Author Topic: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)  (Read 11461 times)

I started work on this as a PowerPoint that gives a run down of SpaceX's history for people who may not know anything about SpaceX. Feel free to reply with corrections or with suggestions to what you think should or shouldn't be included. I will apply corrections and additions that are recommended. I have included a PDF version of what I think to me a mostly completed guide to almost everything SpaceX.

Whenever i reply saying that I've updated the PDF, it will be here.
« Last Edit: 12/02/2017 01:07 AM by basedoesgames »
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Already an update. I didn't feel like firing up Photoshop when making the Title Screen to remove the white from the BFR picture. It now looks like the other Falcons. Provided Updated download on main post.
« Last Edit: 11/15/2017 10:05 PM by basedoesgames »
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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #2 on: 11/15/2017 10:13 PM »
Just a small thing, It's Vandenberg not Vandenburg  ;)
« Last Edit: 11/15/2017 10:13 PM by almightycat »

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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #3 on: 11/15/2017 10:13 PM »
I don't think the landing zone in Vandenberg is called LZ-2

Only one extra landing pad is currently being build at LC-13

Hope that helps

Just a small thing, It's Vandenberg not Vandenburg  ;)

Dang it. :P Fixed now, Thanks.
« Last Edit: 11/15/2017 10:21 PM by basedoesgames »
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I don't think the landing zone in Vandenberg is called LZ-2

Only one extra landing pad is currently being build at LC-13

Hope that helps

For most things on here, while i do know a good amount on my own, was referenced from Wikipedia, which could be out of date. Here is the link for the LZ-1 Page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landing_Zone_1
It says "An additional four 150 feet (46 m) diameter pads were initially planned to be built to support the simultaneous recovery of additional boosters of the Falcon Heavy, although only two additional pads are planned for the near future."

As for Vandenberg, i'm not sure either. I'll have to update it as i can find better info. I've just heard it referred to as LZ-2.
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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #6 on: 11/15/2017 11:12 PM »
Might be debatable depending on definitions, but I would say BFR was announced before Sept 2017.

ITS presented at IAC 2016 was the rocket unofficially called BFR hitherto, and BFR presented at IAC 2017 is just a downscaled ITS.

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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #7 on: 11/15/2017 11:15 PM »
Regarding the slide for FH:

"It will be the worlds most powerful rocket ever launched"

Might want to say this instead:

It will be the world's most powerful rocket currently flying


Might be debatable depending on definitions, but I would say BFR was announced before Sept 2017.

ITS presented at IAC 2016 was the rocket unofficially called BFR hitherto, and BFR presented at IAC 2017 is just a downscaled ITS.

When i wrote that part, i focused more on the newer BFR announcements. I will probably make a slide for ITS since it, to me, is a different vehicle. Thanks for the input though!
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Regarding the slide for FH:

"It will be the worlds most powerful rocket ever launched"

Might want to say this instead:

It will be the world's most powerful rocket currently flying

I'm guessing you're saying this since BFR would beat it out of that spot once it launches but i do agree that it should be said like that.
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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #10 on: 11/15/2017 11:38 PM »
Regarding the slide for FH:

"It will be the worlds most powerful rocket ever launched"

Might want to say this instead:

It will be the world's most powerful rocket currently flying

I'm guessing you're saying this since BFR would beat it out of that spot once it launches but i do agree that it should be said like that.

Saturn V, Shuttle, and N-1 were all more powerful and were all launched (with varying degress of success).

Phrase it as "Falcon Heavy will, once first launched, be the most powerful rocket currently in operation."

Regarding the slide for FH:

"It will be the worlds most powerful rocket ever launched"

Might want to say this instead:

It will be the world's most powerful rocket currently flying

I'm guessing you're saying this since BFR would beat it out of that spot once it launches but i do agree that it should be said like that.

Saturn V, Shuttle, and N-1 were all more powerful and were all launched (with varying degress of success).

Phrase it as "Falcon Heavy will, once first launched, be the most powerful rocket currently in operation."

I have just checked and I was wrong :P I'm currently working on an updated version so getting these inputs now is helpful.
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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #12 on: 11/15/2017 11:59 PM »
BFR is not to scale in the first image, it is about 50% taller than Falcon 9. See this SpaceX illustration:
https://img.purch.com/w/660/aHR0cDovL3d3dy5zcGFjZS5jb20v
aW1hZ2VzL2kvMDAwLzA3MC80Njcvb3JpZ2luYWwvYmZyLXNpemUtZGlhZ3JhbS5qcGc=

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September 28, 2008: SpaceX was the first private company to
launch a Liquid Fueled Rocket to orbit.

