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Upcoming Talks - SpaceX Related
« on: 06/15/2017 03:29 AM »
These are some upcoming SpaceX related hearings/interviews/conference appearances/keynote speeches.  I wanted to try keeping a list of them in one place so that we have an easy reference.  If you run across any more please put a note in this thread.


Wed. Oct 25, 2017, 10am EDT : Patricia Cooper: Senate hearing on commercial satellite industry (thread)


NOTE: for non SpaceX related talks, see: http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=43382

past talks:
Thu Jul 13, 2017    9am EDT   Tim Hughes  Senate Hearing
     Reopening the American Frontier: Promoting Partnerships Between Commercial Space and the U.S. Government to Advance Exploration and Settlement
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:30p EDT Elon Musk  ISS R&D Conference speech
Sat Oct 14, 2017 Elon Musk AMA on Reddit
Sep 29, 2017      Elon Musk, IAC 2017 in Adelaide (2pm local, 4:30am UTC, 12:30am EDT) (thread)
Oct 11, 2017       Gwynne Shotwell: Road to Mars @ Stanford (7pm PDT)

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Re: Upcoming Talks - SpaceX Related
« Reply #1 on: 06/15/2017 04:31 AM »
+ Sept. 25-29: Elon Musk; International Astronautical Conference 2017
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Re: Upcoming Talks - SpaceX Related
« Reply #2 on: 06/15/2017 02:53 PM »
Where is the list for Orbital, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and others?

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Re: Upcoming Talks - SpaceX Related
« Reply #3 on: 06/15/2017 03:18 PM »
Where is the list for Orbital, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and others?

I personally am most interested in SpaceX, so I am willing to spend a little time to periodically update the list in the top post of this thread.  If someone is willing to do that for a broader range of companies feel free to create a thread in the appropriate section.  We could also just create a thread where people can post notices for such events if no one wants to curate a list for it.

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« Reply #4 on: 06/15/2017 07:38 PM »
Where is the list for Orbital, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and others?

Speaking of others, Virgin Galactic will be talking at the Spaceport America Cup next week. I can record it or post any major highlights from the event.

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« Reply #5 on: 06/15/2017 11:14 PM »
Where is the list for Orbital, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and others?

Perhaps I'm blind, but isn't this thread in the SpaceX general forum?

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Re: Upcoming Talks - SpaceX Related
« Reply #6 on: 06/16/2017 08:06 AM »
Where is the list for Orbital, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and others?

You know, I started a thread for one of these events once:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=42898.0

It was attended primarily by Boeing, LM, Orbital, etc. Unfortunately, it was not worth it. They work under completely unrealistic premises.

ULA for instance would be much, much, much, ...., much more interesting if they could keep the revenue they make and invest it in R&D, new rockets, reusability, IVF, etc., I come back to that at the end of my post. SpaceX landed and relaunched a first stage of a EELV class rocket within 15 years of its existence. I guess they started with 200M or thereabouts and got one funding round of about 1B. Look what they have done with that investment. Fuck launch price, its not important. What is important is technological development and advancement in rocket technology. In the same time, Boeing, LM, ULA made what? A new launch vehicle, not much different from what we had in the 70s. A bit more effective, but basically nothing in terms of advancement of technology. Taking this past experience, think of what SpaceX might be able to do in the next 15 years. And what ULA might achieve in the next 15 years. ULA might have the Vulcan, which is just an other iteration of the 70s technology, a bit more efficient, a bit cheaper. They might have IVF which is quite a substantial advancement. But thats it. By the same optimism, SpaceX on the other hand might do what Shuttle promised but never delivered: full and rapid reusability. Compare ITS with Orion and tell me whats more interesting.

Not everything is sunny on the SpaceX side for sure. But when looking at Boeing, LM, Orbital, ULA.. its like looking someone developing more efficient means to stand still. I am not surprised that SpaceX gets such an audience and old space doesnt. Imagine what ULA could be now if they were allowed to keep the revenue they made. Imagine, we would probably have IVF by now. Vulcan would probably be redesigned to be fully reusable or would be on a track to achieve it. ULA would be a stunning company to look at, hear talks from their engineers and get excited by the future they want to achieve.

And before you mention it, thats not bashing ULA. Its an observation and an answer to your question: Why does nobody cares about ULA? Basically, it boils down to: Driving technology to new heights or be a cash cow. Pick one.

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Re: Upcoming Talks - SpaceX Related
« Reply #7 on: 06/16/2017 05:16 PM »
I find the pair of meetings on June 21 and 22 interesting for the main reason of the topic for the June 21 meeting and that the June 22 appearance is likely to be a SpaceX sided take away about the Senate Hearing and how that will affect SpaceX Exploration and Settlement goals.

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Re: Upcoming Talks - SpaceX Related
« Reply #8 on: 06/16/2017 05:46 PM »
This thread is really meant to be a place to aggregate notices of upcoming talks, not a place to detail/praise the company vision.

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« Reply #9 on: 06/17/2017 01:27 AM »
This thread is really meant to be a place to aggregate notices of upcoming talks, not a place to detail/praise the company vision.
Sorry...  :)
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Re: Upcoming Talks - SpaceX Related
« Reply #10 on: 06/20/2017 10:28 PM »
Tweet from Jeff Foust:
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Re: Upcoming Talks - SpaceX Related
« Reply #11 on: 07/06/2017 09:53 PM »
Tweet from Jeff Foust:
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The Senate space subcmte has rescheduled its hearing on public-private partnerships for July 13. One change: Tim Hughes speaking for SpaceX.

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Re: Upcoming Talks - SpaceX Related
« Reply #12 on: 07/14/2017 11:57 AM »
So there's these tweets:

Erik Cleven‏ @VoltzCoreAudio  Jul 11: I know some of us sound like a broken record by now, but can we get a real estimate on when the big Mars update will be?

Elon Musk @elonmusk Replying to @VoltzCoreAudio @DJSnM
Maybe the upcoming IAC in Adelaide
2:44 PM - 11 Jul 2017

Adelaide is the capital of the state of South Australia. Also don't forget that Tesla has recently won a contract to build the world's biggest battery storage facility in South Australia, in the next few months before Australian summer starts in December.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-40527784

A happy confluence of events for Elon Musk.  If I had to bet money on it, I'd say the next ITS announcement will almost certainly be at IAC 2017.  He can come to present, then get an update on the battery plant rollout while he's here.

I was thinking about going to IAC anyway, maybe I can report for NSF the way Helodriver did last year..? :D

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Re: Upcoming Talks - SpaceX Related
« Reply #13 on: 07/14/2017 02:53 PM »
The committee hearing was held- https://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2017/7/reopening-the-american-frontier-promoting-partnerships-between-commercial-space-and-the-u-s-government-to-advance-exploration-and-settlement, but there are no video or transcripts of the session.  Does anyone have links to them?

Additionally, Ars Technica https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/07/spacex-urges-lawmakers-to-commercialize-deep-space-exploration/ put up an article on the hearing discussing Tim Hughes' prepared remarks.

