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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #860 on: 12/05/2023 08:03 pm »
https://twitter.com/alexphysics13/status/1732143465834627465

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New Falcon 9 booster is being lifted and installed at SpaceX's McGregor Development Facility in Texas. The booster serial number may be B1083 given the recent boosters that have passed by the facility.

Watch its test campaign: nsf.live/mcgregor

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #861 on: 12/11/2023 08:00 pm »
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Falcon 9 booster B1083 has performed a static fire test at SpaceX's McGgregor Development Facility in Texas. This is usually the last major test before sending a Falcon booster to the launch site to begin its flight history.

nsf.live/mcgregor

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #862 on: 12/11/2023 09:09 pm »
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Falcon 9 B1083 Static Fire at SpaceX McGregor.

The cows, as per usual cause they are so used to engine testing, did not even raise their heads. 🐮
nsf.live/mcgregor

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #863 on: 12/12/2023 06:57 am »
https://twitter.com/adamcuker/status/1734429444641571305

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Although both Falcon launches scrubbed tonight, that doesn't mean we didn't get our share of Merlin Vacuum Engines in McGregor. 882 total seconds to be exact of M/Vac burn time today with 2 at the same time.

nsf.live/mcgregor  @NASASpaceflight

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #864 on: 12/20/2023 06:40 am »
https://twitter.com/adamcuker/status/1737323819264610405

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B1083 was also lowered today in McGregor after testing and awaiting assignment.

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #865 on: 01/03/2024 12:37 pm »
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This gif showing Raptor test stands at McGregor gives an interesting look at how much Raptor's performance grew between May 2021 and August 2023.

Full image on @Soar_Earth: soar.earth/maps/16908

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #866 on: 01/06/2024 10:15 am »
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Long duration Raptor testing at SpaceX in McGregor this week. This includes a 378 second static fire on the horizontal test stand and 189 seconds on the tripod stand (video below). Today we had a total of 22 minutes of Raptor & Merlin engine burn time.

 nsf.live/mcgregor

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #867 on: 01/24/2024 06:56 am »
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Some amazing pressure waves during this powerful Raptor test just now at SpaceX McGregor.  Heard from over 34 miles away according to chat, that was a good one and 6th test of the day! Keep an eye out for the coyote too. 

nsf.live/mcgregor   @NASASpaceflight

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McGregor flyover and overview - really great vid!

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There was another gimballed raptor test today on the horizontal test stand, probably similar to the one SpaceX tweeted out a while back, which Elon said was for "Landing burn max gimbal deflection": https://x.com/SpaceX/status/1692260577866092863

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #872 on: 01/31/2024 05:40 pm »
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SpaceX FH center core B1087 is undergoing its cryo test as we speak! 🥶 Could be a SF if we missed the cryo in the fog last week though.   Watch live at nsf.live/mcgregor right now!
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #875 on: 02/02/2024 05:15 pm »
https://twitter.com/Nerdplysgames/status/1753210561989349859

Oh dear, that looks rather expensive.  About $30M or so.
I wonder if it was an older engine and they were pushing it to its limits. I think that would be better than a new engine going boom.

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #876 on: 02/02/2024 05:15 pm »
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Oh dear, that looks rather expensive.  About $30M or so.

Guaranteed not the last time that will happen. They can afford it, be it accidental or on purpose. Build-Fast, Break-Fast, Learn-Fast.

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #877 on: 02/02/2024 05:24 pm »
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Oh dear, that looks rather expensive.  About $30M or so.

Guaranteed not the last time that will happen. They can afford it, be it accidental or on purpose. Build-Fast, Break-Fast, Learn-Fast.

If it were a Raptor, I'd agree.

It's a Falcon-9.  Mature tech.  That kind of failure should be very unusual at this stage.  It's the equivalent of Boeing letting through untightened bolts on door plugs.

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #878 on: 02/02/2024 05:26 pm »
About $30M or so.

You were off by about 30x

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #879 on: 02/02/2024 07:31 pm »
https://twitter.com/Nerdplysgames/status/1753210561989349859

Oh dear, that looks rather expensive.  About $30M or so.

Guaranteed not the last time that will happen. They can afford it, be it accidental or on purpose. Build-Fast, Break-Fast, Learn-Fast.

If it were a Raptor, I'd agree.

It's a Falcon-9.  Mature tech.  That kind of failure should be very unusual at this stage.  It's the equivalent of Boeing letting through untightened bolts on door plugs.
Because, you know if this was a test-to-failure or not?  (Performance, environment or lifetime?)

And if it wasn't, then this was likely an acceptance test, designed to find manufacturing faults, which can be due to process, or materials issues - but are acknowledged to occur sometimes (or else you wouldn't need acceptance tests)

Boeing OTOH flew passengers on an airplane that passed acceptance tests, with missing and under-torqued bolts (separate issues!) and unreliable documentation.

How is that comparable?
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