Author Topic: Gwynne Shotwell Interview - June 22, 2017 on The Space Show  (Read 44373 times)

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Re: Gwynne Shotwell Interview - June 22, 2017 on The Space Show
« Reply #200 on: 06/28/2017 11:15 PM »
Easiest reconciliation is that they are "looking into" a Falcon Raptor the same way NASA looked into adding crew to EM-1. They knew it was a terrible idea but needed to confirm that.

The motives concerning EM-1 were pretty clear. What's the motive for Shotwell to divulge that SpaceX is looking into such an obviously terrible idea?

Dunno, but...

"Looking at the utility of it [Raptor] on Falcon"

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Re: Gwynne Shotwell Interview - June 22, 2017 on The Space Show
« Reply #201 on: 06/30/2017 03:49 AM »

It's 5.5 miles to the ocean, and only 1.5 of that is residential. 

If you're willing to do a road-block on Hwy 105 for 5 minutes, then you have a clear path without overflying anything other than pavement.

If the stages are reusable, you only have to do it occasionally - maybe once a month or less.

A non-issue.

Unqualified statements.

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Re: Gwynne Shotwell Interview - June 22, 2017 on The Space Show
« Reply #202 on: 06/30/2017 06:13 PM »
So will the Block 5 be stretched again to accommodate that yet once again increased thrust?
How much longer can F9 get?

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Re: Gwynne Shotwell Interview - June 22, 2017 on The Space Show
« Reply #203 on: 07/08/2017 08:00 PM »

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Re: Gwynne Shotwell Interview - June 22, 2017 on The Space Show
« Reply #204 on: 07/08/2017 08:05 PM »
So will the Block 5 be stretched again to accommodate that yet once again increased thrust?
How much longer can F9 get?
No tank stretches. Would require changes to TEL (as I understand it). Additional thrust is due to further uprating engines (again, as I understand it).

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Re: Gwynne Shotwell Interview - June 22, 2017 on The Space Show
« Reply #205 on: 07/08/2017 09:56 PM »
So will the Block 5 be stretched again to accommodate that yet once again increased thrust?
How much longer can F9 get?

I doubt it, as that has significant implications for GSE. SpaceX has never changed tank dimensions without a version change.

But they can fit more prop mass in the same tank by loading it colder and faster, and by reducing the number of helium bottles in the LOX tank.
« Last Edit: 07/08/2017 09:57 PM by envy887 »

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