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Offline deruch

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Re: General Falcon and Dragon discussion (Thread 14)
« Reply #580 on: 09/02/2017 12:25 AM »
And what propulsion tests could SpaceX be up to? Raptor?

Possibly RaptorVAC  upper stage variant development Raptor LCH4 for USAF?

No. Block 5 upper stage, most likely.

e.g. Extended duration loiter for direct GSO insertions.
Shouldn't reality posts be in "Advanced concepts"?  --Nomadd

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Re: General Falcon and Dragon discussion (Thread 14)
« Reply #581 on: 09/11/2017 05:25 PM »
My latest article regarding SpaceX.  This one reflects on the recent OTV-5 mission, discusses the size of the landed booster, and speaks of the amazing things coming down the line. 

SpaceX and the Scale of Things to Come


I try to write approachable articles that can be enjoyed by non-experts and causal fans while avoiding the hyperbole and outright nonsense that is often exhibited in casual space articles.   

Also, if you missed it, check out my previous article: The SpaceX Steamroller

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Re: General Falcon and Dragon discussion (Thread 14)
« Reply #582 on: 09/11/2017 06:37 PM »
I found this article and its predecessor very accessible, and full of great information that you don't get (or don't get accurately) in a lot of the casual press. These are good articles to share with folks who aren't quite as, should I say, **intense in our fandom**, as we are.
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Re: General Falcon and Dragon discussion (Thread 14)
« Reply #583 on: 09/12/2017 10:39 AM »
Nit:
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After exiting most of Earth’s atmosphere, the fairing is ejected and the space plane is released to fly on its own power.
An Apollo fanboy . . . fifty years ago.

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Re: General Falcon and Dragon discussion (Thread 14)
« Reply #584 on: 09/14/2017 07:31 AM »
FINALLY!  The first stage landing crash video we were promised!  ;D

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/908229340139323392
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Just posted a video https://www.instagram.com/p/BZA0s7EAmF1/

Edit:
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/908254739825025025
@elonmusk
High res version at
« Last Edit: 09/14/2017 09:18 AM by Req »

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Re: General Falcon and Dragon discussion (Thread 14)
« Reply #585 on: 09/14/2017 08:32 AM »
FINALLY!  The first stage landing crash video we were promised!  ;D

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/908229340139323392
@elonmusk
Just posted a video https://www.instagram.com/p/BZA0s7EAmF1/

Edit:
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/908254739825025025
@elonmusk
High res version at

And it is friggin' AWESOME!

Complete with unseen footage of the demise of F9R-Dev1. It somersaulted pretty good before they blew it up. Reminds me of how Ariane 501 met it's end.
Also plenty of different-angle views of previously seen explosions.
And includes footage of the very first attempt to land the F9 first stage in the ocean. Remember, the one that spun out of control and impacted hard? That one. Spectacular explosion on the ocean surface.
And that "dancing stage" is downright freaky to witness.

Some screenshots below.
« Last Edit: 09/14/2017 09:50 AM by woods170 »

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Re: General Falcon and Dragon discussion (Thread 14)
« Reply #586 on: 09/14/2017 09:05 AM »
I think Instagram's one minute video limit cut the video short...  :'(

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