Author Topic: SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 - SpX-6/CRS-6 DRAGON - Discussion Thread  (Read 424079 times)

Offline Lars-J

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Was it this flight meant to carry BEAM or the NDS adapter in the trunk?

No.
 - CRS-7: NDS 1
 - CRS-8: BEAM
 - CRS-9: NDS 2

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Was it this flight meant to carry BEAM or the NDS adapter in the trunk?

A (nearly) full history of the external payload maifest is available in L2.

Several external payloads have been scheduled for SpX-6.  IDA #1 was a possibility for a while.  BEAM was never listed on SpX-6. 
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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FYI CRS-6's liftoff is listed at http://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/ as April 10 at 5:42 pm Eastern (21:42 UTC). Daytime launch and fly-to-barge FTW!  8)
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FYI CRS-6's liftoff is listed at http://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/ as April 10 at 5:42 pm Eastern (21:42 UTC). Daytime launch and fly-to-barge FTW!  8)

maybe Chris can get more info; if true something in the schedule must give, my guess is the launch abort
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From Reddit, pics of crs-6 on test stand at mcgregor. Good for them but still behind L2  :P

http://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/2ydol6/did_a_driveby_yesterday/
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From Reddit, pics of crs-6 on test stand at mcgregor. Good for them but still behind L2  :P

http://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/2ydol6/did_a_driveby_yesterday/

Some interesting tank plumbing visible in the last of those pictures, plus apparent new construction on a stand?  Is that the Falcon Heavy test stand, and is there chilling/densification equipment among the tanks?

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The top of the stage on the stand looks... odd. Any idea what's up with that?

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The top of the stage on the stand looks... odd. Any idea what's up with that?

I thought it was the upper securing rig, holding the top of the stage in place.
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The top of the stage on the stand looks... odd. Any idea what's up with that?

You expected the top of the stage - containing at least some avionics boxes among other things - to be left open and exposed to the elements for days, without any temperature/humidity control?

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The top of the stage on the stand looks... odd. Any idea what's up with that?

I thought it was the upper securing rig, holding the top of the stage in place.

Yes, that appears to be exactly what it is.

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The top of the stage on the stand looks... odd. Any idea what's up with that?

You expected the top of the stage - containing at least some avionics boxes among other things - to be left open and exposed to the elements for days, without any temperature/humidity control?

No, but the picture (even the large one) was bit too unclear to really make out what it was, so I thought I'd ask :)

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Jeff Foust ‏@jeff_foust 2 hours ago

SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell confirms that SpaceX will attempt landing first stage on drone ship on next two NASA CRS launches.

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Now that Turkmensat is in late April I wonder if they could still fly CRS-6 on April 10th as planned.

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Now that Turkmensat is in late April I wonder if they could still fly CRS-6 on April 10th as planned.
Not. CRS-6 date is on the move according to one of my sources. There may be commonality of the Turkmenistan helium bottle problem with the ones on the CRS-6 launch vehicle.

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@jeff_foust 23 minutes ago
Matsumori: still working with the customer on the extent of the delay, so declining to give a timetable for the launch. #satshow,

@jeff_foust 23 minutes ago
Matsumori: didn’t find problem with F9 that was to launch Sat, but instead an “anomaly” in factory; decided to be “careful” #satshow
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I saw this today, to take it for what it's worth....
AmericaSpace ‏@AmericaSpace  6h6 hours ago
#SpaceX will hold off launching #Thales until after CRS-6. Next #Falcon9 launch still set for 4/10 at 5:42 pm EDT with a back up of 4/11.

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Not decided yet.

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Still no official word (remember, it's a NASA mission - they need to announce it), but it seems obvious this is going to be the plan.

Will set up the relevant threads (in addition to this discussion thread) later today.

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Still no official word (remember, it's a NASA mission - they need to announce it), but it seems obvious this is going to be the plan.
Does this mean we'll see a core swap, with the TurkmenistanSat core now being slotted in under Dragon? Will this affect core recovery attempts at all if so (i.e. does the core have leg mount points, will they be installed now, etc.)?

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Still no official word (remember, it's a NASA mission - they need to announce it), but it seems obvious this is going to be the plan.
Does this mean we'll see a core swap, with the TurkmenistanSat core now being slotted in under Dragon? Will this affect core recovery attempts at all if so (i.e. does the core have leg mount points, will they be installed now, etc.)?

If the problem is in the factory, we may assume that all cores are affected.
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