Could they just swap booster with another one while this one goes through checks and fixes?
Quote from: thirtyone on 06/29/2020 05:24 pmThere was some talk of an oxygen sensor in the engine bay having issues. Maybe it's easier to fix this particular problem in the vertical position for some reason?It looks like theyre taking her horizontal now.
There was some talk of an oxygen sensor in the engine bay having issues. Maybe it's easier to fix this particular problem in the vertical position for some reason?
Quote from: IvanDogovich on 05/19/2020 03:29 pmWhat happens to the booster that was on the pad, now that its set to launch in June? Do they take it down and bring it back to the barn?Yes. F9 will be rolled back into the barn for weather protection of rocket and payload.Payload stack (including fairing) will also be de-mated and stored in vertical (upright) position. A Starlink stack doesn't like being stored horizontally for prolonged periods of time (sagging of the stack is just one concern).
What happens to the booster that was on the pad, now that its set to launch in June? Do they take it down and bring it back to the barn?
So if we're speculating why this F9 was vertical until now, another possibility is that they wanted to finish horizontal integration of GPS before lowering this rocket, so the Starlink stack did not have to remain horizontal while waiting for integration/de-integration equipment to be available.
SpaceX is targeting July 8 for its next launch from pad 39A, where a Falcon 9 rocket will take off carrying Starlink and BlackSky satellites.But first, SpaceX is counting down to a Falcon 9 launch with a GPS payload today from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral. spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedul…
Launch time should be around 12pm EDT (1600 UTC) July 8.
Targeting Wednesday, July 8 for Falcon 9’s tenth launch of Starlink, which will also carry 2 spacecraft from @SpaceflightInc’s customer BlackSky to orbit
Finn Falgout is leaving Port Canaveral with OCISLY for the next #SpaceX mission. It appears to a busy start to the day for a holiday. The other drone ship JRTI with booster onboard will be in port within a few hours.
OCISLY is heading out, while JRTI is coming in.
🚀SpaceX is targeting Wednesday, July 8 for the tenth launch of Starlink, which will also carry two spacecraft from BlackSky. The launch window occurs between 11:54 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. Guests may be able to view the launch from the main visitor complex.💻: https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/launches-and-events/events-calendar/2020/july/rocket-launch-spacex-falcon-9-starlink-10th-mission
Ms. Tree and Ms. Chief are now departing for the Starlink mission!
061959Z JUL 20NAVAREA IV 595/20(11,26).WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.FLORIDA.1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING 081549Z TO 081657Z JUL, ALTERNATE 101506Z TO 101615Z JUL IN AREAS BOUND BY: A. 28-39-41N 080-38-10W, 28-48-00N 080-30-00W, 29-20-00N 079-52-00W, 29-17-00N 079-50-00W, 28-37-00N 080-27-00W, 28-34-20N 080-34-15W, 28-38-26N 080-37-17W. B. 31-39-00N 077-20-00W, 33-15-00N 075-57-00W, 33-40-00N 074-59-00W, 33-21-00N 074-25-00W, 32-45-00N 074-32-00W, 31-25-00N 077-06-00W.2. CANCEL NAVAREA IV 583/20.3. CANCEL THIS MSG 101715Z JUL 20.
SpaceX is raising a Falcon 9 rocket vertical on pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in preparation for launch Wednesday at 11:59am EDT (1559 GMT) with 57 Starlink Internet satellites and two Earth-imaging spacecraft for BlackSky.Read our earlier story: spaceflightnow.com/2020/06/26/spa…
Falcon 9 is vertical on LC-39A ahead of our tenth Starlink mission, targeted for tomorrow at 11:59 a.m. EDT. Vehicle and payload look good; weather is 60% favorable →
The storms finally gave way so we could complete remote setup. Falcon 9 looks as beautiful as ever.This #Starlink flight is the 5th for booster B1051, which previously lifted Crew Dragon for DM-1, RADARSAT, and 2 other Starlink missions.Here’s to another successful landing!