lets keep our finger's crossed for this flight. but since this launch vehicle has 9 engine's on its first stage let's not be surprised if it has an engine out on it's early launch's as seen with falcon 9 version one I expect at least one engine failure out of it's first 10 launches. probably two if falcon 9 version one was anything to go by.
Quote from: Orbiter on 03/23/2013 06:24 PMI haven't heard anything like that, just everyone assumes it will slip simply because of SpaceX's track record. It's been June 18th for a while now.Ok. Thread consensus seems to be put that up unless/until it slips.
I haven't heard anything like that, just everyone assumes it will slip simply because of SpaceX's track record. It's been June 18th for a while now.
If all goes well, then we also have (rumored) post separation first stage action - some experimentation with pitch-over, re-start, some manner of re-entry attempt
and a soft water touch down. Hope we get to see that.
Quote from: oiorionsbelt on 03/24/2013 03:37 AMand a soft water touch down. Hope we get to see that.Now there is an optimist. You are aware, if that happens the largest remaining obstacle to first stage reusability would be finding a suitable landing location?
But I agree, if they actually manage a soft water landing
Hard water landing would be for me absolutely enough, considering currently stage just fall apart during reentry.
With a possible water landing. Will SpaceX add some floatation gear to the 1st stage? Or will they relied on the natural buoyancy of the empty propellant tanks. Presuming the stage comes down more or less intact.
while Cascade will demonstrate a new digital communications 'courier' service provided by MDA.
Quote from: QuantumG on 03/24/2013 10:07 PM while Cascade will demonstrate a new digital communications 'courier' service provided by MDA.Does this mean the folks at the South Pole area in the Antarctic will get high bandwidth burst satellite communication?