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Title: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 05/19/2017 07:53 AM
Please use this thread for reports from public sources (Facebook, Reddit, etc.) on sightings of SpaceX rockets.  We'll mainly see first stages, but feel free to post a link if anyone spots second stages, fairings, etc.

For more information on the locations of SpaceX cores, please refer to the very handy L2 Level SpaceX Falcon 9 Stage Watch (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=42452.0)



Another stage (seemingly 1037) ready for transport (https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/6c14ik/another_stage_about_to_be_shipped_out/) outside factory @Hawthorne
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 05/20/2017 08:44 AM
And core 1037(?) seen @Marana, AZ (https://www.facebook.com/groups/spacexgroup/permalink/10155423528331318/)

Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: IntoTheVoid on 05/20/2017 01:02 PM
Is this stage backward from 'normal' for some reason? My recollection is that the engines have always been in the back for transport, but in this pic, they appear to be in the front.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: envy887 on 05/20/2017 01:35 PM
Is this stage backward from 'normal' for some reason? My recollection is that the engines have always been in the back for transport, but in this pic, they appear to be in the front.
Nope, engines are definitely in the back. The bump in the front on top is the second stage release/pusher.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: gongora on 06/10/2017 01:20 AM
Another spotting in Arizona reported on Reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/6gbted/another_falcon_9_core_spotted_in_marana_az/), presumably 1038.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: stcks on 06/29/2017 12:56 PM
Another core spotted (https://www.reddit.com/r/SpaceXLounge/comments/6k6ai0/i_think_saw_a_stage_1_at_a_weigh_station_in/) enroute to the cape.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: gongora on 06/29/2017 05:55 PM
Another core spotted (https://www.reddit.com/r/SpaceXLounge/comments/6k6ai0/i_think_saw_a_stage_1_at_a_weigh_station_in/) enroute to the cape.

I guess that wasn't 1038 after all.  FH side booster.

Reddit thread (https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/6k92lo/spotted_on_i10_east_near_kiln_ms_at_0950_ct_29/)
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/01/2017 07:13 PM
This will be 1023, right? FH Side Booster arriving at the Cape:

https://twitter.com/theepicspoon223/status/881227686995267585
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: IanThePineapple on 07/01/2017 07:37 PM
This will be 1023, right? FH Side Booster arriving at the Cape:

https://twitter.com/theepicspoon223/status/881227686995267585

Yep, that's 1023, nice spotting   ;D

You can see a nose cone on the right
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: cppetrie on 07/01/2017 08:01 PM
This will be 1023, right? FH Side Booster arriving at the Cape:

https://twitter.com/theepicspoon223/status/881227686995267585

Yep, that's 1023, nice spotting   ;D

You can see a nose cone on the right
So all the pieces for FH are now at the Cape, correct? Seems like if 1029 didn't go back to McGregor before the BulgariaSat reuse, is it reasonable to assume that 1025 won't go to McGregor either? It's a slightly older booster than 1029, but the same vintage. Of course 1023 would also be similar vintage, right? Perhaps they wanted data from one of the side boosters and fired 1023 since it was ready first?

This timeline fits with Elon's tweet from a few weeks ago that FH parts would all be at the Cape soon.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: old_sellsword on 07/01/2017 09:15 PM
This will be 1023, right? FH Side Booster arriving at the Cape:

https://twitter.com/theepicspoon223/status/881227686995267585

Yep, that's 1023, nice spotting   ;D

You can see a nose cone on the right
So all the pieces for FH are now at the Cape, correct? Seems like if 1029 didn't go back to McGregor before the BulgariaSat reuse, is it reasonable to assume that 1025 won't go to McGregor either? It's a slightly older booster than 1029, but the same vintage. Of course 1023 would also be similar vintage, right? Perhaps they wanted data from one of the side boosters and fired 1023 since it was ready first?

This timeline fits with Elon's tweet from a few weeks ago that FH parts would all be at the Cape soon.

Shotwell recently said on the Space Show that 1025 will go through McGregor before final checkouts back at the Cape, just like 1023 did. However, it's currently unknown whether it's still at the Cape, or if it has moved on to McGregor yet.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: cppetrie on 07/01/2017 09:19 PM
This will be 1023, right? FH Side Booster arriving at the Cape:

https://twitter.com/theepicspoon223/status/881227686995267585

Yep, that's 1023, nice spotting   ;D

You can see a nose cone on the right
So all the pieces for FH are now at the Cape, correct? Seems like if 1029 didn't go back to McGregor before the BulgariaSat reuse, is it reasonable to assume that 1025 won't go to McGregor either? It's a slightly older booster than 1029, but the same vintage. Of course 1023 would also be similar vintage, right? Perhaps they wanted data from one of the side boosters and fired 1023 since it was ready first?

This timeline fits with Elon's tweet from a few weeks ago that FH parts would all be at the Cape soon.

Shotwell recently said on the Space Show that 1025 will go through McGregor before final checkouts back at the Cape, just like 1023 did. However, it's currently unknown whether it's still at the Cape, or if it has moved on to McGregor yet.
Had not seen that. Thanks!
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 07/02/2017 01:56 AM
More shots:

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It appears we have a Falcon Heavy side booster at the Cape. @elonmusk  @SpaceX can you confirm this? Is it Thiacomm?

https://twitter.com/parkerhagan/status/881206323278491652 (https://twitter.com/parkerhagan/status/881206323278491652)
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 07/08/2017 09:46 AM
I know this isn't a core, but an unidentified upperstage is leaving Hawthorne:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BWRB-4inWr5/
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Barrie on 07/08/2017 10:00 AM
I know this isn't a core, but an unidentified upperstage is leaving Hawthorne:


As it's not wrapped, I would guess it's not going very far?
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vaporcobra on 07/09/2017 07:09 PM
What is thought to be 1039 was spotted yesterday headed eastbound in Wilcox, Arizona.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 07/10/2017 05:22 AM
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CRS11 Falcon 9 first stage 🚀is all cozy and wrapped for its truck trip to Texas? Hawthorne? Florida?

https://twitter.com/sandymazza/status/884250826641883136 (https://twitter.com/sandymazza/status/884250826641883136)
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: docmordrid on 07/10/2017 05:38 AM
CRS stages seem lightly used, and CRS-9 will be an FH#1 booster, so Hawthorne for conversion to a FH #2 booster?
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Zucal on 07/10/2017 05:44 AM
No point. First post-demo FH flight is Arabsat 6A, many months after the maiden mission and after the introduction of Block 5. It'll use new or reflown Block 5 cores, not flown Block 3 cores.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Semmel on 07/10/2017 05:45 AM
CRS stages seem lightly used, and CRS-9 will be an FH#1 booster, so Hawthorne for conversion to a FH #2 booster?

The first FH is already a patchwork booster from various parts. I would expect any subsequent ones to be done exclusively with Block 5 components. I have no proof for that but no contradicting information either. Time will tell.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: old_sellsword on 07/10/2017 11:10 AM
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CRS11 Falcon 9 first stage is all cozy and wrapped for its truck trip to Texas? Hawthorne? Florida?

https://twitter.com/sandymazza/status/884250826641883136 (https://twitter.com/sandymazza/status/884250826641883136)

That's not CRS-11, that's Iridium-2. Not sure where she got CRS-11 from, there's only been two west coast launches all year, both were Iridium flights.

It's wrapped up because it's going to either McGregor or the Cape (same reason they removed the grid fins).
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vaporcobra on 07/18/2017 06:08 AM
Spotted in 29 Palms, CA on July 14th. Not sure which direction it's heading.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BWgfTAunD_s/ (https://www.instagram.com/p/BWgfTAunD_s/)

Edit: Definitely heading West to Vandy.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Zucal on 07/18/2017 08:47 AM
Nope. West to Vandenberg.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 07/21/2017 04:09 PM
@Facebook SpaceX fan page photos of inside HIF-39A.
3 cores visible with 1 core (used) seemingly being lifted on transporter. 1 of the other cores is FH Demo side core. The 3rd likely also..
Maybe they are about to start some integration tests with all 3 FH Demo cores?

Anyone with more insight?
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Lars-J on 07/21/2017 04:27 PM
@Facebook SpaceX fan page photos of inside HIF-39A.
3 cores visible with 1 core (used) seemingly being lifted on transporter. 1 of the other cores is FH Demo side core. The 3rd likely also..
Maybe they are about to start some integration tests with all 3 FH Demo cores?

Anyone with more insight?

Here are the images. FB link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/spacexgroup/permalink/10155651551926318/
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: old_sellsword on 07/21/2017 04:29 PM
@Facebook SpaceX fan page photos of inside HIF-39A.
3 cores visible with 1 core (used) seemingly being lifted on transporter. 1 of the other cores is FH Demo side core. The 3rd likely also..
Maybe they are about to start some integration tests with all 3 FH Demo cores?

Anyone with more insight?

The one being lifted isn’t used, it’s 1033. You can see all the extra side booster attachment hardware on the interstage and octaweb wrapped in pink.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: envy887 on 07/21/2017 04:32 PM
@Facebook SpaceX fan page photos of inside HIF-39A.
3 cores visible with 1 core (used) seemingly being lifted on transporter. 1 of the other cores is FH Demo side core. The 3rd likely also..
Maybe they are about to start some integration tests with all 3 FH Demo cores?

Anyone with more insight?

The one being lifted isn’t used, it’s 1033. You can see all the extra side booster attachment hardware on the interstage and octaweb wrapped in pink.

1033 is the FH demo center core, right?
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Kansan52 on 07/21/2017 04:38 PM
Love the FH shirt on the worker.

So, 1033 was stored somewhere else? The reason for the question is guessing that the they would normally unload off the truck not the transporter. The transporter only is used to move stages locally.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 07/21/2017 04:42 PM
@Facebook SpaceX fan page photos of inside HIF-39A.
3 cores visible with 1 core (used) seemingly being lifted on transporter. 1 of the other cores is FH Demo side core. The 3rd likely also..
Maybe they are about to start some integration tests with all 3 FH Demo cores?

Anyone with more insight?

The one being lifted isn’t used, it’s 1033. You can see all the extra side booster attachment hardware on the interstage and octaweb wrapped in pink.

1033 is the FH demo center core, right?

Yes! 1033 arriving it is!

So all 3 FH Demo cores are now in HIF-39A! Nice!
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: old_sellsword on 07/21/2017 04:42 PM
Love the FH shirt on the worker.

So, 1033 was stored somewhere else? The reason for the question is guessing that the they would normally unload off the truck not the transporter. The transporter only is used to move stages locally.