Ars seemed to think that SpaceX was agitating for the establishment by NASA of a Super Heavy Lift equivalent of Commercial Crew program, in recognition of the Falcon Heavy, New Glenn and other commercial space developments of large lifters.

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« Reply #14 on: 07/14/2017 03:11 PM »
The committee hearing was held- https://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2017/7/reopening-the-american-frontier-promoting-partnerships-between-commercial-space-and-the-u-s-government-to-advance-exploration-and-settlement, but there are no video or transcripts of the session.  Does anyone have links to them?
Here's the video (courtesy of u/SpaceKSCBlog on r/SpaceX):

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« Reply #15 on: 07/14/2017 03:13 PM »
The committee hearing was held- https://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2017/7/reopening-the-american-frontier-promoting-partnerships-between-commercial-space-and-the-u-s-government-to-advance-exploration-and-settlement, but there are no video or transcripts of the session.  Does anyone have links to them?

Additionally, Ars Technica https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/07/spacex-urges-lawmakers-to-commercialize-deep-space-exploration/ put up an article on the hearing discussing Tim Hughes' prepared remarks.

Ars seemed to think that SpaceX was agitating for the establishment by NASA of a Super Heavy Lift equivalent of Commercial Crew program, in recognition of the Falcon Heavy, New Glenn and other commercial space developments of large lifters.

Video is on youtube:

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Re: Upcoming Talks - SpaceX Related
« Reply #18 on: 07/15/2017 06:43 PM »
NGA 2017 SUMMER MEETING — Introducing the News Chairs Initiative "Ahead of the Curve"

Started streaming 1 hour ago

Closing Plenary Introducing the News Chairs Initiative "Ahead of the Curve"

Speaker: Elon Musk
Governor Terry McAuliffe, Virginia, Chair
Governor Brian Sandoval, Nevada, Vice Chair

Keynote Speaker:
• Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX



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« Reply #19 on: 07/15/2017 08:04 PM »
The most SpaceX relevant part of the NGA talk today was about COTS and government contracting. I don't think there is any news here about Elon being against cost-plus and for milestone based contracting.

Another somewhat relevant bit was a discussion of regulations. Elon is for the right amount of regulation (my paraphrase) and thinks regulations should be reviewed a regular intervals to keep them relevant and at the right amount.

Most of the rest of the talk was about Tesla, sustainable energy, and artificial intelligence. Interesting (particularly the AI piece), but not directly relevant to SpaceX.

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« Reply #20 on: 07/17/2017 12:49 PM »
There was another thread on the NGA talk that's disappeared, I suspect as too far off topic. Anyway here's just the main space bit of Elon's Q&A (only other space bit was brief mention of making life multi-planetary):


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« Reply #21 on: 07/17/2017 04:01 PM »
Where is the list for Orbital, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and others?

Perhaps I'm blind, but isn't this thread in the SpaceX general forum?

actually, I'm kind of with Jim on this.

     It would be nice if we had both a monthly Launch List on the main page as well as a list of upcoming conferences and who would be at them.  (This could also give some of us advance enough notification to arrange to attend these meetings as well).
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Re: Upcoming Talks - SpaceX Related
« Reply #22 on: 07/17/2017 04:10 PM »
Where is the list for Orbital, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and others?

Perhaps I'm blind, but isn't this thread in the SpaceX general forum?

actually, I'm kind of with Jim on this.

     It would be nice if we had both a monthly Launch List on the main page as well as a list of upcoming conferences and who would be at them.  (This could also give some of us advance enough notification to arrange to attend these meetings as well).

Perhaps so, but not here. Did you notice the heading? [SpaceX Vehicles and Missions/SpaceX General Section] This thread is located specifically in the SpaceX-only area. Lists of such events for companies other than SpaceX would be off topic.
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« Reply #23 on: 07/17/2017 04:13 PM »
I'll look into setting up a more general thread for upcoming events.

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« Reply #24 on: 07/17/2017 10:28 PM »

 
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:30p EDT Elon Musk  ISS R&D Conference speech



Do we know if this will be webcast? I've seen recorded videos from the 2016 event, but I can't remember if it was livestreamed, etc.

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« Reply #25 on: 07/17/2017 10:41 PM »

 
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:30p EDT Elon Musk  ISS R&D Conference speech



Do we know if this will be webcast? I've seen recorded videos from the 2016 event, but I can't remember if it was livestreamed, etc.

According to the frontpage at https://www.issconference.org/ the conf will be livestreamed starting tomorrow morning at 8am. And last year they streamed the whole event, including luncheons like Elon will do. So lets hope!
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Re: Upcoming Talks - SpaceX Related
« Reply #26 on: 07/18/2017 11:15 PM »
I'll look into setting up a more general thread for upcoming events.
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« Reply #27 on: 07/22/2017 12:43 AM »
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Twitter Question: Should we expect you at IAC 2017 in Adelaide then?

Elon Musk reply: Yes, I postponed publishing in order to present the updated interplanetary rocket & spaceship design in Adelaide. Will be on the final day.

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« Reply #28 on: 07/22/2017 12:46 AM »
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Twitter Question: Should we expect you at IAC 2017 in Adelaide then?

Elon Musk reply: Yes, I postponed publishing in order to present the updated interplanetary rocket & spaceship design in Adelaide. Will be on the final day.

Might wanna add the article he retweeted for context
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« Reply #29 on: 09/05/2017 12:48 AM »
Elon's talk in Adelaide on Sept. 29 is at 1400 local, 0430 UTC, 0030 EDT.

http://www.iac2017.org/iac-2017-news/news-items/LockheedMartinandSpaceXinMissionstoMars

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« Reply #30 on: 09/25/2017 11:22 PM »
Shotwell will be speaking at Stanford, hosted by the Stanford Student Space Initiative. I believe the event is public, so long as you RSVP. Should generate some intelligent questions, at a minimum :)

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gwynne-shotwell-road-to-mars-tickets-37968773624
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« Reply #31 on: 09/28/2017 12:08 AM »
Gwynne  Shotwell spoke at MIT today, some interesting tweets start at: https://twitter.com/charlottelowey/status/913136268954996736

(Exciting news about S2 'soft' water landing already captured here.)

I was also particularly struck by:

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Shotwell on @SpaceX work on nuclear propulsion: "We're actually trying to get hold of some nuclear material - it's hard, by the way"

https://twitter.com/charlottelowey/status/913145922976190464

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« Reply #32 on: 09/28/2017 11:53 PM »
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This week at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia, SpaceX CEO and Lead Designer Elon Musk will provide an update to his 2016 presentation regarding the long-term technical challenges that need to be solved to support the creation of a permanent, self-sustaining human presence on Mars.

http://www.spacex.com/mars

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You can watch the talk live on this page on Thursday, September 28th at 9:30 p.m. PDT,
or Friday, September 29th at 2:00 p.m. ACST in Adelaide, Australia

I hadn't heard that we could watch.

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« Reply #33 on: 09/29/2017 12:14 AM »
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This week at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia, SpaceX CEO and Lead Designer Elon Musk will provide an update to his 2016 presentation regarding the long-term technical challenges that need to be solved to support the creation of a permanent, self-sustaining human presence on Mars.

http://www.spacex.com/mars

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You can watch the talk live on this page on Thursday, September 28th at 9:30 p.m. PDT,
or Friday, September 29th at 2:00 p.m. ACST in Adelaide, Australia

I hadn't heard that we could watch.

