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Re: SpaceX core and second stage spotting
« Reply #80 on: 10/05/2017 05:28 am »
core spotted 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. ;)

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Re: SpaceX core and second stage spotting
« Reply #81 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

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Re: SpaceX core and second stage spotting
« Reply #82 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.
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Re: SpaceX core and second stage spotting
« Reply #83 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.

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Re: SpaceX core and second stage spotting
« Reply #84 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.

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Re: SpaceX core and second stage spotting
« Reply #85 on: 10/07/2017 07:03 am »
Nothing to see!  Just another used rocket, returned from flight.  Ho-hum! 

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Re: SpaceX core and second stage spotting
« Reply #86 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_/
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Re: SpaceX core and second stage spotting
« Reply #88 on: 10/26/2017 01:39 pm »
A F9 was spotted in Arizona. It should be B1044, going to McGregor
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Re: SpaceX core and second stage spotting
« Reply #89 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.


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Re: SpaceX core and second stage spotting
« Reply #90 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.
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Re: SpaceX core and second stage spotting
« Reply #91 on: 11/15/2017 08:56 pm »
A Rolling Stone piece on Musk today showed a used core in Hawthorne.

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Re: SpaceX core and second stage spotting
« Reply #92 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.

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Re: SpaceX core and second stage spotting
« Reply #93 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...

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Re: SpaceX core and second stage spotting
« Reply #94 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...! :)

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Re: SpaceX core and second stage spotting
« Reply #95 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.

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Re: SpaceX core and second stage spotting
« Reply #96 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.

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Re: SpaceX core and second stage spotting
« Reply #97 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.

Itís a current picture. Thatís not an Atlas V at SLC-41, itís the Delta IV for NROL-47 at SLC-6.

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Re: SpaceX core and second stage spotting
« Reply #98 on: 12/20/2017 09:43 pm »
Thoughts? Spotted on the move today.
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bc7xdQwHcHF/

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Re: SpaceX core and second stage spotting
« Reply #99 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.
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