Looks to me like they installed all that separation hardware somewhere like Hangar AO or even SLC-40, then wrapped up the sensitive bits in pink (just like 1029 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/34271165143)) and transported it to 39A for fit checks.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: IanThePineapple on 07/21/2017 04:50 PM
Love the FH shirt on the worker.

So, 1033 was stored somewhere else? The reason for the question is guessing that the they would normally unload off the truck not the transporter. The transporter only is used to move stages locally.

Looks to me like they installed all that separation hardware somewhere like Hangar AO or even SLC-40...

So are they using 40's HIF as a warehouse/preparation facility until it's back online?
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: old_sellsword on 07/21/2017 04:52 PM
Love the FH shirt on the worker.

So, 1033 was stored somewhere else? The reason for the question is guessing that the they would normally unload off the truck not the transporter. The transporter only is used to move stages locally.

Looks to me like they installed all that separation hardware somewhere like Hangar AO or even SLC-40...

So are they using 40's HIF as a warehouse/preparation facility until it's back online?

We pretty sure that’s where they refurbished 1029.2. It survived Amos-6 almost entirely unscathed, and it’s large enough for at least one full F9, so I don’t see why they wouldn’t be using it for core storage or new SLC-40 hardware preparation.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 07/25/2017 06:16 PM
Most likely 1040 on its way to McGregor...
https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/6pgz54/spacex_booster_off_to_the_side_of_the_road_in/?st=J5JWI6GG&sh=78abc4cb
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 08/02/2017 11:17 AM
In the rain yesterday, @SpaceX moving a wrapped Falcon 9 into the hangar at Pad 39A.

link (https://twitter.com/spacekscblog/status/892496775554248705)
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Zucal on 08/03/2017 07:06 PM
3 cores to identify. 1 @ Hawthorne, 2 @ CCAFS. (https://redd.it/6rehnb)
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 08/04/2017 02:49 PM
3 cores to identify. 1 @ Hawthorne, 2 @ CCAFS. (https://redd.it/6rehnb)

Currently publicly assumed/deducted through 101-Dalmation Techniques...:
- 1036 @Hawthorne for refurb... WhoopWhoop.. I asked IridiumBoss if this core might be re-used for IridiumNext-4 ;)
- 1029-2 retired @Hangar AO CCAFS
- 1032 retired/long term storage (for now) @Hangar AO CCAFS

- 1038 @VAFB
- 1039 @HIF-39A
- 1040 @McGregor

And of course the most complete overview in L2 dedicated thread (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=42452.0)
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: tvg98 on 08/12/2017 08:53 PM
An employee on Reddit has said that the core for SES-11 was seen heading towards McGregor today for a static fire in the near future. It seems it was coming from the Cape as expected.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 08/15/2017 07:51 AM
Posted yesterday lunchtime Cape time:

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Just passed a big ass booster coming into the Cape. Next up! #NASAsocial

https://twitter.com/wardniner/status/897152084516237312 (https://twitter.com/wardniner/status/897152084516237312)
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 08/16/2017 01:18 PM
Houston_here yesterday @Reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/6tq4ok/comment/dln0iyk?st=J6F1KO4O&sh=443d51c7)
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Just saw an F9 booster headed west on I-10 in New Mexico today.  I was too slow with the camera but my guess was it was headed to Texas for testing?  Can anyone confirm?

:Edit this occurred around 2PM. 
Also,. I was headed West.  The booster was headed East.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 08/19/2017 07:12 AM
Houston_here yesterday @Reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/6tq4ok/comment/dln0iyk?st=J6F1KO4O&sh=443d51c7)
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Just saw an F9 booster headed west on I-10 in New Mexico today.  I was too slow with the camera but my guess was it was headed to Texas for testing?  Can anyone confirm?

:Edit this occurred around 2PM. 
Also,. I was headed West.  The booster was headed East.


Must have been this booster, taken on 14 August:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BXwZFZ_lDHz/

Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: old_sellsword on 08/20/2017 07:46 PM
1029.2 definitely didn't stop in McGregor after Iridium-1. We have one report of 1031.2 returning to McGregor from someone who claims to be an employee, but that's about it.

In related news, 1025.2 was finally just spotted (https://imgur.com/gallery/Ff2UG) heading east west towards McGregor for its post-conversion firing.

Edit: east --> west
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: gongora on 08/20/2017 08:03 PM
In related news, 1025.2 was finally just spotted (https://imgur.com/gallery/Ff2UG) heading east towards McGregor for its post-conversion firing.

I may be confused, but was it going east or west?
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: old_sellsword on 08/20/2017 08:44 PM
In related news, 1025.2 was finally just spotted (https://imgur.com/gallery/Ff2UG) heading east towards McGregor for its post-conversion firing.

I may be confused, but was it going east or west?

West, OP just clarified (https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/6uxqbz/had_a_falcon_fly_thru_town_today_headed_north_east/dlw8uku/?context=3) in the Reddit thread.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 08/24/2017 08:11 PM
Geotagged at CCAFS today:



https://www.instagram.com/p/BYLl5b9H25r/
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vanoord on 08/25/2017 08:55 AM
Presumably CRS-12 / B1039 ?
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 08/28/2017 09:40 AM
Presumably CRS-12 / B1039 ?

Most likely indeed (as in 99,99% sure)
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: jpo234 on 08/31/2017 11:22 AM
FH side booster in McGregor
https://m.facebook.com/groups/spacexgroup/permalink/10155786087011318/
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 09/04/2017 04:13 PM
Used Cores at CCAFS:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BYmgvQjHUIi/
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Mader Levap on 09/04/2017 04:45 PM
I guess those are cores that won't be used in actual launches.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: old_sellsword on 09/04/2017 04:55 PM
I guess those are cores that won't be used in actual launches.

They’ve been preliminarily identified as 1029.2 and 1032.1, so retirement would be a good guess for their outcomes.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: A12 on 09/04/2017 09:42 PM
The one with two flight on log could be good enough for the Smithsonian (or some other museum if they already have one).
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Herb Schaltegger on 09/04/2017 10:35 PM
The one with two flight on log could be good enough for the Smithsonian (or some other museum if they already have one).

Unless SpaceX is satisfied with the results of their post-flight testing, I would think any core with two flight cycles would be a prime candidate for methodical disassembly and destructive testing to compare results with analysis.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: old_sellsword on 09/05/2017 07:53 PM
Transport X-37B in fairing to LC-39A HIF

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trNsXrJRDHQ

In that video, we can see 1033.1 on the left side of the hangar, and 1023.2 on the right side. You can also see 1040.1 on the pad.

An F9 (likely 1041.1) just left McGregor (https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/6y9fks/headed_east_out_of_mcgregor_is_it_just_another/) heading west, so it's probably on its way to VAFB for Iridium-3.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vaporcobra on 09/05/2017 11:51 PM
Transport X-37B in fairing to LC-39A HIF

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trNsXrJRDHQ

In that video, we can see 1033.1 on the left side of the hangar, and 1023.2 on the right side. You can also see 1040.1 on the pad.

An F9 (likely 1041.1) just left McGregor (https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/6y9fks/headed_east_out_of_mcgregor_is_it_just_another/) heading west, so it's probably on its way to VAFB for Iridium-3.

Is the nosecone removed during storage? That was what I was using to judge the core on the right, didn't want to assume it was 1023.2 in spite of that being the logical conclusion. With 1033.1, you can easily see the pink shrink-wrapped side booster connection point.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: old_sellsword on 09/06/2017 12:00 AM
Transport X-37B in fairing to LC-39A HIF

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trNsXrJRDHQ

In that video, we can see 1033.1 on the left side of the hangar, and 1023.2 on the right side. You can also see 1040.1 on the pad.

An F9 (likely 1041.1) just left McGregor (https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/6y9fks/headed_east_out_of_mcgregor_is_it_just_another/) heading west, so it's probably on its way to VAFB for Iridium-3.

Is the nosecone removed during storage? That was what I was using to judge the core on the right, didn't want to assume it was 1023.2 in spite of that being the logical conclusion. With 1033.1, you can easily see the pink shrink-wrapped side booster connection point.

I personally see a nosecone on the right booster, but I guess that’s up for interpretation. We haven’t 1023.2 leave 39A, so that’s what I assumed it was.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: jjyach on 09/06/2017 01:09 PM
Neither core to the sides of the TEL in the hanger has a nosecone attached.  The booster on the right hand side for sure has a pusher inside the interstage area if that helps at all.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: old_sellsword on 09/06/2017 02:11 PM
Neither core to the sides of the TEL in the hanger has a nosecone attached.  The booster on the right hand side for sure has a pusher inside the interstage area if that helps at all.

That does, thanks. So that means 1023.2 left 39A and is somewhere else in Cape Canaveral, and now there’s a mystery F9 at 39A.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: douglas100 on 09/06/2017 03:45 PM
Neither core to the sides of the TEL in the hanger has a nosecone attached.  The booster on the right hand side for sure has a pusher inside the interstage area if that helps at all.

The TEL isn't in the hangar. It's out on the pad.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: jjyach on 09/06/2017 03:59 PM
Neither core to the sides of the TEL in the hanger has a nosecone attached.  The booster on the right hand side for sure has a pusher inside the interstage area if that helps at all.

The TEL isn't in the hangar. It's out on the pad.

The TEL is still in the hanger right now.  Also the booster to the left of the TEL has some pink square next to the raceway at the top.  Any chance 1033 is the one to the right and 1023 is to the left?  Or any chance they kept the pusher in 1023 to keep under the nose cone?
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: old_sellsword on 09/06/2017 04:30 PM
Neither core to the sides of the TEL in the hanger has a nosecone attached.  The booster on the right hand side for sure has a pusher inside the interstage area if that helps at all.

The TEL isn't in the hangar. It's out on the pad.

The TEL is still in the hanger right now.  Also the booster to the left of the TEL has some pink square next to the raceway at the top.  Any chance 1033 is the one to the right and 1023 is to the left?  Or any chance they kept the pusher in 1023 to keep under the nose cone?

1033 has an interstage and is covered in pink tape, it's on all the new separation mechanisms. So if the booster on the left has and interstage and is covered in pink tape, it's probably 1033.

1023 doesn't have an interstage, it has a nosecone. If that booster on the right side has an interstage and a center pusher inside that interstage, it can't be 1023. It could however, be any of the myriad of other F9 S1s that are lying around the Cape (1021, 1039, 1035, etc.).
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vaporcobra on 09/06/2017 05:13 PM
Neither core to the sides of the TEL in the hanger has a nosecone attached.  The booster on the right hand side for sure has a pusher inside the interstage area if that helps at all.

