Author Topic: Reentry - Eric Berger SpaceX F9 book (24 Sep 2024)  (Read 11097 times)

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Eric was on the MECO podcast a couple of weeks ago and mentioned heís working on his next SpaceX book (starts at 50:09):

https://mainenginecutoff.com/podcast/207

Iím guessing publication likely to be in 2023.

Previously Eric has said he wanted to write the story of F9 reusability and he mentioned F9 on the podcast. No more information available yet, so not clear if the book will be about F9 as a whole, or focussed on reusability. Either way, canít wait to read!

Edit to add:

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/759707/reentry-by-eric-berger/
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Re: Eric Berger SpaceX F9 book
« Reply #1 on: 11/09/2022 04:45 pm »
Sounds to me like Eric is doing research for his next book:

https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1590389834979463168

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It is becoming axiomatic that any new medium or heavy lift rocket that is proposed without some element of reuse is doomed to fail.

twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1590391902662455296

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Finally

https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1590394239170404352

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This one is entirely on you. I've been researching load-and-go, and no one wanted that but SpaceX. NASA official: "We tortured SpaceX for more than three years before we finally approved load-and-go. Had it been up to NASA, we would not have had the reusability revolution."

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Re: Eric Berger SpaceX F9 book
« Reply #2 on: 02/24/2023 04:47 pm »
https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1629175120748023811

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This is really random, but I'm trying to pin something down for the F9 book. If you're on a call with the Secretary of Defense, and there's a roll call that starts like this: "ALL J-3s REMAIN SLIENT! ALL J-3s REMAIN SILENT FOR ROLL CALL." ... what does 'J-3s' refer to or mean?

twitter.com/lujohe/status/1629175446641295360

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https://www.jcs.mil/Directorates/J3-Operations/

https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1629175665969750019

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Yes, I get that. But what are "J-3s" in this context? Lower level officials in the Joint Chiefs of Staff office? Colonels or something?

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Re: Eric Berger SpaceX F9 book
« Reply #3 on: 03/09/2023 09:21 pm »
https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1633955812296257538

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I need some downtime because I've really been putting in some after-hours work on the Falcon 9 book (coming together nicely, thank you). It's a lot to manage that, Ars, and a weather site that's turned into more than a hobby!

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Re: Eric Berger SpaceX F9 book
« Reply #4 on: 03/22/2023 01:00 pm »
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There's method acting, of course. But is there method writing? I am thinking of working "hard core" on the Falcon 9 book by working a 100-hour week to emulate SpaceXers on deadlines. I haven't told Amanda yet though.

https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1638540736172793856

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The idea would be to glean some small sense of the exhaustion and mental fatigue of the work done leading up to key milestones and launches in SpaceX's history. Of which there are many. Of course I will be comfortable in my office, rather than sweating in Texas or Florida.

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Re: Eric Berger SpaceX F9 book
« Reply #5 on: 04/09/2023 11:01 pm »
twitter.com/bbowers_8/status/1644123024063361026

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Falcon 9 book then starship book? Loved block 1!

https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1644123244000079882

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Any Starship book would need to be many years down the road. We are only at the beginning of that story.

If SS comes even close to realising itís potential then I think thatís a whole book series rather than a book! Volume 1 could cover development up to, say, dearMoon?

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Re: Eric Berger SpaceX F9 book
« Reply #6 on: 04/13/2023 01:44 am »
https://twitter.com/SciGuySpace/status/1646327222863527936?t=JUhyhPsm4zcZsp1UtMmR-g&s=19
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Any idea when we may see the F9 sequel? This year maybe?

Eric: Next year! Working hard on it at this very moment.
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Re: Eric Berger SpaceX F9 book
« Reply #7 on: 04/29/2023 05:49 am »
Definitely another must read:

twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1652117650225373184

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Feeling pretty good tonight. I've now written three-quarters of the Falcon 9 book, which is already longer than Liftoff. I think it's pretty great? Man, those early flights were wild. Hopefully we'll get it published next year.

https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1652118459235414018

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What I do know is that I have mad respect for everyone at SpaceX, from the top down, who put everything they had into making all that happen. Insane effort and achievement by so many. I'm hoping to bring some of their stories into the light.

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Any Falcon heavy in the book as well, or is it scrubbed from the chapters?
https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1652119076913704961

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FH is not the focus of the book, but I have some fun stories. Including "Hells Bells."

https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1652119362713579520

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Zach Dunn is back for more! He told me this amazing story about Flight 9.

https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1652120406327717889

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First two-thirds of the book covers up to Amos-6. But I'll go all the way to Starhopper.
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Re: Eric Berger SpaceX F9 book
« Reply #8 on: 04/29/2023 12:35 pm »
I'm sure he'll be totally objective.

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Re: Eric Berger SpaceX F9 book
« Reply #9 on: 04/29/2023 12:46 pm »
https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1652119362713579520

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Zach Dunn is back for more! He told me this amazing story about Flight 9.

Thatís either CRS-1 or CRS-3, depending on whether itís the 9th SpaceX flight (including F1) or the 9th F9 flight. CRS-3 had the successful water landing of the booster, with the corrupted video (which NSF members repaired). So Iím guessing itís a story either about early developments in reusability, or about getting to/from ISS.

