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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: 09/06/2018 03:16 PM by basedoesgames »
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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #1 on: 11/15/2017 10:04 PM »
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.
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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  ;)
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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

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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #4 on: 11/15/2017 10:15 PM »
Just a small thing, It's Vandenberg not Vandenburg  ;)

Dang it. :P Fixed now, Thanks.
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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #5 on: 11/15/2017 10:18 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

For most things on here, while i do know a good amount on my own, was referenced from Wikipedia, which could be out of date.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


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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #8 on: 11/15/2017 11:32 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.

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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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #9 on: 11/15/2017 11:33 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.
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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."

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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #11 on: 11/15/2017 11:40 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."

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
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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"



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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #13 on: 11/16/2017 12:15 AM »
I Assume by Date Qualifier you mean the date it was edited? Thank you for the input by the way!
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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #14 on: 11/16/2017 12:16 AM »
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.

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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #17 on: 11/16/2017 01:10 AM »
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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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #20 on: 11/16/2017 10:54 AM »
Great work.

I have one comment: I do not believe that the AMOS-6 failure were due to overpressurization of the second stage. The cause were far more complex. Someone can probably explain it much better, but I believe it were due to oxygen solidifying inside the carbon composite of the helium tanks COPVs. This due to design and propellant loading speed and temperature.

/Svend

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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #21 on: 11/16/2017 11:17 AM »
Great work.

I have one comment: I do not believe that the AMOS-6 failure were due to overpressurization of the second stage. The cause were far more complex. Someone can probably explain it much better, but I believe it were due to oxygen solidifying inside the carbon composite of the helium tanks COPVs. This due to design and propellant loading speed and temperature.

/Svend

That is correct and i believe the solid oxygen caused the helium tanks to expand and rupture, thus causing over pressurization. I could be wrong though. May have to rewatch Scott Manley's video :P
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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #22 on: 11/16/2017 11:18 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.

All of this will be implemented/corrected/fixed. The reason for the capitalization issues was because i kept debating what should be capitalized. But i'll spend some time going back and fixing these issues. Will release the updated version later today.
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« Reply #23 on: 11/16/2017 12:02 PM »
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.

If the thrust and mass increase together, then you are simply scaling up the rocket. You will be getting more mass, and more payload to orbit. Mass growth has actually been greater than thrust growth so far:

Falcon 9 version1.0 1.11.2 Block 11.2 Block 4
Relative thrust1.0 5,885/4,940 = 1.196,806/4,940 = 1.387,607/4,940 = 1.54
Relative mass1.0 505,846/333,400 = 1.52549,054/333,400 = 1.65549,054/333,400 = 1.65

Edit: So, v1.1 'had 20% more thrust and 50% more weight' than 1.0 would be more accurate.
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« Reply #24 on: 11/16/2017 12:41 PM »
Great work.

I have one comment: I do not believe that the AMOS-6 failure were due to overpressurization of the second stage. The cause were far more complex. Someone can probably explain it much better, but I believe it were due to oxygen solidifying inside the carbon composite of the helium tanks COPVs. This due to design and propellant loading speed and temperature.

/Svend

That is correct and i believe the solid oxygen caused the helium tanks to expand and rupture, thus causing over pressurization. I could be wrong though. May have to rewatch Scott Manley's video :P

I believe that in the end it was due to friction igniting the oxygen. Not overpressurization. Below is a link to SpaceX announcing their findings:

http://www.spacex.com/news/2016/09/01/anomaly-updates
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« Reply #25 on: 11/16/2017 01:02 PM »
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.

"-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."

Here is the quote from the Wikipedia Page: "These engines were also used on early Falcon 9 upper stages to provide attitude control, but more recent versions now use nitrogen cold gas thrusters in place of Dracos" (Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draco_(rocket_engine_family) )

-Slide 23 says SpaceX owns the ASDSes. I believe those are leased, not owned.
SpaceX contracted contracted a Louisiana Shipyard to build them both.

