Even for some time before the mk1 RUD progress slowed to a crawl at Boca Chica, TX and Cocoa, FL build sites. Now it's at a stand still with exception of both launch sites still under construction, LC-39A at Kennedy and new construction happening at BC launch site. Elon tweeted about moving onto mk3. It seems like mk2 will get scrapped along with what's left of mk1. So really what is next for SpaceX? How will they proceed from here? Will it be business as usual or a set back for them? If so, how long of a set back? What are your opinions?
they were lucky they didnt kill anyone with this or the Dragon crew explosion...but this is twice now
so ...you have no problem with the parachute on the CST 100 as you note "Nobody was injured because they performed the tests in a safe and controlled environment" and had astronauts been aboard...they would be fine...the safety systems worked, nothing was blown up? and its time to launch...right?
Quote from: TripleSeven on 11/23/2019 09:50 pmthey were lucky they didnt kill anyone with this or the Dragon crew explosion...but this is twice nowSurely you know these were controlled tests at test sites evacuated of personnel? During Apollo, NASA lost a crew in a horrible spacecraft fire, suffered Service Module propulsion system failures in ground tests, and had three complete Saturn V stages destroyed in ground accidents - two of them overpressure deals similar to the Mk1 situation (one injured 5 NAA technicians) and the other a flat out explosion caused by a failed high pressure helium tank weld during a test firing. Should NASA have cancelled the Moon landing program? These were setbacks for SpaceX, but history shows that setbacks like these happen in such programs. SpaceX has recovered from the Dragon 2 test failure, completing a successful test recently. It has the options to either recover from the Mk1 failure with a better Starship, or shut the whole program down and focus on Falcon/Dragon. I believe that Super Heavy/Starship hinges more on the progress of Raptor than on the tank structure. - Ed Kyle
SpaceX to cap transitional year with launch, poised for big things in 2020Fairing reuse, Starlink trains, and Starship testing marked big moments in 2019.ERIC BERGER - 12/16/2019, 1:15 PMBy some measures, SpaceX has had a relatively sedate 2019. After all, the company has launched a mere dozen rockets so far this year, in comparison to a record-setting 2018, with 22 overall missions. It should add one more flight to that tally on Monday, with the launch of a large, 6.8-ton communications satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (see details below).However, the lower launch cadence masks a year in which SpaceX has made considerable technical progress toward some of its biggest goals—an optimized Falcon 9, satellite Internet, and total launch reusability.
Question:If the launch cadence in 2020 is close to once a week would this not put a strain on the Eastern Range and their lengthy setup processes? Might we see SX launch twice in one day, once from each of their pads? Would two launches like this essentially help increase the possible launches supported by the range?
Quote from: freddo411 on 12/23/2019 03:04 amQuestion:If the launch cadence in 2020 is close to once a week would this not put a strain on the Eastern Range and their lengthy setup processes? Might we see SX launch twice in one day, once from each of their pads? Would two launches like this essentially help increase the possible launches supported by the range?By 2017, the Eastern Range had upgraded their legacy operational processes and equipment to be able to support a much faster cadence of rocket launches for SpaceX AFTS-controlled rocket launches, but they did not use the capability when an opportunity arose to increase range launch cadence in October 2018. The first planned use of the more rapid cadence was in August 2019. As of 2019, the range said that it could "support up to 48 launches per year from Florida" with an "eventual goal [to] get to a capability to launch two different rockets within 24 hours."https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Range
This may be a transcendent year for SpaceXCompany may attempt 50% more launches than any previous year.by Eric Berger - Jan 2, 2020 1:22pm GMT