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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).
« Last Edit: 07/10/2017 04:51 PM by old_sellsword »

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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.
« Last Edit: 07/18/2017 04:31 PM by vaporcobra »

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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

And of course the most complete overview in L2 dedicated thread

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.
« Last Edit: 08/12/2017 08:54 PM by tvg98 »

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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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Just passed a big ass booster coming into the Cape. Next up! #NASAsocial

https://twitter.com/wardniner/status/897152084516237312

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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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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« 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/

« Last Edit: 08/19/2017 07:15 AM by Ronsmytheiii »

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