Author Topic: Pad 39A - Transition to SpaceX Falcon Heavy debut - Thread 3  (Read 173430 times)

Offline Chris Bergin

Third thread for Pad 39A work by SpaceX ahead of Falcon Heavy's debut flight (pad will also be used by F9).

Thread 1:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=36100.0

Thread 2:
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=38802.0

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L2 39A - From shovel in the ground to the latest in updates and about 300 photos from KSC folk getting close to it - and rendering envisioning, etc.
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=34978.0

This is updates and discussion, but let's make sure posts are useful. This one is about the pad, remember.

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Any recent photos that could possibly be shared on here?  ;) Has RSS removal officially began?

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As of a week ago, still nothing on the RSS

https://www.instagram.com/p/BJG_R1qg0L8/
« Last Edit: 08/28/2016 12:16 PM by Ronsmytheiii »

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I was out at pad 39A today. There was work going on at the pad, but no visible work on the RSS. The Falcon 9 rocket carrier was parked out in front of the HIF. Unfortunately, the door was closed on the HIF so I could not see the cores inside, although it was mentioned there were 3 of them. The big yellow crane was still parked and laying on the ground. A bit further away there was some work being done to a pair of flame trench deflectors but I suspect those are for 39B.
« Last Edit: 08/30/2016 01:57 AM by glhs272 »

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Thanks for sharing the photos!

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Wait, is that a second T/E?

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Wait, is that a second T/E?
Assuming you mean the vehicle in the 4th image, no it is not. It is a transporter for moving first stages around the Cape. Mainly recovered stages from Port Canaveral to their various other facilities.

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Its amazing how many lbs of steel have been removed according to that article and yet upon cursory inspection the FSS and RSS look mostly unchanged.

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Wait, is that a second T/E?
Assuming you mean the vehicle in the 4th image, no it is not. It is a transporter for moving first stages around the Cape. Mainly recovered stages from Port Canaveral to their various other facilities.
Ah, of course! Thanks

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Came across this on Reddit... Pictures as of yesterday of 39a. http://spaceksc.blogspot.com/2016/09/going-up-part-11.html?m=1
« Last Edit: 09/05/2016 08:51 PM by yokem55 »

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I seem to have missed what the big orange crane is for
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I seem to have missed what the big orange crane is for
It was previously used for shuttle hardware removal and cleanup work on the FSS by SpaceX.
« Last Edit: 09/06/2016 05:04 PM by russianhalo117 »

Offline Chris Bergin

Feature article by Chris Gebhardt:

SpaceX looks to historic Pad 39A for Falcon 9 flight operations
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/09/spacex-historic-pad-39a-falcon-9/

Some additional notes.

The initial idea was a joint article with more on Amos-6 and then the use of 39A as noted. Then the drama dropped with Elon's tweets and so on. I thought Chris' article was just a great read as it was, added a bit more, but the focus is on 39A's upcoming role for SpaceX and the pad's amazing history.

I thought this feature would be a nicer way of approaching this, acknowledging they are in a failure investigation, but focusing on 39A's role past and future.

We'll be writing articles as the investigation moves on, but having had to read all the speculation (not least to help moderate it, I think we're all worn out.) We don't have anything "new" to add as such, so how about this article for a bit of a positive look to the future via a pad that has so much history.

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I seem to have missed what the big orange crane is for

Work on the FSS.  Lots of prep work going on in and around it. 

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I seem to have missed what the big orange crane is for

Work on the FSS.  Lots of prep work going on in and around it.

gotcha.  I was incorrectly assuming its current location meant something else
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The state of LC-39a from the free bus tour. Most visitors on the bus had no idea how lucky they were to see these landed boosters. My day was made.

Cranes! :)

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cuddlyrocket, where is the source post for that? It's edited out of your quote.
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cuddlyrocket, where is the source post for that? It's edited out of your quote.
That quote is the description from the YouTube video.

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Published on Sep 20, 2016
The state of LC-39a from the free bus tour. Most visitors on the bus had no idea how lucky they were to see these landed boosters. My day was made.

Cranes! :)

CRS-8 (cleaned booster), CRS-9 and JCSAT-16 cores?
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Edit-moved to more appropriate thread
« Last Edit: 09/26/2016 05:38 AM by ZachF »

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