monday, 24.02.2014, 03:14 | Message # 69
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For the SpaceX CRS-3 mission, currently scheduled to launch on 16 March, the Falcon 9 will be flown with landing legs for the first time. The first stage will be put through reusability testing and attempt to splash down softly in the ocean, firing its engine to impact at zero speed, and (probably) deploying its legs as if doing an actual landing.

This will also be the first space station resupply mission launched on the new version of the Falcon 9.






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Destructor1701Date: Monday, 24.02.2014, 16:02 | Message # 70
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I wonder how they have mitigated the spin problem that scuppered their last soft-splashdown attempt?

(here is the last one, 3 metres above the ocean, doing a 'mere' 160km/h - but most importantly - 100% intact)







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HarbingerDawnDate: Monday, 24.02.2014, 18:54 | Message # 71
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I wonder how they have mitigated the spin problem that scuppered their last soft-splashdown attempt?

They say that the legs will provide aerodynamic stability, like fins would, enough so they can counter any roll forces that occur.





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Destructor1701Date: Monday, 24.02.2014, 19:46 | Message # 72
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Yep, I was thinking that too.

I expect Grasshopper 1.1/Grasshopper 2/F-Niner test-article/whatever the hell the official designation for the new lander-tester craft is/ will make a flight before CRS-3 so they can characterise the impact of the legs on that problem.

Though, of course, it doesn't take an aeronautical engineer to realise that a square-ish shape (due to the stuck-on legs) will be less spin-prone than a perfectly round rocket cylinder.







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HarbingerDawnDate: Monday, 24.02.2014, 23:01 | Message # 73
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I expect Grasshopper 1.1/Grasshopper 2/F-Niner test-article/whatever the hell the official designation for the new lander-tester craft is/ will make a flight before CRS-3 so they can characterise the impact of the legs on that problem.

I was talking with NovaSilisko and he thinks so too, but I'm not so sure. The low-altitude test(s) that will be done at McGregor will not be sufficient to give information on that particular problem, and anyway SpaceX has a sort of "go big or go home" carpe diem attitude about these things, so I wouldn't be surprised if they flew CRS-3 before GH2 flies. But who knows, you guys might be right. We'll see in the next few weeks smile





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HarbingerDawnDate: Tuesday, 25.02.2014, 19:35 | Message # 74
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All four legs have now been mounted on the Falcon 9 for the CRS-3 mission.






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Destructor1701Date: Friday, 07.03.2014, 23:23 | Message # 75
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Bad-ass (as in, naughty donkey).

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Ridiculously excellent article about the future of SpaceX and their groundbreaking new engine designs...

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014....r-power




 
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