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Simple Question - Will Falcon Heavy fly in 2017?

Yay
111 (74.5%)
Nay
38 (25.5%)

Total Members Voted: 149

Voting closed: 01/01/2017 01:29 AM


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Offline Danderman

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Re: Will Falcon Heavy fly in 2017?
« Reply #40 on: 03/09/2017 02:49 AM »

IMO the Falcon Heavy will fly shortly after the first Falcon 9 Block 5.


Wait.

Does this mean that FH will have to be re-designed to be compatible with F9B5?

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Re: Will Falcon Heavy fly in 2017?
« Reply #41 on: 03/09/2017 02:59 AM »

Does this mean that FH will have to be re-designed to be compatible with F9B5?


???  What redesign?  F9FT to F9B5 is iPhone 6 to 6s and not 5 to 6.

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Re: Will Falcon Heavy fly in 2017?
« Reply #42 on: 03/09/2017 03:17 AM »
Actual hardware is a good sign, but I still think we're a year or two away. Hopefully only a year, then Red Dragon in 2018 is a real possibility.



They slipped that I think. But if they want the tourist cash in '18 they really need to fly FH this year. And crew Dragon.
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Re: Will Falcon Heavy fly in 2017?
« Reply #43 on: 04/09/2017 03:03 PM »
A side booster on the test stand! It is looking like 2017 could be a real possibility.

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Re: Will Falcon Heavy fly in 2017?
« Reply #44 on: 04/09/2017 06:46 PM »
If FH doesn't fly in 2017 then Red Dragon 2018 isn't going to happen either; it's launch window is April to May (Wikipedia). My vote: Yes.
Red Dragon is already 2020.
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Re: Will Falcon Heavy fly in 2017?
« Reply #45 on: 09/27/2017 02:43 PM »
Bump
With Koreasat scheduled for late October on 39A and 60 days needed for renovations at 39A for Heavy, it seems less likely 2017 will happen. Would a new poll be in order?
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Re: Will Falcon Heavy fly in 2017?
« Reply #46 on: 09/27/2017 07:05 PM »
Bump
With Koreasat scheduled for late October on 39A and 60 days needed for renovations at 39A for Heavy, it seems less likely 2017 will happen. Would a new poll be in order?

Probably worth waiting until the first week of December to start a new poll for 2018 (if it comes to that as seems likely now).

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Re: Will Falcon Heavy fly in 2017?
« Reply #47 on: 10/02/2017 10:51 AM »
Recent pictures show that the conversion is well on the way. I would not count out 2017 yet.

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Re: Will Falcon Heavy fly in 2017?
« Reply #48 on: 10/25/2017 07:49 PM »
Recent pictures show that the conversion is well on the way. I would not count out 2017 yet.

How about now?

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Re: Will Falcon Heavy fly in 2017?
« Reply #49 on: 10/25/2017 08:21 PM »
correct me if i am wrong i but it was reported that red dragon was a no go

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Re: Will Falcon Heavy fly in 2017?
« Reply #50 on: 10/26/2017 08:31 PM »
Recent pictures show that the conversion is well on the way. I would not count out 2017 yet.

How about now?

I still think they get FH vertical and test fired at least once in 2017. A launch will depend on how many test fires they need.

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Re: Will Falcon Heavy fly in 2017?
« Reply #51 on: 10/30/2017 05:35 AM »
Recent pictures show that the conversion is well on the way. I would not count out 2017 yet.

How about now?

No change. I still don't count it out.

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Re: Will Falcon Heavy fly in 2017?
« Reply #52 on: 10/30/2017 07:54 PM »
Recent pictures show that the conversion is well on the way. I would not count out 2017 yet.

How about now?

No change. I still don't count it out.

With 4/6 of the holddowns installed on the TEL and all the Heavy cores in the barn, it's still possible.

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Re: Will Falcon Heavy fly in 2017?
« Reply #53 on: 10/30/2017 08:02 PM »
Recent pictures show that the conversion is well on the way. I would not count out 2017 yet.

How about now?

No change. I still don't count it out.

With 4/6 of the holddowns installed on the TEL and all the Heavy cores in the barn, it's still possible.

Photos from the rollout for KoreaSat-5 show more holddowns, and suggest that they are all installed.
That said, I would change my vote from yes to no.
While I am not as pessimistic as some, like QG, Heavy now seems much less than a year away. 
Highly likely for early 2018, IMO
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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Re: Will Falcon Heavy fly in 2017?
« Reply #54 on: 10/31/2017 02:41 PM »
Recent pictures show that the conversion is well on the way. I would not count out 2017 yet.

How about now?

No change. I still don't count it out.

With 4/6 of the holddowns installed on the TEL and all the Heavy cores in the barn, it's still possible.

Photos from the rollout for KoreaSat-5 show more holddowns, and suggest that they are all installed.
That said, I would change my vote from yes to no.
While I am not as pessimistic as some, like QG, Heavy now seems much less than a year away. 
Highly likely for early 2018, IMO

I looked at the rollout video and think 2 holddowns are still missing. Still doable if the static fire(s) go well, I think they at least get it vertical and fired this year.

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