Should be: "SpaceX became the first company to launch a privately developed liquid fueled rocket to orbit."

Earlier private companies had launched liquid fueled rockets to orbit, but those designs were developed with a large share of public funds.

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4 Launches were Dragon Launches (1 Orbital Test, 1 Demo Test,
and 2 CRS Missions)

All 5 v1.0 flights launched Dragon: 1 test flight, 2 Demo flights, and 2 CRS flights.

Falcon 9 versions are typically denoted v1.0, v1.1, v1.2 (aka Full Thrust or FT), where the "v" stands for version.

I would put a date qualifier on the number of flights of v1.2, as it changes frequently.

"Orbcomm-11 Mission" should be "Orbcomm OG-2 Mission 2"



« Last Edit: 11/17/2017 12:35 PM by Chris Bergin »

I Assume by Date Qualifier you mean the date it was edited? Thank you for the input by the way!
« Last Edit: 11/17/2017 12:35 PM by Chris Bergin »
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I have just Updated the PDF with new slides and fixed issues.
It now talks about SpaceX Launch Sites. Thank you for the input so far guys.
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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #15 on: 11/16/2017 12:45 AM »
Nice!

I'd recommend leading off with Falcon 1, F9, and Falcon Heavy, then the launch sites, the landing sites, and ITS/BFR last.

Maybe throw in a slide about Merlin and Raptor too.

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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #16 on: 11/16/2017 12:46 AM »
Regarding the slide for FH:

"It will be the worlds most powerful rocket ever launched"

Might want to say this instead:

It will be the world's most powerful rocket currently flying

I'm guessing you're saying this since BFR would beat it out of that spot once it launches but i do agree that it should be said like that.

Saturn V, Shuttle, and N-1 were all more powerful and were all launched (with varying degress of success).

Phrase it as "Falcon Heavy will, once first launched, be the most powerful rocket currently in operation."

Of course your point has been made, but let's not forget Energia (Polyus/Buran) the Russians deserve the credit and the Energia booster has a much better track record than the N-1.

I just released an updated PDF.

Whats New?
Reordered some slides
Added section on engines

Probably the last update for me tonight... unless there is a big issue. Thank you all for the input so far!
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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #18 on: 11/16/2017 02:42 AM »
Feedback after skimming the slides:

Black text on dark grey background really is not legible.

Vandenberg's landing site is not called LZ-2.

It's vs its.  http://www.angryflower.com/itsits.gif
How to embed photos from outside sources (e.g. Twitter)
NASA TV in HD:  history and FAQ (from 2007-2010 startup period)

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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #19 on: 11/16/2017 09:50 AM »
Great presentation, but since you asked for feedback ...
<grabs blue pencil>
-Slide 4 says Falcon 1 was an "expendable rocket design." It was an expendable rocket, "design" just confuses the issue.
-Slide 5 says there were 4 Falcon 9 v1.0 launches, but there were 5, as is correctly noted on slide 6.
-Slide 8 says the v1.1 had 60% more thrust and weight than v1.0. Wouldn't increasing weight the same amount as thrust eliminate the benefit of increasing the thrust. I don't have the numbers, but suspect that weight growth was less than thrust increase from v1.0 to v1.1.
-Slide 16 says SLC-40 is "on at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station." Here "on" and "at" are redundant and "the" is unnecessary.
-Slide 18 has 3 instances of "SLC-40" where "SLC-4" is intended.
-Slide 19 says Boca Chica will be operational "no later than late 2018." Do you mean "no earlier than?" There is a bunch of work to be done there (about 99%l of it) and "late 2018" is only 13 months away.
-Slide 23 says SpaceX owns the ASDSes. I believe those are leased, not owned.
-Slide 29 includes the Merlin 1B engine that was planned but never produced.
-Slide 30 says Draco thrusters were used for attitude control on early F9 flights. Do you have a citation for that? I've been following SpaceX since the F1 days and never heard of Draco being used in that function.
-Slide 31 says Falcon Heavy is "still currently" in design. "Still" and "currently" mean almost the same thing; I'd delete "still."


General note: I find Random and inconsistent Capitalization a Distraction. I would suggest restricting capitalization to the standard first words and proper nouns.

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