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Re: General Falcon and Dragon discussion (Thread 14)
« Reply #560 on: 07/08/2017 03:20 PM »
Tweet from Math Sundin
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RUAG Space puts one ping pong ball in for every launch they are part of. @SpaceX designed their own and sent 500. @elonmusk

RUAG supplies parts for many satellites.  Some of their recent tweets mentioned the spacecraft separation system for Inmarsat 5 F4 and thermal components on Iridium NEXT.

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Re: General Falcon and Dragon discussion (Thread 14)
« Reply #561 on: 07/08/2017 04:48 PM »
500   :o

Somebody's got big plans...

(The idea of hundreds of F9 launches is fantasy to some, but not everyone it seems.)
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Re: General Falcon and Dragon discussion (Thread 14)
« Reply #562 on: 07/09/2017 02:49 AM »
500   :o

Somebody's got big plans...

(The idea of hundreds of F9 launches is fantasy to some, but not everyone it seems.)

Minimum order?

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Re: General Falcon and Dragon discussion (Thread 14)
« Reply #563 on: 07/09/2017 10:15 AM »
500   :o

Somebody's got big plans...

(The idea of hundreds of F9 launches is fantasy to some, but not everyone it seems.)

Minimum order?

That's one possibility.
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Re: General Falcon and Dragon discussion (Thread 14)
« Reply #564 on: 07/09/2017 12:33 PM »
Tweet from Math Sundin
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RUAG Space puts one ping pong ball in for every launch they are part of. @SpaceX designed their own and sent 500. @elonmusk

RUAG supplies parts for many satellites.  Some of their recent tweets mentioned the spacecraft separation system for Inmarsat 5 F4 and thermal components on Iridium NEXT.

There are 9 ping-pong balls in the SpaceX tube. Have they been part of 9 launches, or do they represent the 9 Iridium Next satellites in the first launch? I suspect the latter in which case the number of balls will get used up faster.
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Re: General Falcon and Dragon discussion (Thread 14)
« Reply #565 on: 07/09/2017 12:43 PM »
Is this a sign that RUAG will supply some parts for CommX satellites? I'd say yes.

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Re: General Falcon and Dragon discussion (Thread 14)
« Reply #566 on: 07/09/2017 12:55 PM »
Tweet from Math Sundin
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RUAG Space puts one ping pong ball in for every launch they are part of. @SpaceX designed their own and sent 500. @elonmusk

RUAG supplies parts for many satellites.  Some of their recent tweets mentioned the spacecraft separation system for Inmarsat 5 F4 and thermal components on Iridium NEXT.

There are 9 ping-pong balls in the SpaceX tube. Have they been part of 9 launches, or do they represent the 9 Iridium Next satellites in the first launch? I suspect the latter in which case the number of balls will get used up faster.
But there are 10 satellites per launch so that doesn't seem like it would be it. I think it's one ball per mission.

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Re: General Falcon and Dragon discussion (Thread 14)
« Reply #567 on: 07/09/2017 02:09 PM »
Tweet from Math Sundin
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RUAG Space puts one ping pong ball in for every launch they are part of. @SpaceX designed their own and sent 500. @elonmusk

There are 9 ping-pong balls in the SpaceX tube. Have they been part of 9 launches, or do they represent the 9 Iridium Next satellites in the first launch? I suspect the latter in which case the number of balls will get used up faster.
But there are 10 satellites per launch so that doesn't seem like it would be it. I think it's one ball per mission.

My bad, I thought the first launch was only 9 satellites. You must be correct.
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Re: General Falcon and Dragon discussion (Thread 14)
« Reply #568 on: 07/09/2017 03:31 PM »
Tweet from Math Sundin
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RUAG Space puts one ping pong ball in for every launch they are part of. @SpaceX designed their own and sent 500. @elonmusk

There are 9 ping-pong balls in the SpaceX tube. Have they been part of 9 launches, or do they represent the 9 Iridium Next satellites in the first launch? I suspect the latter in which case the number of balls will get used up faster.
But there are 10 satellites per launch so that doesn't seem like it would be it. I think it's one ball per mission.

My bad, I thought the first launch was only 9 satellites. You must be correct.
I only count eight visible. It's *possible* there are two unseen. I agree it's pretty clear there's at least one unseen underneath the balls on the far side.

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Re: General Falcon and Dragon discussion (Thread 14)
« Reply #569 on: 07/09/2017 03:49 PM »
Tweet from Math Sundin
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RUAG Space puts one ping pong ball in for every launch they are part of. @SpaceX designed their own and sent 500. @elonmusk

There are 9 ping-pong balls in the SpaceX tube. Have they been part of 9 launches, or do they represent the 9 Iridium Next satellites in the first launch? I suspect the latter in which case the number of balls will get used up faster.
But there are 10 satellites per launch so that doesn't seem like it would be it. I think it's one ball per mission.

My bad, I thought the first launch was only 9 satellites. You must be correct.
I only count eight visible. It's *possible* there are two unseen. I agree it's pretty clear there's at least one unseen underneath the balls on the far side.
It's pretty clear in the tweet that each ball represents a launch they were involved with. That's two Iridium launches plus the InmarSat launch. They used to supply fairings early on although they don't anymore. But they also supply other parts for launches so some of those are for miscellaneous parts. They won't be adding one for every launch of Falcon, but there'll be plenty more added in the years to come.

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