From what I understand, Musk's talk is literally the only thing at IAC 2017 that will be livestreamed.

Pretty subpar for such a large group, but IAC 2017 rationalized it on Twitter by arguing that people wouldn't buy tickets to come if plenaries were streamed. Rather discounts the benefits of networking and technical sessions, if you ask me, but c'est la vie.
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« Reply #34 on: 10/04/2017 03:37 PM »
Not quite a talk, but Gwynne Shotwell is testifying at the first meeting of the National Space Council tomorrow. Blue Origin and SNC also testifying.

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« Reply #35 on: 10/06/2017 07:28 PM »
Steve Jurveston is speaking at the Economists's inaugural global Space Summit on Nov 9th at 10:15am PST - he usually has an interesting tidbit or two to drop.

https://events.economist.com/events-conferences/americas/the-new-space-age/

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« Reply #36 on: 10/12/2017 03:24 PM »
It's been mentioned in a couple of threads, but thought a pointer here might be helpful:

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« Reply #37 on: 10/13/2017 05:39 PM »

 
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:30p EDT Elon Musk  ISS R&D Conference speech



Do we know if this will be webcast? I've seen recorded videos from the 2016 event, but I can't remember if it was livestreamed, etc.

According to the frontpage at https://www.issconference.org/ the conf will be livestreamed starting tomorrow morning at 8am. And last year they streamed the whole event, including luncheons like Elon will do. So lets hope!

Link to talk:


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« Reply #38 on: 10/14/2017 07:28 AM »
Elon Musk is doing a Reddit Q&A this weekend - anybody going to show up for it?

https://www.geekwire.com/2017/elon-musk-will-chat-big-rocket-plans-spacex-fans-reddit/


If others do show up, then would anyone mind asking about SpaceX and the USAF RFP for its new launch vehicle? I'm really interested in knowing whether SpaceX will propose BFR for that.

Also, I wanted to hear further from Musk on Gwynne Shotwell's comments that The Boring Company could help in the establishment of off-world infrastructure on the Moon and Mars.

Can anybody else think of useful questions to ask?
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« Reply #39 on: 10/14/2017 02:29 PM »
This thread is not for compiling questions for an upcoming talk.  If you want to do that start a new thread.

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« Reply #42 on: 10/15/2017 12:34 AM »
Does anyone know if ISPCS will be posting videos like they did for last year's conference?  I don't see much coverage of the conference last week.

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« Reply #43 on: 10/15/2017 06:52 AM »
Does anyone know if ISPCS will be posting videos like they did for last year's conference?  I don't see much coverage of the conference last week.

A shame :( I would expect videos, but expect to wait quite awhile. Last year's conference was at the same time in October and videos were eventually uploaded to YouTube starting in early November and not finishing until late December.
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« Reply #44 on: 11/10/2017 07:44 PM »
Anyone a member of Irvine Valley College's Accounting Society? ;D Bret Johnson (CFO) is giving a talk over Skype on Nov. 13, 4pm.
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« Reply #45 on: 11/10/2017 09:28 PM »
Suggest you ask about the effectiveness of the ERP software in doing cost recovery models for vehicles. (They got it from Tesla, and its allowed them to exceed federal standards/cost models.

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« Reply #46 on: 11/10/2017 09:43 PM »
Suggest you ask about the effectiveness of the ERP software in doing cost recovery models for vehicles. (They got it from Tesla, and its allowed them to exceed federal standards/cost models.

I wish, I sadly am not the subject of the email, was posted on Instagram. I'm tempted to ask if it could be recorded, but I highly doubt it.
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« Reply #48 on: 01/11/2018 08:41 AM »
EE Distinguished Lecture: Lars Blackmore, SpaceX Friday, January 12, 2018 - 3:30pm

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SpaceX's reusable rocket program aims to reduce the cost of space travel by making rockets that can land, refuel and refly, instead of being thrown away after every flight. Autonomous precision landing of a rocket is a unique problem, which has been likened to balancing a rubber broomstick on your hand in a windstorm. Rockets do not have wings (unlike airplanes) and they cannot rely on a high ballistic coefficient to fly in a straight line (unlike missiles). In the past two years, SpaceX has successfully landed nineteen rockets, some of which were on dry land at Cape Canaveral, and some of which were on floating platforms in the ocean. This talk will discuss the challenges involved, how these challenges were overcome, and next steps towards rapid reusability.
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Lars Blackmore is responsible for Entry, Descent and Landing of SpaceX's Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) rocket. His team developed the precision landing algorithms and operations required to bring F9R back to the launch site. Previously, Lars was with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he was co-inventor of the G-FOLD algorithm for precision landing on Mars, and was a member of the control team for the SMAP climate change observatory. Lars was named one of MIT Tech Review's "35 under 35" innovators and has a PhD in Guidance, Navigation and Control from the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
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« Reply #49 on: 01/12/2018 07:14 AM »
EE Distinguished Lecture: Lars Blackmore, SpaceX Friday, January 12, 2018 - 3:30pm


I will attend this talk today at Stanford and can post notes afterwords. If the opportunity arises, I'll ask one or two questions. Feel free to message me with suggested questions.
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« Reply #50 on: 01/12/2018 12:33 PM »
EE Distinguished Lecture: Lars Blackmore, SpaceX Friday, January 12, 2018 - 3:30pm


I will attend this talk today at Stanford and can post notes afterwords. If the opportunity arises, I'll ask one or two questions. Feel free to message me with suggested questions.

Great! Yes please, post here all notes you can capture.
Please ask him about BFS precision landing in unknown weather conditions during Earth to Earth suborbital transport flights. Would it be easy or difficult for EDL team to prepare robust enough flight SW for all possible conditions and scenarios?   
Thanks!
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« Reply #51 on: 01/12/2018 05:54 PM »
EE Distinguished Lecture: Lars Blackmore, SpaceX Friday, January 12, 2018 - 3:30pm


I will attend this talk today at Stanford and can post notes afterwords. If the opportunity arises, I'll ask one or two questions. Feel free to message me with suggested questions.

Great! Yes please, post here all notes you can capture.
Please ask him about BFS precision landing in unknown weather conditions during Earth to Earth suborbital transport flights. Would it be easy or difficult for EDL team to prepare robust enough flight SW for all possible conditions and scenarios?   
Thanks!

Got it. FYI, We just received an email stating that the talk is only open to Stanford students, faculty, and staff. Also the venue has been changed.

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« Reply #52 on: 01/13/2018 12:07 AM »
EE Distinguished Lecture: Lars Blackmore, SpaceX Friday, January 12, 2018 - 3:30pm


I will attend this talk today at Stanford and can post notes afterwords. If the opportunity arises, I'll ask one or two questions. Feel free to message me with suggested questions.



