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Offline mgeagon

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I think the term "core" in this context means the center booster. I agree that until customers start using high-energy returned boosters in a single stick launch, Falcon Heavy might be the only avenue to reuse some of the flight proven block 3s and 4s. It seems economically unlikely that all three boosters in the Demo 2 mission will be block 5s.
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Spaceflight Now has updated their launch schedule, putting STP-2 NET June 2018.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon Heavy : STP-2 mission : LC-39A : mid 2018
« Reply #202 on: 01/01/2018 06:05 PM »
Spaceflight Now has updated their launch schedule, putting STP-2 NET June 2018.
Isnít the most likely reason the much later launch of FH-Demo? 6 months to:
- review all launch data
- review all FH Demo hardware (safely landed in one piece)
- adjust design where needed
- build brand new improved block 5 center core
- build OR convert 2 side cores

All given a successful flight of FH Demo...

Spaceflight Now has updated their launch schedule, putting STP-2 NET June 2018.
Isnít the most likely reason the much later launch of FH-Demo? 6 months to:
- review all launch data
- review all FH Demo hardware (safely landed in one piece)
- adjust design where needed
- build brand new improved block 5 center core
- build OR convert 2 side cores

All given a successful flight of FH Demo...

I'm wondering whether they'll reuse the center core and perhaps the two side cores.

If not I'd guess they'd convert two B4 cores for boosters, and 1 B5 for center. Just a guess.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon Heavy : STP-2 mission : LC-39A : mid 2018
« Reply #204 on: 01/01/2018 06:19 PM »
The vehicle for this flight should be all new Block 5 cores.

The vehicle for this flight should be all new Block 5 cores.

Ah, nice!
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