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Offline JimNtexas

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #80 on: 12/15/2014 05:51 am »
Right now you can get a lot closer than a mile to the Grasshopper/F9Rdev1 pad.

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #81 on: 12/15/2014 08:22 pm »
Right now you can get a lot closer than a mile to the Grasshopper/F9Rdev1 pad.
About 2,630 feet, to be more exact, which is where I took this photo back in June. Thanks for the tip, Jim!

The videographers who caught the explosion were just over one mile away, along the east-west section of that stretch of road.
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #82 on: 12/15/2014 09:35 pm »
Near the Eagle Springs Baptist Church there is an abandoned windmill that is probably right at a mile away, only the tower is left.  If they close off the county road a brave person could climb up that tower and get a nice view of the hover pad.

Or you could ask the church to let you climb up on their roof!

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #83 on: 12/15/2014 09:40 pm »
Either way lets get a web cam! The Church has wi-fi shirley? A solemn donation from the church of NSF would see them ok...
Or is that not the way things go in the US of A?
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Something like this... You may be able to get better...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Foscam-FI9828W-Wireless-Outdoor-Camera/dp/B00HZR8VD4/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1418683444&sr=8-3&keywords=ip+camera+zoom
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #84 on: 12/16/2014 12:22 am »
Right now you can get a lot closer than a mile to the Grasshopper/F9Rdev1 pad.

While testing is going on?
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #85 on: 12/16/2014 01:04 am »
Right now you can get a lot closer than a mile to the Grasshopper/F9Rdev1 pad.

While testing is going on?

It wasn't aerial testing, but last September my wife and I managed to stumble up to the fence a few hundred yards from where an engine test was taking place.  Nobody was staking the place out...
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #86 on: 12/16/2014 01:11 am »
Near the Eagle Springs Baptist Church there is an abandoned windmill that is probably right at a mile away, only the tower is left.  If they close off the county road a brave person could climb up that tower and get a nice view of the hover pad.

Or you could ask the church to let you climb up on their roof!

hmmm, have a GPS location on this?

thinking one of my cam equipped drones....just add a clamping system and we have a nice spy drone 24-7
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #87 on: 12/16/2014 01:18 pm »
Near the Eagle Springs Baptist Church there is an abandoned windmill that is probably right at a mile away, only the tower is left.  If they close off the county road a brave person could climb up that tower and get a nice view of the hover pad.

Or you could ask the church to let you climb up on their roof!

hmmm, have a GPS location on this?

thinking one of my cam equipped drones....just add a clamping system and we have a nice spy drone 24-7

Oh God.  Please don't send up a drone there.  That'll be the end of close up viewing IMHO.  Just bring a telephoto instead.
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #88 on: 12/16/2014 04:41 pm »
This article indicates they have eleven test stands at McGregor already... and they are planning to double the employment there and add $46M worth of upgrades.  This will be an impressive test facility when these new additions are completed.
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #89 on: 12/16/2014 05:11 pm »
What does a Draco test stand look like?

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #90 on: 12/16/2014 06:34 pm »
Maybe helps:

Wired: Inside SpaceX’s Texas Rocket-Testing Facility
http://www.wired.com/2012/10/spacex-texas-rocket-test/?viewall=true
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #91 on: 12/16/2014 08:30 pm »
Near the Eagle Springs Baptist Church there is an abandoned windmill that is probably right at a mile away, only the tower is left.  If they close off the county road a brave person could climb up that tower and get a nice view of the hover pad.

Or you could ask the church to let you climb up on their roof!

hmmm, have a GPS location on this?

thinking one of my cam equipped drones....just add a clamping system and we have a nice spy drone 24-7

Oh God.  Please don't send up a drone there.  That'll be the end of close up viewing IMHO.  Just bring a telephoto instead.

Ok, we will just use the drone for transport.  Have the drone lock a cam up high for decent viewing.  Simple engineering solution 8)
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #92 on: 12/16/2014 08:48 pm »
What does a Draco test stand look like?

This video has both Merlin testing and SuperDraco 

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #93 on: 12/16/2014 08:50 pm »
Images taken today of McGregor facility. Nothing interesting happening but that is interesting in itself. https://imgur.com/a/cYksl

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #94 on: 12/16/2014 09:31 pm »
This video has both Merlin testing and SuperDraco

Sweet video! It does, however, make me sad that they were just testing an oxygen valve on the stand when I spent the day hanging out at the fence, instead of Merlins.
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #95 on: 01/03/2015 08:40 pm »
Anyone have eyes on the stand to see if there is another core ready for testing? McGregor is going to be a busy place this year if all goes to plan.

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #96 on: 01/04/2015 07:01 pm »
Per the twitter feed,

Waco McLennan Co OEM @WacoMclennanOEM  ·  Jan 2
SPACE X TEST More noticeable tests are scheduled for TUES 1/6 9AM-8PM. Bluebonnet closed @CaseRd periodically. Fields N, E & W off-limits

There is a core on the stand, I stopped off there yesterday. images are in L2.

John C
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #97 on: 01/05/2015 12:45 am »
Per the twitter feed,

Waco McLennan Co OEM @WacoMclennanOEM  ·  Jan 2
SPACE X TEST More noticeable tests are scheduled for TUES 1/6 9AM-8PM. Bluebonnet closed @CaseRd periodically. Fields N, E & W off-limits

There is a core on the stand, I stopped off there yesterday. images are in L2.

John C

I wonder if they might be testing F9R-dev2?  They don't normally put out so many warnings and closures for regular engine testing do they?  The last time I looked through that twitter feed it didn't appear that they were.

Look at the time warning.  They could be waiting till after the CRS-5 launch (tuesday at 5:30 am TX local time) to ensure that any failure related solely to the test doesn't effect the launch or messaging/branding like the F9R-dev1 failure did.   
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #98 on: 01/05/2015 01:07 am »
I can stop off on my way back from Dallas in the morning, if a F9r test were to occur I would expect it to be on the pad tomorrow.

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #99 on: 01/05/2015 03:07 am »
Based on timing and the fact that there is a new core on the big stand, I'd guess this is all-up testing of the DISCOVR core (for late Jan launch).


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