Hi - The talk just got out. I'm sorry to disappoint, but they were very strict about no press, no recording, and Lars asked specifically about if anyone had attended from Reddit at the end. The obvious vibe was that this talk wasn't intended to be distributed publicly. I'll say that most of the content drew from his 2016 publication here: https://www.nae.edu/Publications/Bridge/164237/164334.aspx

The Q&A he deliberately avoided discussing any future specific plans, but it was very interesting and impressive nonetheless.

I have about 7-8 pages of notes from the talk. I'll clean them up a bit then post them in L2 soon.

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« Reply #53 on: 01/13/2018 01:47 AM »
For those of us who aren't L2, does that mean it's not kosher to post our notes?

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« Reply #54 on: 01/17/2018 12:44 PM »
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 10:00am

Subcommittee on Space Hearing - An Update on NASA Commercial Crew Systems Development

Hans Koenigsmann will be witness for SpaceX

N.B.: The term witness makes this sound like a trial...
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« Reply #55 on: 01/17/2018 02:02 PM »
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 10:00am

Subcommittee on Space Hearing - An Update on NASA Commercial Crew Systems Development

Hans Koenigsmann will be witness for SpaceX

N.B.: The term witness makes this sound like a trial...

Live stream!

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« Reply #56 on: 01/17/2018 05:27 PM »
kinda disappointing watching that.  Id expect our elected representatives and their staff to be a little more educated and a little less reliant on sensational news
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« Reply #57 on: 01/18/2018 08:05 AM »
kinda disappointing watching that.  Id expect our elected representatives and their staff to be a little more educated and a little less reliant on sensational news

This is NOT the Space Policy thread so let's not go there please. Thank you.

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« Reply #58 on: 01/18/2018 07:47 PM »
kinda disappointing watching that.  Id expect our elected representatives and their staff to be a little more educated and a little less reliant on sensational news

This is NOT the Space Policy thread so let's not go there please. Thank you.

Yes please. In fact, slagging reps straight out probably isn't on for Space Policy either.
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« Reply #59 on: 01/18/2018 08:13 PM »
Re: Congressional representatives and collective staff

Do we have any such as members--not asking anyone to name names, of course.

(I know we have one highly-informed and informative FORMER Senatorial staffer in our number here, Jeff Bingham a.k.a. 51D Mascot.)
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« Reply #60 on: 01/29/2018 03:06 PM »
Here's Shotwell's talk at the TAMEST even in Texas a few weeks ago.


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« Reply #61 on: 01/29/2018 09:13 PM »
Unfortunately that video/presentation really said absolutely nothing new at all... I was hoping to hear some more about updated BFR timeline and testing and some proper Q&A but i guess not...

At this rate I think we'll find out some more new info perhaps during the FH demo at the earliest and usually the best way to find out interesting stuff is at the post-launch press conference  Q&A after CRS missions... and we're all more or less assuming that Musk will be at the next IAC in September as well...

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« Reply #62 on: 01/29/2018 10:06 PM »
Unfortunately that video/presentation really said absolutely nothing new at all... I was hoping to hear some more about updated BFR timeline and testing and some proper Q&A but i guess not...

At this rate I think we'll find out some more new info perhaps during the FH demo at the earliest and usually the best way to find out interesting stuff is at the post-launch press conference  Q&A after CRS missions... and we're all more or less assuming that Musk will be at the next IAC in September as well...
I think saying Boca Chica would be "ready late this year/early next, year certainly for early vehicle" testing was specifically about BFS.

Edit: Maybe not new, but the timelines for BFS testing at Boca Chica, Uncrewed Demo in August, in-flight abort and crewed demo "end of year" are all note worthy given a lot of stories that those will be slipping.

But they need a BFR video, she reused the ITS video. :)
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« Reply #63 on: 01/29/2018 11:07 PM »
I'd say there is at least a 75% chance that she is referring to BFR, and a 99% chance that failing twice to specify which vehicle she means is a calculated choice to both feed information to those interested and minimize focus on the inevitable delays that will follow the introduction and testing of a new vehicle. Can't be concluded with total certainty yet, but I imagine we'll be given more of that as the year progresses.
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« Reply #64 on: 01/30/2018 12:37 AM »
Unfortunately that video/presentation really said absolutely nothing new at all... I was hoping to hear some more about updated BFR timeline and testing and some proper Q&A but i guess not...

At this rate I think we'll find out some more new info perhaps during the FH demo at the earliest and usually the best way to find out interesting stuff is at the post-launch press conference  Q&A after CRS missions... and we're all more or less assuming that Musk will be at the next IAC in September as well...

In general, Gwen Gwynne doesn't talk much about future things that the company plans to do because she is the main one who deals with the customers.  Which means her focus is more on getting their current contracts fulfilled and signing new deals.  So, when you see a talk by Gwen Gwynne, if you want to hear about things they already have on contract, there's a fair chance you'll get what you were looking for.  If you want big picture plans of the future, look for Elon talking.  This is also accentuated by the fact that, IMO, Elon seems much more willing to speak off the cuff, while Gwen Gwynne tries much more to stay "on message".  Again, that may also be a function of their various job responsibilities/roles.

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« Reply #65 on: 01/30/2018 02:12 AM »
Unfortunately that video/presentation really said absolutely nothing new at all... I was hoping to hear some more about updated BFR timeline and testing and some proper Q&A but i guess not...

At this rate I think we'll find out some more new info perhaps during the FH demo at the earliest and usually the best way to find out interesting stuff is at the post-launch press conference  Q&A after CRS missions... and we're all more or less assuming that Musk will be at the next IAC in September as well...

In general, Gwen doesn't talk much about future things that the company plans to do because she is the main one who deals with the customers.  Which means her focus is more on getting their current contracts fulfilled and signing new deals.  So, when you see a talk by Gwen, if you want to hear about things they already have on contract, there's a fair chance you'll get what you were looking for.  If you want big picture plans of the future, look for Elon talking.  This is also accentuated by the fact that, IMO, Elon seems much more willing to speak off the cuff, while Gwen tries much more to stay "on message".  Again, that may also be a function of their various job responsibilities/roles.
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« Reply #66 on: 02/02/2018 02:20 AM »
Pretty solid lineup for the FAA's imminent Commercial Space Transportation Conference, Feb 7-8 :) Gestenmaier, Lightfoot, Pace, and Fred Kennedy of DARPA, as well as speakers/panelists from Sierra Nevada, Blue Origin, Vector, Virgin Orbit, SpaceX, Boeing, and a bunch more.

Fingers crossed that it doesn't just end up being a rehashing of things said at CSIS '18.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/21st-annual-faa-commercial-space-transportation-conference-tickets-36660183596

On the SpaceX side of things, two panelists will be in attendance.

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[Feb 7] 4:30 – 5:15 PM Panel: Commercial Space as a Stimulus for Innovation & Inspiration ‎toward the Moon, Mars & Beyond

Panelist: Caryn Schenewerk - SpaceX (Senior Counsel and Director of Spaceflight Policy)

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« Reply #67 on: 02/02/2018 02:42 AM »
Hans was giving a talk somewhere next week too, Smallsat Conference?

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« Reply #68 on: 02/02/2018 06:41 PM »
Hans was giving a talk somewhere next week too, Smallsat Conference?

