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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #540 on: 12/09/2017 04:28 AM »
Are we thinking thatís a booster or a single engine? If a single engine, likely another Block 5 engine to replace the fire damaged one and tested as part of qualification?

From the angle and the blown highlights on the three white tanks, definitely a Merlin, and I'd bet it's MVac (probably an integrated S2).

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #541 on: 12/12/2017 08:39 PM »
As of today, latest booster is vertical and ready for a test at McGregor, courtesy of Keith Wallace.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/spacexgroup/permalink/10156104342806318/
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #542 on: 12/12/2017 09:57 PM »
As of today, latest booster is vertical and ready for a test at McGregor, courtesy of Keith Wallace.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/spacexgroup/permalink/10156104342806318/
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #543 on: 12/12/2017 10:30 PM »
As of today, latest booster is vertical and ready for a test at McGregor, courtesy of Keith Wallace.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/spacexgroup/permalink/10156104342806318/
Block 5?

Very likely Block 4. I'd guess that this is the booster for PAZ or SES-16.
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As of today, latest booster is vertical and ready for a test at McGregor, courtesy of Keith Wallace.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/spacexgroup/permalink/10156104342806318/
Block 5?

Very likely Block 4. I'd guess that this is the booster for PAZ or SES-16.

I'd guess SES-16, not much about PAZ has been heard in a while...
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #545 on: 12/13/2017 01:54 PM »
I'd guess SES-16, not much about PAZ has been heard in a while...

PAZ is supposed to ship to Vandenberg this month.

I'd guess SES-16, not much about PAZ has been heard in a while...

PAZ is supposed to ship to Vandenberg this month.

Ok then, thanks for the info! Any info on the rumored Starlink prototypes flying with PAZ?
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #547 on: 12/13/2017 04:26 PM »
I'd guess SES-16, not much about PAZ has been heard in a while...

PAZ is supposed to ship to Vandenberg this month.

Ok then, thanks for the info! Any info on the rumored Starlink prototypes flying with PAZ?

Their FCC license was granted a few weeks ago with the same orbits mentioned, appears unchanged.
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #548 on: 12/13/2017 07:11 PM »
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #549 on: 12/15/2017 10:56 AM »
As of today, latest booster is vertical and ready for a test at McGregor, courtesy of Keith Wallace.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/spacexgroup/permalink/10156104342806318/
Block 5?

Very likely Block 4. I'd guess that this is the booster for PAZ or SES-16.

I'd guess SES-16, not much about PAZ has been heard in a while...

SES-16 is reported to go on flight-proven core

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #550 on: 12/31/2017 01:09 PM »
I would expect a new core @McGregor anytime now, if not already.
It should have some very distinct new visible features.. ;)
Please keep an eye out if in the neighborhood. Of course in a save and non-trespassing manner.

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #551 on: 12/31/2017 01:19 PM »
I would expect a new core @McGregor anytime now, if not already.
It should have some very distinct new visible features.. ;)
Please keep an eye out if in the neighborhood. Of course in a save and non-trespassing manner.

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #552 on: 12/31/2017 06:10 PM »
I would expect a new core @McGregor anytime now, if not already.
It should have some very distinct new visible features.. ;)
Please keep an eye out if in the neighborhood. Of course in a save and non-trespassing manner.

First Block 5?

Ps: I did not claim any core is on route. Just that I expect one to be anytime now, given earlier timings for earlier cores.

So please keep an eye out for if one sees one on route or @McGregor.

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #553 on: 12/31/2017 06:55 PM »
I would expect a new core @McGregor anytime now, if not already.
It should have some very distinct new visible features.. ;)
Please keep an eye out if in the neighborhood. Of course in a save and non-trespassing manner.

First Block 5?

Ps: I did not claim any core is on route. Just that I expect one to be anytime now, given earlier timings for earlier cores.

So please keep an eye out for if one sees one on route or @McGregor.

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #554 on: 01/01/2018 08:27 AM »
Looking over the McGregor area on the Planet satellite imagery program, looks like SpaceX has been working on the abandoned second flame trench. Looks like they drained it near September 30th, and since then have expanded the apron on top of the trench, as well as adding roads to connect to the main site:

I attached a screenshot below of the September 30th image, the red on the map is the work that has been done on the site by December 21st:

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #555 on: 01/07/2018 06:16 AM »
My emphasis:

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So the big thing we're all waiting to see at McGreggor will be a Block V core- which given the possibility that it could be flying on a mission in February or March would make me think that we could see it any day now... since there's usually a month in between testing in TX and going to it's final launch site...

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