The TEL isn't in the hangar. It's out on the pad.

The TEL is still in the hanger right now.  Also the booster to the left of the TEL has some pink square next to the raceway at the top.  Any chance 1033 is the one to the right and 1023 is to the left?  Or any chance they kept the pusher in 1023 to keep under the nose cone?

1033 has an interstage and is covered in pink tape, it's on all the new separation mechanisms. So if the booster on the left has and interstage and is covered in pink tape, it's probably 1033.

1023 doesn't have an interstage, it has a nosecone. If that booster on the right side has an interstage and a center pusher inside that interstage, it can't be 1023. It could however, be any of the myriad of other F9 S1s that are lying around the Cape (1021, 1039, 1035, etc.).

It's getting hard to keep track of them with these intermittent glimpses ;D
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: gongora on 09/06/2017 07:37 PM
post on Reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/6yft5s/multiple_updates_per_mcgregor_engineers/) says that second stages for Iridium 3 and FH Demo have been tested (along with an interesting Boca Chica tidbit).
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 09/06/2017 08:16 PM
Neither core to the sides of the TEL in the hanger has a nosecone attached.  The booster on the right hand side for sure has a pusher inside the interstage area if that helps at all.

The TEL isn't in the hangar. It's out on the pad.

The TEL is still in the hanger right now.  Also the booster to the left of the TEL has some pink square next to the raceway at the top.  Any chance 1033 is the one to the right and 1023 is to the left?  Or any chance they kept the pusher in 1023 to keep under the nose cone?

1033 has an interstage and is covered in pink tape, it's on all the new separation mechanisms. So if the booster on the left has and interstage and is covered in pink tape, it's probably 1033.

1023 doesn't have an interstage, it has a nosecone. If that booster on the right side has an interstage and a center pusher inside that interstage, it can't be 1023. It could however, be any of the myriad of other F9 S1s that are lying around the Cape (1021, 1039, 1035, etc.).

It's getting hard to keep track of them with these intermittent glimpses ;D

If the other core indeed is a 'normal' F9, it very likely is 1039, seen being transported internally here (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=42977.msg1715880#msg1715880)
But I could not think of any reason for it to move to HIF-39A... Anyone has suggestions/ideas?

If so, we have missed 1023-2 being moved out of HIF-39A to some other storage facility @Cape...
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vaporcobra on 09/07/2017 12:26 AM
Neither core to the sides of the TEL in the hanger has a nosecone attached.  The booster on the right hand side for sure has a pusher inside the interstage area if that helps at all.

The TEL isn't in the hangar. It's out on the pad.

The TEL is still in the hanger right now.  Also the booster to the left of the TEL has some pink square next to the raceway at the top.  Any chance 1033 is the one to the right and 1023 is to the left?  Or any chance they kept the pusher in 1023 to keep under the nose cone?

1033 has an interstage and is covered in pink tape, it's on all the new separation mechanisms. So if the booster on the left has and interstage and is covered in pink tape, it's probably 1033.

1023 doesn't have an interstage, it has a nosecone. If that booster on the right side has an interstage and a center pusher inside that interstage, it can't be 1023. It could however, be any of the myriad of other F9 S1s that are lying around the Cape (1021, 1039, 1035, etc.).

It's getting hard to keep track of them with these intermittent glimpses ;D

If the other core indeed is a 'normal' F9, it very likely is 1039, seen being transported internally here (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=42977.msg1715880#msg1715880)
But I could not think of any reason for it to move to HIF-39A... Anyone has suggestions/ideas?

If so, we have missed 1023-2 being moved out of HIF-39A to some other storage facility @Cape...

Damn sneaky rockets...

I agree, though. 1039 was my first guess, given how recently it was seen on the core transporter outside of the HIF. But where 'o where could 1023.2 have gone? :-[
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: douglas100 on 09/07/2017 07:21 PM
Neither core to the sides of the TEL in the hanger has a nosecone attached.  The booster on the right hand side for sure has a pusher inside the interstage area if that helps at all.

The TEL isn't in the hangar. It's out on the pad.

The TEL is still in the hanger right now....

Check the video at 5:31 as the PLF is brought up to the hangar door. The TEL is clearly visible to the right of the hangar, upright on the pad and floodlit. Also at 6:28 as the PLF is being rolled into the hangar, the TEL is still there.  I imagine they brought it into the hangar shortly afterwards.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: jjyach on 09/07/2017 10:23 PM
Neither core to the sides of the TEL in the hanger has a nosecone attached.  The booster on the right hand side for sure has a pusher inside the interstage area if that helps at all.

The TEL isn't in the hangar. It's out on the pad.

The TEL is still in the hanger right now....

Check the video at 5:31 as the PLF is brought up to the hangar door. The TEL is clearly visible to the right of the hangar, upright on the pad and floodlit. Also at 6:28 as the PLF is being rolled into the hangar, the TEL is still there.  I imagine they brought it into the hangar shortly afterwards.

Getting off topic, but at the time of my post the TEL was in the hanger with the same two cores in the video beside it.  Video was from last week, but cores visible in it were still in place.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: douglas100 on 09/08/2017 11:34 AM
Right, makes sense now. I should have said "the TEL is on the pad in the video." Thanks for clearing that up.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 09/08/2017 09:14 PM
Elon just posted a foto (https://instagram.com/p/BYyvO2WA3Ra/) with core 1042 ij background fully assembled!!
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 09/16/2017 08:47 AM
Some cores should be on the move already or soon...
please keep an eye out.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 09/20/2017 12:32 PM
Quote
Just another morning commute on Florida’s Space Coast #Falcon9

https://twitter.com/spaceflorida/status/910470090688274432
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 09/20/2017 03:20 PM
Quote
Just another morning commute on Florida’s Space Coast #Falcon9

https://twitter.com/spaceflorida/status/910470090688274432

Ok, anyone got any clue which core this might be? Some Dalmatian Spot Detective?
If need be, PM me or discuss in L2.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: old_sellsword on 09/20/2017 03:42 PM
Quote
Just another morning commute on Florida’s Space Coast #Falcon9

https://twitter.com/spaceflorida/status/910470090688274432

Ok, anyone got any clue which core this might be? Some Dalmatian Spot Detective?
If need be, PM me or discuss in L2.

Whichever one it is, it's way down behind Hangar E/F. (https://www.google.com/maps/@28.4871496,-80.5781545,251a,35y,180h,39.46t/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en) First Hangar AM, and now Hangar F; SpaceX keeps growing at the Cape.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Raul on 09/21/2017 06:56 AM
Ok, anyone got any clue which core this might be? Some Dalmatian Spot Detective?
If need be, PM me or discuss in L2.

It looks like B1021.2 (https://i.imgur.com/bFstJw3.jpg) after CRS-8 & SES-10 missions - first reused booster, previously under consideration to be displayed near Port Canaveral.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 09/21/2017 06:22 PM
Edit: Different core at LC-39A:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BZSJxJYlIzd/
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: old_sellsword on 09/21/2017 06:52 PM
And its now at LC-39A:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BZSJxJYlIzd/

Different booster (no black covers on the white leg areas) and different transporter.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: AncientU on 09/21/2017 07:52 PM
And its now at LC-39A:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BZSJxJYlIzd/

Different booster (no black covers on the white leg areas) and different transporter.

Might be 1040 coming back from LZ-1.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vaporcobra on 09/21/2017 07:59 PM
And its now at LC-39A:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BZSJxJYlIzd/

Different booster (no black covers on the white leg areas) and different transporter.

Might be 1040 coming back from LZ-1.

Seconded. Whichever core it is, it's probably at the HIF for refurbishment. We had reason to believe the LZ-1 storage facility is also used for refurbishment, but I'm sure SpaceX have a good reason for swapping facilities.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Kansan52 on 09/21/2017 08:19 PM
Is that the Dragon "late load" scaffold being used to examine the top of the stage, outside of the HIF?

If so ... why?

It does appear to be the "late load" partially blocking the view to the core.

And why not?  :'( (Sorry, couldn't avaoind the joke.)

Best guess is it was in the way where it was and that spot was currently empty.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 10/04/2017 08:47 PM
Hmm, cores are being transported and no reports of any kind... :(
I guess they are becoming too much of a common sight now... ;)

Possible movements that could occur or might even already have occurred:
- new core from Hawthorne to McGregor (given production pace last months)
- one or more tested cores from McGregor to East Coast
- maybe even refurbished cores from either West or East Coast to McGregor (pure speculation/wishful thinking)

anyway, just keep looking for cores being transported, or other people reporting about it..
Title: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 10/05/2017 05:15 AM
core spotted (https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/74dqdn/another_falcon_9_first_stage_sighting_eastbound/?st=J8E08CI1&sh=0298e2ec) heading east on I-10
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: SmallKing on 10/05/2017 05:24 AM
core spotted (https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/74dqdn/another_falcon_9_first_stage_sighting_eastbound/?st=J8E08CI1&sh=0298e2ec) heading east on I-10
Good news. Do we have more details? Such as s/n numbers
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 10/05/2017 05:28 AM
core spotted (https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/74dqdn/another_falcon_9_first_stage_sighting_eastbound/?st=J8E08CI1&sh=0298e2ec) heading east on I-10
Good news. Do we have more details? Such as s/n numbers
Zucal is convinced it must be brand new core 1043.

There is a smaller chance it is a refurbished core. But that is the whishful thinking part of me. ;)
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vaporcobra on 10/07/2017 04:20 AM
1021.2 (soot patterns match) now hanging out on some lil blue stands. Appears to be in the same place it was last spotted, just sans the red trailer. https://twitter.com/spaceflorida/status/910470090688274432
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Lar on 10/07/2017 04:28 AM
1021.2 (soot patterns match) now hanging out on some lil blue stands. Appears to be in the same place it was last spotted, just sans the red trailer. https://twitter.com/spaceflorida/status/910470090688274432
Picture effect or is the poor thing sagging? Probably the former, they aren't that weak.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vaporcobra on 10/07/2017 04:52 AM
1021.2 (soot patterns match) now hanging out on some lil blue stands. Appears to be in the same place it was last spotted, just sans the red trailer. https://twitter.com/spaceflorida/status/910470090688274432
Picture effect or is the poor thing sagging? Probably the former, they aren't that weak.
Oooooh I see that too... it has to be lens distortion, there's no way a first stage would sag even when unpressurized.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Lars-J on 10/07/2017 06:23 AM
1021.2 (soot patterns match) now hanging out on some lil blue stands. Appears to be in the same place it was last spotted, just sans the red trailer. https://twitter.com/spaceflorida/status/910470090688274432
Picture effect or is the poor thing sagging? Probably the former, they aren't that weak.

