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SpaceX Core Spotting
« on: 05/19/2017 07:53 AM »
Please use this thread for reports from public sources (Facebook, Reddit, etc.) on sightings of SpaceX rockets.  We'll mainly see first stages, but feel free to post a link if anyone spots second stages, fairings, etc.

For more information on the locations of SpaceX cores, please refer to the very handy L2 Level SpaceX Falcon 9 Stage Watch



Another stage (seemingly 1037) ready for transport outside factory @Hawthorne
« Last Edit: 05/19/2017 09:06 PM by gongora »

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #1 on: 05/20/2017 08:44 AM »
And core 1037(?) seen @Marana, AZ

« Last Edit: 05/20/2017 01:16 PM by gongora »

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #2 on: 05/20/2017 01:02 PM »
Is this stage backward from 'normal' for some reason? My recollection is that the engines have always been in the back for transport, but in this pic, they appear to be in the front.

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #3 on: 05/20/2017 01:35 PM »
Is this stage backward from 'normal' for some reason? My recollection is that the engines have always been in the back for transport, but in this pic, they appear to be in the front.
Nope, engines are definitely in the back. The bump in the front on top is the second stage release/pusher.

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #4 on: 06/10/2017 01:20 AM »
Another spotting in Arizona reported on Reddit, presumably 1038.

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #5 on: 06/29/2017 12:56 PM »
Another core spotted enroute to the cape.

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #6 on: 06/29/2017 05:55 PM »
Another core spotted enroute to the cape.

I guess that wasn't 1038 after all.  FH side booster.

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #7 on: 07/01/2017 07:13 PM »
This will be 1023, right? FH Side Booster arriving at the Cape:

https://twitter.com/theepicspoon223/status/881227686995267585

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #8 on: 07/01/2017 07:37 PM »
This will be 1023, right? FH Side Booster arriving at the Cape:

https://twitter.com/theepicspoon223/status/881227686995267585

Yep, that's 1023, nice spotting   ;D

You can see a nose cone on the right
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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #9 on: 07/01/2017 08:01 PM »
This will be 1023, right? FH Side Booster arriving at the Cape:

https://twitter.com/theepicspoon223/status/881227686995267585

Yep, that's 1023, nice spotting   ;D

You can see a nose cone on the right
So all the pieces for FH are now at the Cape, correct? Seems like if 1029 didn't go back to McGregor before the BulgariaSat reuse, is it reasonable to assume that 1025 won't go to McGregor either? It's a slightly older booster than 1029, but the same vintage. Of course 1023 would also be similar vintage, right? Perhaps they wanted data from one of the side boosters and fired 1023 since it was ready first?

This timeline fits with Elon's tweet from a few weeks ago that FH parts would all be at the Cape soon.

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #10 on: 07/01/2017 09:15 PM »
This will be 1023, right? FH Side Booster arriving at the Cape:

https://twitter.com/theepicspoon223/status/881227686995267585

Yep, that's 1023, nice spotting   ;D

You can see a nose cone on the right
So all the pieces for FH are now at the Cape, correct? Seems like if 1029 didn't go back to McGregor before the BulgariaSat reuse, is it reasonable to assume that 1025 won't go to McGregor either? It's a slightly older booster than 1029, but the same vintage. Of course 1023 would also be similar vintage, right? Perhaps they wanted data from one of the side boosters and fired 1023 since it was ready first?

This timeline fits with Elon's tweet from a few weeks ago that FH parts would all be at the Cape soon.

Shotwell recently said on the Space Show that 1025 will go through McGregor before final checkouts back at the Cape, just like 1023 did. However, it's currently unknown whether it's still at the Cape, or if it has moved on to McGregor yet.

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #11 on: 07/01/2017 09:19 PM »
This will be 1023, right? FH Side Booster arriving at the Cape:

https://twitter.com/theepicspoon223/status/881227686995267585

Yep, that's 1023, nice spotting   ;D

You can see a nose cone on the right
So all the pieces for FH are now at the Cape, correct? Seems like if 1029 didn't go back to McGregor before the BulgariaSat reuse, is it reasonable to assume that 1025 won't go to McGregor either? It's a slightly older booster than 1029, but the same vintage. Of course 1023 would also be similar vintage, right? Perhaps they wanted data from one of the side boosters and fired 1023 since it was ready first?

This timeline fits with Elon's tweet from a few weeks ago that FH parts would all be at the Cape soon.

