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Re: SpaceX Eastern Range Landing Facilities
« Reply #520 on: 02/20/2020 08:36 am »
It also allows a 'suspect' engine to be de-mated from a SuperHeavy/Starship and driven to a test stand same-day to inspect and test, and potentially be back on the craft the same day. As opposed to packaging for interstate shipment (rather than for a down-the-road jaunt entirely within a secured site), shipment, and unpackaging both ways, which may add multiple days to the round-trip time.
A quick turn-around test stand not only minimises launch-vehicle downtime in the event a ready-spare is not available, but also allows you to be a lot more proactive about de-mating an engine for testing: if it can be done same-day, you are more likely to lower the "that's odd..." threshold vs. it taking several days.

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Re: SpaceX Eastern Range Landing Facilities
« Reply #521 on: 02/21/2020 10:14 pm »
It also allows a 'suspect' engine to be de-mated from a SuperHeavy/Starship and driven to a test stand same-day to inspect and test, and potentially be back on the craft the same day. As opposed to packaging for interstate shipment (rather than for a down-the-road jaunt entirely within a secured site), shipment, and unpackaging both ways, which may add multiple days to the round-trip time.
A quick turn-around test stand not only minimises launch-vehicle downtime in the event a ready-spare is not available, but also allows you to be a lot more proactive about de-mating an engine for testing: if it can be done same-day, you are more likely to lower the "that's odd..." threshold vs. it taking several days.
Early on Raptor production is a bottle neck, so pull and test locally will help a lot for now. Long run, keep a few spares on hand at each launch facility. Pull a suspect engine, replace with a fully checked out spare immediately. Test suspect engine at leisure.

Similar could be done for the whole SS & SH.
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Re: SpaceX Eastern Range Landing Facilities
« Reply #522 on: 02/23/2020 12:54 pm »
Absolutely, a ready-spare swapout is always going to be faster than even the most cursory removal for investigation. But every hot-spare you have is money sitting around doing nothing, so minimising the number you need to stock is always preferable.

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Re: SpaceX Eastern Range Landing Facilities
« Reply #523 on: 02/24/2020 03:40 pm »
Absolutely, a ready-spare swapout is always going to be faster than even the most cursory removal for investigation. But every hot-spare you have is money sitting around doing nothing, so minimising the number you need to stock is always preferable.

Yes. But given Musk's incredibly ambitious production targets, SpaceX is likely to be swimming in flocked by Raptors.

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Re: SpaceX Eastern Range Landing Facilities
« Reply #524 on: 10/31/2022 10:57 pm »

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Re: SpaceX Eastern Range Landing Facilities
« Reply #525 on: 03/11/2023 05:47 pm »
Interesting:

twitter.com/TGMetsFan98/status/1634612624447905795

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SLD 45 has clarified that “as part of the SLD 45 allocation strategy, Phantom and Vaya Space will be the only users of SLC-13 once the real property agreement is executed.”

SpaceX appears to be ending their use of Landing Zones 1 and 2 in the not too distant future.

https://twitter.com/Alexphysics13/status/1634626146120728577

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While SpaceX will move away from using LZ-1/2 at the Cape, word is that Falcon RTLS landings will not go away from Florida.

SpaceX has its own plans to carry out that without the need to use Landing Zone 1 and 2.

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