Looks like a lens effect. If you draw a line straight line over the *underside* (which is at the center of the image), it is straight.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: darkenfast on 10/07/2017 07:03 AM
Nothing to see!  Just another used rocket, returned from flight.  Ho-hum! 

Wonderful, ain't it?
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vaporcobra on 10/11/2017 06:16 AM
Spotted around Mississippi/Alabama, presumably heading East. 99% chance that this is 1042, for Koreasat 5A

https://www.instagram.com/p/BaF9Ndshmz_/
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: SmallKing on 10/18/2017 03:04 PM
Looks like the FH side booster(1025) is coming back to the cape
https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/773j3o/passing_thru_town_4_hours_north_of_the_cape_1035/?utm_content=comments&utm_medium=hot&utm_source=reddit&utm_name=spacex
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: SmallKing on 10/26/2017 01:39 PM
A F9 was spotted in Arizona. It should be B1044, going to McGregor
https://www.reddit.com/r/whatisthisthing/comments/78s7kv/this_thing_is_huge_any_ideas/
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vanoord on 10/26/2017 02:18 PM
If that's B1044 heading for McGregor, then B1043 should be about ready to leave McGregor for the Cape for Zuma.

B1044 will presumably be for Hipasat or potentially CRS-13 if that's not flown on a re-used core - subject to any delays with either payload.

Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vaporcobra on 11/15/2017 05:09 AM
1042 really off in the boondocks of CCAFS now, I believe it's pretty close to LC-37. spotted at the entrance to LZ-1. Taken by Instagram user twobitgator.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vaporcobra on 11/15/2017 08:56 PM
A Rolling Stone piece on Musk today showed a used core in Hawthorne.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Zucal on 11/16/2017 03:02 AM
1042 really off in the boondocks of CCAFS now, I believe it's pretty close to LC-37. Taken by Instagram user twobitgator.

That's the entrance to LZ-1.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vanoord on 11/16/2017 09:15 AM
If that's B1044 heading for McGregor, then B1043 should be about ready to leave McGregor for the Cape for Zuma.

B1044 will presumably be for Hipasat or potentially CRS-13 if that's not flown on a re-used core - subject to any delays with either payload.

To echo the above... based on previous timings and with 1043 about to launch from the Cape, 1044 should be leaving McGregor soon and 1045 arriving to replace it.

Whether 1044 will leave (and where it will go) might be a question as LC-39a is going to be busy with Falcon Heavy and (presumably?) the HIF at LC-40 isn't large enough to park spare F9s in - assuming CRS-13 is flying on a re-used core and therefore not 1044...
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 11/17/2017 08:12 AM
If that's B1044 heading for McGregor, then B1043 should be about ready to leave McGregor for the Cape for Zuma.

B1044 will presumably be for Hipasat or potentially CRS-13 if that's not flown on a re-used core - subject to any delays with either payload.

To echo the above... based on previous timings and with 1043 about to launch from the Cape, 1044 should be leaving McGregor soon and 1045 arriving to replace it.

Whether 1044 will leave (and where it will go) might be a question as LC-39a is going to be busy with Falcon Heavy and (presumably?) the HIF at LC-40 isn't large enough to park spare F9s in - assuming CRS-13 is flying on a re-used core and therefore not 1044...

Looking at manifest core 1044 should be going east as next in line for new core would be Hispasat 1F (30W-6)...
The core is seen with re-use parts, so it does not seem to have been build for Hispasat 1F (30W-6) as that is likely going expendable mode being too heavy and GTO...
The current thinking is that this core was backup for CRS-13 and thus build for re-use.
But who knows, maybe they dare to land after first launching Hispasat 1F (30W-6), would be next level again...
Anyway, the launch is currently scheduled NET 2018, so the core is well ahead of schedule, so maybe it will be used for another mission...
If is does go west, it most likely will launch PAZ & co-passenger, currently scheduled to launch NET jan 30th.

Even more interesting will be core 1045, and likely even much more interesting to see 1046... ;)

If all goes well, there will be launching several re-used cores first and hopefully a Falcon Heavy...! :)
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Michael Baylor on 12/01/2017 03:02 AM
Looks like B1043 (the Zuma) core is likely still in the 39A hangar. Hard to see much in the image, but it sure looks like there is a fourth core next to Falcon Heavy.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: deruch on 12/01/2017 03:16 AM
Looks like B1043 (the Zuma) core is likely still in the 39A hangar. Hard to see much in the image, but it sure looks like there is a fourth core next to Falcon Heavy.

I just responded in the Heavy mission thread, but I don't think this is a current picture.  That opinion based on both the trajectory on the middle right being dated Oct. 15th and the picture of the Atlas V in the upper left having more SRBs than the next mission to launch from SLC-41.  Not totally sure what's going on there though.

SMH.  Pretty much wrong in every respect. 
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: old_sellsword on 12/01/2017 03:36 AM
Looks like B1043 (the Zuma) core is likely still in the 39A hangar. Hard to see much in the image, but it sure looks like there is a fourth core next to Falcon Heavy.

I just responded in the Heavy mission thread, but I don't think this is a current picture.  That opinion based on both the trajectory on the middle right being dated Oct. 15th and the picture of the Atlas V in the upper left having more SRBs than the next mission to launch from SLC-41.  Not totally sure what's going on there though.

It’s a current picture. That’s not an Atlas V at SLC-41, it’s the Delta IV for NROL-47 at SLC-6.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vaporcobra on 12/20/2017 09:43 PM
Thoughts? Spotted on the move today.
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bc7xdQwHcHF/
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: RocketLover0119 on 12/20/2017 09:51 PM
More than likely CRS-13s core on the move somewhere for housing

Thoughts? Spotted on the move today.
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bc7xdQwHcHF/
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: envy887 on 12/20/2017 11:41 PM
Definitely the CRS-13 booster, you can still see the pinstripes on the LOX tank.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: the_other_Doug on 12/21/2017 04:02 AM
Thoughts?

First off, on future boosters that they actually paint the company name on, they should move it about 30 feet up the rocket.  If they want it visible after the second flight, anyway.  (Which is likely not done, nor will be done in the future, due to thermal effects from the dark paint used in the name/logo.)

Of course, there was discussion recently about SpaceX thinking about not painting future boosters, to save the time and weight.  I imagine that means no logos on the booster sides, either.  So it becomes a moot (and not soot) point... :D
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: old_sellsword on 12/21/2017 07:39 PM
Core probably on its way to Hangar AO at CCAFS

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bc7xdQwHcHF/

The core was well past (https://www.google.com/maps/@28.492918,-80.5827099,199a,35y,126.28h,39.5t/data=!3m1!1e3) Hangar AO (and even past the entrance they usually use for Hangar M) at that point and still heading north. There's no more known SpaceX facilities in that direction until you get to SLC-40 or LC-39A, so it's quite the mystery where that one is headed.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: AncientU on 12/21/2017 07:47 PM
Core probably on its way to Hangar AO at CCAFS

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bc7xdQwHcHF/

The core was well past (https://www.google.com/maps/@28.492918,-80.5827099,199a,35y,126.28h,39.5t/data=!3m1!1e3) Hangar AO (and even past the entrance they usually use for Hangar M) at that point and still heading north. There's no more known SpaceX facilities in that direction until you get to SLC-40 or LC-39A, so it's quite the mystery where that one is headed.

Back to 39A for another launch?  Or out to pasture...
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vaporcobra on 12/21/2017 07:49 PM
Core probably on its way to Hangar AO at CCAFS

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bc7xdQwHcHF/

The core was well past (https://www.google.com/maps/@28.492918,-80.5827099,199a,35y,126.28h,39.5t/data=!3m1!1e3) Hangar AO (and even past the entrance they usually use for Hangar M) at that point and still heading north. There's no more known SpaceX facilities in that direction until you get to SLC-40 or LC-39A, so it's quite the mystery where that one is headed.

Thought the same thing, and with the OTV, no less! 1035 is Block 3, so the best bet is probably some odd storage spot for mothballing. Doesn't fit very well either, though ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vaporcobra on 12/29/2017 09:02 PM
Found this posted earlier today. No clear core number, but I believe Hangar M is located somewhere along Hangar Rd in CCAFS, specific location is 28.491818, -80.582141 if Library of Congress records are accurate today.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 01/06/2018 12:01 AM
core spotted seemingly heading East towards FL (https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/7oe9dx/spotted_at_i10_weigh_station_alfl_line_by_a/?st=JC2N6R9S&sh=31d3611e)

I guess core 1044
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: jpo234 on 01/07/2018 12:48 AM
core spotted seemingly heading East towards FL (https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/7oe9dx/spotted_at_i10_weigh_station_alfl_line_by_a/?st=JC2N6R9S&sh=31d3611e)

I guess core 1044
Arrived at the Cape.

Credit: https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/7olsqo/i_passed_through_pad_39a_and_take_a_photo_of_this
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: RocketLover0119 on 01/17/2018 07:35 PM
got another core, heading north from florida, this person claims (not confirmed, ) that this is B1043, Zuma's landed booster, but with all of the cores ln florida, i would say it is safe to assume this may be a different core

https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/7r1vg3/found_it_b1043_headed_north/
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: old_sellsword on 01/17/2018 07:37 PM
got another core, heading north from florida, this person claims (not confirmed) that this is B043, Zuma's landed booster

https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/7r1vg3/found_it_b1043_headed_north/

It should be noted that they gave no solid reasoning for the core being 1043, so we should just presume it to be a mystery Falcon 9.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vaporcobra on 01/17/2018 09:08 PM
Safe, indeed. Reminds me, I caught this just after Zuma landed, Jan 9th. A brisk turnaround, if I might say so. I'm not certain if that core is actually 1043, but there's definitely a possibility that the core on the move above and below is 1043.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Michael Baylor on 01/21/2018 09:14 PM
Possibly the first Block V leaving Hawthorne!
https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/7s0xvm/first_block_5_first_stage_1046_nears_hawthorne/
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vaporcobra on 01/21/2018 10:41 PM
/u/everydayastronaut is now suggesting that the above booster is in fact a refurbished core, although 1046 is indeed expected to roll out imminently.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Michael Baylor on 01/21/2018 10:44 PM
/u/everydayastronaut is now suggesting that the above booster is in fact a refurbished core, although 1046 is indeed expected to roll out imminently.
Yeah, edited to reflect that. If it's refurbished it's probably 1041. However, the original poster is usually reliable, and I am pretty sure they jumped to that conclusion because this was spotted next to the main building not the refurb facility. Anyways, we shall see.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Zucal on 01/21/2018 11:47 PM
Yes, it's a refurbished booster. 1046 is still Block 5, and the next booster to leave from the main building.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 01/22/2018 10:09 AM
More pics courtesy of Shorealone Films (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/).
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vanoord on 01/22/2018 10:14 AM
More pics courtesy of Shorealone Films (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/).