Shotwell recently said on the Space Show that 1025 will go through McGregor before final checkouts back at the Cape, just like 1023 did. However, it's currently unknown whether it's still at the Cape, or if it has moved on to McGregor yet.
Had not seen that. Thanks!

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #12 on: 07/02/2017 01:56 AM »
More shots:

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It appears we have a Falcon Heavy side booster at the Cape. @elonmusk  @SpaceX can you confirm this? Is it Thiacomm?

https://twitter.com/parkerhagan/status/881206323278491652

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #13 on: 07/08/2017 09:46 AM »
I know this isn't a core, but an unidentified upperstage is leaving Hawthorne:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BWRB-4inWr5/
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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #14 on: 07/08/2017 10:00 AM »
I know this isn't a core, but an unidentified upperstage is leaving Hawthorne:


As it's not wrapped, I would guess it's not going very far?

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #15 on: 07/09/2017 07:09 PM »
What is thought to be 1039 was spotted yesterday headed eastbound in Wilcox, Arizona.

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #16 on: 07/10/2017 05:22 AM »
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CRS11 Falcon 9 first stage 🚀is all cozy and wrapped for its truck trip to Texas? Hawthorne? Florida?

https://twitter.com/sandymazza/status/884250826641883136

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #17 on: 07/10/2017 05:38 AM »
CRS stages seem lightly used, and CRS-9 will be an FH#1 booster, so Hawthorne for conversion to a FH #2 booster?
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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #18 on: 07/10/2017 05:44 AM »
No point. First post-demo FH flight is Arabsat 6A, many months after the maiden mission and after the introduction of Block 5. It'll use new or reflown Block 5 cores, not flown Block 3 cores.

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #19 on: 07/10/2017 05:45 AM »
CRS stages seem lightly used, and CRS-9 will be an FH#1 booster, so Hawthorne for conversion to a FH #2 booster?

The first FH is already a patchwork booster from various parts. I would expect any subsequent ones to be done exclusively with Block 5 components. I have no proof for that but no contradicting information either. Time will tell.

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #20 on: 07/10/2017 11:10 AM »
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CRS11 Falcon 9 first stage is all cozy and wrapped for its truck trip to Texas? Hawthorne? Florida?

https://twitter.com/sandymazza/status/884250826641883136

That's not CRS-11, that's Iridium-2. Not sure where she got CRS-11 from, there's only been two west coast launches all year, both were Iridium flights.

It's wrapped up because it's going to either McGregor or the Cape (same reason they removed the grid fins).
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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #21 on: 07/18/2017 06:08 AM »
Spotted in 29 Palms, CA on July 14th. Not sure which direction it's heading.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWgfTAunD_s/

Edit: Definitely heading West to Vandy.
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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #22 on: 07/18/2017 08:47 AM »
Nope. West to Vandenberg.

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #23 on: 07/21/2017 04:09 PM »
@Facebook SpaceX fan page photos of inside HIF-39A.
3 cores visible with 1 core (used) seemingly being lifted on transporter. 1 of the other cores is FH Demo side core. The 3rd likely also..
Maybe they are about to start some integration tests with all 3 FH Demo cores?

Anyone with more insight?

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #24 on: 07/21/2017 04:27 PM »
@Facebook SpaceX fan page photos of inside HIF-39A.
3 cores visible with 1 core (used) seemingly being lifted on transporter. 1 of the other cores is FH Demo side core. The 3rd likely also..
Maybe they are about to start some integration tests with all 3 FH Demo cores?

Anyone with more insight?

Here are the images. FB link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/spacexgroup/permalink/10155651551926318/

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #25 on: 07/21/2017 04:29 PM »
@Facebook SpaceX fan page photos of inside HIF-39A.
3 cores visible with 1 core (used) seemingly being lifted on transporter. 1 of the other cores is FH Demo side core. The 3rd likely also..
Maybe they are about to start some integration tests with all 3 FH Demo cores?

Anyone with more insight?

The one being lifted isnít used, itís 1033. You can see all the extra side booster attachment hardware on the interstage and octaweb wrapped in pink.

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #26 on: 07/21/2017 04:32 PM »
@Facebook SpaceX fan page photos of inside HIF-39A.
3 cores visible with 1 core (used) seemingly being lifted on transporter. 1 of the other cores is FH Demo side core. The 3rd likely also..
Maybe they are about to start some integration tests with all 3 FH Demo cores?

Anyone with more insight?