Still working on correcting issues and will be fixing Capitalization issues too.

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« Reply #26 on: 11/16/2017 01:17 PM »
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Slide 4 says Falcon 1 was an "expendable rocket design."

The first stage was designed from the outset to be recoverable, though this was never achieved.

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« Reply #27 on: 11/16/2017 01:46 PM »
Here is the quote from the Wikipedia Page: "These engines were also used on early Falcon 9 upper stages to provide attitude control, but more recent versions now use nitrogen cold gas thrusters in place of Dracos" (Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draco_(rocket_engine_family) )

Thatís wrong, they never used Dracos for attitude control on any version of Falcon 9. That was only planned for the Block 2 revision of v1.0, which never flew and was overridden by the debut of v1.1.

All F9 upper stages have used Nitrogen cold gas thrusters.

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« Reply #28 on: 11/16/2017 01:49 PM »
Great work.

I have one comment: I do not believe that the AMOS-6 failure were due to overpressurization of the second stage. The cause were far more complex. Someone can probably explain it much better, but I believe it were due to oxygen solidifying inside the carbon composite of the helium tanks COPVs. This due to design and propellant loading speed and temperature.

/Svend

That is correct and i believe the solid oxygen caused the helium tanks to expand and rupture, thus causing over pressurization. I could be wrong though. May have to rewatch Scott Manley's video :P

I believe that in the end it was due to friction igniting the oxygen. Not overpressurization. Below is a link to SpaceX announcing their findings:

http://www.spacex.com/news/2016/09/01/anomaly-updates

In a presentation intended for very non-spaceflight-geek audience, I would simply say: "An upper stage helium bottle exploded, destroying the rocket and payload."

The exact technical cause of the explosion and the source of the ignition are far beyond the required level of detail.

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« Reply #29 on: 11/16/2017 01:53 PM »
-Slide 23 says SpaceX owns the ASDSes. I believe those are leased, not owned.
SpaceX contracted contracted a Louisiana Shipyard to build them both.

They were "built" by modifying existing barges, which were leased. The distinction is probably unnecessary here, as you can just say "SpaceX has 2 droneships".

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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #30 on: 11/16/2017 04:29 PM »
The PDF has been updated.

Whats new?
It now includes Dragon
Fixed capitalization
Corrected some misinformation 

Word Count: 1362
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« Reply #31 on: 11/17/2017 07:13 AM »
Great work there basedoesgames!

I didn't catch anything obvious that wasn't already reported before the engine section: you are not mentionning the Super Draco at all.

But all else is very nicely put!

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« Reply #32 on: 11/17/2017 12:14 PM »
Great work there basedoesgames!

I didn't catch anything obvious that wasn't already reported before the engine section: you are not mentionning the Super Draco at all.

But all else is very nicely put!

I do mention SuperDraco but i could include the specs for it. I'll put that in the next update. Thanks by the way!
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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #33 on: 11/17/2017 12:49 PM »
Could you include Kestrel engine for completeness? It was used on Falcon 1 second stage.
The guide looks really nice, thanks for your effort!
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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #34 on: 11/17/2017 02:27 PM »
Updated PDF

Whats New?
Stats for SuperDraco
Kestrel Engine

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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #35 on: 11/17/2017 06:46 PM »
This is turning into a good SpaceX primer  :)

Errata:

Slide "South Texas Launch Site". It is more accurate to say that Boca Chica is licensed for twelve launches, of which two may be Falcon Heavy launches; they are not licensed for fourteen launches in total. It is quite likely that Boca Chica will technically be able to support (the verbage you currently use) much more than the twelve launches they're currently licensed for. Nitpicky, but you did ask for feedback  :) Looking forward to seeing this tuned up, I'll start tossing it at folks who ask me what this SpaceX thing is all about. Thank you for creating it!
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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #36 on: 11/22/2017 07:25 AM »
Since you mentioned what SLC-40 and Vandenberg were once used for, you should also mention that 39A is a historic launch pad where the Shuttle and Apollo missions (Saturn V) were launched.  Also the propulsive landing has been nixed for the dragon 2.  There are no longer any legs for it.  Otherwise, I like it, simple and to the point.

