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Spacex hasn't launched a booster for a third time yet.  Will they do it in 2018?  How many times?

1
8 (8.4%)
2
12 (12.6%)
3
23 (24.2%)
4
11 (11.6%)
5
11 (11.6%)
6
7 (7.4%)
7
3 (3.2%)
8
3 (3.2%)
9
1 (1.1%)
10
7 (7.4%)
11
0 (0%)
12
2 (2.1%)
13
0 (0%)
14
2 (2.1%)
15
0 (0%)
16
0 (0%)
17
0 (0%)
18
1 (1.1%)
19
0 (0%)
20
0 (0%)
More than 20!!!
2 (2.1%)
None. No booster will be reused a second time in 2018 (launched a third time)
2 (2.1%)

Total Members Voted: 95

Voting closed: 01/12/2018 02:29 PM


Author Topic: POLL: Number of times Spacex will reuse a stage for a second time in 2018  (Read 1540 times)

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Will we have to wait for Block V for a second reuse?

Cross references

Main number of launches poll:         
- http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=43942
Number of successful landings poll:
- http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=44407
« Last Edit: 12/13/2017 02:35 PM by Lar »

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5 is way too few for an upper bound, also you omitted 0 as a choice.  Also your end date isn't standard, way too short. Also you didn't crosslink other polls. Also the name doesn't match convention.

Changed end date to be about 30 days out, added some choices, renamed poll to match convention (all polls go in the Polls section and start with "POLL:", added crosslink to landed stages poll.

Interesting poll. My vote is 7 since I voted 25 successful landings and 30 flights.
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Maybe I misunderstood, but I thought this poll was asking if in 2018 we'd see the 3rd/4th/5th flight of the SAME Booster.

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Maybe I misunderstood, but I thought this poll was asking if in 2018 we'd see the 3rd/4th/5th flight of the SAME Booster.
no, parse it again...
"reuse a stage for a second time"  == 3 flights on one booster, initial and two reuses
"number of times SpaceX will" == how many boosters will get to do this.

So far NO booster has flown a third time. Some statements have indicated that for block 3 and 4, 3 is the max.
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I voted 2. Various factors:

- I donít think it will happen until block 5
- First block 5 flight in Feb/March
- I think at least 40% of flights will be new boosters
- Guessing itíll be Q3 before gap between uses of same booster is less than 2 months

So Iím guessing a small number of boosters thatíll have time to get 3 flights into 2018

Offline ZachS09

My opinion is that only boosters that have flown two LEO missions are eligible for a second reflight.

With that being said, I'm going guess seven of these instances will occur next year.
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My opinion is that only boosters that have flown two LEO missions are eligible for a second reflight.

With that being said, I'm going guess seven of these instances will occur next year.
2018 is the year of Block 5 which I suspect should be reusable on virtually any recoverable mission.
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One booster will fly 4 times (likely first Block 5), so that's 2 flights more than second time.
Two additional boosters will fly a third time, one block 5 and one previous block (either Iridium Next or CRS-xx).
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I picked 3 and I think that is slightly aggressive.

They have to introduce the Block 5, recover, study, reuse then reuse a booster for the 3rd time for the first time.

If they manage to reach 3 it might be late in 2018.  But they thatís only a year away and we have plenty to entertain ourselves with, FH, Dragon 2, block 5, high flight rate, star link and flying electric cars.

Edit: luckily the existing stock of used Block 3ís give them a head start and on number of launches.
« Last Edit: 12/24/2017 02:49 AM by wannamoonbase »
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After Iridium 4, we can be pretty confident that the remaining block IIIs will only fly twice.

Do we know whether block IVs will fly three times? If they will and SpaceX doesn't have to wait for block V, then I think we would see more third flights in 2018.

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My vote is four. It may a little high, but I underestimated SpaceX in 2017.

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The title was confusing! You saidĒ reuse a second timeĒ and I thought it was USE a second time so I guessed 12. Likely way too high. My own fault for not carefully reading the question before voting.
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The only stage type that will re-fly 2+ times is the Block V
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The *first* block V has not flown yet, but is due rather soon.

I believe by end of 2018 we will have a nice stable of returned Block V first stages,
a (small) handful of stages that have flown a second time,
but none that will get launched a third time.
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The limitation here is not the ability to re-fly, but the timezone since the first flight,
and the introduction of Block V preventing "older" models from being tested to third flight.
« Last Edit: 12/30/2017 01:24 AM by Pete »

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Twice

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