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Re: Pad 39A - Transition to SpaceX Falcon Heavy debut - Thread 3
« Reply #440 on: 09/07/2017 01:54 AM »
Had noticed that SpaceX took the latest downtime to install some new fairing cradles on the top of the Strongback.

Edit: Perhaps for X-37B-specific lifting/stresses due to a different payload adapter?
Perhaps it is a requirement by USAF rather than vertical integration? Just a WAG

Speaking of vertical integration, will there still be a crane on top of the FSS? If not, how will they use vertical integration?
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Re: Pad 39A - Transition to SpaceX Falcon Heavy debut - Thread 3
« Reply #441 on: 09/07/2017 04:23 AM »
Speaking of vertical integration, will there still be a crane on top of the FSS? If not, how will they use vertical integration?

There's 13 pages of discussion of that right here:

SpaceX Vertical Integration/DOD Market
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=40721.0

That thread has been idle for a year now, though.  You might give it a bump and see what's changed.
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Re: Pad 39A - Transition to SpaceX Falcon Heavy debut - Thread 3
« Reply #442 on: 09/07/2017 04:40 PM »
That poor RSS!

Does the remainder of the RSS look ready for a hurricane?
NASA may regret not letting SpaceX take it down with explosives. 
At least then they could plan the timing of the fall when other things aren't going on.
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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Re: Pad 39A - Transition to SpaceX Falcon Heavy debut - Thread 3
« Reply #443 on: 09/07/2017 05:03 PM »
Had noticed that SpaceX took the latest downtime to install some new fairing cradles on the top of the Strongback.

Edit: Perhaps for X-37B-specific lifting/stresses due to a different payload adapter?
Perhaps it is a requirement by USAF rather than vertical integration? Just a WAG

Speaking of vertical integration, will there still be a crane on top of the FSS? If not, how will they use vertical integration?
it is not disclosed yet

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Re: Pad 39A - Transition to SpaceX Falcon Heavy debut - Thread 3
« Reply #444 on: 09/07/2017 05:18 PM »
Does the remainder of the RSS look ready for a hurricane?
NASA may regret not letting SpaceX take it down with explosives. 
At least then they could plan the timing of the fall when other things aren't going on.
With most of the cleanroom walls and the upper part of the structure removed, the remaining truss structure is presumably not supporting anywhere near the weight it was supporting before removal started.   Moreover there are many fewer flat panels to catch the wind..

I might worry about pieces falling off but I strongly doubt the whole thing's coming down.

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Re: Pad 39A - Transition to SpaceX Falcon Heavy debut - Thread 3
« Reply #445 on: 09/08/2017 05:37 PM »

Edit: Perhaps for X-37B-specific lifting/stresses due to a different payload adapter?

nah

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Re: Pad 39A - Transition to SpaceX Falcon Heavy debut - Thread 3
« Reply #446 on: 09/08/2017 07:46 PM »

Edit: Perhaps for X-37B-specific lifting/stresses due to a different payload adapter?

nah

Whats your best guess then?

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Re: Pad 39A - Transition to SpaceX Falcon Heavy debut - Thread 3
« Reply #447 on: 09/08/2017 08:20 PM »
Probably just a better way to support the fairing/paf in general,  especially when going up hill.  By using a strap, they can set it to whatever tension they want.  If they had a super heavy payload it would take some pressure off the stack.

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Not sure if this is the right location, but a preliminary analysis of damage at Kennedy Space Center had a few frames of LC-39A. Low res and I had to crop in a bit, but the HIF at least looks fine. Three relatively different angles available, feel free to take a look and see if you can spot anything I missed.

https://images.nasa.gov/#/details-KSC-20170912-MH-GEB01_0002-Hurricane_Irma_Damage_Assessment-3169789.html

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Edit: Perhaps for X-37B-specific lifting/stresses due to a different payload adapter?

nah

Whats your best guess then?

I'm pretty sure he's not guessing.

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