Quote from: pericynthion on 05/05/2016 09:33 PM@starhawk92: Does a blank "1S Tgt" mean expendable or just unknown? Maybe you could put something in there to distinguish?yes, "-" or "NR" where is definite no recovery would be nice. Unknown would stay blank.
@starhawk92: Does a blank "1S Tgt" mean expendable or just unknown? Maybe you could put something in there to distinguish?
I may be reading more into this than there is, but there seems to be an intriguing hint on the Cape Launch Viewing Guide that there will be a launch between Thaicom 8 and Eutelsat. I've bolded the bit that caught my eye."The next SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Thaicom 8 communication satellite on May 26 at 5:40pm EDT. The launch window is TBA. The following mission is TBA. A Falcon 9 will conduct the dual-payload launch of the Eutelsat 117 West B and ABS 2A communications satellites on June at the earliest. And a Falcon 9 is scheduled to launch the next Dragon ISS resupply mission, CRS-9, on June 27, roughly around the 8am timeframe EDT." http://www.launchphotography.com/Delta_4_Atlas_5_Falcon_9_Launch_Viewing.htmlBuilding wild speculation on inference, could it be that SES-10 will go from LC39A in June?
You think they are going to launch three times from LC-40 in June after doing a launch on May 26?
Quote from: gongora on 05/07/2016 04:40 PMYou think they are going to launch three times from LC-40 in June after doing a launch on May 26?No, if you re-read my post you'll see I was speculating that this possible extra launch could be from LC39A.
Have you seen any indication that LC39A would be ready for a launch next month? They just erected a work tent at the pad, there are several cranes there working on the pad. They may not even static fire the recovered boosters there any time soon, let alone launch something. And that would still require the SpaceX crew at the cape to do 4 launches in about 30 days. Not gonna happen.
test-fly of one of the used stages?
2016-06 F9(26) OCISLY Eutelsat 117 West B & GTO 5500 LC40 Asia Broadcast Based on the stated mass of 5500... I'm starting to think this launch may go as expendable... The last launch (and the badly burned up stage coming into port now) hints they may have found the current limits...Would not surprise me if SpaceX throws a few S1's away... now that the barn is filling up...They likely need to make small design changes to future S1 builds before they push the envelope again...This is still very much a development project... They catch S1's to learn and prove out ideas... Right now... #1 priority is becoming... clear out the launch backlog... not catch every flown stage...Just my opinion...
Can we agree on 4800kg?https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eutelsat_115_West_B
Seems the launch mass has come into question... may only be 4500kg-ish... for the pairIf so, then this launch may be recovered... BUT... I still think 5250kg-ish and up will NOT be recovered sometimes...
Quote from: John Alan on 05/09/2016 08:26 PMSeems the launch mass has come into question... may only be 4500kg-ish... for the pairIf so, then this launch may be recovered... BUT... I still think 5250kg-ish and up will NOT be recovered sometimes... The recent update on SpaceX's capabilities page lists their new F9 price of $62M for up to 5,500kg to GTO. Which says to me that they believe that is their limit for recovery. Though, that may be only once they adjust for the planned uprated thrust "later this year".