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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #40 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 heading east west towards McGregor for its post-conversion firing.

Edit: east --> west
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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #41 on: 08/20/2017 08:03 PM »
In related news, 1025.2 was finally just spotted heading east towards McGregor for its post-conversion firing.

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

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #42 on: 08/20/2017 08:44 PM »
In related news, 1025.2 was finally just spotted heading east towards McGregor for its post-conversion firing.

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

West, OP just clarified in the Reddit thread.

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #43 on: 08/24/2017 08:11 PM »
And this is a good reminder that just because one of your fellow space enthusiasts occasionally voices doubts about the SpaceX schedule announcements or is cautious about believing SpaceX has licked a problem before actually seeing proof that's true, it doesn't mean they hate SpaceX.

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #44 on: 08/25/2017 08:55 AM »
Presumably CRS-12 / B1039 ?

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #45 on: 08/28/2017 09:40 AM »
Presumably CRS-12 / B1039 ?

Most likely indeed (as in 99,99% sure)

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #46 on: 08/31/2017 11:22 AM »
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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #47 on: 09/04/2017 04:13 PM »
And this is a good reminder that just because one of your fellow space enthusiasts occasionally voices doubts about the SpaceX schedule announcements or is cautious about believing SpaceX has licked a problem before actually seeing proof that's true, it doesn't mean they hate SpaceX.

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #48 on: 09/04/2017 04:45 PM »
I guess those are cores that won't be used in actual launches.
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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #49 on: 09/04/2017 04:55 PM »
I guess those are cores that won't be used in actual launches.

Theyíve been preliminarily identified as 1029.2 and 1032.1, so retirement would be a good guess for their outcomes.

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #50 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).

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #51 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.
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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #52 on: 09/05/2017 07:53 PM »
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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 heading west, so it's probably on its way to VAFB for Iridium-3.

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #53 on: 09/05/2017 11:51 PM »
Transport X-37B in fairing to LC-39A HIF



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 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.

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #54 on: 09/06/2017 12:00 AM »
Transport X-37B in fairing to LC-39A HIF



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 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 thatís up for interpretation. We havenít 1023.2 leave 39A, so thatís what I assumed it was.

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #55 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.

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #56 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 thereís a mystery F9 at 39A.

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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #57 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.
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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #58 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?
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Re: SpaceX Core Spotting
« Reply #59 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.).

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