Author Topic: SpaceX Falcon 9 - CRS-8 Dragon - NET April, 2016 - DISCUSSION  (Read 372499 times)

Offline Herb Schaltegger

I don't know how to embed Facebook links, but the Bigelow FB page tonight posted a photo of BEAM being hoisted into the Dragon trunk.

EDITED TO ADD: Here, let's try this:
https://www.facebook.com/bigelowaerospace/photos/a.585033308314335.1073741828.582846395199693/603617449789254
« Last Edit: 02/03/2016 12:57 am by Herb Schaltegger »
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Offline Flying Beaver

I don't know how to embed Facebook links, but the Bigelow FB page tonight posted a photo of BEAM being hoisted into the Dragon trunk.

EDITED TO ADD: Here, let's try this:
https://www.facebook.com/bigelowaerospace/photos/a.585033308314335.1073741828.582846395199693/603617449789254


"SpaceX Dragon meeting BEAM (Bigelow Expandable Activity Module) for the first time."

Sounds like a fit check.
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I don't know how to embed Facebook links, but the Bigelow FB page tonight posted a photo of BEAM being hoisted into the Dragon trunk.

EDITED TO ADD: Here, let's try this:
https://www.facebook.com/bigelowaerospace/photos/a.585033308314335.1073741828.582846395199693/603617449789254


"SpaceX Dragon meeting BEAM (Bigelow Expandable Activity Module) for the first time."

Sounds like a fit check.

If it was a fit check why would the trunk have solar panels attached? Don't they have a trunk simulator or test article for fit checks and training purposes? Looks like the real deal to me.
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I don't know how to embed Facebook links, but the Bigelow FB page tonight posted a photo of BEAM being hoisted into the Dragon trunk.

EDITED TO ADD: Here, let's try this:
https://www.facebook.com/bigelowaerospace/photos/a.585033308314335.1073741828.582846395199693/603617449789254

And here is the photo attached:

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 Don't they have a trunk simulator or test article for fit checks and training purposes? Looks like the real deal to me.

Fitchecks are done with flight hardware and not simulators.  Not that this might be a fit check

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The stand the trunk is on is the one used for vertical to horizontal rotation. This is the GSE used in the normal payload processing for a CRS mission. This is probably the first step in the mating process of Beam into the Trunk. If everything "fits" they would not remove it to make alterations "fixes". The mating would be complete. The statement just means it is the first attempt.

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Does anyone have information/pictures on the mating structure they are using to hold BEAM in the trunk?
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Does anyone have information/pictures on the mating structure they are using to hold BEAM in the trunk?

That is almost undoubtedly proprietary to both SpaceX and Bigelow.

Offline DanseMacabre

Update of a possible slip to 1 April (April fools anyone?!): http://www.grimm-space-research.com/page4/Blog/Blog.html

Interesting note seems to be that the delay is more due to the VV schedule than SpX/F9 readiness, which is possibly a good sign.

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whats 'VV Schedule'
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Visiting Vehicle
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Offline Paul_G

whats 'VV Schedule'

Visiting Vehicle?

Managing traffic to from the ISS is quite a task I understand.

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Update of a possible slip to 1 April (April fools anyone?!): http://www.grimm-space-research.com/page4/Blog/Blog.html

Interesting note seems to be that the delay is more due to the VV schedule than SpX/F9 readiness, which is possibly a good sign.
Where it says "Another mission launching to the ISS is delayed which is why SpaceX 8 will be moved also." was referring to something that broke a few minutes ago (that other mission being OA-6):
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=38233.msg1488234#msg1488234

Offline Grandpa to Two

It's nice to see the worker along side the trunk to give me a good perspective of the trunks actual size. A picture is worth a thousand words (and numbers).
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Offline Chris Bergin

Makes sense, especially with Cygnus getting the new date. I'm sure NASA will make the U/R date official soonish.
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I hope the CRS-8 launch on 1st April is not a joke. It would be excellent to see the CRS-8 finally launch and see the B.E.A.M attached to the ISS. Will this launch also use the Falcon v1.2?
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I hope the CRS-8 launch on 1st April is not a joke. It would be excellent to see the CRS-8 finally launch and see the B.E.A.M attached to the ISS. Will this launch also use the Falcon v1.2?

Yea, SpaceX will stick to the Falcon 9 FT(1.2) from now on. Jason-3 was the last Falcon 9 1.1 to launch

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I hope the CRS-8 launch on 1st April is not a joke. It would be excellent to see the CRS-8 finally launch and see the B.E.A.M attached to the ISS. Will this launch also use the Falcon v1.2?

Yea, SpaceX will stick to the Falcon 9 FT(1.2) from now on. Jason-3 was the last Falcon 9 1.1 to launch
Unless you count the 1.1-based (IIRC) in-flight abort vehicle.

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Will SpaceX attempt a landing again? If yes, where will Falcon land?
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