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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #160 on: 04/06/2017 09:09 PM »
Am I the only one who thinks it is a bit weird that @jamesncantrell tweets Vector updates and hashtags the tweets with #SpaceX? See https://twitter.com/jamesncantrell/status/849781206149341184
I noticed that as well. Yeah, weird. Here's my guess:

It would seem from what I'm hearing that they are attempting a bunch of "SX imitation", by telling a story to some who've already invested in SX from the early pre Falcon-1 days.

This has aroused significant envy with rivals. Some of which who want to close rounds at higher valuations w/o doing anything in the form of actual systems work. Even worse, one investment cannot seem to advance to launch, and has a frustrated investor and a high profile project.

So it looks like Vector is attempting to build and launch as quickly as possible. Then develop more, and launch again, always building on the prior launch.

This is aggravating the above mentioned situation, causing furious reactions about Vector. Beyond that its hard to tell with all the shouting/name calling.

Personally find it humorous.

Now that you know this, perhaps it may help in examining what we experience as feedback from their efforts.

Oh, and its interesting how microlaunch as a category is working out. Completely different than any of the past.

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #161 on: 04/06/2017 09:15 PM »
I would guess they're using the #SpaceX hashtage because they want more people to see their tweets, and lots of people already are interested in SpaceX, so they can increase their audience by doing this.  This seems pretty slimy to me, because the tweets aren't really about SpaceX at all.  That would, to me, seem like an abuse of the hashtag to help themselves at the expensive of spamming people who are interested in SpaceX.

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #162 on: 04/07/2017 10:11 AM »
Vector-R has three 25 000 lb engines on the first stage. This rocket only has one.
So this is a scaled down Vector-R. An most likely only the first stage.
I guess they are flight testing the aerodynamics of the Vector-R with this launch.

edit: That's why they call it Vector-R Block 0.1. Block 1 is most likely the full launch vehicle.
« Last Edit: 04/07/2017 10:20 AM by Rik ISS-fan »

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #163 on: 04/07/2017 10:51 AM »
I guess they are flight testing the aerodynamics of the Vector-R with this launch.

Some of us think it's really more about PR than about testing aerodynamics.

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #164 on: 04/09/2017 03:08 AM »
I guess they are flight testing the aerodynamics of the Vector-R with this launch.

Some of us think it's really more about PR than about testing aerodynamics.
Or worse:  incapable of testing with full scale propulsion and simple "boiler plate" tanks.

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #165 on: 04/20/2017 06:27 AM »
Vector close $4.5M funding bridging round:

http://www.bizjournals.com.ln.is/7k1id

Article says 'next' test flight is May.

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #166 on: 04/20/2017 08:20 AM »
Vector close $4.5M funding bridging round:

http://www.bizjournals.com.ln.is/7k1id

Article says 'next' test flight is May.

Well, that's pretty good confirmation that the show they put on recently was never really about testing anything.

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #167 on: 04/20/2017 06:59 PM »
Money is one of the best propellants around. Godspeed.
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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #168 on: 04/22/2017 08:27 PM »
« Last Edit: 04/22/2017 08:28 PM by FutureSpaceTourist »

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #169 on: 04/25/2017 06:37 AM »
Am I the only one who thinks it is a bit weird that @jamesncantrell tweets Vector updates and hashtags the tweets with #SpaceX? See https://twitter.com/jamesncantrell/status/849781206149341184

Hopefully we'll see a launch today.
Prescient tweet, predicting the fact that they were going to miss their launch date (a common complaint against #SpaceX)?   ;D 

Yeah.  That's weird.  Funny, but weird.
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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #170 on: 04/27/2017 05:39 AM »
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T-minus 7 days..this is our first mission patch :) Plan is 100+ launches/yr & a patch each. Audience participation on future patch ideas?

https://twitter.com/vectorspacesys/status/857405592855379968

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Re: Vector Space Systems
« Reply #171 on: 04/27/2017 06:30 AM »
Well, for a patch idea, this is what I think of when I hear "Vector" and "rocket" in the same sentence:



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