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NSF Threads for Falcon Heavy Demo : Updates / Discussion / Member Meetup / Cape Canaveral Launch Viewing / FH Demo Mission Payload Discussion / FH Demo Discussion and Speculation / FH Demo Payload Speculation / L2 Coverage November-December - January-February / ASDS / Party

NSF Articles for Falcon Heavy Demo :
   [April 12, 2017] Falcon Heavy build up begins; SLC-40 pad rebuild progressing well
   [April 25, 2017] SpaceX Static Fire spy sat rocket and prepare to test Falcon Heavy core

NET early 2018 on the first Falcon Heavy from LC-39A at Cape Canaveral.  Launch vehicle will have a new center booster (1033) and reused side boosters (1023.2, 1025.2?).



Other SpaceX resources on NASASpaceflight:
   SpaceX News Articles (Recent)  /   SpaceX News Articles from 2006 (Including numerous exclusive Elon interviews)
   SpaceX Dragon Articles  /  SpaceX Missions Section (with Launch Manifest and info on past and future missions)
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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : Early 2018 : Updates
« Reply #1 on: 12/19/2017 02:14 PM »
FAA thinks launch is close:

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Second day of the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference starts with keynotes by FAA’s George Nield and NASA’s Steve Jurczyk. #NSRC2017
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/943132943383453697

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Nield: 2017 has been pretty exciting for commercial spaceflight, but 2018 will be even more exciting, starting with Falcon Heavy first launch in the next month. #NSRC2017
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/943135747477065728

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« Last Edit: 12/20/2017 08:59 AM by Beittil »

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : Early 2018 : Updates
« Reply #3 on: 12/20/2017 08:59 AM »
Tweet from Elon (pictures in post above):

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Falcon Heavy at the Cape
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/943420026593337344

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« Last Edit: 12/20/2017 09:00 AM by jebbo »

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : Early 2018 : Updates
« Reply #4 on: 12/20/2017 09:05 AM »
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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : Early 2018 : Updates
« Reply #5 on: 12/20/2017 08:40 PM »
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Max thrust at lift-off is 5.1 million pounds or 2300 metric tons. First mission will run at 92%.

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/943590152181448704

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Falcon Heavy launching from same @NASA pad as the Saturn V Apollo 11 moon rocket. It was 50% higher thrust with five F-1 engines at 7.5M lb-F. I love that rocket so much.

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/943592480926076928

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : Early 2018 : Updates
« Reply #6 on: 12/20/2017 09:45 PM »
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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : Early 2018 : Updates
« Reply #7 on: 12/21/2017 07:13 AM »
A bit of a tease but sounds like payload is either in processing or encapsulated:

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Is your Tesla aboard?

https://twitter.com/richardgarriott/status/943696935533404166

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Pics soon

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/943699548169388032

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : Early 2018 : Updates
« Reply #8 on: 12/21/2017 07:31 AM »
A bit of a tease but sounds like payload is either in processing or encapsulated:

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Is your Tesla aboard?

https://twitter.com/richardgarriott/status/943696935533404166

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Pics soon

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/943699548169388032

Can confirm that it is already mated to the payload adapter.
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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : Early 2018 : Updates
« Reply #9 on: 12/21/2017 06:17 PM »
Status of the TEL:

Some mobile phone shots from the NASA tour bus this morning, courtesy of "Gridffin" on the Rocket Emporium Discord. Shows the TEL erect (getting the base maybe before heading into the HIF?) and that the RSS demolition continues apace. [...]

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : Early 2018 : Updates
« Reply #10 on: 12/21/2017 06:34 PM »
Another one :) Presumably final checks before rollback.

(Had to remove the link as it also pointed to naked ladies :D)
« Last Edit: 12/21/2017 09:50 PM by Chris Bergin »
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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : Early 2018 : Updates
« Reply #11 on: 12/22/2017 06:26 PM »
I'm not there, but I have it on good authority the TEL is in the HIF at this time.
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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : Early 2018 : Updates
« Reply #12 on: 12/24/2017 08:47 PM »
I'm not there, but I have it on good authority the TEL is in the HIF at this time.

Confirmed via its absence in this photo of LC-39A:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BdGFkrUAPu2/
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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : Early 2018 : Updates
« Reply #13 on: 12/26/2017 11:39 AM »
Pic shows TEL rolling into the HIF, also shows the base of it and all the hold downs 8)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BdBR-GpBuYS/?taken-at=494423683
« Last Edit: 12/26/2017 11:41 AM by RocketLover0119 »
"The Falcon has landed"

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We got a sneak peek at @SpaceX #FalconHeavy rocket while taking the bus tour. #SpaceX



https://twitter.com/ECDiazdeLeon/status/945692630062690304


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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : Early 2018 : Updates
« Reply #15 on: 12/26/2017 04:01 PM »
Great find. Higher res attached.

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We understand the big rocket is going to be on the pad very soon, or at least rolled out (fit checks can take a fair amount of work). Will be the full stack, per the fit check requirements.

Photos, in here (always link), when available.

Discuss what the photos show in the discussion thread to keep this thread clean.

Remember, this is not the static fire, this is a fit check. Static Fire will be about a week away.

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : Early 2018 : Updates
« Reply #17 on: 12/28/2017 01:14 PM »
Nothing yet:

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A quick check of the coast says no FH on the pad. @NASASpaceflight @murphypak @wardniner #FalconHeavy

https://twitter.com/julia_bergeron/status/946382686658146304

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : Early 2018 : Updates
« Reply #18 on: 12/28/2017 01:41 PM »
Falcon Heavy is going vertical for the first time at pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center.

https://twitter.com/SpaceflightNow/status/946389869378588672


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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : Early 2018 : Updates
« Reply #19 on: 12/28/2017 01:58 PM »
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The Falcon Heavy is now in place at launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center to begin testing before its maiden flight next month. spaceflightnow.com

https://twitter.com/spaceflightnow/status/946394663509995521

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