Ah, you're correct! Not the Smallsat Conference, but the Smallsat Symposium™ ::) 9:30am on Feb 6, hosted in Mountain View, CA.
https://smallsatshow.com/agenda/smallsat-core/

aaaaand still yet another... Benjamin Reed (SpaceX Director of Commercial Crew Mission Management) will be on a panel titled "ISS Utilization/Providers" at the 45th Space Conference in Cape Canaveral. That panel is on the first day, Feb 27, from 1:30-3pm.
https://commons.erau.edu/space-congress-proceedings/proceedings-2018-45th/feb-27-2018/4/

So, February may well have two SpaceX launches, FH's inaugural flight, and three potentially newsworthy SpaceX talks (out of four total for the month) over a period of about two weeks... AHHHHHHHHH
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« Reply #69 on: 02/02/2018 06:56 PM »
Seems unlikely Hans will be at that talk on Feb 6 if FH is actually launching that day. I'd expect him to be involved in the FH launch as the head of mission assurance.

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« Reply #70 on: 02/03/2018 06:17 PM »
EE Distinguished Lecture: Lars Blackmore, SpaceX Friday, January 12, 2018 - 3:30pm


I will attend this talk today at Stanford and can post notes afterwords. If the opportunity arises, I'll ask one or two questions. Feel free to message me with suggested questions.



Hi - The talk just got out. I'm sorry to disappoint, but they were very strict about no press, no recording, and Lars asked specifically about if anyone had attended from Reddit at the end. The obvious vibe was that this talk wasn't intended to be distributed publicly. I'll say that most of the content drew from his 2016 publication here: https://www.nae.edu/Publications/Bridge/164237/164334.aspx

The Q&A he deliberately avoided discussing any future specific plans, but it was very interesting and impressive nonetheless.

I have about 7-8 pages of notes from the talk. I'll clean them up a bit then post them in L2 soon.

The notes are beyond excellent!  Thank you!

L2 members can find it here.

https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=36967.msg1756877#new



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Is there a section for 'current talks' ?

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Hi Everyone! So yeah really excited about today incredibly proud of the SpaceX team, they've done an incredible job of creating the most advanced rocket in the world and biggest rocket in the world.

I'm still trying to absorb everything that happened because it seems surreal to me.
I had this image of just a giant explosion on the pad with you know a wheel bouncing down the road and like the Tesla logo landing somewhere with a thud. But fortunately that's not what happened, the mission seems tho have gone really as well as one could have hoped with the exception of the center core.
I was at the two side boosters, if you guys are here you sold them land that was epic, I think that's probably the most exciting thing I've ever seen literally ever. The center core obviously didn't land on the droneship, we're looking at the issue but we think it diddn't have enough TEA/TEB to relight all three engines.
The center one lit I believe,  the outer two did not and that was not enough to slow the stage down.  Apparently it hit the water at 300 miles an hour and took out two of the engines on the droneship.  So if we got the footage like that sounds like some pretty fun footage, so if if the cameras didn't get blown up as well then we'll put that out for the blooper reel.

We weren't gonna reuse that Center core anyway or the two side boosters, we'll figure out some place to put them but as they're not block five or  version five, we weren't planning on reusing any of the cores. The upper stage seems to have worked perfectly so far, the two burns were executed correctly, and now we'll see if the upper stage avionics survive quite an arduous trip through the Van Allen belts.
Normally the stage will pass quickly through the Van Allen belts but here it's essentially dwelling there  for several hours,  and then it's going to do a restart, deplete is propellant and go to trans-mars  injection.

The propellant levels all look good  after the second burn of the upper stage we were only 0.3 Sigma away from predictions, so it has plenty of propellant to complete the trans-mars injection, assuming that the fuel doesn't freeze or the oxygen doesn't boil off and the electronics don't get fried.

We'll find out in a few hours if that that burn is successful.

I went out to the landing zone and took a look at the side boosters,  they look in  really good condition so they're they're both refliable, although as I said they're combination of version 3 and version 4 so we're only gonna be reflying  version 5 at this point. That launches shortly and that that'll be our mainstay, we will stick to version 5 for the falcon architecture we don't expect to have any version 6.


David Kerley form ABC News Elon spectacular what did you learn, what did Falcon Heavy teach you?

I guess it taught me that crazy things can come true, because I didn't really think this would work, and when I see the rocket liftoff, I
see like a thousand things that might not work and it's amazing when they they do. Seeing the two boosters land synchronized, really just like the simulation, it makes you think that it could be quite a scalable approach you know, with those just coming in, landing, taking off, landing,  doing many flights per day.

It gives me a lot of faith for our next architecture the interplanetary spaceship. We have different names for it but BFR is code name. It gives me confidence that BFR is really quite workable.
I was actually looking at the side boosters - I'm like 'they're pretty big you know 16 stories tall, 60 foot leg span but we really need to be way bigger than that so I think it's given me a lot of confidence that we can make the BFR design work. 

I think we can really do this a lot.
You know and keep advancing the technology to achieve full and rapid reusability which will have a  profound effect on the future.
One of the interesting things about Falcon Heavy versus Falcon 9 is that Falcon heavy has the same level of expendability as Falcon nine,  sixty million dollars falcon 9,  Heavies 90, even though it's got three times as much capability,  because in both cases the only thing that's expended is the upper stage.
We're going to start recovering the fairings, we're gonna recover boosters and so the cost difference between a Falcon Heavy and a Falcon 9 is minor.

Marcia Done, Associated Press  What was going through your mind and how how amazed for you to see your Roadster up there with Starman, just cruising along with the blue planet and how long will we be getting live views do you think from the car?

Well I think it looks so ridiculous and impossible,  you can tell it's real because it looks so fake.
Honestly we'd have way better CGI if it was fake.
You know the colors all look like kind of weird in space as there's no atmospheric occlusion, it's like everything was too crisp.
We didn't really test any of those materials for you know - space hardness or whatever, so it just has the same seats that anormal car has - it's a strictly a normal car in space - I  kind of like the absurdity of that.

If you look closely on the dashboard there's a tiny roadster with a tiny spaceman, because hot wheels made a Hot Wheels roadster and a friend a friend of mine suggested "hey why not put that Hot Wheels roadster with a tiny spaceman on the you know the car - like that'd be cool surprise"

Silly fun things are important. Normally for a  new rocket they've launched things like a block of concrete or something like that, I
mean that's so boring and I think  the imagery of it is something that's gonna get people excited around the world.

It's still tripping me out, you know tripping balls here.

Brendan Burn (?)
Congratulations Elon on great launch today where do you see the Falcon Heavy fitting into this launch industry,  is this something that is going to be for more national security or do you see this for interplanetary missions, what's the future of Falcon Heavy?

Falcon Heavy opens up a new class of payload. It can launch more than twice as much payload as any other rocket in the world, so it's kind of up to customers what they might want to launch. It can launch things direct to Pluto and beyond with no need for a gravity assist or anything. Launch giant satellites, it can do anything you want. You could send people back to the moon with a bunch of Falcon Heavy and an orbital refilling.  Two or three falcon heavies would equal the payload of a Saturn Five.
But I wouldn't recommend doing that because I think that BFR architecture is the way to go, but I think it's gonna open up a sense of possibility, I think it's going to encourage other companies and countries to say 'hey if SpaceX which is a commercial company can do this with internal funds then then they could do it too. 
So I think it's an encourage other countries and companies to raise their sights and say 'hey, we can do bigger and better', which is great.  We want a new space race.
Races are exciting!

