Author Topic: SpaceX use of the SPIF (Spacecraft Processing and Integration Facility)  (Read 76987 times)

Offline Jim

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Thought I would start a thread on this.  I will provide info I have on the SPIF from the past, in addition to photos.

Looks like they are processing the Dragon in one of the integration cells.

Edit/Lar:  The SPIF is attached to the SMAB

Satellite Processing and Integration Facility
Solid Motor Assembly Building
« Last Edit: 08/03/2014 02:51 pm by Lar »

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Re: Spacex use of the SPIF
« Reply #1 on: 04/19/2014 08:59 pm »
Here is a integration cell being used for STS-44, DSP on an IUS


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Re: Spacex use of the SPIF
« Reply #2 on: 04/19/2014 09:00 pm »
Here is the SMAB, the SPIF is located in the west side.
« Last Edit: 04/19/2014 09:00 pm by Jim »

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Re: Spacex use of the SPIF
« Reply #3 on: 04/19/2014 09:13 pm »
Here is the SMAB, the SPIF is located in the west side.

And the acronyms mean...?

Also, if you could say why this is significant for those of us that are unfamiliar with this.
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Re: Spacex use of the SPIF
« Reply #4 on: 04/19/2014 09:19 pm »
Shuttle/POCC Interface Facility?

Spacecraft Planetary Imaging Facility?
« Last Edit: 04/19/2014 09:25 pm by docmordrid »
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Offline Chris Bergin

Re: SpaceX use of the SPIF
« Reply #5 on: 04/19/2014 09:20 pm »
Yeah, if you could add that to the opening post, Jim - that would be helpful.
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Re: SpaceX use of the SPIF
« Reply #6 on: 04/19/2014 09:31 pm »
Satellite Processing and Integration Facility
Solid Motor Assembly Building

Offline wkann

Re: SpaceX use of the SPIF
« Reply #7 on: 04/19/2014 09:33 pm »
SpaceX had to get a good deal on using the SPIF. I cant see them using it otherwise. Compared to how they processed Dragon before in the hanger at SLC-40, there seems to be way more infrastructure in the SPIF than they need -which would just cost more to maintain.

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Re: SpaceX use of the SPIF
« Reply #8 on: 04/19/2014 09:43 pm »
SpaceX had to get a good deal on using the SPIF. I cant see them using it otherwise. Compared to how they processed Dragon before in the hanger at SLC-40, there seems to be way more infrastructure in the SPIF than they need -which would just cost more to maintain.

Ah, so SpaceX is using the SPIF for processing Dragon, which let's them focus their building next to SLC-40 for just Falcon related activities.  Which means they have to transport the Dragon back over to SLC-40 somehow - on a flatbed?
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Re: SpaceX use of the SPIF
« Reply #9 on: 04/19/2014 09:43 pm »
Jim
thanks for the follow up posts ..saves me from doing the research.  Learning stuff every day on here!!
How long would it take to process the dragon there?  Was surprised how close it was to slc-40
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Re: SpaceX use of the SPIF
« Reply #10 on: 04/19/2014 09:57 pm »
I have to look up these acronyms too. My best guess:

SPIF    Shuttle/POCC Interface Facility
POCC  Payload Operations Control Center


SPIF    Spacecraft Processing and Integration Facility (as per Jim later)

SMAB  Solid Motor Assembly Building

DSP     Deep Space Probe
IUS      Intermediate Upper Stage (and that leads to what other types of upper stages?)


Ahh, I see I am corrected below.
DSP    Defense Support Satellite
IUS     Inertial Upper Stage
« Last Edit: 04/20/2014 05:08 pm by Roy_H »
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Re: SpaceX use of the SPIF
« Reply #11 on: 04/19/2014 10:08 pm »
DSP Defense Support Satellite, IUS Inertial Upper Stage

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Re: SpaceX use of the SPIF
« Reply #12 on: 04/19/2014 10:11 pm »
Jim
thanks for the follow up posts ..saves me from doing the research.  Learning stuff every day on here!!
How long would it take to process the dragon there?  Was surprised how close it was to slc-40
jb

Could you provide a map?
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Re: SpaceX use of the SPIF
« Reply #13 on: 04/19/2014 10:18 pm »
Ah, so SpaceX is using the SPIF for processing Dragon, which let's them focus their building next to SLC-40 for just Falcon related activities.

I thought they did some satellite processing at SLC-40. Maybe they will move all spacecraft processing to the Satellite Processing and Integration Facility now.

Which means they have to transport the Dragon back over to SLC-40 somehow - on a flatbed?

I'm guessing they used a KAMAG to move Dragon since they have already used it with SES.

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Re: SpaceX use of the SPIF
« Reply #14 on: 04/19/2014 10:20 pm »
Jim
thanks for the follow up posts ..saves me from doing the research.  Learning stuff every day on here!!
How long would it take to process the dragon there?  Was surprised how close it was to slc-40
jb

Could you provide a map?

https://maps.google.com/?ll=28.543317,-80.590824&spn=0.002302,0.004128&t=h&z=19

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Re: SpaceX use of the SPIF
« Reply #15 on: 04/19/2014 10:24 pm »
Dragon and its trunk appear to be mated in the SPIF image.  Are they subsequently transported in this mated configuration to SLC 40?  Vertical or horizontal during transport?

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Re: SpaceX use of the SPIF
« Reply #16 on: 04/19/2014 10:50 pm »
Dragon and its trunk appear to be mated in the SPIF image.  Are they subsequently transported in this mated configuration to SLC 40?  Vertical or horizontal during transport?

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Presumably it is transported vertical. The SpaceX caption to the image below is "Dragon is rotated to be mated with Falcon 9", and it seems to match images from previous Dragon/Falcon matings. Dragon does not appear to go horizontal until it is rotated with the special crane rig and mated with F9.
« Last Edit: 04/19/2014 10:51 pm by Lars_J »

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Re: SpaceX use of the SPIF
« Reply #17 on: 04/19/2014 11:39 pm »
Jim
thanks for the follow up posts ..saves me from doing the research.  Learning stuff every day on here!!
How long would it take to process the dragon there?  Was surprised how close it was to slc-40
jb

Could you provide a map?

https://maps.google.com/?ll=28.543317,-80.590824&spn=0.002302,0.004128&t=h&z=19
Thanks
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Re: SpaceX use of the SPIF
« Reply #18 on: 04/19/2014 11:46 pm »
images from previous Dragon/Falcon matings.
Yes, dragons still mate with falcons horizontally.  Makes a loud mix of soprano and baritone.
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Re: SpaceX use of the SPIF
« Reply #19 on: 04/20/2014 04:48 am »
Satellite Processing and Integration Facility
Solid Motor Assembly Building

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