Author Topic: Pad 39A - Transition to SpaceX Falcon Heavy debut - Thread 1  (Read 245924 times)

Offline shuttlefan

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Is this an Transporter Erector Launcher (TEL) or is it a Transporter Erector (TE) with a launcher and the stage on top of it? And I agree with the non L2 picture share request.

Thanks for agreeing with me on the picture share request. I think everyone should be able to see at least just ONE photo, PLEASSSE? :D

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Is this an Transporter Erector Launcher (TEL) or is it a Transporter Erector (TE) with a launcher and the stage on top of it? And I agree with the non L2 picture share request.

Thanks for agreeing with me on the picture share request. I think everyone should be able to see at least just ONE photo, PLEASSSE? :D

Here's one from L2 then, especially as people started getting carried away by asking if a stage was on it! ;) It's unpainted and as you've seen in early photos, but cool that it's at the pad and we can see the rails and such - so I intend to write an article over the weekend (covering the pad work as we saw those rails arrive last year), as such I'll include more photos and info in that obviously :)
« Last Edit: 11/06/2015 06:07 PM by Chris Bergin »

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I was referring to the design and function of the TE. Is it the same as the current design. So Transport from the hangar to the pad; Erect the rocket to the vertical position and holding the Launch umbilicals. Or did they split the system. Into a Transporter Erector, and the hold down bottom plate with a hinge-able boom that holds the launch umbilicals (power, data and fueling lines).

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Is this an Transporter Erector Launcher (TEL) or is it a Transporter Erector (TE) with a launcher and the stage on top of it? And I agree with the non L2 picture share request.

Thanks for agreeing with me on the picture share request. I think everyone should be able to see at least just ONE photo, PLEASSSE? :D

Here's one from L2 then, especially as people started getting carried away by asking if a stage was on it! ;) It's unpainted and as you've seen in early photos, but cool that it's at the pad and we can see the rails and such - so I intend to write an article over the weekend (covering the pad work as we saw those rails arrive last year), as such I'll include more photos and info in that obviously :)

Thank-you so much Chris! Much appreciated and looking very foreward to the article! :)

Does this STAY at the pad?
« Last Edit: 11/06/2015 11:43 PM by shuttlefan »

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It looks like they can push/pull the Strongback from a point UNDER the upper part, i.e. with the tractor towing the road-wheel unit.  If this works, then they don't have to do the switcharound that they do at LC-40, where they pull the thing out, then push it to the pad.  It's just a little quicker and simpler.

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New T/E has been erected on the pad. http://imgur.com/a/NSz8S
« Last Edit: 11/07/2015 09:20 PM by pospa »

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New T/E has been erected on the pad. http://imgur.com/a/NSz8S

Cool! It really does look very faithful to the renders/animation that SpaceX released a while back.  :)

And was the cladding/structure cover plates  there in the earlier pictures, or was it just added in the last week or two?

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New T/E has been erected on the pad.
I like that SpaceX is patriotic, despite being a private company with global ambitions and no obligation to fly/display flags everyplace. Makes me proud.

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New T/E has been erected on the pad. http://imgur.com/a/NSz8S

Is this the strongback that stays on the pad permanently?

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New T/E has been erected on the pad. http://imgur.com/a/NSz8S

Is this the strongback that stays on the pad permanently?

No, it does not stay on the pad permanently. None of the SpaceX strongbacks at the various pads do.

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I like that SpaceX is patriotic, despite being a private company with global ambitions and no obligation to fly/display flags everyplace. Makes me proud.

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SpaceX Commercial Crew Astronaut delivery vehicle for 39A. Source: Stephen C. Smith Twitter
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Anyone have any idea where 39A astronauts will don their spacesuits and do preflight suit checkouts?

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SpaceX Commercial Crew Astronaut delivery vehicle for 39A. Source: Stephen C. Smith Twitter

That's a neat next-generation "Astrovan".
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SpaceX Commercial Crew Astronaut delivery vehicle for 39A. Source: Stephen C. Smith Twitter

I doubt it.  There are 3 of those vehicles at the Cape.  With the windows, more like for tours and customers.

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I hope Jim's right.

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SpaceX Commercial Crew Astronaut delivery vehicle for 39A. Source: Stephen C. Smith Twitter

I doubt it.  There are 3 of those vehicles at the Cape.  With the windows, more like for tours and customers.
the original tweet was meant to be taken tongue in cheek:
"Sneak peek at new @SpaceX commercial crew vehicle parked outside Pad 39A. :-)"
https://twitter.com/SpaceKSCBlog/status/663388175109353472

The word "Astronaut" does not appear.

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The passenger van was meant as a joke.  They use it for transporting guests.

My latest photos of Pad 39A renovations just went online:

http://spaceksc.blogspot.com/2015/11/going-up-part-9.html

The transporter erector went vertical Saturday afternoon, and had the American flag flying from its apex.  But today it was back to horizontal, although still on the pad.

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SpaceX Commercial Crew Astronaut delivery vehicle for 39A. Source: Stephen C. Smith Twitter

We all know that van isn't "bad ass" enough for SpaceX Commercial Crew Astronauts. 
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SpaceX Commercial Crew Astronaut delivery vehicle for 39A. Source: Stephen C. Smith Twitter

We all know that van isn't "bad ass" enough for SpaceX Commercial Crew Astronauts.

I mean the crew transport vehicle is pretty obvious already: the falcon wing doors on the Tesla Model X are perfect for letting a suited astronaut into and out of the vehicle easily and quickly, and there is plenty of space left over for the flight surgeons and whoever else the NSA entourage consists of.

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