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Re: SpaceX McGregor Facilities
« Reply #40 on: 09/15/2018 02:57 am »
Now that we know what the BFS engine cluster looks like - does the new test-stand size make sense?
As though this is the final iteration. :)
For this iteration (9m) of BFS, I'd guess yes... It feels right, like F9 1.1 did.

But yeah, there will be at least 4 variants, though hopefully with the same back end ...

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Facilities
« Reply #41 on: 09/15/2018 08:32 am »
But yeah, there will be at least 4 variants, though hopefully with the same back end ...

This may remain the backend for manned flights, including point to point. But I think for cargo and tanker flights they will want the full 150t or more in the future. So vac Raptor will be back.

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Facilities
« Reply #42 on: 09/25/2018 06:25 pm »
Officials sign agreement to give SpaceX economic incentives for expanding to Coryell County

http://www.kxxv.com/story/39161990/officials-sign-agreement-to-give-spacex-economic-incentives-for-expanding-to-coryell-county
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Facilities
« Reply #43 on: 09/25/2018 07:10 pm »
Coryell Co. is SW of McGregor
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Facilities
« Reply #44 on: 09/25/2018 07:20 pm »
McGregor spans two counties, and the land SpaceX is leasing from McGregor spans those two counties.  This agreement rewards them for building new stuff on the Coryell side of their property.

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Facilities
« Reply #45 on: 09/26/2018 12:11 pm »
There's nothing like competition to help things along.  A couple of miles from my house is the old Willow Run Airport, which straddles the border between Wayne County and Wastenaw County.  There is a long history of competition between the counties with regards to which side of the airport a new facility will be sited.
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Facilities
« Reply #46 on: 09/28/2018 10:40 pm »
Officials sign agreement to give SpaceX economic incentives for expanding to Coryell County

http://www.kxxv.com/story/39161990/officials-sign-agreement-to-give-spacex-economic-incentives-for-expanding-to-coryell-county
The agreement, for the record.

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Facilities
« Reply #47 on: 09/29/2018 11:40 am »
McGregor spans two counties, and the land SpaceX is leasing from McGregor spans those two counties.  This agreement rewards them for building new stuff on the Coryell side of their property.

So trusting in Google's precise geographic knowledge, looks from the below screen cap Coryell County is the West/South Western property defined by the red line. There should be plenty of land for them to expand, as I think they just recently acquired the western area.

Edit: Decided to just screencap the area of interest
« Last Edit: 09/29/2018 11:46 am by Ronsmytheiii »

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Facilities
« Reply #48 on: 09/30/2018 05:31 am »
screen grab of google maps search of "Coryell County". Coryell west/left of red line, McGregor east/right of line.

if i zoomed in any closer in satellite view red line disappeared. i didn't think they owned those buildings at the west end, but checking Rauls' General SpaceX Map they might after all.




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Re: SpaceX McGregor Facilities
« Reply #49 on: 12/14/2018 08:01 am »
What is at this location? Is it a test stand?

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Facilities
« Reply #50 on: 12/14/2018 10:51 am »
What is at this location? Is it a test stand?
It's right next to the Merlin and current S2 test stands. There are photos in L2. Not sure how much I can hint at, but does not appear to be a new test stand.

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Facilities
« Reply #51 on: 12/14/2018 01:13 pm »
What is at this location? Is it a test stand?

Here is an aerial photo, taken and published by SpaceX and annotated by Zucal. The area in question is labeled 13/14 in the image. It's the test site where they test all Merlin engines. Tim Dodd posted some photos in Falcon Heavy Static Fire article (3rd image).
« Last Edit: 12/14/2018 01:23 pm by codav »

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Facilities
« Reply #52 on: 12/14/2018 02:27 pm »
What is at this location? Is it a test stand?

Here is an aerial photo, taken and published by SpaceX and annotated by Zucal. The area in question is labeled 13/14 in the image. It's the test site where they test all Merlin engines. Tim Dodd posted some photos in Falcon Heavy Static Fire article (3rd image).

The area Nydoc circled is just out of frame to the right on the annotated image.

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Facilities
« Reply #53 on: 12/15/2018 02:40 pm »
What is at this location? Is it a test stand?

Here is an aerial photo, taken and published by SpaceX and annotated by Zucal. The area in question is labeled 13/14 in the image. It's the test site where they test all Merlin engines. Tim Dodd posted some photos in Falcon Heavy Static Fire article (3rd image).

The area Nydoc circled is just out of frame to the right on the annotated image.
FYI, my image is from https://www.planet.com/explorer. It looks to me like the area south of the road got bulldozed sometime last August or September. I'm going to take edzieba's word that it's something other than a test stand.

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Facilities
« Reply #54 on: 02/02/2019 12:46 am »
There's a big pile of dirt now.

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Facilities
« Reply #55 on: 02/02/2019 01:43 am »
I think where the horizontal silver tank is in the last photo is at the new test stand.
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Facilities
« Reply #56 on: 02/02/2019 10:33 am »
And what is the new test stand for, again?  Forgive me for missing that amongst all the other developments.

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Facilities
« Reply #57 on: 02/04/2019 12:05 am »
Well letís see if this has any meaning (while the halftime show happens).

https://twitter.com/erdayastronaut/status/1092220360727187457
« Last Edit: 02/04/2019 12:42 am by gongora »
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Facilities
« Reply #58 on: 02/04/2019 12:54 am »
A note on Reddit pointed to this tweet that was probably the source of the preceding tweet:

https://twitter.com/WJordanIV/status/1092216177454206976

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Facilities
« Reply #59 on: 02/04/2019 01:18 am »
Looks like a test firing just took place (audio only). Doesn't sound like a Merlin engine to me?

https://twitter.com/WJordanIV/status/1092242263177084929
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