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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #540 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 #541 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/
Block 5?
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #542 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 #544 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.

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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 #546 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 #547 on: 12/13/2017 07:11 PM »
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #548 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 #549 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 #550 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 #551 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 #552 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 #553 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:

https://goo.gl/z6585F

And this is a good reminder that just because one of your fellow space enthusiasts occasionally voices doubts about the SpaceX schedule announcements or is cautious about believing SpaceX has licked a problem before actually seeing proof that's true, it doesn't mean they hate SpaceX.

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #554 on: 01/07/2018 06:16 AM »
My emphasis:

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Pretty hard to see, but this pic is from my momís back porch in the country ~30 mi away from #SpaceX rocket testing facility. Merlin plume lights up the sky during low cloud cover! You can hear it from that far away, too. Exciting!🚀 #wacotown #waco #falcon9 #STEM

https://twitter.com/abbygarrettx/status/949829902085361670

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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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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #556 on: 02/08/2018 09:52 PM »
Thanks for the pointer to this thread Analog Man.  Bump ó has anyone seen any testing here in the last month?
Hope we see Block 5 progressing through soon.

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #557 on: 02/11/2018 02:17 AM »
My schedule-fu says there is a Block V at the site right now...I donít have any photographic evidence though, just going off Elon & Gwynnís stated timeline to say Iíd expect one there now unless itís slid to the right.
« Last Edit: 02/11/2018 02:18 AM by cuddihy »

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Between people's core-spotting abilities and that during the pre-FH interviews and whatnot, I'm pretty sure Elon mentioned Block V in 'a couple months from now' - I think it was with Loren Grush of The Verge tho I may be mistaken on that... So it may not be there yet and it could have slid a couple months- which could be why Crew Dragon missions slid a couple months- tho it should be soon enough. Keep up updated on the latest major testings at McGregor... especially anything visible regarding Raptor

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #559 on: 02/11/2018 09:43 AM »
My schedule-fu says there is a Block V at the site right now...I donít have any photographic evidence though, just going off Elon & Gwynnís stated timeline to say Iíd expect one there now unless itís slid to the right.
B1046 is supposed to be the first B5 core, flying after Hispasat (1044) and TESS (1045).
« Last Edit: 02/11/2018 09:45 AM by jpo234 »
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