Me thinks the market for stolen F9 stages is a mite thin....Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
I am not thinking theft, but rather vandalism by hooligans simply looking to make mischief. Paying the salary of a couple of guards is far less expensive than the damage of a handful of teenagers who decide to take a big hammer and start whacking on things or shooting holes with a gun just for the hell of it. And I guarantee you....that does happen.
Any thoughts on why they would have diverted from I-12 to the local road?Did they miss the turnoff for I-10 a ways back, and continuing on I-12 was not a viable option?Just seems odd, since it's unlikely they'll do local roads the whole way.
There's a road crew working on the trailer. Likely a mechanical issue. These things happen in trucking.
There is an escort of multiple state highway patrol vehicles accompanying the convoy at most times.
I'm surprised not to see any armed guards, or at least big guys in suits and sunglasses, to protect such an expensive piece of hardware. I would also think they would have 2 or 3 drivers who rotate driving, resting, sleeping. I'd also modify the truck with aux tanks, a toilet, fridge, microwave, and a couple of bunk beds so it only had to stop for drivers to switch seats.
So... do we have confirmation that this is in fact the center core? And it's headed to McGregor (maybe there by now)? So we've seen one booster that has hot-fired, center core next (FH booster) in line for testing?
NASA is currently looking at ULAís Delta 4-Heavy or SpaceXís Falcon Heavy rocket to send WFIRST into space, according to Dominic Bedford, the missionís program scientist at NASA Headquarters.
Interesting. Late next year seems pretty early for Falcon Heavy to be considered for a flagship mission. Clearly it would have to be certified at the highest classification to be allowed to carry a $2-3 billion payload.I'd imagine it ends up on Delta IV Heavy. If it were a year later than the FH would be a more credible competitor.