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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon COTS Demo (C2+) PRE LAUNCH UPDATES
« Reply #380 on: 04/28/2012 02:25 AM »
Thanks corrroded nut. That makes it very clear.
In the NASA video update above, they show an old SpaceX  F9 video, in that video the nose cone is two halves, this one looks to be one piece.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon COTS Demo (C2+) PRE LAUNCH UPDATES
« Reply #381 on: 04/28/2012 02:27 AM »
The guy with the stache was great, I hope he's back.

That's Kevin Brogan (aka "K-Bro"), he was the original designer of the Kestrel engine.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon COTS Demo (C2+) PRE LAUNCH UPDATES
« Reply #382 on: 04/28/2012 02:35 AM »
The way they were dressed you would think they were sound engineers at a gig not working on rockets. Safety first!

I would've hated to hear the commentary if Masten had posted more pictures...

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon COTS Demo (C2+) PRE LAUNCH UPDATES
« Reply #383 on: 04/28/2012 04:14 AM »
The guy with the stache was great, I hope he's back.

That's Kevin Brogan (aka "K-Bro"), he was the original designer of the Kestrel engine.

~Jon

Oh. I thought Mueller built the first Kestrel in his garage before the company started.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon COTS Demo (C2+) PRE LAUNCH UPDATES
« Reply #384 on: 04/28/2012 04:26 AM »
The guy with the stache was great, I hope he's back.

That's Kevin Brogan (aka "K-Bro"), he was the original designer of the Kestrel engine.

~Jon

Oh. I thought Mueller built the first Kestrel in his garage before the company started.
Mueller was working on a turbo pump engine in his garage, not Kestrel (which is pressure-fed).
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon COTS Demo (C2+) PRE LAUNCH UPDATES
« Reply #385 on: 04/28/2012 08:57 AM »
NASA, all uppercase.

If you wanna be pedantic, SpaceX ends with an uppercase X, not "Spacex" as you invariably write.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon COTS Demo (C2+) PRE LAUNCH UPDATES
« Reply #386 on: 04/28/2012 01:12 PM »
Elon on Twitter, complete with nice hero shot of the rocket:

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Dragon review completed. All systems now ready for full thrust hold down firing on Monday. http://t.co/wDQHfgZm

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/statuses/196138087078825984

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon COTS Demo (C2+) PRE LAUNCH UPDATES
« Reply #388 on: 04/28/2012 06:18 PM »
http://www.spacex.com/updates.php

New SpaceX update

Heh.. guy's wearing a SpaceX 69 shirt.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon COTS Demo (C2+) PRE LAUNCH UPDATES
« Reply #389 on: 04/28/2012 08:16 PM »
Regarding safety around hypergolic fuels. Here's a shot from the recovery of Skylab I. That's a friend of mine in the foreground. His caption on the photo reads "Standing in front of the vehicle as the vehicle team deactivates the thrusters." My buddy is wearing some kind of mask, but the other guys look like they could be fixing your washing machine instead of deactivating RCS thrusters.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon COTS Demo (C2+) PRE LAUNCH UPDATES
« Reply #390 on: 04/28/2012 08:20 PM »
webcast page is updated..
http://www.spacex.com/webcast.php

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon COTS Demo (C2+) PRE LAUNCH UPDATES
« Reply #391 on: 04/29/2012 03:07 PM »
webcast page is updated..
http://www.spacex.com/webcast.php

Looks like they are using LiveStream this time rather than their own server, Should solve the lag issues folks had last time.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon COTS Demo (C2+) PRE LAUNCH UPDATES
« Reply #392 on: 04/29/2012 04:41 PM »
Do we know if rollout is supposed to happen today or tomorrow?

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon COTS Demo (C2+) PRE LAUNCH UPDATES
« Reply #393 on: 04/29/2012 07:38 PM »
Do we know if rollout is supposed to happen today or tomorrow?
I suppose the Falcon 9 is already standing verticaly at the pad.

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We'll do a live thread for the static fire to keep everything organized. :) I'll set up later tonight.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon COTS Demo (C2+) PRE LAUNCH UPDATES
« Reply #395 on: 04/29/2012 09:05 PM »
Do we know if rollout is supposed to happen today or tomorrow?
I suppose the Falcon 9 is already standing verticaly at the pad.
LC-40 used to be on KSC Live Video channel 11.  However, the page shows a Shuttle on the launch pad but no Falcon 9.  :-(
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon COTS Demo (C2+) PRE LAUNCH UPDATES
« Reply #396 on: 04/29/2012 11:02 PM »
Do we know if rollout is supposed to happen today or tomorrow?

Roll out confirmed, it's vertical.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon COTS Demo (C2+) PRE LAUNCH UPDATES
« Reply #397 on: 04/30/2012 12:17 AM »
That means they are not trying to improve their rollout to launch time with this launch. 60 minutes roll out to launch is a stated goal.
As Urgordon pointed out earlier, it will be interesting to see if they can pull off the static fire first time, at the intended time, as this is crucial to next weeks launch with an instantaneous window.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon COTS Demo (C2+) PRE LAUNCH UPDATES
« Reply #398 on: 04/30/2012 12:19 AM »
That means they are not trying to improve their rollout to launch time with this launch. 60 minutes roll out to launch is a stated goal.
As Urgordon pointed out earlier, it will be interesting to see if they can pull off the static fire first time, at the intended time, as this is crucial to next weeks launch with an instantaneous window.

It depends on if they are going power up the Dragon and put it into launch configuration.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon COTS Demo (C2+) PRE LAUNCH UPDATES
« Reply #399 on: 04/30/2012 12:21 AM »
That means they are not trying to improve their rollout to launch time with this launch. 60 minutes roll out to launch is a stated goal.
As Urgordon pointed out earlier, it will be interesting to see if they can pull off the static fire first time, at the intended time, as this is crucial to next weeks launch with an instantaneous window.

It depends on if they are going power up the Dragon and put it into launch configuration.
Out of pure curiosity, would you describe that process a little please.

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