It doesn't appear to have the leg mounts?

That fits with 1041 flying Iridium 5 and being expended (and also with 1038...).
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 01/23/2018 07:34 AM
More pics courtesy of Shorealone Films (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/).

It doesn't appear to have the leg mounts?

That fits with 1041 flying Iridium 5 and being expended (and also with 1038...).

Pretty sure it is 1038 heading to VAFB to launch Paz. 1041 is likely still being refurbished for several more weeks.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: gongora on 01/31/2018 01:04 AM
Some explanation of the route taken by the recent F9 transport to Vandenberg.  (I think there were a lot of comments on Reddit wondering why it was seen at that particular spot.)

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/community/cambrian/article197404794.html
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: jon.amos on 02/01/2018 05:37 PM
Spotted near hanger Y today 2/1 by a colleague at the cape.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 02/01/2018 06:20 PM
HEre's another image:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BeqUynglBOy/

Edit: Most Likely Hispasat 30 Core
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 02/16/2018 05:10 PM
Core 1046 finally spotted traveling along I-8 (https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/7xzydu/friend_saw_this_on_i8_in_yuma_an_hour_ago_she/?st=JDQ8L4DX&sh=8e8cbc82)
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: guckyfan on 02/16/2018 05:44 PM
Do we expect a much extended test sequence or just a somewhat longer static fire? The engines surely are well tested already.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: [email protected] on 02/16/2018 07:23 PM
Does anyone know where the boosters cross the Mississippi River?  If they stay on I-10 to Baton Rouge, I-10 make a very sharp right hand turn.  A turn that would appear to be too sharp for a 100 foot long trailer.  Thoughts?
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Lars-J on 02/16/2018 07:31 PM
Does anyone know where the boosters cross the Mississippi River?  If they stay on I-10 to Baton Rouge, I-10 make a very sharp right hand turn.  A turn that would appear to be too sharp for a 100 foot long trailer.  Thoughts?

It's not *that* tight. If they can navigate out of the side streets around SpaceX in Hawthorne, it won't be a problem.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Michael Baylor on 02/20/2018 12:54 AM
An even better photo of B1046. This was taken in Arizona.

https://imgur.com/a/eu78p
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: John Alan on 02/20/2018 01:04 AM
Does anyone know where the boosters cross the Mississippi River?  If they stay on I-10 to Baton Rouge, I-10 make a very sharp right hand turn.  A turn that would appear to be too sharp for a 100 foot long trailer.  Thoughts?

It's not *that* tight. If they can navigate out of the side streets around SpaceX in Hawthorne, it won't be a problem.

I am led to believe, but have no source I can quote, That the rear quad trailer has some limited ability to be override steered ever so slightly by either the truck driver or the chase driver...  :)
No proof on that... sorry...  :(
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: wannamoonbase on 02/20/2018 01:44 AM
That picture is SOOOO hot. 

This is the most exciting thing since the FH launch, which feels like months ago already.

Let's see how fast it works it's way through McGregor and onto FL.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: ClayJar on 02/20/2018 03:45 PM
Does anyone know where the boosters cross the Mississippi River?  If they stay on I-10 to Baton Rouge, I-10 make a very sharp right hand turn.  A turn that would appear to be too sharp for a 100 foot long trailer.  Thoughts?

It's not *that* tight. If they can navigate out of the side streets around SpaceX in Hawthorne, it won't be a problem.

Remember the YouTube video (https://youtube.com/watch?v=Fuy-IrO524E) where a Falcon 9 first stage passed in front of Spell Family Sno-Balls (map) (https://goo.gl/maps/orRwGEJUF2R2) in Springfield, Louisiana, heading east?  There's a tight left turn in Springfield.  The inside radius is about 21 meters, and a circle touching the outside stripes on each side and the grass inside the angle gives a radius of about 53 meters.

In contrast, the tightest part of the curve on I-10 eastbound at the I-10/I-110 interchange just east of the bridge over the Mississippi River has a radius something like 240 meters.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: tvg98 on 02/22/2018 11:07 AM
Sounds like Reddit user /u/Allykartz90 may have spotted B1041.2 headed for Vandenberg AFB about an hour ago.

https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/7y0grt/rspacex_paz_official_launch_discussion_updates/duna0wz/ (https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/7y0grt/rspacex_paz_official_launch_discussion_updates/duna0wz/)
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vaporcobra on 02/22/2018 03:36 PM
Sounds like Reddit user /u/Allykartz90 may have spotted B1041.2 headed for Vandenberg AFB about an hour ago.

https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/7y0grt/rspacex_paz_official_launch_discussion_updates/duna0wz/ (https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/7y0grt/rspacex_paz_official_launch_discussion_updates/duna0wz/)

Can corroborate this. A fairing halve left Hawthorne last night, and a S1 was spotted on a semi trailer, presumably being readied for transport. Finally, although it was apparently too dark to be sure, there was at least one more semi preparing to leave Hawthorne, either the second fairing halve or a second stage. A veritable SpaceX convoy!
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vaporcobra on 02/23/2018 06:15 PM
And confirmed! Can't tell if it's headed out, but definitely another core wrapped and ready for transport.
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bfh8kFoh1Ns/

Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vaporcobra on 02/26/2018 04:12 AM
An additional sooty booster seen inside 39A's HIF on Feb 20th, opposite of B1023. Really not sure what core it is, but I'm relatively confident it's been in there for more than two months.

Try to ignore the forehead...
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 03/01/2018 03:51 PM
Core spotted heading East from AL to FL (https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/816gdq/falcon_9_spotted_at_alfl_line_headed_west_312018/?st=JE8QWD5X&sh=4523b5e5)

Edit: OP had the direction mixed up. It is heading East, so it must be 1045 heading for the Cape to launch TESS in april...
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vaporcobra on 03/20/2018 12:24 AM
A core was spotted leaving Hawthorne last night. Would be great to know which core it is, as it would say a fair bit about 1046's status at McGregor if this core is the second Block 5 to be shipped. Thanks to Reddit /u/stcks for point this out, I've been too busy to trawl Instagram today ;D
https://www.instagram.com/p/BgfboKIB17H/
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Lars-J on 03/20/2018 04:44 AM
A core was spotted leaving Hawthorne last night. Would be great to know which core it is, as it would say a fair bit about 1046's status at McGregor if this core is the second Block 5 to be shipped. Thanks to Reddit /u/stcks for point this out, I've been too busy to trawl Instagram today ;D
https://www.instagram.com/p/BgfboKIB17H/

"Elon Musk is a ... BEAST!"  ;D
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vaporcobra on 03/20/2018 05:04 AM
A core was spotted leaving Hawthorne last night. Would be great to know which core it is, as it would say a fair bit about 1046's status at McGregor if this core is the second Block 5 to be shipped. Thanks to Reddit /u/stcks for point this out, I've been too busy to trawl Instagram today ;D
https://www.instagram.com/p/BgfboKIB17H/

"Elon Musk is a ... BEAST!"  ;D

I appreciate the enthusiasm as well ;D I have hopes that FH's vitality has spawned some additional potential core spotters, fingers crossed.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: obi-wan on 03/20/2018 05:06 AM
A core was spotted leaving Hawthorne last night. Would be great to know which core it is, as it would say a fair bit about 1046's status at McGregor if this core is the second Block 5 to be shipped. Thanks to Reddit /u/stcks for point this out, I've been too busy to trawl Instagram today ;D
https://www.instagram.com/p/BgfboKIB17H/
Does anybody know how many of the half dozen or so vehicles accompanying the stage in this video convoy with it across the country?
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 03/21/2018 10:34 AM
A core was spotted leaving Hawthorne last night. Would be great to know which core it is, as it would say a fair bit about 1046's status at McGregor if this core is the second Block 5 to be shipped. Thanks to Reddit /u/stcks for point this out, I've been too busy to trawl Instagram today ;D
https://www.instagram.com/p/BgfboKIB17H/

Must be 1047 heading for McGregor..

1046 is still on the TestStand as of yesterday, so seems they are either taking a small risk or they are pretty confident that all is well with 1046...

Edit: my prediction, if this is 1047, is that this one will return to West Coast after testing.... But everything but certain, to me the most logical given current manifest... :)
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vaporcobra on 03/21/2018 04:32 PM
A core was spotted leaving Hawthorne last night. Would be great to know which core it is, as it would say a fair bit about 1046's status at McGregor if this core is the second Block 5 to be shipped. Thanks to Reddit /u/stcks for point this out, I've been too busy to trawl Instagram today ;D
https://www.instagram.com/p/BgfboKIB17H/

Must be 1047 heading for McGregor..

1046 is still on the TestStand as of yesterday, so seems they are either taking a small risk or they are pretty confident that all is well with 1046...

Edit: my prediction, if this is 1047, is that this one will return to West Coast after testing.... But everything but certain, to me the most logical given current manifest... :)

It seems like the only logical conclusion, lest a flight-proven booster for the East coast was for some reason refurbed at Hawthorne ;D I'm not 100% certain, but I believe SLC-4E's HIF can only handle one booster at a time, similar to LC-40. Only 39A has such a spacious HIF.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/21/2018 05:10 PM
A core was spotted leaving Hawthorne last night. Would be great to know which core it is, as it would say a fair bit about 1046's status at McGregor if this core is the second Block 5 to be shipped. Thanks to Reddit /u/stcks for point this out, I've been too busy to trawl Instagram today ;D
https://www.instagram.com/p/BgfboKIB17H/

Must be 1047 heading for McGregor..

1046 is still on the TestStand as of yesterday, so seems they are either taking a small risk or they are pretty confident that all is well with 1046...