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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #37 on: 11/22/2017 10:29 PM »
Great work.

From slide 1's note of Not To Scale, I looked it up and it is now obvious what the latest version's size is.

With that in mind, could you take the title and put it at top (and shift left as required)? This might provide you with space to provide actual scale pictures.

Thanks for the effort.


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About that Boca Chica slide... the overview images contains imaginary 2nd and 3rd launch pads + landing zones. These were all 'fan-fiction', might want to use the 'official' overview with just the one hanger/launch pad as it is currently in the EIS/design.

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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #39 on: 11/24/2017 11:26 AM »
On your first F9 page you show the 3x3 configuration for the engines, but you refer to Falcon 1. You should change it to Falcon 9 Version 1.0
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PS: I really like your document. Great idea!
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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #40 on: 11/27/2017 02:22 PM »
The Post-Thanksgiving Break Update

What's New?
Scaling on first slide fixed
Credit to the NSF Forum
Restated somethings
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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #41 on: 11/28/2017 03:26 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

All three problems are still in there! 
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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #42 on: 11/28/2017 05:57 AM »
Page 9: "Also known ss v1.2" should be "Also known as v1.2".

Page 10: Falcon 9 being retired in 2019? Better not to put a death date on her just yet.
I agree with the others who've said that the stage was not over pressurized. There was an over pressure event, but that is different than being over pressurized which sounds like they just kept pumping after nozzle clicked off. The simplest accurate way to explain it is to say, "A Helium tank in the second stage burst resulting in the loss of the rocket and the payload."
Orbcomm OG-2 Mission 2? What does that mean? I've not seen the "Mission 2" designation before.

Page 24: As others have mentioned, the landing pad in Vandenberg is not called LZ-2.

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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #43 on: 11/28/2017 11:18 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

All three problems are still in there!

Sorry, didn't see this. Will work on update.
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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #44 on: 11/28/2017 12:49 PM »
Orbcomm OG-2 Mission 2? What does that mean? I've not seen the "Mission 2" designation before.

Thatís correct, there were two Orbcomm OG-2 launches.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orbcomm_(satellite)#Orbcomm-OG2

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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #45 on: 11/28/2017 02:12 PM »
PDF updated

What's New?
Fixed Typos
Restated some things
Changed text color on title
Small improvments
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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #46 on: 11/28/2017 08:46 PM »
I like it.

You've mentioned the number of Super Draco engines, but don't mention the number of Merlins(9), MVACs (1) or Draco thrusters (18).

Another picture of a Draco thruster attached.

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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #47 on: 11/29/2017 02:23 PM »
I like it.

You've mentioned the number of Super Draco engines, but don't mention the number of Merlins(9), MVACs (1) or Draco thrusters (18).

Another picture of a Draco thruster attached.

Thank you for the Draco pic. Will include in the numbers and pic in the next update.
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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #48 on: 11/30/2017 08:37 AM »
Slide 28, Dragon 2 says "First launch is planned for August 2018". That's the first manned flight, the unmanned Demo mission is currently planned for April '18.
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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #49 on: 12/01/2017 05:27 PM »
PDF Updated

What's New?
Added some pictures
Added some info
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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #50 on: 12/01/2017 06:02 PM »
Now looks even better!

Two additional suggestions:

- slide 14 ->  Dragon title slide, it should show a large image of Dragon itself instead of a Falcon (with Dragon).

I would also add a slide at the end listing credits for all images used in the Guide (I know it's a lot of work but I am assuming most of them are sourced from SpaceX).


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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #51 on: 12/01/2017 08:33 PM »
Two suggestions:

1) For the "First Landings" slide, show dates.