The one being lifted isnít used, itís 1033. You can see all the extra side booster attachment hardware on the interstage and octaweb wrapped in pink.

1033 is the FH demo center core, right?

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #27 on: 07/21/2017 04:38 PM »
Love the FH shirt on the worker.

So, 1033 was stored somewhere else? The reason for the question is guessing that the they would normally unload off the truck not the transporter. The transporter only is used to move stages locally.

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #28 on: 07/21/2017 04:42 PM »
@Facebook SpaceX fan page photos of inside HIF-39A.
3 cores visible with 1 core (used) seemingly being lifted on transporter. 1 of the other cores is FH Demo side core. The 3rd likely also..
Maybe they are about to start some integration tests with all 3 FH Demo cores?

Anyone with more insight?

The one being lifted isnít used, itís 1033. You can see all the extra side booster attachment hardware on the interstage and octaweb wrapped in pink.

1033 is the FH demo center core, right?

Yes! 1033 arriving it is!

So all 3 FH Demo cores are now in HIF-39A! Nice!

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #29 on: 07/21/2017 04:42 PM »
Love the FH shirt on the worker.

So, 1033 was stored somewhere else? The reason for the question is guessing that the they would normally unload off the truck not the transporter. The transporter only is used to move stages locally.

Looks to me like they installed all that separation hardware somewhere like Hangar AO or even SLC-40, then wrapped up the sensitive bits in pink (just like 1029) and transported it to 39A for fit checks.

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #30 on: 07/21/2017 04:50 PM »
Love the FH shirt on the worker.

So, 1033 was stored somewhere else? The reason for the question is guessing that the they would normally unload off the truck not the transporter. The transporter only is used to move stages locally.

Looks to me like they installed all that separation hardware somewhere like Hangar AO or even SLC-40...

So are they using 40's HIF as a warehouse/preparation facility until it's back online?
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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #31 on: 07/21/2017 04:52 PM »
Love the FH shirt on the worker.

So, 1033 was stored somewhere else? The reason for the question is guessing that the they would normally unload off the truck not the transporter. The transporter only is used to move stages locally.

Looks to me like they installed all that separation hardware somewhere like Hangar AO or even SLC-40...

So are they using 40's HIF as a warehouse/preparation facility until it's back online?

We pretty sure thatís where they refurbished 1029.2. It survived Amos-6 almost entirely unscathed, and itís large enough for at least one full F9, so I donít see why they wouldnít be using it for core storage or new SLC-40 hardware preparation.

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #33 on: 08/02/2017 11:17 AM »
In the rain yesterday, @SpaceX moving a wrapped Falcon 9 into the hangar at Pad 39A.

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #34 on: 08/03/2017 07:06 PM »
3 cores to identify. 1 @ Hawthorne, 2 @ CCAFS. (https://redd.it/6rehnb)
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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #35 on: 08/04/2017 02:49 PM »
3 cores to identify. 1 @ Hawthorne, 2 @ CCAFS. (https://redd.it/6rehnb)

Currently publicly assumed/deducted through 101-Dalmation Techniques...:
- 1036 @Hawthorne for refurb... WhoopWhoop.. I asked IridiumBoss if this core might be re-used for IridiumNext-4 ;)
- 1029-2 retired @Hangar AO CCAFS
- 1032 retired/long term storage (for now) @Hangar AO CCAFS

- 1038 @VAFB
- 1039 @HIF-39A
- 1040 @McGregor

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #36 on: 08/12/2017 08:53 PM »
An employee on Reddit has said that the core for SES-11 was seen heading towards McGregor today for a static fire in the near future. It seems it was coming from the Cape as expected.
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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #37 on: 08/15/2017 07:51 AM »
Posted yesterday lunchtime Cape time:

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #38 on: 08/16/2017 01:18 PM »
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Just saw an F9 booster headed west on I-10 in New Mexico today.  I was too slow with the camera but my guess was it was headed to Texas for testing?  Can anyone confirm?

:Edit this occurred around 2PM. 
Also,. I was headed West.  The booster was headed East.

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« Reply #39 on: 08/19/2017 07:12 AM »
Houston_here yesterday @Reddit
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Just saw an F9 booster headed west on I-10 in New Mexico today.  I was too slow with the camera but my guess was it was headed to Texas for testing?  Can anyone confirm?

:Edit this occurred around 2PM. 
Also,. I was headed West.  The booster was headed East.