Edit: my prediction, if this is 1047, is that this one will return to West Coast after testing.... But everything but certain, to me the most logical given current manifest... :)

What makes you predict B1047 will go back West after acceptance testing at McGregor?
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: IanThePineapple on 03/21/2018 05:12 PM
A core was spotted leaving Hawthorne last night. Would be great to know which core it is, as it would say a fair bit about 1046's status at McGregor if this core is the second Block 5 to be shipped. Thanks to Reddit /u/stcks for point this out, I've been too busy to trawl Instagram today ;D
https://www.instagram.com/p/BgfboKIB17H/

Must be 1047 heading for McGregor..

1046 is still on the TestStand as of yesterday, so seems they are either taking a small risk or they are pretty confident that all is well with 1046...

Edit: my prediction, if this is 1047, is that this one will return to West Coast after testing.... But everything but certain, to me the most logical given current manifest... :)

What makes you predict B1047 will go back West after acceptance testing at McGregor?

Perhaps for Iridium 6? I think I read somewhere the GRACE-FO owners would like a new core. That might be outdated though.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 03/21/2018 06:06 PM
A core was spotted leaving Hawthorne last night. Would be great to know which core it is, as it would say a fair bit about 1046's status at McGregor if this core is the second Block 5 to be shipped. Thanks to Reddit /u/stcks for point this out, I've been too busy to trawl Instagram today ;D
https://www.instagram.com/p/BgfboKIB17H/

Must be 1047 heading for McGregor..

1046 is still on the TestStand as of yesterday, so seems they are either taking a small risk or they are pretty confident that all is well with 1046...

Edit: my prediction, if this is 1047, is that this one will return to West Coast after testing.... But everything but certain, to me the most logical given current manifest... :)

What makes you predict B1047 will go back West after acceptance testing at McGregor?

A number of things. L2 side I maintain an FPIP overlay with potential future core assignments. I have 1047 linked to IridiumNext-7.
I have 1043-2 linked to IridiumNext-6 (despite reports it is to fly on new core).
The first Block-5 to East coast, the second to West coast, seems also a nice balance.
Also after 1043-2, they are out of cores on West coast, so a new core will be rehired, unless a used core is transported again from East to West. I find this unlikely.
And I have all but 1042 already linked to a second mission each. All on East coast.

All and all to me 1047 for IridiumNext-7 feels most likely scenario for now.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 03/21/2018 06:47 PM
A core was spotted leaving Hawthorne last night. Would be great to know which core it is, as it would say a fair bit about 1046's status at McGregor if this core is the second Block 5 to be shipped. Thanks to Reddit /u/stcks for point this out, I've been too busy to trawl Instagram today ;D
https://www.instagram.com/p/BgfboKIB17H/

Must be 1047 heading for McGregor..

1046 is still on the TestStand as of yesterday, so seems they are either taking a small risk or they are pretty confident that all is well with 1046...

Edit: my prediction, if this is 1047, is that this one will return to West Coast after testing.... But everything but certain, to me the most logical given current manifest... :)

What makes you predict B1047 will go back West after acceptance testing at McGregor?

A number of things. L2 side I maintain an FPIP overlay with potential future core assignments. I have 1047 linked to IridiumNext-7.
I have 1043-2 linked to IridiumNext-6 (despite reports it is to fly on new core).
The first Block-5 to East coast, the second to West coast, seems also a nice balance.
Also after 1043-2, they are out of cores on West coast, so a new core will be rehired, unless a used core is transported again from East to West. I find this unlikely.
And I have all but 1042 already linked to a second mission each. All on East coast.

All and all to me 1047 for IridiumNext-7 feels most likely scenario for now.

Except Iridium has been quite vocal about their likeliness to use flight-proven cores for schedule assurance. ;)
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vaporcobra on 03/21/2018 07:32 PM
Except Iridium has been quite vocal about their likeliness to use flight-proven cores for schedule assurance. ;)

Barring major issues discovered with 1046 and Block 5 in general (not ruling it out at this point), and assuming it was in fact 1047 that shipped out on Monday, schedule assurance should be no problem at all for Iridium-6 whether it uses a new or proven booster.

I think the final word at this point is still Desch's comment in mid-February that they were "considering [a flight-proven booster for Iridium-6], but its a ride share so a little more complicated and hasn't been totally finalized..." (https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/964695563110404096)
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 03/21/2018 08:16 PM
Except Iridium has been quite vocal about their likeliness to use flight-proven cores for schedule assurance. ;)

Well, there is having refurbed stages at the ready and having used them all.
They already had to ship 1043 all the way across the US mainland.
Unless they do that again, which I doubt sincerely, a new core has to be used at some point.
1047 feels like the perfect candidate for future flight-proven core dedicated to West coast launches.
Maybe accompanied by another Block 5 to ensure timely readiness in the early days of this brand new and still unknown Block5 world of many re-use.
I expect that they have to properly prepare for the situation where a core is expended unplanned (rough see, landing issue).
In that case they might not have time enough to build another or allocate another in time ad hoc.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: cppetrie on 03/21/2018 09:01 PM
There you have it.

Matt Desch is in discussions on this being Block 5, and if it is it will be a reflown Block 5


https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/976575188614762496
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: envy887 on 03/21/2018 11:57 PM
There you have it.

Matt Desch is in discussions on this being Block 5, and if it is it will be a reflown Block 5


https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/976575188614762496

Matt Desch said that it would NOT be block 5.

He also said it would be flight-proven.
Title: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: cppetrie on 03/22/2018 12:27 AM
There you have it.

Matt Desch is in discussions on this being Block 5, and if it is it will be a reflown Block 5


https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/976575188614762496

Matt Desch said that it would NOT be block 5.

He also said it would be flight-proven.
Of course it won’t. It can’t be a block 5 and be reused at the same time. The first B5 will have only flown a couple weeks earlier and from the wrong coast. I stated as much in my response in the Iridium 6 thread. The screen grab from Twitter in the original post didn’t get included in my quote but the full Twitter conversation makes that all pretty clear.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180322/ac5b200a058e5917415ed1f2d5171712.jpg)
Edit: insert screen grab from original post
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Michael Baylor on 03/22/2018 10:47 PM
Jakusb is going to be happy. This is for Iridium 6 btw.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: wannamoonbase on 03/22/2018 11:46 PM
Matt Deach is a riot.  I could buy stock just to support the jokes. 
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Lar on 03/23/2018 01:51 AM
Matt Desch is a riot.  I could buy stock just to support the jokes. 
he's my second favorite space CEO, that's for sure....
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: gongora on 03/26/2018 06:26 PM
Not exactly a "spotting", but Commercial Crew update shows B1051 being used for DM-1 mission, tanks are in vertical integration stage (getting COPVs installed).
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: JBF on 03/26/2018 06:54 PM
Not exactly a "spotting", but Commercial Crew update shows B1051 being used for DM-1 mission, tanks are in vertical integration stage (getting COPVs installed).

That is an odd comment. As far as I was aware there is no vertical integration stage; everything is done horizontal.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: gongora on 03/26/2018 06:59 PM
Not exactly a "spotting", but Commercial Crew update shows B1051 being used for DM-1 mission, tanks are in vertical integration stage (getting COPVs installed).

That is an odd comment. As far as I was aware there is no vertical integration stage; everything is done horizontal.

I don't know that much about the manufacturing process, but when we get views of the Falcon production line there are always tanks off to the side in a vertical orientation (before the RP-1 and LOX tanks are joined).
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: JBF on 03/26/2018 07:27 PM
Not exactly a "spotting", but Commercial Crew update shows B1051 being used for DM-1 mission, tanks are in vertical integration stage (getting COPVs installed).

That is an odd comment. As far as I was aware there is no vertical integration stage; everything is done horizontal.

I don't know that much about the manufacturing process, but when we get views of the Falcon production line there are always tanks off to the side in a vertical orientation (before the RP-1 and LOX tanks are joined).
And here is a picture.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: RocketLover0119 on 03/30/2018 12:38 PM
https://www.reddit.com/r/SpaceXLounge/comments/886otv/saw_this_used_stage_outside_lc39a_today/

Flown booster sitting outside of 39a as of yesterday, Not sure which one it may be, definitely a GTO core though....  (NOT MY POST)
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: KaiFarrimond on 03/31/2018 09:18 AM
https://www.reddit.com/r/SpaceXLounge/comments/886otv/saw_this_used_stage_outside_lc39a_today/

Flown booster sitting outside of 39a as of yesterday, Not sure which one it may be, definitely a GTO core though....  (NOT MY POST)
From looking at the soot patterns, it looks like B1031.2 from SES-11/Echostar 105. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180331/a1644a045648dd26fd54b6053aa2e424.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180331/43ab73982669bd01fee701710d380937.jpg)
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 04/09/2018 07:50 AM
Keep an eye out for a core being transported to McGregor anytime now.
A core has been spotted outside factory at Hawthorne..
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Michael Baylor on 04/10/2018 02:12 AM
B1043 is at Vandenberg.

https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/983526599030136832
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Michael Baylor on 04/12/2018 06:14 PM
Not 100% sure when this was taken.

https://twitter.com/MoonEx/status/984494354860576774

Edit: Here's the original source. It seems like this was taken today.

https://twitter.com/Bob_Richards/status/984503849045151744
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Michael Baylor on 04/12/2018 09:07 PM
Not 100% sure when this was taken.

https://twitter.com/MoonEx/status/984494354860576774

Edit: Here's the original source. It seems like this was taken today.

https://twitter.com/Bob_Richards/status/984503849045151744
Ok, someone on Reddit reported seeing a core today near the Cape. This is likely B1046 arriving.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: 2008rlctx on 04/19/2018 01:52 PM
Block 5 Core on McGregor test stand, 4/18/18, shot with cell phone camera.
Assumed to be B1047 unless someone has a different assumption.
Edit: This image is right side up on my screen...don't know why it appears upside down on here.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 04/20/2018 08:36 PM
If my calculations are correct, there is a high chance that a new core 1048 is leaving Hawthorne somewhere this week, maybe next.
This is speculation and based on expected production pace.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 04/22/2018 03:25 PM
https://www.facebook.com/groups/spacexgroup/permalink/10156531268366318/ (https://www.facebook.com/groups/spacexgroup/permalink/10156531268366318/)

Core spotted leaving cape...
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: pb2000 on 04/22/2018 05:07 PM
I think there are only 3 cores unaccounted for, but who knows which one and why (but I added my guesses).
1031 (Only way this makes sense is for storage in Texas or display somewhere)
1035 (Refit for the inflight abort test? Display? other 3rd flight?)
1042 (Done refurbishment and now being moved to the west coast?)
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Mccrase on 04/22/2018 10:48 PM
If I can be at all useful, I think this core was in the hangar 39a east lane Friday morning wrapped and strapped to a trailer ready to go.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vaporcobra on 04/22/2018 11:30 PM
If I can be at all useful, I think this core was in the hangar 39a east lane Friday morning wrapped and strapped to a trailer ready to go.