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Can you talk us through your thought process as you were watching the launch, you said you were incredibly concerned about it and you just wanted it to clear the pad?

I think this is true of anyone who's involved closely in the design of something, you know all the ways it can fail and and there's a mental checklist scrolling through your mind of all the things that can break.
I mean. there's thousands of things that can go wrong and everything has to go right.

Once the rocket lifts off there's nothing, there's no opportunity to do a recall or upload a software fix or anything like that, it has to be a hundred percent -  at least for the ascent phase. I've seen rockets blow up  so many different ways, so you know it's a big relief when it it actually works.
I bet whoever launched something like a 747 or or dc-3 or something like that, I bet the chief engineer was like 'I can't believe that things like flying'.

Irene Klotz from Aviation Week
Congratulations. Can you talk to us a little bit about what needs to happen to certify Falcon Heavy for national security missions. Gow far along you are in the process and how many flights you might need to do and also if you're able to say anything about how much SpaceX's investment was to get to the rocket to this point thanks.

It depends on which national security mission that we need to get. How many flights depends on which mission but we have a number of commercial customers for Falcon Heavy and so I it's not gonna be in any way an impediment to acceptance of national security missions.  We'll be doing several heavy missions flights per year so, say there's a big national security satellite that's due for launch in three or four years and we're probably have like a dozen or more launches done by then.
I don't think launch number will be an inhibitor for national security stuff. And yeah so I think we've got the STP mission that's coming up which is another test mission that will go on falcon heavy block 5 and then we'll be launching block 5  single stick in a couple months so I think it's hopefully smooth sailing for qualification for national security missions.

Falcon heavy costs
Our investment to date probably a lot more than I'd like to admit. We tried to cancel the Falcon Heavy program three times at SpaceX because it's like 'man this is way harder than we thought'. The initial idea was just I thought you know you stick on two first stages of side boosters how hard can it be?  It's like way hard.
We have to redesign the center core completely.  We redesigned the grid fins, because well it's a long story but you've got a nose cone on the end of at the end of the booster instead of a cylinder, you lose control authority because if you if you've got a cylinder you can kind of bounce the air off of the rocket and you get like a 30% more increased control authority than if you've got a cylindrical section instead of a Ogive section at the end of the booster so we have to redesign the grid fins.  Redesigning the control system.
Vastly redesigned the thrust structure at the base to take way more load - that center boosters got to deal with over a million pounds of load coming in combined from the site boosters so it ends up being heavier so that the center core basically complete redesign, and even the side boosters has a pretty large number of parts that change. Then the launch site itself needs to change a lot.
I'm guessing our total investment is over half a billion. Probably more.

Dan Fergana from BuzzFeed news
Could you talk a little bit about the decision to have the two side boosters come down at the same time is that just the way it falls out from the physics or was that a actual decision you made?

We did offset them slightly but really they they pretty much just come down that way. We want them to offset slightly just so that the radars didn't interfere and we actually wanted no communication between the two stages, they're both going to a point in absolute space and we're just worried that the radar reflection of one would be seen by the radar receiver the other. But no, that's just kind of how it happened. It's actually meant to happen just like that.

Keith cowling at NASA watch first of all congratulations you've launched a rather unconventional payload into space, one that's generated a lot of buzz and there's a lot of people some of them citizen scientists some of them they're just newbies when it comes to tracking things and states are going to try and track the the Tesla and understand what's happening to it - you know like that movie dude where's my car -  Other than the live web cam today what does SpaceX going to do to interact with this community of Tesla trackers once the car leaves orbit? Do you have a plan are you just gonna kind of wait and see what bubbles up in the internet and react to it? 
We don't have a plan. No plan, the battery's gonna last about 12 hours from launch roughly and after that it's just gonna be out there in deep space for maybe millions and millions of years who knows. Maybe  discovered by future alien race thinking what the heck what what were these guys doing did they worship this car? Why do they have a little car in the car? That'll really confuse the.  I'm not sure what's gonna happen but I think you know it's kind of a fun thing and sure hope that next burn works by the way. We'll know in a few hours.

Chris Davenport from the Washington Post so now that you're focusing more on the BFR, I wonder if you could talk a little bit about the timeline. I know you said it's coming along faster, and then what that means for your plans for Mars and the moon
Well I don't want to get too off-topic but you know I think we might, if we get lucky, be able to do short hop flights with the spaceship part of BFR maybe next year.
Bill Harwood from CBS Two really quick ones you mentioned the the drone ship a couple of thrusters got hit, did the thing land on the ship or near?
Take the information that I have with a grain of salt, it may be incorrect. The information I received was that we hit the water at about 300 miles an hour  and about a hundred metres away from the ship. Which was enough to take out two thrusters and shower the deck with shrapnel.
You mentioned the burn coming up can you give us any sense of how long a burn are we talking about and when you hope to have some confirmation and be able to tell us that it did or didn't work I don't have the number off hand, I was just looking at the profound residual Sigma which is like the key number. It's it's a decent decently long burn.  Maybe a minute or so and yeah that'll be in few hours hopefully. I actually don't have the latest information because I've just been out at the landing zone and haven't been back to launch control since going to the landing zones. I don't have the latest information on the status of the upper stage.

Tom Costello for NBC News  Congratulations again! I
want to follow up on Chris's question because Chris asked you what's your timeline potentially to go to the Moon or Mars and you said, did you say as soon as next year, can you quantify that but then I tie my real question I'm just doing Chris's work.


By hopper tests I mean kind-of-like the grasshopper program for falcon 9, where we just had the rocket take take off and land in Texas at our Texas test site so we'd either do that at our South Texas launch site, near Brownsville or or do ship-to-ship. We're not sure yet whether ship-to-ship or Brownsville, but most likely it's gonna happen in our Brownsville location because got a lot of land with nobody around and so if it blows up, it's cool.
By hopper test I mean it'll go up several miles then come down. The ship is capable of single stage to orbit if you fully load the tanks. So we'll do flights of increasing complexity. We really want to  test the heatshield material so,  like you know fly out turn around accelerate back real hard and come in hot to test the heat shield, because we want to have a highly reusable heat shield that's capable of absorbing heat from interplanetary entry velocities. So it's really tricky.
The potential to go to the moon or mars what's your timeline, any idea?
So a lot of uncertainties on this program but it is going to be our focus, now that we're almost done with with Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy, we're gonna level off at block 5 or version 5, so there won't be anymore major versions of Falcon 9 or Falcon Heavy. Dragon is also going to level off at dragon version 2. There might be point releases like 5.1 or Dragon 2.1 or something like that but most of our engineering resources will be dedicated to BFR and and so I think that that will make things go quite quickly.

