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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #380 on: 07/13/2017 08:28 PM »
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https://twitter.com/vectorspacesys/status/885587563129458688

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Successful test of @vectorspacesys 1st stage engine made in #Tucson manufacturing facility w/ new AL #3Dprinting injector & spark igniter

https://twitter.com/jamesncantrell/status/885593016332832768

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #381 on: 07/14/2017 10:34 PM »
A short test:

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Vid of 1st stage engine test funded by @DARPA & @NASA_Marshall 1st use of spark igniter on 5k-lbf engine to improve performance & efficiency

https://twitter.com/vectorspacesys/status/885984844945084416

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #382 on: 07/15/2017 12:00 AM »
Note the size of the feeds and the run tanks.

Still not full size full  duration burn?

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #383 on: 07/15/2017 08:08 AM »
Note the size of the feeds and the run tanks.

That nozzle is some high quality carbon fiber construction though.

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #384 on: 07/15/2017 08:51 PM »
Still not full size full  duration burn?

Not unless you were only planning to lift about 100ft off the deck... oh...

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #385 on: 07/15/2017 09:05 PM »
That nozzle is some high quality carbon fiber construction though.

I am genuinely not sure if you are being sarcastic or not... Are you joking?

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #386 on: 07/15/2017 11:26 PM »
That nozzle is some high quality carbon fiber construction though.

I am genuinely not sure if you are being sarcastic or not... Are you joking?

C'mon look at it.

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #387 on: 07/16/2017 12:11 AM »
That nozzle is some high quality carbon fiber construction though.

I am genuinely not sure if you are being sarcastic or not... Are you joking?

C'mon look at it.

This sniping gets a bit annoying. The least you could do to contribute to the thread is post what you are looking at and talking about

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #388 on: 07/16/2017 06:38 AM »
That nozzle is some high quality carbon fiber construction though.

I am genuinely not sure if you are being sarcastic or not... Are you joking?

C'mon look at it.

This sniping gets a bit annoying. The least you could do to contribute to the thread is post what you are looking at and talking about

I just zoomed in on one of the pics posted but yeah those are better shots.

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #389 on: 07/23/2017 09:29 PM »
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First hint of an upcoming low-altitude test launch by Vector from the site of a proposed Georgia spaceport.

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T-minus 10 days... @CamdenSpaceport
https://twitter.com/vectorspacesys/status/889224527233896448

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/889229181439160320

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #390 on: 07/24/2017 07:32 AM »
So that would make it August 4 for the launch.
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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #391 on: 07/25/2017 02:40 AM »
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Vector-R Block 0.002 shipped out from @vectorspacesys today for launch in 10 days from @CamdenSpaceport.  Stay tuned

https://twitter.com/jamesncantrell/status/889661857526464512
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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #392 on: 07/25/2017 03:03 AM »
Block 0.002? This means that it will be another low altitude fixed engine flight, I presume?

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #393 on: 07/25/2017 03:07 AM »
Block 0.002? This means that it will be another low altitude fixed engine flight, I presume?

Since it's not another block 0.001 it's probably slightly upgraded from the previous model. Pure speculation though.
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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #394 on: 07/25/2017 04:59 AM »
Block 0.002? This means that it will be another low altitude fixed engine flight, I presume?

Since it's not another block 0.001 it's probably slightly upgraded from the previous model. Pure speculation though.
Either that or they are going to do 999 test flights before they reach 1.0. ;)

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #395 on: 07/25/2017 04:49 PM »
Block 0.002? This means that it will be another low altitude fixed engine flight, I presume?

Since it's not another block 0.001 it's probably slightly upgraded from the previous model. Pure speculation though.
Either that or they are going to do 999 test flights before they reach 1.0. ;)

It wouldn't surprise me at this point. Vector's fun-raising strategy is pretty novel, using every small launch as a fun-raising opportunity. Which may work fine for this upcoming launch... But eventually even the gullible investors will catch on if no real progress is demonstrated.

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #396 on: 07/25/2017 06:05 PM »
[in response to someone asking what's new on this flight]
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New flight computers, code upgrades, AFTS, upgraded engines.  Same FAA license restricting altitude.  Customer payloads.  New launch site

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #397 on: 07/25/2017 06:32 PM »
Their workshop really doesn't look like i would think serious rocket manufacturing would look like...

In the picture above i see at least 3 different angle grinders within 3m of flight hardware, none of them with a guard on it.

And there's a cut-in-half bottle catching fluids dripping from the rocket, i guess.

Compared to what we see from RocketLab, it's night and day.

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #398 on: 07/25/2017 09:29 PM »
Their workshop really doesn't look like i would think serious rocket manufacturing would look like...

In the picture above i see at least 3 different angle grinders within 3m of flight hardware, none of them with a guard on it.

And there's a cut-in-half bottle catching fluids dripping from the rocket, i guess.

Compared to what we see from RocketLab, it's night and day.
It is really garage based - the garage is Jim Cantrell's race car garage as you can see in old photo where they had the laurels and photos lining the walls. I think there was even a race car in there at the beginning (under the polythene sheet on axle stands).



According to documents on the internet they are proposing a build-and-lease back deal to developers of their new world headquarters in Arizona, so I am sure they will spend some of that Sequoia money soon on better premises. And with Sequoia on board they have a fair shot at getting all the money they need down the line.

It is truly astonishing that this company hasn't been rumbled yet - the fact that Cantrell is an advisor to his two major announced customers York and Iceye should raise eyebrows at least - but they continue to raise money and capture mindshare.

I genuinely think that some amateur teams like Copenhagen Suborbitals have a much higher grade of technology but for some reason people treat these guys like they already built a Saturn V and personally escorted Armstrong to the surface of the moon...
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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #399 on: 07/25/2017 10:17 PM »
I genuinely think that some amateur teams like Copenhagen Suborbitals have a much higher grade of technology but for some reason people treat these guys like they already built a Saturn V and personally escorted Armstrong to the surface of the moon...


I think the name Cantrell carries it pretty far, given he's associated with SpaceX, and "also played key roles in the development of Skybox Imaging (now Terra Bella) and has had developmental roles in numerous venture funded space efforts including Rocket Lab, Planet, Black Sky and Spaceflight."

To an investor that's not an aerospace engineer through and through that's a big selling point. Given most of these VC's investments have been in software it seems.

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