In that case, it has to be the booster shown here, unless 1046 is being returned to sender.

An additional sooty booster seen inside 39A's HIF on Feb 20th, opposite of B1023. Really not sure what core it is, but I'm relatively confident it's been in there for more than two months.

Try to ignore the forehead...

(https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=42977.0;attach=1479563;image)

I genuinely have no clue whatsoever what core it is.
Title: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 04/23/2018 09:48 AM
I agree, it is a complete mystery which core it is, that supposedly left the Cape...
List of currently existing cores on East Coast:
- 1021-2 SES-10, 1st Re-Use!  --> Has been given to Airforce to go in Display
- 1023-2 FH Demo Side Core (7th re-use)
- 1025-2 FH Demo Side Core (8th re-use)
- 1029-2 BulgariaSat-1 @AM 2nd re-use --> Has been given to KSC Visitor Center
- 1031-2 CRS-10, SES-11 (3rd re-use)
- 1035-2 CRS-11, CRS13 (4th re-use)
- 1042-1 KoreaSat-5A --> Seemingly perfect candidate for Inflight Abort...
- 1046-1 --> Just arrived and very unlikely to return to McGregor.. Unless something is wrong and just discovered.

It seems 1023 and 1025 are not it, as the photo's do not show the distinguishing bulge of a FH Side core..
1021 and 1029 are to go on display and I guess the AirForce one will go on display somewhere at the Cape...

So remaining:
- 1031-2 CRS-10, SES-11 (3rd re-use)
- 1035-2 CRS-11, CRS13 (4th re-use)
- 1042-1 KoreaSat-5A --> Seemingly perfect candidate for Inflight Abort...

Wasn't 1031 linked to a core seen recently in front of LC39A-HIF?

Edit: copy past error mission 1042
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: scr00chy on 04/23/2018 10:30 AM
I agree, it is a complete mystery which core it is, that supposedly left the Cape...
List of currently existing cores on East Coast:
- 1021-2 SES-10, 1st Re-Use!  --> Has been given to Airforce to go in Display
- 1023-2 FH Demo Side Core (7th re-use)
- 1025-2 FH Demo Side Core (8th re-use)
- 1029-2 BulgariaSat-1 @AM 2nd re-use --> Has been given to KSC Visitor Center
- 1031-2 CRS-10, SES-11 (3rd re-use)
- 1035-2 CRS-11, CRS13 (4th re-use)
- 1042-1 OTV-5 --> Seemingly perfect candidate for Inflight Abort...
- 1046-1 --> Just arrived and very unlikely to return to McGregor.. Unless something is wrong and just discovered.

It seems 1023 and 1025 are not it, as the photo's do not show the distinguishing bulge of a FH Side core..
1021 and 1029 are to go on display and I guess the AirForce one will go on display somewhere at the Cape...

So remaining:
- 1031-2 CRS-10, SES-11 (3rd re-use)
- 1035-2 CRS-11, CRS13 (4th re-use)
- 1042-1 OTV-5 --> Seemingly perfect candidate for Inflight Abort...

Wasn't 1031 linked to a core seen recently in front of LC39A-HIF?

1042 is KoreaSat 5A, not OTV-5.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vaporcobra on 04/23/2018 11:15 PM
Not a Falcon, but one of the Cargo Dragon articles/mockups stored at the docks has been moved to Mr Steven's berth in the last few days. Photo from Pauline Acalin :)
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Mccrase on 04/23/2018 11:28 PM
I have a source saying the core spotted on a westward transit yesterdqy is 1031.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vaporcobra on 04/23/2018 11:34 PM
I have a source saying the core spotted on a westward transit yesterdqy is 1031.

Curious. Perhaps it's related to Shotwell's TED2018 statement that SpaceX wants to turn a large portion of mothballed hardware into "monuments."
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: cppetrie on 04/23/2018 11:58 PM
I have a source saying the core spotted on a westward transit yesterdqy is 1031.

Curious. Perhaps it's related to Shotwell's TED2018 statement that SpaceX wants to turn a large portion of mothballed hardware into "monuments."
Johnson Space Center in Houston or Smithsonian seem like logical destinations for ‘monuments’.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: IanThePineapple on 04/24/2018 01:01 AM
I have a source saying the core spotted on a westward transit yesterdqy is 1031.

Curious. Perhaps it's related to Shotwell's TED2018 statement that SpaceX wants to turn a large portion of mothballed hardware into "monuments."
Johnson Space Center in Houston or Smithsonian seem like logical destinations for ‘monuments’.

The Smithsonian famously wanted SpaceX to pay for the exhibit themselves, so I don't think that's an option unless attitudes have changed. VAFB would also be a reasonable choice.

Vandy has F9R Dev 2 just sitting there, soooo...

But the Smithsonian also has the space issue, it's packed inside both their Air&Space museums. Of course they could add on to them or put it outside (But it does get stormy and snowy there often)

We're getting kinda off-topic here, so I think we should move this conversation to a general discussion thread.
Title: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 04/25/2018 08:50 AM
Mystery booster heading West seen on I-12 on April, 23rd 9:11-ish, per reddit post by user matorolgnika:

https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/8eh325/that_mystery_booster_spotted_heading_westbound/?st=JGEUWTQH&sh=5acc7fb9 (https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/8eh325/that_mystery_booster_spotted_heading_westbound/?st=JGEUWTQH&sh=5acc7fb9)

“Hey guys! Remember that [mystery booster]( https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/8e2viu/unknown_booster_spotted_leaving_the_cape/) that was spotted yesterday?

It passed me this morning as I was commuting along Interstate-12 to class at my university. I was just before the Holden(It's a town, look it up) exit(mile marker 29) heading eastbound when I saw the police escorts coming down the other side heading westbound. I wasn't sure what it was until probably about half a mile was between us.

I run with a dash cam, so I have video of the booster rocking westbound on the other side, but fair warning, I was a bit enthusiastic and slightly profane at finally seeing one on the road. lol

I drive this route multiple times a week and had a theory the cores went through my area. Today confirmed that.

Ignore the timestamp in the video as well, as it’s an hour behind. Silly Daylight Savings.
The spotting occurred about 9:11ish this morning(April, 23rd.)

As for the video, tread at your own peril and maybe have a laugh at me: [Matoro's Nerd Moment of the Day](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c44yB87dvx8&feature=youtu.be)

EDIT: Okay I don't know which one of you lovely people did it, but thanks for the gold! <3”
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vaporcobra on 04/29/2018 02:03 AM
Looks like B1045 was just taking a quick break at 39A ;D Per Don, it's now at Hangar EO (April 27), previously spotted entering the 39A HIF on the 24th by Reddit /u/NewRage.

https://twitter.com/astro_DonThomas/status/989982896525119493


Edit: ehhhh. Pretty sure this isn't B1045 per the soot patterns and wrapped octaweb, as well as the flipped perspective of the SpaceX logo. More likely that this is the booster that was on display at CCAFS last week.

Edit 2: Also definitely not B1021 per the soot patterns. Next best guess (per Don's suggestion that it's preparing for another flight) is B1040 completing refurb before SES-12.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: tleski on 05/04/2018 01:39 PM
https://www.instagram.com/p/BiVG1svA9Yd/?taken-by=elonmusk

B1047 Horizontal.
Edit: changed "1047" to "B1047" for indexing purposes.

It is in fact B1046.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: HeartofGold2030 on 05/04/2018 01:49 PM
Correct.

edit/gongora:  I assume this is the source: https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/8gz02a/oc_block_5_on_the_pad_for_todays_static_fire_test/
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: gongora on 05/04/2018 02:31 PM
This thread is for tracking the movements of cores.  We know what core it is and where it is.  Further discussion should be in the Bangabandhu-1 mission threads (or maybe the Block 5 thread if discussing a point about the new booster design).
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 05/10/2018 02:17 PM
A Falcon Heavy side booster, block 3, makes an appearance with the first block 5.

Cross-posting.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 05/12/2018 02:20 PM
I am really hoping for some core movement now the Bangabandhu launch was successful.
1048 should be finished by now, might even have been ready for some time even. Who knows..
1047 for sure has been much longer at McGregor then expected, so not sure what might be the hold up.
Some possibilities (pure speculation):
- They want to first dissect 1046
- They we’re waiting for a successful launch
- NASA requires them to proof 1047 to be exactly identically build like 1046 and that requires a lot of additional inspection at McGregor

Anyone with maybe some other ideas?

Anyway, keep an eye out for cores being transported...
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: HeartofGold2030 on 05/12/2018 03:39 PM
I am really hoping for some core movement now the Bangabandhu launch was successful.
1048 should be finished by now, might even have been ready for some time even. Who knows..
1047 for sure has been much longer at McGregor then expected, so not sure what might be the hold up.
Some possibilities (pure speculation):
- They want to first dissect 1046
- They we’re waiting for a successful launch
- NASA requires them to proof 1047 to be exactly identically build like 1046 and that requires a lot of additional inspection at McGregor

Anyone with maybe some other ideas?

Anyway, keep an eye out for cores being transported...

I think it's likely they've just gone under our radar due to all the excitement around yesterday's launch; 1046 got to the Cape from McGregor without anyone noticing, we only knew it was there when it was announced at the TESS pre-launch conference. So it's not unthinkable that this could be the case for the others.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: IanThePineapple on 05/13/2018 08:22 PM
Some new info from Matt Desch:

Quote
Yes, it [Iridium-7] will be Block 5.
Source: https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/995693917717827585 (https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/995693917717827585)

EDIT: He doesn't know the core number
Source: https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/995761202440663045 (https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/995761202440663045)

So what core can it be... :)
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: gongora on 05/13/2018 08:45 PM
Some new info from Matt Desch:

Quote
Yes, it [Iridium-7] will be Block 5.
Source: https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/995693917717827585 (https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/995693917717827585)

EDIT: He doesn't know the core number
Source: https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/995761202440663045 (https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/995761202440663045)

So what core can it be... :)

Not really new info.  It was already expected to be a new Block 5.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: IanThePineapple on 05/13/2018 09:23 PM
Some new info from Matt Desch:

Quote
Yes, it [Iridium-7] will be Block 5.
Source: https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/995693917717827585 (https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/995693917717827585)

EDIT: He doesn't know the core number
Source: https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/995761202440663045 (https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/995761202440663045)

So what core can it be... :)

Not really new info.  It was already expected to be a new Block 5.