The ship part is by far the hardest because that's going to come in from super-orbital velocities. Mars transfer velocities these are way harder than coming in from low-earth orbit. There's some of the heating things that scale to the eighth power.  I diddn't think there's anything that scales to eight power but turns out on reentry certain elements of reentry heating scale to the 8th so just testing that ship out is the real tricky part.
The booster I think we understand reasonable boosters. Reusable spaceships that can land propulsively that's that's harder, so we're starting with the hard part first.
I think it's conceivable that we do our first full-up orbital test flight in 3-4 years including the booster.  inaudible question on moon/mars
 We'd go to low earth orbit first but it would be capable of going to the moon very shortly thereafter it's designed to do that.

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I'd like to congratulate it you as well as so many people have done just now. I'd like to know about Starman spacesuit is it a production model, is it instrumented and/or pressurized and what's holding his what's holding him up?
Well there's a mannequin inside, so it's just basically stuffed, but yeah that is the actual production design so the real one looks like just like that that in fact that's one of the qualification articles so that's that's real that's the real deal yeah.
I figure if you're gonna go on a dangerous trip you want to look good. It took us three years to design, it was real hard,  it's easier making spacesuit that looks good or doesn't work or that works but doesn't look good it's really difficult to make a space suit that looks good and works.  You have to make it a multi-part process and it was surprisingly difficult.

I take motion from Business Insider um thank you so much for doing this by the way and I
want to go back to VFR for a second since you were talking about that, and also Starman which is such an inspirational thing that's happening.  Have you thought given any thought to what you might do with BFR in that way what is the what is the payload and any thoughts of that?

No, no ideas, sugestions are welcome!

I mean it's a beast so you know the BFR 9 meter diameter or 30 feet roughly. You can put a lot in 30 feet,  hundred twenty meters long. Although you know I bet it doesn't look that big after a while.
 
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Hi Elon thanks again for doing this. Two questions for you one just about faring recovery,  just curious how the SpaceX is coming with that, and  Jeff Bezos just responded to your tweet congratulating you on your launch today.   You just mentioned a minute ago that we need a new space race I'm just curious if you see yourself in a race with blue origin.
What's the first part of the the question again?
Checking in on fairing recovery.
Fairing recovery

I'm pretty sure we'll have fairing recovery in the next six months.
It turns out that you pop the parachute on the fairing and you've got this giant awkward thing that tends to interfere with the air flow on the on the parachute and and mess it up.

Gets all twisty and and was low priority too. We have fairing version two which is the really  important one that we want to recover, so even if we recovered fairing version one, we wouldn't be re-flying it in the future. Fairing two and recovery that's very important, and my guess is - next six months we figure out recovery.
We've got a special boat to catch the fairing, like a catcher's mitt. It's like a giant catchers mitt in boat form.
 It's gonna run around and catch the fairing.
Kinda fun.
I think you might be able to do the same thing with dragon so if NASA wants us to, we could try to catch dragon.
Made for the fairing, but it would work for dragon too.

James Dean from Florida today  Speaking of those dragons could you give us a status on Commercial Crew and and you know when we might realistically see that astronaut just get into low-earth orbit much less the Moon or Mars

We're making great progress on crew dragon or dragon version 2 - mission assurance is always number one  priority but then the the priority used to be falcon 9 block five and then a month ago I said absolute priority is crew Dragon.  We're pretty much done with falcon 9  block five, almost done with Falcon Heavy, a few tweaks that could occur with falcon heavy block five but they're minor. And so it's all hands on deck for crew dragon and we're aspiring to send crew to orbit  at the end of this year.

I think the hardware will be ready.
Chris Gephardt How quickly can the pad be reconfigured between heavy and Falcon 9 since you need that pad for both?

It's no problem, it can go back and forth this is its designed that way.
And for the block five version of the Falcon 9 or Falcon Heavy are the does the Falcon having need a dedicated core built for it?
It does. Tthe center core needs to be dedicated, the center core is a special build, the side boosters we can reuse existing Falcon 9s but we need to just replace the interstage with a with a nose cone and and use the upgraded titanium grid-fins, which are sweet.
Those worked out real well I'm really happy about those in fact I'm glad we got the side boosters back because they had the titanium grid-fins,  and the center core diddn't.  So if I have to pick, I would have picked the side boosters. I just picked the center core to explode.  That would be like the least bad. The grid-fins are super expensive and and awesome but their production rate is slow.  We want them back. The most important thing to recover where those gridfins.
Is there anything inside the spacesuit testing like its ability to function>
Nope, I know it definitely works so you can just like jump in a vacuum chamber with it and be fine.

(He's totally jumped in a vacuum chamber with it)
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Re: Upcoming Talks - SpaceX Related
« Reply #73 on: 02/07/2018 06:49 PM »
Is there a section for 'current talks' ?

And although this is a special case where there was a unfollowable maelstrom of activity on the SpaceX side of the site, a clearer place to look for stuff like this would also avoid the problem demonstrated below :)

Transcript of the Post-Launch Press Conference:

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« Reply #74 on: 02/07/2018 07:26 PM »
Is there a section for 'current talks' ?

And although this is a special case where there was a unfollowable maelstrom of activity on the SpaceX side of the site, a clearer place to look for stuff like this would also avoid the problem demonstrated below :)

Transcript of the Post-Launch Press Conference:

https://gist.github.com/theinternetftw/a2ca9540e099621aef851c2ecbbd82fb

Quite - I was moderately annoyed when I found that.

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But retyping is an excellent way to remember.

Absolutely. By the end of it you have to really know what they're saying. It's a great side effect of the whole business.

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« Reply #76 on: 02/08/2018 08:58 PM »
Is there a section for 'current talks' ?

And although this is a special case where there was a unfollowable maelstrom of activity on the SpaceX side of the site, a clearer place to look for stuff like this would also avoid the problem demonstrated below :)

Transcript of the Post-Launch Press Conference:

https://gist.github.com/theinternetftw/a2ca9540e099621aef851c2ecbbd82fb

Quite - I was moderately annoyed when I found that.

But retyping is an excellent way to remember.

A talks and interviews archive thread would be of great value. Especially since that time not too long ago when youtube started banning accounts that reuploaded just archives of person of interest (Elon) appearances.
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« Reply #77 on: 02/19/2018 02:39 AM »
Shotwell will be on a panel at Satellite 2018, 4:15-5:15pm EST on March 12. Excitingly, on the same panel will be Stephane Israel of Arianespace, Bob Smith of Blue Origin, Tory Bruno of ULA, and Dr. Ko of Mitsubishi (H-II manufacturer). Should be an awesome time ;D

Launch Services Panel: Breaking Through the Bottleneck
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The process and challenge of launching satellites to orbit breaks down to three basic elements: availability, costs and reliability. While costs and reliability have long been the focal points of industry discussion, the rapidly increasing line of constellations, with thousands of satellites waiting to be launched, has shifted our attention to the problem of availability. In order to meet current demand, the world's leading launch services need to dramatically increase their speed of operations. Some say we need to start seeing weekly launches. How can this be achieved without rushing or risking failure? Is it even physically possible to launch weekly? Will it ever be? This year's launch leaders panel will take a break from costs and focus exclusively on the challenge of availability, and discuss the impact of reusable rockets and other technologies on turnaround times. Open to conference -level attendees.