Must have been this booster, taken on 14 August:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BXwZFZ_lDHz/

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #40 on: 08/20/2017 07:46 PM »
1029.2 definitely didn't stop in McGregor after Iridium-1. We have one report of 1031.2 returning to McGregor from someone who claims to be an employee, but that's about it.

In related news, 1025.2 was finally just spotted heading east west towards McGregor for its post-conversion firing.

Edit: east --> west
« Last Edit: 08/20/2017 09:10 PM by Chris Bergin »

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #41 on: 08/20/2017 08:03 PM »
In related news, 1025.2 was finally just spotted heading east towards McGregor for its post-conversion firing.

I may be confused, but was it going east or west?

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #42 on: 08/20/2017 08:44 PM »
In related news, 1025.2 was finally just spotted heading east towards McGregor for its post-conversion firing.

I may be confused, but was it going east or west?

West, OP just clarified in the Reddit thread.

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #43 on: 08/24/2017 08:11 PM »

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #44 on: 08/25/2017 08:55 AM »
Presumably CRS-12 / B1039 ?

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #45 on: 08/28/2017 09:40 AM »
Presumably CRS-12 / B1039 ?

Most likely indeed (as in 99,99% sure)

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #46 on: 08/31/2017 11:22 AM »
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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #48 on: 09/04/2017 04:45 PM »
I guess those are cores that won't be used in actual launches.
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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #49 on: 09/04/2017 04:55 PM »
I guess those are cores that won't be used in actual launches.

Theyíve been preliminarily identified as 1029.2 and 1032.1, so retirement would be a good guess for their outcomes.

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #50 on: 09/04/2017 07:31 PM »
I guess those are cores that won't be used in actual launches.

Theyíve been preliminarily identified as 1029.2 and 1032.1, so retirement would be a good guess for their outcomes.
I wonder.  This could be the place that cores go to die (given that 1026 rested here before it was scrapped), but didn't 1032 - the NROL-76 booster - do a fairly benign return to LZ-1?

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #51 on: 09/04/2017 09:42 PM »
The one with two flight on log could be good enough for the Smithsonian (or some other museum if they already have one).

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #52 on: 09/04/2017 10:35 PM »
The one with two flight on log could be good enough for the Smithsonian (or some other museum if they already have one).

Unless SpaceX is satisfied with the results of their post-flight testing, I would think any core with two flight cycles would be a prime candidate for methodical disassembly and destructive testing to compare results with analysis.
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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #53 on: 09/05/2017 07:53 PM »
Transport X-37B in fairing to LC-39A HIF



In that video, we can see 1033.1 on the left side of the hangar, and 1023.2 on the right side. You can also see 1040.1 on the pad.

An F9 (likely 1041.1) just left McGregor heading west, so it's probably on its way to VAFB for Iridium-3.

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #54 on: 09/05/2017 11:51 PM »
Transport X-37B in fairing to LC-39A HIF



In that video, we can see 1033.1 on the left side of the hangar, and 1023.2 on the right side. You can also see 1040.1 on the pad.

An F9 (likely 1041.1) just left McGregor heading west, so it's probably on its way to VAFB for Iridium-3.

Is the nosecone removed during storage? That was what I was using to judge the core on the right, didn't want to assume it was 1023.2 in spite of that being the logical conclusion. With 1033.1, you can easily see the pink shrink-wrapped side booster connection point.

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« Reply #55 on: 09/06/2017 12:00 AM »
Transport X-37B in fairing to LC-39A HIF



In that video, we can see 1033.1 on the left side of the hangar, and 1023.2 on the right side. You can also see 1040.1 on the pad.

An F9 (likely 1041.1) just left McGregor heading west, so it's probably on its way to VAFB for Iridium-3.

Is the nosecone removed during storage? That was what I was using to judge the core on the right, didn't want to assume it was 1023.2 in spite of that being the logical conclusion. With 1033.1, you can easily see the pink shrink-wrapped side booster connection point.

I personally see a nosecone on the right booster, but I guess thatís up for interpretation. We havenít 1023.2 leave 39A, so thatís what I assumed it was.

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« Reply #56 on: 09/06/2017 01:09 PM »
Neither core to the sides of the TEL in the hanger has a nosecone attached.  The booster on the right hand side for sure has a pusher inside the interstage area if that helps at all.

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« Reply #57 on: 09/06/2017 02:11 PM »
Neither core to the sides of the TEL in the hanger has a nosecone attached.  The booster on the right hand side for sure has a pusher inside the interstage area if that helps at all.