It's a confirmation, though.

If someone confirmed it was Block 5 before, I must have missed it, sorry.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: scr00chy on 05/13/2018 09:36 PM
Some new info from Matt Desch:

Quote
Yes, it [Iridium-7] will be Block 5.
Source: https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/995693917717827585 (https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/995693917717827585)

EDIT: He doesn't know the core number
Source: https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/995761202440663045 (https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/995761202440663045)

So what core can it be... :)

Not really new info.  It was already expected to be a new Block 5.

It's a confirmation, though.

If someone confirmed it was Block 5 before, I must have missed it, sorry.
This is the second time Desch confirmed it (https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/983523933482872832).
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: IanThePineapple on 05/14/2018 01:16 AM
Some new info from Matt Desch:

Quote
Yes, it [Iridium-7] will be Block 5.
Source: https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/995693917717827585 (https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/995693917717827585)

EDIT: He doesn't know the core number
Source: https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/995761202440663045 (https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/995761202440663045)

So what core can it be... :)

Not really new info.  It was already expected to be a new Block 5.

It's a confirmation, though.

If someone confirmed it was Block 5 before, I must have missed it, sorry.
This is the second time Desch confirmed it (https://twitter.com/IridiumBoss/status/983523933482872832).

Ok, thanks for the correction!
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: rory on 05/30/2018 03:04 PM
Likely 1047 spotted en route to the Cape.

https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/8n950t/block_5_this_one_is_headed_south_parked_at_the/
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: RocketLover0119 on 06/10/2018 12:25 AM
Previously flown core spotted at McGregor, hard to tell from the quality of the photo which core it may be.

https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/8po6cr/drove_by_mcgregor_today_and_spotted_this/
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vanoord on 06/10/2018 05:46 PM
Best guess there is that it's 1031, but there's no real reason for it to be there unless it's for testing or component recovery.

There is a better photo of it in L2, incidentally ;)
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Alexphysics on 06/10/2018 06:04 PM
Could you please link the picture of it on L2 for those of us who have access to it and are lazy? xD

Btw, B1048 has been spotted heading to McGregor on the I-20 in Abilene, TX.

https://teslamotorsclub.com/tmc/threads/just-saw-a-falcon-9-passing-through-jal-nm.117355/#post-2796450
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Michael Baylor on 06/10/2018 10:18 PM
Could you please link the picture of it on L2 for those of us who have access to it and are lazy? xD

Btw, B1048 has been spotted heading to McGregor on the I-20 in Abilene, TX.

https://teslamotorsclub.com/tmc/threads/just-saw-a-falcon-9-passing-through-jal-nm.117355/#post-2796450
He said it was heading west in a later reply. That would mean that it's leaving McGregor and heading to Vandenberg for Iridium-7.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: gongora on 06/10/2018 10:27 PM
Could you please link the picture of it on L2 for those of us who have access to it and are lazy? xD

Btw, B1048 has been spotted heading to McGregor on the I-20 in Abilene, TX.

https://teslamotorsclub.com/tmc/threads/just-saw-a-falcon-9-passing-through-jal-nm.117355/#post-2796450
He said it was heading west in a later reply. That would mean that it's leaving McGregor and heading to Vandenberg for Iridium-7.

He said West, but he also said he saw it pass and called a friend in a city to the EAST to take the picture.  And later mentions hearing it passed through another city farther East towards McGregor.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Alexphysics on 06/10/2018 10:35 PM
It happens a lot that people mix East and West. It actually happens everytime there's a sighting of a core and it's unlikely there's a core now heading to Vandy since 1047 has already left McGregor towards the Cape. The best guess is that this is 1048 being transported from Hawthorne to McGregor and the poster just made that mistake. It would be nice to ask him again about where it was heading. Anyways, the opening of the post (and the picture) says he saw it in Jal, New Mexico and that by 9am the booster was spotted on the I-20 in Abilene, Texas (that's what he actually says on the message I posted), so it was clearly moving east, not west.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 06/11/2018 07:48 AM
It happens a lot that people mix East and West. It actually happens everytime there's a sighting of a core and it's unlikely there's a core now heading to Vandy since 1047 has already left McGregor towards the Cape. The best guess is that this is 1048 being transported from Hawthorne to McGregor and the poster just made that mistake. It would be nice to ask him again about where it was heading. Anyways, the opening of the post (and the picture) says he saw it in Jal, New Mexico and that by 9am the booster was spotted on the I-20 in Abilene, Texas (that's what he actually says on the message I posted), so it was clearly moving east, not west.

There is a chance this actually is 1049 and 1048 has not been spotted while being transported to McGregor. 
There was a sighting of a core on the test stand just before 1047 left McGregor. And the conclusion by me was that it was too little time to have it taken of the stand and get it ready for transport, thus it being 1048 that was seen then.
Also it would fit the 2-week cadence that was mentioned in Gwynn’s interview.
On the other hand, this core was spotted several times, so transporting a core unnoticed is also unlikely, although it did happen before I believe.
Time will tell.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 06/13/2018 06:27 PM
Quote
SpaceX’s third Block 5 rocket heads to Texas test site as launch marathon nears

A SpaceX Falcon 9 – almost certainly the third Block 5 booster to leave the company’s factory – was spotted passing through New Mexico on the last leg of its trip from California to Texas. Although the shipment is a great sign, it begs the question of how exactly SpaceX plans to launch its next six launches penciled in for July and August.

https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-falcon-9-block-5-texas-static-fire-tests/
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vaporcobra on 06/13/2018 08:30 PM
Quote
SpaceX’s third Block 5 rocket heads to Texas test site as launch marathon nears

A SpaceX Falcon 9 – almost certainly the third Block 5 booster to leave the company’s factory – was spotted passing through New Mexico on the last leg of its trip from California to Texas. Although the shipment is a great sign, it begs the question of how exactly SpaceX plans to launch its next six launches penciled in for July and August.

https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-falcon-9-block-5-texas-static-fire-tests/

The two boosters spied in transport have already been covered here, just sans photos. But the critical paragraphs in that article are below:

Quote
After conducting routine static fire testing in McGregor, the booster spotted on Monday – B1048 – will likely be shipped West to Vandenberg Air Force Base for the first West coast Block 5 launch in mid-July. B1047, the second Block 5 booster to leave SpaceX’s Hawthorne factory, was spotted miles from Cape Canaveral, FL near the end of May, while B1046‘s early May launch marked the debut of Falcon 9 Block 5 and was expected to undergo several months of disassembly and analysis to ensure the rocket upgrade was functioning as intended. Based on previous patterns, the fourth Block 5 Falcon 9 booster – B1049 – should not be expected to ship from the factory to McGregor until late June or early July. Finally, the last orbital Block 4 booster (B1045) will conduct its second and final launch in the last few days of June, currently NET June 29.

Put simply, B1049 is unlikely to arrive at its first launch site until mid or late July and can thus be taken out of the July running. B1045 will be (presumably) expended after launch, also taking it out of the running for future launches. B1048 will almost certainly travel to Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) for its first launch in July, effectively ruling out its availability for other July and August launches. Furthermore, Iridium’s CEO Matt Desch has stated that both Iridium-7 and Iridium-8 are expected to launch on unflown boosters. Fundamentally, this leaves two Block 5 boosters readily available for four loosely scheduled July and August launches on the East Coast.

Focusing on July’s schedule as it currently stands, B1047 would be required to launch two high-energy geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) missions in as few as two weeks. The nature of drone ship recoveries would cut the time available between the booster’s return to port and its second static fire to perhaps 5-10 days. In other words, there would be almost no time whatsoever for refurbishment, at least compared to the current prospective record of B1045, roughly 70 days between launches.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: gongora on 06/13/2018 08:49 PM
Personally I'm only expecting five launches in the third quarter, four from the Cape and one from Vandenberg.  I wouldn't get too worked up over booster availability yet.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: edkyle99 on 06/13/2018 09:01 PM
So much focus on the first stages, when it is second stage and fairing delivery that really signals that a launch is approaching.  They are driven down the highways as well.

 - Ed Kyle
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: gongora on 06/13/2018 09:06 PM
So much focus on the first stages, when it is second stage and fairing delivery that really signals that a launch is approaching.  They are driven down the highways as well.

 - Ed Kyle

Those are seldom reported though.  The first stage is big enough to attract attention.
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: vaporcobra on 06/13/2018 09:18 PM
So much focus on the first stages, when it is second stage and fairing delivery that really signals that a launch is approaching.  They are driven down the highways as well.

 - Ed Kyle

Those are seldom reported though.  The first stage is big enough to attract attention.

Yeah, spottings are unbelievably rare for fairings and second stages. But just numbers-wise, neither are a bottleneck if there are no boosters available.

And I firmly agree for August and beyond, though I think it's safe to start thinking about July logistics at this point. Mainly just some informed speculation that suggests a 90% chance of significant delays to several launches, 10% chance of a wild push for rapid Block 5 reflights. We all know where the safe bet lies, sadly...
Title: Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Alexphysics on 06/13/2018 10:31 PM
I think they could reuse B1046 on the Telstar 18V mission, that one is practically on August at this time and I could only see one more flight happenning before the end of summer, probably by the end of August and from the Cape, the Telkom 4 mission, which could use B1049 if it's ready at that time. I can see them reusing B1047 for Es'hail 2 which is looking like NET September, that's aproximately a two-month time between flights that, for Block 5, seems pretty conservative (but obviously they're now on the first few Block 5 boosters, so it's normal to see long turnaround times at first). They're going to delay lots of missions that were scheduled for this summer but, at least from the Cape, they could increase the launch cadence reusing these first Block 5 boosters. Who knows what will happen, it will be interesting one way or another.
Title: SpaceX Core Spotting
Post by: Jakusb on 06/13/2018 10:39 PM
I am still keeping open the possibility we never have spotted 1048 traveling to McGregor. And thus this latest core being 1049...
It would fit the required schedule they need to keep in order to get to the expected 14 new cores this year..

If this is 1048, it is rather late. Even later then 1047 and 1046! That does *not* make sense, as they would pick up speed and not get slower...

In the end we will only know for sure when someone manages to snap a quality picture of the top of the stage... such a small number unfortunately, sigh.

Edit: not