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Re: Eric Berger SpaceX F9 book
« Reply #10 on: 04/29/2023 02:55 pm »
I'm sure he'll be totally objective.
In my experience, he is. Thereís a weird online Twitter cult of Berger haters whoíve been repeating just a whole ton of libelous attacks on him (I think because he has made some predictions about SLS which turned out to be right?), and I think it has succeeded in making even normal people like yourself think thereís something bad there, but there just isnít. My respect always goes down for people whenever they make unfounded side remarks about how somehow Berger is dishonest. Do better, Blackstar, I know youíre one of the good ones.
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Re: Eric Berger SpaceX F9 book
« Reply #11 on: 04/29/2023 03:32 pm »
I'm sure he'll be totally objective.
In my experience, he is. Thereís a weird online Twitter cult of Berger haters whoíve been repeating just a whole ton of libelous attacks on him (I think because he has made some predictions about SLS which turned out to be right?), and I think it has succeeded in making even normal people like yourself think thereís something bad there, but there just isnít. My respect always goes down for people whenever they make unfounded side remarks about how somehow Berger is dishonest. Do better, Blackstar, I know youíre one of the good ones.

I've seen enough of his reporting to know that he has a bias. Look at the tweets posted above and you'll see some of it. I'm not saying he's totally in the tank, but he is not always objective when it comes to SpaceX.

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Re: Eric Berger SpaceX F9 book
« Reply #12 on: 04/29/2023 04:45 pm »
Like what? That he has ďmad respect for the SpaceX teamĒ?


Did you read his first book about the Falcon 1?
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Re: Eric Berger SpaceX F9 book
« Reply #13 on: 06/01/2023 09:50 pm »
https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1664387192427278336

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I recently completed a long chapter on the origins of commercial crew, and the competition between Boeing and SpaceX. It is remarkable, in hindsight, how Boeing came within a hair's breadth of winning the entire contract; and how everyone thought only they would succeed.

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You're writing another book?

https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1664387791331966982

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On the Falcon 9, yeah. Hopefully out late next summer. It's good!

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Is the title "Landing!" or something else?

https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1664388512659959809

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Really struggling with a one-word title! If you have any suggestions please let me know.

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Re: Eric Berger SpaceX F9 book
« Reply #14 on: 07/18/2023 05:47 pm »
https://mainenginecutoff.com/podcast/254

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T+254: Mars Sample Return, Vulcan, NSSL Phase 3 (with Eric Berger)
JULY 18, 2023

Eric Berger of Ars Technica joins me to talk about the budgetary threat facing Mars Sample Return, the latest issue with ULAís Vulcan vehicle, and the ongoing tweaks to the National Security Space Launch Programís Phase 3 architecture.

Eric briefly mentioned his F9 book saying that the recent Euclid launch is at the end of the book and how the build up to it was remarkable (I think he meant both technically and politically).

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Re: Eric Berger SpaceX F9 book
« Reply #15 on: 07/18/2023 06:04 pm »
More from Eric about his book on the MECO podcast:

 * Looking to publish September 2024
 * Gave a first draft to his publisher 2 weeks ago
 * Book is about 50% longer than his first SpaceX book Liftoff

Heís very happy with how the book came together. Said F9 is a great story to tell.

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Re: Eric Berger SpaceX F9 book (Sep 2024)
« Reply #16 on: 07/21/2023 06:49 am »
Definitely another must read:

https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1652120406327717889

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First two-thirds of the book covers up to Amos-6. But I'll go all the way to Starhopper.

"Go all the way to Starhopper". That makers me a bit nervous that Berger might not be exploring the full culmination of first-stage reusability, which is what really sets Falcon aside. I hope the story of how multiple, routine re-flights weere achieved will not be just an afterthought.

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Re: Eric Berger SpaceX F9 book (Sep 2024)
« Reply #17 on: 08/19/2023 05:59 am »
"Go all the way to Starhopper". That makers me a bit nervous that Berger might not be exploring the full culmination of first-stage reusability, which is what really sets Falcon aside. I hope the story of how multiple, routine re-flights weere achieved will not be just an afterthought.

I interpreted that as saying the book looks a bit beyond F9. Eric also said the book ends with the Euclid mission, which is way past Starhopper in time and well into routine reuse.

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Re: Eric Berger SpaceX F9 book (Sep 2024)
« Reply #18 on: 08/19/2023 05:59 am »
https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1692663211500179645

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One of the engineers I spoke with for a book on the Falcon 9 rocket said, during the inaugural flight campaign back in 2010, that she would catch short afternoon naps inside the interstage. It was "cozy," she said. Thirteen years later:
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Re: Eric Berger SpaceX F9 book (Sep 2024)
« Reply #19 on: 08/19/2023 10:21 pm »
"Go all the way to Starhopper". That makers me a bit nervous that Berger might not be exploring the full culmination of first-stage reusability, which is what really sets Falcon aside. I hope the story of how multiple, routine re-flights weere achieved will not be just an afterthought.

I interpreted that as saying the book looks a bit beyond F9. Eric also said the book ends with the Euclid mission, which is way past Starhopper in time and well into routine reuse.

Good to hear. Thx!

 

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