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Re: COTS Demo 1
« Reply #60 on: 07/27/2010 12:40 pm »
Any info on the hardware status for this flight?
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Re: COTS Demo 1
« Reply #61 on: 07/27/2010 01:52 pm »
The Cape Insider on NASA Watch reported on July 25 that "SpaceX is planning to launch their next test flight of the Falcon 9 on Sept. 2, 2010"

SpeceflightNow's Launch Schedule says that as of July 26, SpaceX delayed the launch FROM September 9 until "Late September".

Does anyone out there have any real info on either of these claims?

Launch is scheduled NET September 23.

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Re: COTS Demo 1
« Reply #62 on: 07/27/2010 02:03 pm »
According to spaceflightnow.com, the first stage has arrived at the cape and is undergoing check out. Second stage should arrive in August. Dragon MAY be now completed and is undergoing testing before shipment (this is just my theory based on the timeline ???, Musk said six weeks ago it was 99% complete at that time).
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Re: COTS Demo 1
« Reply #63 on: 07/27/2010 03:07 pm »
As I said on another thread, the pacer for 1st flight spacecraft is almost always software.  Hardware at the Cape is probably not a good indicator of launch readiness for this flight.
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Re: COTS Demo 1
« Reply #64 on: 07/29/2010 07:44 am »
The software for the F9 apparently doesn't require any changes so far as I'm aware - unless there's some required to tune out the intial roll on launch.
That leaves the Dragon vehicle.  Anyone know where software development might be for this one?  Again, I would have thought pretty much completed.
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Re: COTS Demo 1
« Reply #65 on: 07/29/2010 07:56 am »
...That leaves the Dragon vehicle.  Anyone know where software development might be for this one?  Again, I would have thought pretty much completed.

Based on what? I'd hope it was pretty much completed, but we haven't seen anything yet.
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Re: COTS Demo 1
« Reply #66 on: 07/30/2010 03:41 am »
...That leaves the Dragon vehicle.  Anyone know where software development might be for this one?  Again, I would have thought pretty much completed.

Based on what? I'd hope it was pretty much completed, bu we haven't seen anything yet.
Simply SpaceX statement 99% complete.  Of course 1% could include the difficult stuff - presumably software??
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Re: COTS Demo 1
« Reply #67 on: 07/30/2010 07:38 am »
...That leaves the Dragon vehicle.  Anyone know where software development might be for this one?  Again, I would have thought pretty much completed.

Based on what? I'd hope it was pretty much completed, but we haven't seen anything yet.
Simply SpaceX statement 99% complete.  Of course 1% could include the difficult stuff - presumably software??

Well if they're going by mass, software probably doesn't weigh a lot...

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Re: COTS Demo 1
« Reply #68 on: 08/11/2010 04:31 am »
Posted by jabe in the "General Falcon & Dragon" thread an Av Week article on the next Dragon

"... the launch window target could be from late September to early October."

Not too much schedule slippage.
And this may be a schedule advance:

"A second operational Dragon is currently penciled in for a February 2011 launch,.."
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Re: COTS Demo 1
« Reply #69 on: 08/18/2010 03:48 am »
This is a bit off-topic but I had a look at the Mission Set Database today and the SpaceX COTS Demo-3 has been deleted!  It had been set for 2011.
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Re: COTS Demo 1
« Reply #70 on: 08/18/2010 03:50 am »
Full parachute test in preparation for COTS Demo 1 flight. nice picture! http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_VHl1OPeOSOs/TGtIkg2s-VI/AAAAAAAAE5Y/CQNjZqiB8bU/s1600/IMGP2443.JPG
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Re: COTS Demo 1
« Reply #71 on: 08/18/2010 03:54 am »
Full parachute test in preparation for COTS Demo 1 flight. nice picture! http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_VHl1OPeOSOs/TGtIkg2s-VI/AAAAAAAAE5Y/CQNjZqiB8bU/s1600/IMGP2443.JPG

Great picture.  Shows the 2 drougs and the 3 chutes all filling nicely.  Looks perfecto mondo :)
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Re: COTS Demo 1
« Reply #72 on: 08/18/2010 06:17 am »
This is a bit off-topic but I had a look at the Mission Set Database today and the SpaceX COTS Demo-3 has been deleted!  It had been set for 2011.

Deleted or moved to an undetermined date?

It seems doubtful that NASA would agree to delete the Demo-3 flight until at least Demo-1 was successful.

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Re: COTS Demo 1
« Reply #73 on: 08/18/2010 06:48 am »
Well, it could mean that NASA may want to speed things up. Can't imagine NASA speeding anything up. It may be possible that a deal has been struck already to combine COTS 2 and 3. We probably won't know that until sometime after COTS1. NASA is not the type to jump the gun.

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Re: COTS Demo 1
« Reply #74 on: 08/18/2010 07:50 am »
This is a bit off-topic but I had a look at the Mission Set Database today and the SpaceX COTS Demo-3 has been deleted!  It had been set for 2011.

I just checked the MSD and all 3 COTS flights were listed.
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Re: COTS Demo 1
« Reply #75 on: 08/18/2010 01:10 pm »
The spaceX site still has it listed.

But spaceX also lists the first completed Falcon 9 flight as 2009, while giving exact dates for all completed falcon 1 flights.
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Re: COTS Demo 1
« Reply #76 on: 08/18/2010 05:03 pm »
Enhanced the recent image to bring out a few details...
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Re: COTS Demo 1
« Reply #77 on: 08/18/2010 08:13 pm »
One of the COTS office managers said NASA would not agree to combine Demo 2 and 3 until after Demo 1.  MSDB is at best a tertiary source.  Stick with primary sources.
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Re: COTS Demo 1
« Reply #78 on: 08/19/2010 01:51 am »
One of the COTS office managers said NASA would not agree to combine Demo 2 and 3 until after Demo 1.  MSDB is at best a tertiary source.  Stick with primary sources.
I agree that NASA wouldn't change anything until after COTS-C Demo1 however the MSDB does have 'Deleted' against Demo-3.  Just wondered is all.
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Re: COTS Demo 1
« Reply #79 on: 08/19/2010 01:56 am »
Sorry Antares, I mis-read your post.  What would you consider to be a 'primary' source?  'Fraid I don't have access to NASA managers :)
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