2) Remove the ITS slide.  It never made it past planning.  If you want to show stuff like that, then you'll also need to include Falcon 5, Falcon 1e, and other stuff that never made it past planning.
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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #53 on: 12/02/2017 01:09 AM »
PDF Updated

What's New?
Picture Credits
Falcon 1e and Falcon 5
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« Reply #54 on: 12/24/2017 02:34 PM »
Do you think i should make a beginners guide to the landings?

Shouldn't it be new part of main PDF?

BTW I do not see any basis whatsoever for "Estimated fully operational period: 2017 - 2019".
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« Reply #55 on: 12/24/2017 07:58 PM »
I too like the slides - thanks for all your effort on this.

SpaceX have now announced that the 2nd pad at the Cape is LZ-2. Itís ready for the forthcoming FH demo flight. Picture attached to:

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=44271.msg1760040#msg1760040

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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #56 on: 07/05/2018 12:45 PM »
Last time I visited this thread as a guest was at October and the PDF didn't open up as it supposed to then - no preview, got downloaded by instantly and consisted of just one blank page. That's great there are the guys who're still working on updating it!

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« Reply #57 on: 07/05/2018 10:00 PM »
Nice summary
Downloads just fine
Slide 10 "Satellite was not able to make it's final orbit"
That should be "its" not "it's"
The rocket was not allowed to boost the satellite to its final orbit because the probability of having sufficient fuel didn't meet NASA's criterion.  There was an overwhelming, yet insufficient, probability that it could have made it.
It doesn't seem to help to have "Launches" in red after "No Failed"
Slide 16:  Time to update with a real photograph of Heavy.  (It's not "Falcon Heavy" anymore.)
Slide 17:  It's now past tense. 
Somewhere in there was a switch for the Falcon 9 second stage from moving the exhaust nozzel for roll control like on Falcon 1 to the cold gas system.
Slide 31:  Musk dropped the "V2" designator for Dragon because putting "V2" and "rocket" together remains a bad idea.
Slide 38:  We know the Merlin 1B was never flown but may not know if some were produced.  They were higher thrust ablatively cooled version of the abaltively cooled Merlin 1A.  The Merlin 1C was the first version with regenerative cooling using flowing fuel. 
It might be interesting to list the thrust for the various versions.

Overall, still pretty neat.
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« Reply #58 on: 07/06/2018 04:10 AM »
Comga, IRT Slide 16: SpaceX's website shows that the rocket being named as Falcon Heavy.  The name that went away was F9H or Falcon 9 Heavy, I believe.  Do you have reliable info otherwise?

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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #59 on: 08/15/2018 12:30 AM »
UPDATE TIME!
Finally updated the guide after almost half a year.
Updated Falcon Heavy Slide
Added info about Spacex's planned facilities at the Cape
Various updated and tweaked info
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« Reply #60 on: 08/15/2018 01:44 AM »
Wow, let's have a look, I was expecting to see more of this.

*starts to read*

Just a sssssmaaaall correction, in the count of F9 v1.2 flights you say "60 launches" but you probably put that in reference to the total amount of F9 launches, the F9 v1.2 has launched 40 times from OG-2 M2 to the latest mission, Merah Putih. It's impressive that the old ones were only 20 and now we're up to 40 launches and counting for that version and it keeps growing! :D

As for the number of reflights there have been 15 counting the side boosters of the Falcon Heavy mission but I guess you don't count those, right? Because I see you count only 26 landings when there have been 28, so that's why I think you probably omitted those two landings.

The last line in the LC-39A slide can be eliminated now ;)

Then the slide for Boca Chica can be changed to say it was supposed to host F9 and FH launches and now the plans are to use it for BFR. I wouldn't really what more to say about it right at this point, maybe next year there will be more things to add to that.

Then there's another slide about SLC-4W and it says it is under construction, which I guess it is not now in that state since they plan to land a booster there next month, so that could be changed too.

On the Crew Dragon slide now you can change those old pictures of the interior and exterior and put pictures of the real ones... you could even add something about the astros now that we know who they are... it feels real now! :D

hangar please :(

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« Reply #61 on: 08/15/2018 09:29 PM »
Wow, let's have a look, I was expecting to see more of this.

