Total Members Voted: 101
Voting closed: 04/16/2023 11:53 pm
50/40/10 raptors/stage-zero/heat-shield.Voted raptors to view results. (It was 6-months before the 14-engine static fire, with an all-engine static fire only happening last month). A lot of that was stage-zero, but I'm inclined to think most of that was raptors.
Quote from: chopsticks on 03/18/2023 04:08 amStage zero.What about stage 1? It hasn't flown yet and only just recently completed a not-quite-full static fire.
OK I've added an option for people who think the FAA license is an issue. In hindsight I should have added this one when I set it up. I know a lot of people don't think the FAA is a big problem but where launch is concerned what they say goes. If they aren't fully happy nothing will be leaving the pad anytime soon. I hope no one thinking "So what. Launch anyway. They're only bureaucrats." If they are they should realise that can happen only onceAfter that you are done. No more launches in the US. Ever. And ITAR will prevent Musk moving offshore and setting up again. BTW that would go for anyone else as well.
The FAA launch license is not and never has been the main holdup.
My thought was, there were problems with all of the above - stage 0, stage 1, some probably with stage 2, with the engines, they all needed work, and that's why it took so long. That's why I voted "something else".
Quote from: Lee Jay on 04/19/2023 08:21 pmMy thought was, there were problems with all of the above - stage 0, stage 1, some probably with stage 2, with the engines, they all needed work, and that's why it took so long. That's why I voted "something else".And it looks like you may be right.Wiith the first stage having engine issues from takeoff and stage 2 not separating, so no idea if that was going to have any ignition issues. TBH for some time now I've thought Musk has just kept pushing for higher performance from Raptor 2 because he could. Now I'm now starting to wonder if there's some reason why they don't just like higher performance, but they actually need it just to get throught the whole flight trajectory. Most disappointing they didn't even get to the interesting stuff, with SS re-entry from near-orbital velocity. Still, every failure is a dress rehearsal for success.
With so many engine failures it never managed to fly correct flight profile to allow 2nd stage separation. Question is what caused engine failures?. Debris from pad is looking to be the likely cause.