This discussion has gotten so far off track that you're gonna need a passport to get back in. These last few pages have zero to do with SpaceX, Falcon & Dragon.Come on guys - stow it!
higher future SpaceX prices will be more from underestimating costs/overestimating revenue
All that sidetrack about inflation and all is interesting, even if it is somewhat besides the point of the thread.
Any ideas when F9 will launch with payload fairing?
Quote from: jabe on 01/05/2011 06:11 pmAny ideas when F9 will launch with payload fairing? CASSIOPE (MDA) is still listed as 2011. This isn't necessarily an indication that it will launch, but at least no one is admitting to a schedule slip yet.
Given the 300 x 1500 km, 80° inclination orbit, at 500kg it doesn't seem like it could launch as a secondary payload under an ISS-bound dragon so it would need the fairing.
Do you think the design of the merlin for F9 is finalized and they can start making them in mass?
The ASC-CSA page was a bit vague. However, it seems to be a twin-spacecraft mission, the sensor platform, Cassiope, and a communiations relay platform, Cascade. I might be reading the page wrong.
I think a fairing is at least a year away.
Perhaps it is simpler to design and qualify just one kind of fairing. But then again many LVs have a variety of fairings.
How significant is the effect of the fairing's shape on the vehicle's flight?
But if the payload is smaller than that, would they use a 4m or 3.66m fairing?