Author Topic: SpaceX, Air Force assess more landing pads, Dragon processing at LZ-1  (Read 6962 times)

Offline Wolfram66

The drone video of the CRS-10 1st stage landing doesn't seem to chow any work being done for the next 2 landing pads.

I noticed that too.

So either they're:
1. starting clearing the padspace after the CRS-10 landing
2. Realizing they'll never launch FH during the nesting period
3. somehow landing the boosters on the center pad together, or,
4. (Extremely unlikely) going expendable on the boosters
5) Lease additional LC pads nearby rather than disturb virgin brush cover

Offline MarekCyzio

The drone video of the CRS-10 1st stage landing doesn't seem to chow any work being done for the next 2 landing pads.

I noticed that too.

So either they're:
1. starting clearing the padspace after the CRS-10 landing
2. Realizing they'll never launch FH during the nesting period
3. somehow landing the boosters on the center pad together, or,
4. (Extremely unlikely) going expendable on the boosters
5) Lease additional LC pads nearby rather than disturb virgin brush cover
6) Waiting for all necessary approvals and for Scrub Jay's to finish nesting?

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This is all assuming the Scrub Jays don't suffer schedule delays of course.
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This is all assuming the Scrub Jays don't suffer schedule delays of course.

Or if they work off Elon time, if so they'll stop nesting near 2030  8)
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How close are the landing pads actually expected to be? You would think that >500m would be necessary to keep a safe navigation distance and prevent one RUD from taking out the second booster.

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How close are the landing pads actually expected to be?

See the images here.

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How close are the landing pads actually expected to be? You would think that >500m would be necessary to keep a safe navigation distance and prevent one RUD from taking out the second booster.

I did some rough approximation in Google Earth, the landing pads all appear to be about 1,000 feet from each other. The top yellow line matches to the top measurement box, the bottom yellow line matches the bottom measurement box. The red line is a copy of the top yellow one, rotated and aligned with the center of the south pad. As you can see, the north pad clears that red line by a little, confirming (in the loosest sense of the word) that all the pads are about 1,000 feet away from each other.

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