Author Topic: SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 - Dragon - CRS-4/SpX-4 - Sept 20, 2014 - DISCUSSION THREAD  (Read 242395 times)

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DISCUSSION THREAD

Falcon 9 v1.1/Dragon Launch September 19 (NET). <---Very unlikely now.

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Other threads for SpX-4:
SCRUB: SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 - CRS-4/SpX-4 DRAGON - Sept 20, 2014 - ATTEMPT 1
SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 - CRS-4/SpX-4 DRAGON - Sept 20, 2014 - LAUNCH/FD1-2
SpaceX CRS-4 Dragon - RNDZ, Berthing, ISS Ops - UPDATES
SpaceX Dragon CRS-4 (SpX-4) EOM (Unberth, Entry, Splashdown) UPDATES
SPX-4 Payload
The CRS-4/SpX-4 - So Long, and Thanks for All the Cheese - Party Thread

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SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 - CRS-4/SpX4 UPDATE THREAD:
TBA.

Party Thread:
After the ASIASAT-6

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Offline Razvan

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I thing there is one more piece of hardware that crs4 is going to take to ISS, another premiere, the coffee maker made specially for ISS guests by italian Lavazza

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I thing there is one more piece of hardware that crs4 is going to take to ISS, another premiere, the coffee maker made specially for ISS guests by italian Lavazza
Unless something has changed it will ride up in a Soyuz with italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, not CRS-4.
Space is not Highlander.  There can, and will, be more than one.

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I was at SpaceX in Hawthorne yesterday and saw a truck with a flatbed trailer pull out, carrying a large cubical stainless-steel looking crate labeled "Critical Space Hardware" - I've been wondering if it might not have been the Dragon spacecraft for CRS-4? (Although, now that I think about it, wouldn't a container with a Dragon inside be too wide to be street-legal?)
« Last Edit: 08/10/2014 05:51 AM by obi-wan »

Offline Shanuson

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Is Dragon not as wide as the rocket itself?

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Is Dragon not as wide as the rocket itself?
True, they do transport the first stage by truck, don't they? (Point of curiosity - anyone know how they move the second stage around? And is the interstage attached to the first stage or second stage for transport, or assembled at the launch site?)

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Slightly out of date status presented at the July 28 NAC meeting.

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http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/august/nasa-opens-media-accreditation-for-next-spacex-station-resupply-mission/

August 15, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY M14-136

NASA Opens Media Accreditation for Next SpaceX Station Resupply Mission

Media accreditation now is open for the launch of NASA’s next cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station by SpaceX. The Dragon spacecraft tentatively is scheduled to lift off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida no earlier than 2:38 a.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 19.

This will be SpaceX’s fourth cargo resupply servicing mission and will deliver nearly two tons of supplies, science experiments, and technology demonstrations to the space station.

Media events will take place at CCAFS and Kennedy Space Center in Florida. International media without U.S. citizenship must apply for credentials no later than 4:30 p.m. Aug. 22 to access CCAFS to cover prelaunch and launch activities. International media without U.S. citizenship who do not wish to attend events at the Air Force Station must apply by 4:30 p.m. Sept. 4 for access to Kennedy. The deadline for U.S. media is 4:30 p.m. Sept. 12. Late credential submissions will result in limited access to launch activities.

International journalists are required to submit a scanned copy of their "I" visa and passport. Green card holders must submit a scanned copy of their card. All scanned documents must be emailed to jennifer.p.horner@nasa.gov for credential request processing.

All media representatives must present two forms of legal, government identification to access Kennedy. One form must be a photo ID, such as a passport or driver's license.

Media accreditation requests need to be submitted online at:
https://media.ksc.nasa.gov
Questions about accreditation should be addressed to Jennifer Horner at jennifer.p.horner@nasa.gov, 321-867-6598 or 321-867-2468.

For more information about SpaceX’s commercial resupply missions, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/spacex

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Offline Stevenzop

Spotted this tweet yesterday...  :o

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Quote from: Dan Leone
Trading emails with @NASA PAO before labor day, learned that @SpaceX cargo mission still NET 9/19. Rocket and Dragon are at the launch site.

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No Earlier Than is what NET stands for. As in, I'm going to be a billionaire no earlier than tomorrow.
Chris  Whoever loves correction loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.

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Offline Stevenzop

No Earlier Than is what NET stands for. As in, I'm going to be a billionaire no earlier than tomorrow.

Yea granted, but I hadn't seen any confirmed reports of the rocket's arrival at the launch site yet.

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Spotted this tweet yesterday...  :o

Quote from: Dan Leone
Trading emails with @NASA PAO before labor day, learned that @SpaceX cargo mission still NET 9/19. Rocket and Dragon are at the launch site.

Would be nice, if they can pull it off. So, they may have the Dragon & trunk connected. Probably mostly loaded, aside from the late load items. 

Edit/Lar: fix quotes
« Last Edit: 09/03/2014 06:13 PM by Lar »

Offline nadreck

Chris as per http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/09/spacex-weekend-launch-asiasat-6/ says "sources note the Falcon 9 v1.1 tasked with this mission may not sport the landing legs required for such a landing attempt."

Does anyone else have any info on this?
It is all well and good to quote those things that made it past your confirmation bias that other people wrote, but this is a discussion board damnit! Let us know what you think! And why!

Offline TrevorMonty

Given SpaceX are fighting BO barge landing patent, we can assume a barge landing is not going happen for this flight. With no plans for a recovery why waste a set of legs on water landing.

Offline nadreck

Hmm, I can't believe that the BO patent issue would stop them from going ahead with it. I am not a patent lawyer but there hasn't been any order to stop them from going ahead, at worst they would have a court settlement in a law suit that has yet to happen of potentially a 'fair' license fee for doing on a barge what they are doing on land, and court costs and any punitive damages.

They have positioned themselves by protesting the patent. Punitive damages should be low to zero because of that.
It is all well and good to quote those things that made it past your confirmation bias that other people wrote, but this is a discussion board damnit! Let us know what you think! And why!

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Chris as per http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/09/spacex-weekend-launch-asiasat-6/ says "sources note the Falcon 9 v1.1 tasked with this mission may not sport the landing legs required for such a landing attempt."

Does anyone else have any info on this?

The reason of it discussed somewhere in the forum earlier is a core swapping between Asiasat and CRS - as I remember.

Online Chris Bergin

I've converted this into a discussion thread, given most of it is now. I'll set up an update thread tomorrow.

Very unlikely to be September 19, by the way.

Oh and Nadreck, no official reason given and no official confirmation (but that's what I'm being told. When I know more - past the rumors - I'll use that too).
« Last Edit: 09/03/2014 10:44 PM by Chris Bergin »

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Maybe there is nothing left to learn by putting the legs on, until they are ready for a hard-surface landing?

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 If they're ready to try precision landing, I'm sure the barge will have decent remote cameras on it and would be able to get a lot better videos of the stage coming down a few hundred yards off. That might have been the plan before an actual barge landing in the first place. In fact, placing a transponder, or whatever the booster homes in on, in the water before heading for the deck of a ship makes a lot of sense.

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