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https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/1684644312242585600

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Rocketship is doing great. CV is marching through the factory. The reinforced forward dome is built and getting ready to go on top of the rest of the tank. Here’s a pic, since I know you’ll ask. (The doublers are on to the inside), (sorry no Std Brian for scale)
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https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/1684644312242585600

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Rocketship is doing great. CV is marching through the factory. The reinforced forward dome is built and getting ready to go on top of the rest of the tank. Here’s a pic, since I know you’ll ask. (The doublers are on to the inside), (sorry no Std Brian for scale)
I hope the Centaur V fuel tank is integrated into the Centaur V stage again within one month after having had its forward dome reinforced with metallic strips to avoid mishaps during a new fuel tank test.


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I hope the Centaur V fuel tank is integrated into the Centaur V stage again within one month after having had its forward dome reinforced with metallic strips to avoid mishaps during a new fuel tank test.


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My interpretation was that they were planning to add doublers to the existing flight Centaur V hardware - but it seems they are building up entirely new stages?  Or are they planning to replace the forward dome on an existing stage? 

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My interpretation was that they were planning to add doublers to the existing flight Centaur V hardware - but it seems they are building up entirely new stages?  Or are they planning to replace the forward dome on an existing stage?

The Certification-1 mission will fly with a new Centaur V upper stage. But, the Centaur V originally supposed Certification-1 will be retro-fitted to be able to support a future launch.
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https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/1688897026967093248

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This picture is a little old now, but I thought you might find it interesting. Inside of the new reinforced dome for Cert1 during build. You can see the circular doubler in the center and the seam doublers running out radially along the gore welds. #VulcanRocket

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https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/1689664897930391552

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Yes. We continue to be on track for a launch in Q4 of this year. With a second launch in early 2024. The reinforced Cert1 Centaur V is making excellent progress in the factory, and it’s booster is ready to go at the Cape.

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Tory, buddy, the possessive form of it doesn't include an apostrophe... :(

(Yeah, I know, not important, but it's the little things).

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Tory, buddy, the possessive form of it doesn't include an apostrophe... :(

(Yeah, I know, not important, but it's the little things).

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Tory, buddy, the possessive form of it doesn't include an apostrophe... :(

(Yeah, I know, not important, but it's the little things).

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Well, it "auto" go away!

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The opening salvo in Amazon’s 3,236-satellite Project Kuiper venture is switching its ride to space. An Amazon spokesperson confirmed in a statement to Spaceflight Now on Monday that the first two demonstration satellites for the broadband constellation will launch on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas 5 rocket as soon as Sept. 26, 2023, instead of the inaugural Vulcan rocket.

The change follows news from ULA that its forthcoming Vulcan rocket won’t launch until late 2023 at the earliest.

During a beam-signing ceremony amid construction of a Kuiper processing facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Steven Metayer, the vice president of Kuiper Production Operations, stated that shifting the launch of the first two satellites was something that Amazon was considering.

https://spaceflightnow.com/2023/08/07/amazon-to-launch-first-kuiper-satellites-on-ula-atlas-5-rocket-following-vulcan-delays/ [August 7, 2023]

I now remember that the prototype Kuiper satellites had originally been planned to launch on the RS1 rocket, only for Amazon to decide to change the planned launch vehicle for these satellites to the Vulcan. The recent decision to have the Kuiper satellites launched on an Atlas V now means that the planned first launch of the Vulcan rocket reverts to being intended to only carry a lunar spacecraft.

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The recent decision to have the Kuiper satellites launched on an Atlas V now means that the planned first launch of the Vulcan rocket reverts to being intended to only carry a lunar spacecraft.

can't say.  there are other options.

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CEO Steve Altemus says the Falcon 9 has a window from Nov. 15-Nov. 20. If there's bad weather, or a high priority NASA or DOD mission takes precedence, there is a backup launch opportunity in December. Going to be close with Astrobotic's Peregrine, which is NET December launch.

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The recent decision to have the Kuiper satellites launched on an Atlas V now means that the planned first launch of the Vulcan rocket reverts to being intended to only carry a lunar spacecraft.

can't say.  there are other options.

I dare say there are other options in an abstract sense, but they'd better get moving pretty fast if they want to climb aboard.  Every day that goes by makes another option less likely.
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https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/1691572180608528697

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Just left the Rocket Factory. Finishing up welding the reinforced Centaur V forward dome onto the rest of the completed CV tank. Looking good for a launch this year. #VulcanRocket
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Coming along great.  Booster and pad are done and certified.  Centaur V's new reinforced forward dome has been welded on to CV and will in the wash station shortly in prep for SOFI.  This is what the inside looked like before it was welded onto the barrel.


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Am I boring you guys, or do you want to see the latest picture of the CERT1 Centaur V now that she’s all welded up?

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Ok. Since you have all asked so nicely, this is the CERT1 CV when it came out of major weld. Now in the wash station having my hand prints cleaned off from when I hugged it. #VulcanRocket

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NASA's Sandra Connelly says at the NAC science committee meeting that Astrobotic's Peregrine lunar lander is planned for launch no earlier than mid-December, with backup windows in January and February (pending readiness of ULA's Vulcan Centaur.)

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https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/1697273880455594329

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CERT1 First flight Centaur V in the High Pressure Test Cell for proof testing. Making good progress. #VulcanRocket

 

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