Another talk features Josh Brost of SpaceX, 10:45-11:45am EST March 14.

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« Reply #78 on: 02/19/2018 11:23 AM »
These talks should hit on commoditization of space launch and the evolution of the defense market.  Will be interesting to see if Bruno is still in total denial or if the panelists argue to 'not count your chickens before they hatch'.
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« Reply #79 on: 02/19/2018 11:49 AM »
These talks should hit on commoditization of space launch and the evolution of the defense market.  Will be interesting to see if Bruno is still in total denial or if the panelists argue to 'not count your chickens before they hatch'.

Nahh.. I expect them to repeat what they always say at these panels and avoid each others strategy. SpaceX will beat down on reusability and FH, ULA on reliability and the upcoming revolution due to IVF, Blue will do its thing with small steps are fastest, Mitsubishi will be proud to be in the business and how great their new product is going to be and Arianespace will act as if they will have the best, cheapest and most successful launcher in the future as they claim to have had in the past. I dont expect any revelations or new developments/announcements. I am still hopeful for some nuggets that get dropped in at the side somehow for us fans.

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« Reply #80 on: 02/19/2018 05:51 PM »
These talks should hit on commoditization of space launch and the evolution of the defense market.  Will be interesting to see if Bruno is still in total denial or if the panelists argue to 'not count your chickens before they hatch'.

Nahh.. I expect them to repeat what they always say at these panels and avoid each others strategy. SpaceX will beat down on reusability and FH, ULA on reliability and the upcoming revolution due to IVF, Blue will do its thing with small steps are fastest, Mitsubishi will be proud to be in the business and how great their new product is going to be and Arianespace will act as if they will have the best, cheapest and most successful launcher in the future as they claim to have had in the past. I dont expect any revelations or new developments/announcements. I am still hopeful for some nuggets that get dropped in at the side somehow for us fans.

I expect the reality to be somewhere in the middle of these polar opposites ;D Given the level of banter between Bruno and Musk, as well as Shotwell's near-equal frankness with respect to the status quo, I don't think she's going to simply sit quietly if provoked, and - realistically - I can't even fathom Israel, Bruno, and Smith ALL resisting the urge to make a smug or arrogant comment or two...
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« Reply #81 on: 02/19/2018 06:57 PM »
These talks should hit on commoditization of space launch and the evolution of the defense market.  Will be interesting to see if Bruno is still in total denial or if the panelists argue to 'not count your chickens before they hatch'.

Nahh.. I expect them to repeat what they always say at these panels and avoid each others strategy. SpaceX will beat down on reusability and FH, ULA on reliability and the upcoming revolution due to IVF, Blue will do its thing with small steps are fastest, Mitsubishi will be proud to be in the business and how great their new product is going to be and Arianespace will act as if they will have the best, cheapest and most successful launcher in the future as they claim to have had in the past. I dont expect any revelations or new developments/announcements. I am still hopeful for some nuggets that get dropped in at the side somehow for us fans.

I expect the reality to be somewhere in the middle of these polar opposites ;D Given the level of banter between Bruno and Musk, as well as Shotwell's near-equal frankness with respect to the status quo, I don't think she's going to simply sit quietly if provoked, and - realistically - I can't even fathom Israel, Bruno, and Smith ALL resisting the urge to make a smug or arrogant comment or two...

This one is kinda tee'd up for Gwynne, coming so soon after her recognition as Satellite Executive of 2017 and an 18 launch year (same as her main competition combined*):

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*Atlas V, Ariane 5, and H-II launched six times each in 2017, and NG launched zero
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« Reply #82 on: 02/19/2018 07:51 PM »
These launch panels happen a couple of times a year, it's nothing new.

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« Reply #83 on: 02/19/2018 08:59 PM »
Every now and then we see some fireworks on these panels, such as the notorious (and delicious) CASBAA 2013 launch panel.  I expect the executives on the Satellite 2018 panel will be a little more circumspect, but you never know.


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« Reply #84 on: 02/19/2018 09:38 PM »
Every now and then we see some fireworks on these panels, such as the notorious (and delicious) CASBAA 2013 launch panel.  I expect the executives on the Satellite 2018 panel will be a little more circumspect, but you never know.

this is awesome..thanks for posting again  3:20 is worth the listen

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« Reply #85 on: 02/19/2018 10:28 PM »
This is awesome.  The moderator is fantastic.

The SpaceX guy said Falcon Heavy would go up in 2014.  They slipped from 1 year to 5, but then succeeded.

I think the Araine guy at 15:30 is fascinating.  He says the market for launches is 25/year, limited because they're all going to geostationary.  If you want to launch millions (or thousands), where are you going to put them?

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« Reply #86 on: 02/19/2018 10:38 PM »
I think the Araine guy at 15:30 is fascinating. 
The Ariane guys "smugness" was over top..curious how he views this interview now..
lots of good sound bytes...rags in fuel lines etc

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« Reply #87 on: 02/19/2018 11:23 PM »
I think the Araine guy at 15:30 is fascinating. 
The Ariane guys "smugness" was over top..curious how he views this interview now..
lots of good sound bytes...rags in fuel lines etc

This looks a lot worse in hindsight. As he said, back then SpaceX didn't even do GTO missions, and that $15m to orbit goal was literally announced that morning without any specifics how to get there. At that point they were simply a half price launch service with a somewhat flaky reliability record and questionably fast development practices.

One thing I didn't know about before was how the Chinese built a business model around the restrictions on import/export. If SpaceX hadn't succeeded, that satellite+launch combination could have been really attractive for smaller nations. The same goes for Arianne, from the perspective of an old space manager they were on exactly on the right track with a smaller, mission-specific launcher. That has shifted now of course, but at the time they had a realistic path to slight but steady cost reduction while SpaceX made somewhat unsupported claims.

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« Reply #88 on: 02/20/2018 12:53 AM »
The guy from Ariane, at 3:20 or so, says SpaceX is "selling a dream." He says: "Personally, I think reuse is a dream."

I think he might have meant nightmare.

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« Reply #89 on: 02/20/2018 05:47 AM »
The guy from Ariane,
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I think he might have meant nightmare.

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« Reply #90 on: 02/23/2018 06:23 PM »
Gwynne Shotwell is sitting down for an interview with SSPI at their hall-of-fame induction event.  The webinar will take place on Wed Feb 28th 2pm-3pm ET.  I imagine it will be available on Youtube not long after.

https://www.sspi.org/events/sspi-promise2purpose-interview-gwynne-shotwell

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Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO, SpaceX. As VP of business development, Gwynne led the effort to build the Falcon vehicle manifest to over 50 launches representing $5 billion in revenue including commercial resupply services for delivery of cargo and supplies to the International Space Station.  She became President and Chief Operating Officer in 2008, and assumed responsibility for day-to-day operations and for managing the customer and strategic relationships that support company growth.  Under her leadership, SpaceX's backlog has grown to more than $7 billion worth of launches while achieving a set of remarkable milestones.

Click here to register to listen to the interview live: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1321935522443512577
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