That does, thanks. So that means 1023.2 left 39A and is somewhere else in Cape Canaveral, and now thereís a mystery F9 at 39A.

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« Reply #58 on: 09/06/2017 03:45 PM »
Neither core to the sides of the TEL in the hanger has a nosecone attached.  The booster on the right hand side for sure has a pusher inside the interstage area if that helps at all.

The TEL isn't in the hangar. It's out on the pad.
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« Reply #59 on: 09/06/2017 03:59 PM »
Neither core to the sides of the TEL in the hanger has a nosecone attached.  The booster on the right hand side for sure has a pusher inside the interstage area if that helps at all.

The TEL isn't in the hangar. It's out on the pad.

The TEL is still in the hanger right now.  Also the booster to the left of the TEL has some pink square next to the raceway at the top.  Any chance 1033 is the one to the right and 1023 is to the left?  Or any chance they kept the pusher in 1023 to keep under the nose cone?
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« Reply #60 on: 09/06/2017 04:30 PM »
Neither core to the sides of the TEL in the hanger has a nosecone attached.  The booster on the right hand side for sure has a pusher inside the interstage area if that helps at all.

The TEL isn't in the hangar. It's out on the pad.

The TEL is still in the hanger right now.  Also the booster to the left of the TEL has some pink square next to the raceway at the top.  Any chance 1033 is the one to the right and 1023 is to the left?  Or any chance they kept the pusher in 1023 to keep under the nose cone?

1033 has an interstage and is covered in pink tape, it's on all the new separation mechanisms. So if the booster on the left has and interstage and is covered in pink tape, it's probably 1033.

1023 doesn't have an interstage, it has a nosecone. If that booster on the right side has an interstage and a center pusher inside that interstage, it can't be 1023. It could however, be any of the myriad of other F9 S1s that are lying around the Cape (1021, 1039, 1035, etc.).

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« Reply #61 on: 09/06/2017 05:13 PM »
Neither core to the sides of the TEL in the hanger has a nosecone attached.  The booster on the right hand side for sure has a pusher inside the interstage area if that helps at all.

The TEL isn't in the hangar. It's out on the pad.

The TEL is still in the hanger right now.  Also the booster to the left of the TEL has some pink square next to the raceway at the top.  Any chance 1033 is the one to the right and 1023 is to the left?  Or any chance they kept the pusher in 1023 to keep under the nose cone?

1033 has an interstage and is covered in pink tape, it's on all the new separation mechanisms. So if the booster on the left has and interstage and is covered in pink tape, it's probably 1033.

1023 doesn't have an interstage, it has a nosecone. If that booster on the right side has an interstage and a center pusher inside that interstage, it can't be 1023. It could however, be any of the myriad of other F9 S1s that are lying around the Cape (1021, 1039, 1035, etc.).

It's getting hard to keep track of them with these intermittent glimpses ;D

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« Reply #62 on: 09/06/2017 07:37 PM »
post on Reddit says that second stages for Iridium 3 and FH Demo have been tested (along with an interesting Boca Chica tidbit).

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« Reply #63 on: 09/06/2017 08:16 PM »
Neither core to the sides of the TEL in the hanger has a nosecone attached.  The booster on the right hand side for sure has a pusher inside the interstage area if that helps at all.

The TEL isn't in the hangar. It's out on the pad.

The TEL is still in the hanger right now.  Also the booster to the left of the TEL has some pink square next to the raceway at the top.  Any chance 1033 is the one to the right and 1023 is to the left?  Or any chance they kept the pusher in 1023 to keep under the nose cone?

1033 has an interstage and is covered in pink tape, it's on all the new separation mechanisms. So if the booster on the left has and interstage and is covered in pink tape, it's probably 1033.

1023 doesn't have an interstage, it has a nosecone. If that booster on the right side has an interstage and a center pusher inside that interstage, it can't be 1023. It could however, be any of the myriad of other F9 S1s that are lying around the Cape (1021, 1039, 1035, etc.).

It's getting hard to keep track of them with these intermittent glimpses ;D

If the other core indeed is a 'normal' F9, it very likely is 1039, seen being transported internally here
But I could not think of any reason for it to move to HIF-39A... Anyone has suggestions/ideas?

If so, we have missed 1023-2 being moved out of HIF-39A to some other storage facility @Cape...
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« Reply #64 on: 09/07/2017 12:26 AM »
Neither core to the sides of the TEL in the hanger has a nosecone attached.  The booster on the right hand side for sure has a pusher inside the interstage area if that helps at all.

