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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1920 on: 03/18/2017 05:12 PM »
Is it possible that the opening mechanism is a chain puller? Thought from the design of the hinge it would be hydraulic rams.

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I think the chain is temporary to secure the door until the actuator is installed, but a chain motor actuator is a possibility.

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1921 on: 03/18/2017 05:30 PM »
Is it possible that the opening mechanism is a chain puller? Thought from the design of the hinge it would be hydraulic rams.

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I thought this might be a ram, and that the chain was a secondary safety, like on a trailer hitch.


From the angle I am speculating that that is a mechanism for adjusting the relative positions of the door and hinge point, either for alignment or balance.

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1922 on: 03/19/2017 11:11 AM »
So the door pivots about the midpoint. Makes sense as the the opening effort is significantly reduced. However it also puts a constraint on the height of what can pass through, though based of the "spy shots" of the potential bot I think it would clear.
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1923 on: 03/19/2017 12:49 PM »

Ahh the wonders and frustrations of watching a private company do its thing without having to tell us anything until it suits them.
This sort of technical detective work can be fascinating, and has real-world counterparts in technical military intelligence. 

If you like this, you'd probably love reading R.V. Jones Most Secret War, an excellent book about the British in WW-II trying to deduce the details of Axis technology from sparse clues.  (Earlier editions of the same book were called "The Wizard War".  I suspect the name was changed since it kept getting filed in the wrong section in bookstores...)

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1924 on: 03/19/2017 01:17 PM »
Could the garage door, once it has pivoted open, slide upward on internal tracks to make it flush with the garage roof? Assuming the "xoomba" needs more room to get through the opening.
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1925 on: 03/19/2017 07:38 PM »
Departing Port Canaveral right now - the gizmo is on the deck of OCISLY - four jack stands on a much larger octagonal base right down on the deck - I got a lot of photos on my good camera, but not on the phone, so I'll post a link when I get back at the end of the week if no one else beats me to it. Wanted to send this while still in cell phone range

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1926 on: 03/19/2017 08:49 PM »
Departing Port Canaveral right now - the gizmo is on the deck of OCISLY - four jack stands on a much larger octagonal base right down on the deck - I got a lot of photos on my good camera, but not on the phone, so I'll post a link when I get back at the end of the week if no one else beats me to it. Wanted to send this while still in cell phone range

Ohhh the cruelty.. ;) :P


Even the worst picture on your phone will do... ;D
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1927 on: 03/20/2017 10:48 PM »
From /r/Spacex, An aerial photo of the roomba on the deck of OCISLY

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1928 on: 03/21/2017 12:39 AM »
this is so cool

sorry for ever doubting the roomba speculators

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1929 on: 03/21/2017 12:43 AM »
I think something urgent happened right before this picture was taken. Notice that there are several guys apparently running towards it...
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1930 on: 03/21/2017 01:36 AM »
From /r/Spacex, An aerial photo of the roomba on the deck of OCISLY

Wow!

Okay, well, one thing I think we can tell for sure; it exists!  8)

Looks like those who were saying it'll be one unit were right, while those (like me) who were postulating 4 (one for each leg) were wrong.

It looks very heavily built. Enough to secure the F9 without attaching to the deck? 


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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1931 on: 03/21/2017 02:15 AM »
I think something urgent happened right before this picture was taken. Notice that there are several guys apparently running towards it...
Maybe they didn't want the Roomba photographed and were trying to get it covered?
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1932 on: 03/21/2017 02:34 AM »
I think something urgent happened right before this picture was taken. Notice that there are several guys apparently running towards it...

That seems like a bit of an overstatement. I see one person possibly jogging, one definitely walking, and two standing around working on it.

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1933 on: 03/21/2017 06:56 AM »
It look like the already made a few spins around the deck with it
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1934 on: 03/21/2017 07:49 AM »
It look like the already made a few spins around the deck with it

I thought that at first, but then I noticed the tire marks (tread pattern) match the yellow cherry picker at the far right. I wonder if it might have been holding a test rig of some sort?

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1935 on: 03/21/2017 09:21 AM »
That thing is both huge and beautiful !!!
Looks like we are in for a treat on the SES10 launch !

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1936 on: 03/21/2017 01:14 PM »
Elsbeth iii is out of port now
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1937 on: 03/21/2017 03:08 PM »
Elsbeth iii is out of port now

Online sources I just now checked show OCISLY missing from the port webcam...  :o
and Elsbeth III and Go Searcher out just offshore maneuvering...  8)
Must be practice & Roomba drills...  ;)
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1938 on: 03/21/2017 07:29 PM »
Elsbeth iii is out of port now

Online sources I just now checked show OCISLY missing from the port webcam...  :o
and Elsbeth III and Go Searcher out just offshore maneuvering...  8)
Must be practice & Roomba drills...  ;)

Update...
Go Searcher back in port and Elsbeth III is headed in... as per MarineTraffic...  :)

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #1939 on: 03/22/2017 03:32 AM »
How long are those boats out for? How many crew on each? And what is the purpose of each?

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