*starts to read*

Just a sssssmaaaall correction, in the count of F9 v1.2 flights you say "60 launches" but you probably put that in reference to the total amount of F9 launches, the F9 v1.2 has launched 40 times from OG-2 M2 to the latest mission, Merah Putih. It's impressive that the old ones were only 20 and now we're up to 40 launches and counting for that version and it keeps growing! :D

As for the number of reflights there have been 15 counting the side boosters of the Falcon Heavy mission but I guess you don't count those, right? Because I see you count only 26 landings when there have been 28, so that's why I think you probably omitted those two landings.

The last line in the LC-39A slide can be eliminated now ;)

Then the slide for Boca Chica can be changed to say it was supposed to host F9 and FH launches and now the plans are to use it for BFR. I wouldn't really what more to say about it right at this point, maybe next year there will be more things to add to that.

Then there's another slide about SLC-4W and it says it is under construction, which I guess it is not now in that state since they plan to land a booster there next month, so that could be changed too.

On the Crew Dragon slide now you can change those old pictures of the interior and exterior and put pictures of the real ones... you could even add something about the astros now that we know who they are... it feels real now! :D

hangar please :(
By "Hanger Please", do you want me to include information about the current hangars at the pads or the one that is going to be built? Thank you for correcting some of my info.
I didn't update certain parts because i lost power during updating the guide
I did need to update the landings and fix the launch counts
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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #62 on: 08/15/2018 09:38 PM »
UPDATE!!
Added/updated info about Crew Dragon
Fixed Launch and Landing count
Updated Crew Dragon images
(P.S. For new images, you will see the link to the source on the same slide. This is because i don't have the time to go back through the credit slides to find exactly where it needs to go. If you figure it out, reply the link before where the new link needs to go.)
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« Reply #63 on: 08/15/2018 09:56 PM »
By "Hanger Please", do you want me to include information about the current hangars at the pads or the one that is going to be built?

No no, it is because it is hangar, not hanger haha it was just a small correction about a typo I saw on one of the slides.

Btw, now it's looking really good! :)
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« Reply #64 on: 08/22/2018 01:05 AM »
By "Hanger Please", do you want me to include information about the current hangars at the pads or the one that is going to be built?

No no, it is because it is hangar, not hanger haha it was just a small correction about a typo I saw on one of the slides.

Btw, now it's looking really good! :)
UPDATE!
HANGAR
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« Reply #65 on: 08/22/2018 02:18 AM »
First time I've looked at this thread. Very impressed but on page 9 I see "Project Cost: $300M including Dragon". Pretty sure that is for F9 booster only. More like $1B for everything.
On page 13 says "No failed launches". CRS-7 was lost with second stage explosion. Last of V1.1 flights.
For a good list of flights/configuration/successes etc see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Falcon_9_first-stage_boosters
Page 16, I think it would be a good idea to add that the listed payloads are for the expendable version.
Page 21, Omelek Island is not just inactive, it had to be restored to previous state. Buildings removed. This doesn't make your statement wrong, just thought you might appreciate a little extra detail.
Page 23. The HIF at Pad 39A was built to support FH from the outset.
Page 24. I believe the landing pad designations are LZ-1 and LZ-2 are at the Cape, and the Vandenburg pad is LZ-3.
Page 32, You might want to update the dates to November 2018 for demo mission and April 2019 for crew.
Page 41. Your Isp figures refer to Merlin 1D version 1.0 or possibly 1.1. No figures were publisher for later Full Thrust or Block 5 but our friends doing performance calculations think the latest vac version is about 335 Isp.