The TEL isn't in the hangar. It's out on the pad.

The TEL is still in the hanger right now.  Also the booster to the left of the TEL has some pink square next to the raceway at the top.  Any chance 1033 is the one to the right and 1023 is to the left?  Or any chance they kept the pusher in 1023 to keep under the nose cone?

1033 has an interstage and is covered in pink tape, it's on all the new separation mechanisms. So if the booster on the left has and interstage and is covered in pink tape, it's probably 1033.

1023 doesn't have an interstage, it has a nosecone. If that booster on the right side has an interstage and a center pusher inside that interstage, it can't be 1023. It could however, be any of the myriad of other F9 S1s that are lying around the Cape (1021, 1039, 1035, etc.).

It's getting hard to keep track of them with these intermittent glimpses ;D

If the other core indeed is a 'normal' F9, it very likely is 1039, seen being transported internally here
But I could not think of any reason for it to move to HIF-39A... Anyone has suggestions/ideas?

If so, we have missed 1023-2 being moved out of HIF-39A to some other storage facility @Cape...

Damn sneaky rockets...

I agree, though. 1039 was my first guess, given how recently it was seen on the core transporter outside of the HIF. But where 'o where could 1023.2 have gone? :-[
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« Reply #65 on: 09/07/2017 07:21 PM »
Neither core to the sides of the TEL in the hanger has a nosecone attached.  The booster on the right hand side for sure has a pusher inside the interstage area if that helps at all.

The TEL isn't in the hangar. It's out on the pad.

The TEL is still in the hanger right now....

Check the video at 5:31 as the PLF is brought up to the hangar door. The TEL is clearly visible to the right of the hangar, upright on the pad and floodlit. Also at 6:28 as the PLF is being rolled into the hangar, the TEL is still there.  I imagine they brought it into the hangar shortly afterwards.
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« Reply #66 on: 09/07/2017 10:23 PM »
Neither core to the sides of the TEL in the hanger has a nosecone attached.  The booster on the right hand side for sure has a pusher inside the interstage area if that helps at all.

The TEL isn't in the hangar. It's out on the pad.

The TEL is still in the hanger right now....

Check the video at 5:31 as the PLF is brought up to the hangar door. The TEL is clearly visible to the right of the hangar, upright on the pad and floodlit. Also at 6:28 as the PLF is being rolled into the hangar, the TEL is still there.  I imagine they brought it into the hangar shortly afterwards.

Getting off topic, but at the time of my post the TEL was in the hanger with the same two cores in the video beside it.  Video was from last week, but cores visible in it were still in place.

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« Reply #67 on: 09/08/2017 11:34 AM »
Right, makes sense now. I should have said "the TEL is on the pad in the video." Thanks for clearing that up.
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« Reply #68 on: 09/08/2017 09:14 PM »
Elon just posted a foto with core 1042 ij background fully assembled!!

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« Reply #69 on: 09/16/2017 08:47 AM »
Some cores should be on the move already or soon...
please keep an eye out.

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« Reply #70 on: 09/20/2017 12:32 PM »
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« Reply #71 on: 09/20/2017 03:20 PM »
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Ok, anyone got any clue which core this might be? Some Dalmatian Spot Detective?
If need be, PM me or discuss in L2.

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« Reply #72 on: 09/20/2017 03:42 PM »
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https://twitter.com/spaceflorida/status/910470090688274432

Ok, anyone got any clue which core this might be? Some Dalmatian Spot Detective?
If need be, PM me or discuss in L2.

Whichever one it is, it's way down behind Hangar E/F. First Hangar AM, and now Hangar F; SpaceX keeps growing at the Cape.
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« Reply #73 on: 09/20/2017 04:07 PM »
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Just another morning commute on Floridaís Space Coast #Falcon9

https://twitter.com/spaceflorida/status/910470090688274432

Ok, anyone got any clue which core this might be? Some Dalmatian Spot Detective?
If need be, PM me or discuss in L2.

Whichever one it is, it's way down behind Hangar E/F. First Hangar AM, and now Hangar F; SpaceX keeps growing at the Cape.
Looks like it is lined up with the entry to Hangar E (west side).  Also looks like it barely fits on the lot there.

Hangar E used to be used for Agena (Lockheed).  Later it may have been used by Boeing for IUS work (not sure) and for some Delta 4 logistics.

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