edit: correct 135 Isp to 335
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« Reply #66 on: 08/24/2018 01:28 AM »
First time I've looked at this thread. Very impressed but on page 9 I see "Project Cost: $300M including Dragon". Pretty sure that is for F9 booster only. More like $1B for everything.
On page 13 says "No failed launches". CRS-7 was lost with second stage explosion. Last of V1.1 flights.
For a good list of flights/configuration/successes etc see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Falcon_9_first-stage_boosters
Page 16, I think it would be a good idea to add that the listed payloads are for the expendable version.
Page 21, Omelek Island is not just inactive, it had to be restored to previous state. Buildings removed. This doesn't make your statement wrong, just thought you might appreciate a little extra detail.
Page 23. The HIF at Pad 39A was built to support FH from the outset.
Page 24. I believe the landing pad designations are LZ-1 and LZ-2 are at the Cape, and the Vandenburg pad is LZ-3.
Page 32, You might want to update the dates to November 2018 for demo mission and April 2019 for crew.
Page 41. Your Isp figures refer to Merlin 1D version 1.0 or possibly 1.1. No figures were publisher for later Full Thrust or Block 5 but our friends doing performance calculations think the latest vac version is about 335 Isp.

edit: correct 135 Isp to 335
Thank you for the input. CRS-7 was on a F9 1.1, not FT.
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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #67 on: 08/24/2018 01:53 AM »
UPDATE!!!
Fixed outdated file.
Added and refined some details
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« Reply #68 on: 09/04/2018 02:56 AM »

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.

Did you mean that a good number of items in your pdf were referenced from Wikipedia?


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« Reply #69 on: 09/04/2018 10:38 AM »
A really good document. I have only one thing to add - you don't have the thrust of the Super Draco in lbf.

I very much enjoyed reading that.
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« Reply #70 on: 09/04/2018 10:46 PM »
UPDATE!

Tweaked and fixed a few things.
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« Reply #71 on: 09/05/2018 06:24 PM »

One small niggle:

On the F9 FT description page, you say it "can fly 100 times in it's life". That should be "[...] its life".

English is weird.

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« Reply #72 on: 09/05/2018 11:30 PM »
Nice document. Might be worthwhile to add info about the fairings/Mr. Steven.

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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #73 on: 09/06/2018 03:18 PM »
UPDATE!

Added info on Fairing Recovery and Mr. Steven (More details will come as I research more)
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Re: A Beginners Guide To (almost) Everything SpaceX (PDF)
« Reply #74 on: 09/06/2018 04:47 PM »
These are quibbles/polishing work, but:


Having "Was heavily damaged before a planned Static Fire Test (F9 FT)" as the last entry for SLC-40 implies that this is its current state. I'd add that it has been returned to operational status, with added upgrades installed during the repair work:

"Heavily damaged in Sep 2016 during a failed F9 FT static fire test"
"Returned to operational status in Dec 2017 after repairs and additional upgrades."

If you need another line, perhaps combine the first and third lines ("Launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, leased to SpaceX in 2007."


"SLC-4W will be used for RTLS Landings (LZ-2) while SLC-4E is the launch pad" conflicts with "VANDENBERG LANDING SITE (SLC-4W/LZ-3*)" / "*Potential designation". I'd just remove the LZ-2 mention in the first statement and leave it unnamed on that slide.


Kestrel is listed first and says, "Fueled by LOX and RP-1", while Merlin is listed second and says "Uses RP-1 and Liquid Oxygen". First, consistency is good. Second, "liquid oxygen" is more easily understood than "LOX". Third, "kerosene" is more easily understood than "RP-1".

In keeping with Raptor's entry ("Methalox* powered engine" ' "*Liquid Methane and Liquid Oxygen"), I'd use "Kerolox powered engine*" / "*RP-1 (refined kerosene) and LOX (liquid oxygen)".


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« Reply #75 on: 09/06/2018 08:49 PM »
Fun Fact:
I use google drive to edit on multiple PCs and it is on Version 21 (if it's accurate)
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« Reply #76 on: 09/07/2018 12:59 PM »
Great overview:
Small suggestion on the Falcon 9 FT page where you provide launch and landing
statistics, consider putting a date when you last modified this page (i.e. as of Sept 7,2018).
While you may have this date on the overall presentation,  it could easily be overlooked.
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