Author Topic: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)  (Read 304740 times)

Online Chris Bergin

I saw this photo of an F9 arriving at McGregor on the Facebook SpaceX enthusiast page

https://i.imgur.com/hFy9Seg.jpg

It was later tagged as Eutelsat.  Seems like SpaceX may be picking up the pace for realz. :)

photo credit: Leann Carr Bowden on Facebook

The question I want answered is if F9-024 have had its static fire at McGregor yet

Meant to ask about that...will get on it. And yeah, that's absolutely the next stage....as JCSAT's was last seen on the test stand a while back, pre-CRS-8 launch.

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/03/spacex-prepares-two-missions-mcgregor/

I would totally assume the firing will have taken place by now, but it needs to be confirmed.


Forgot to post that the answer is the static fire was completed. Will be shipping out soon-ish.

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #81 on: 04/19/2016 02:53 PM »
With only 10 days until launch, 24/JCSAT-14 should be at the cape by now?

If there is anything on the stand at McGregor, it should be 25/Eutelsat if not 26/Thaicom, simply based on logistical reasons?

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #82 on: 04/19/2016 02:56 PM »
With only 10 days until launch, 24/JCSAT-14 should be at the cape by now?

If there is anything on the stand at McGregor.

Really helps if you read the site! :)

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/04/falcon-9-booster-reuse-testing-ksc/
« Last Edit: 04/19/2016 03:02 PM by AndyX »

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #83 on: 04/21/2016 09:10 PM »
Keith Wallace on the SpaceX Facebook group reporting some sort of explosion at Macgregor, but then apparently confirmation (in the comments thread)that nothing went wrong. There is a video, lots of smoke and sound but the stage on the stand looks unharmed
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #84 on: 04/21/2016 09:32 PM »
Just got a report on FB of a loud initiation "boom" followed by a short roar in the last 40 minutes or so. First stage on the test stand looks normal from 3 miles away. Didn't look to be at the angle of the single engine test stands, from this member's vantage point to the south.

Speculation - Crew Dragon test?

My FB group is going nuts right now with concern.

ADDED: Insiders gave us word that whatever it was, it didn't injure anybody. Must have scared the Rocket Cows, though.
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #86 on: 04/21/2016 09:52 PM »
Is it possible that farther away from the test stand, some additional storage tank containing fuel or propellant had something happen to it?

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #87 on: 04/21/2016 09:57 PM »
Some posts in that thread state a confirmed test and no explosion.

What would a 'very loud' test on the new triple horizontal (presumably Raptor?) stand look like?
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #88 on: 04/21/2016 10:13 PM »
Post & vdeo url

https://www.facebook.com/keith.wallace.75/videos/1129590653725980/

Strange. The exhaust smoke seems to go "up" almost vertically, rather than mostly horizontal off to one side as usual.

Test firing from a missile silo?  ???

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #89 on: 04/21/2016 10:15 PM »
Horizontal with a deflector pipe or wedge?
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #90 on: 04/21/2016 10:16 PM »
What would a 'very loud' test on the new triple horizontal (presumably Raptor?) stand look like?

Exhaust smoke would be going horizontal, not vertical, I would think...

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #91 on: 04/21/2016 10:18 PM »
See my previous post #88
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #92 on: 04/21/2016 10:21 PM »
Horizontal with a deflector pipe or wedge?

Dunno, but I think that's too much exhaust for a (first?) Raptor engine test, which as you observe would be horizontal, and a deflector wouldn't make sense to me.

Looks to me like F9 with some sort of deflector, maybe trying to characterize acoustic/thermal environment during landing on flat surface?
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #93 on: 04/21/2016 10:28 PM »
Or a DragonFly test.
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #94 on: 04/21/2016 10:35 PM »
Way too big a cloud for a Dragonfly test, IMHO.  Hope everything is OK.

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #95 on: 04/21/2016 10:35 PM »
What if the camera was straight downwind from the test?
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #96 on: 04/21/2016 10:40 PM »
From the FB thread someone who appears to be connected wrote: "If video is released you'll see why there are different characteristics to this test. No explosions, all is well."

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #97 on: 04/21/2016 10:47 PM »
I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Maybe this was tha rumored fully propulsive dragonfly landing?
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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #98 on: 04/21/2016 10:53 PM »
It bothers me that the poster (Keith Wallace) said he was threatened by Space X security saying it was illegal to photograph Space X activities. The security person photographed Keith, and his car.

If people are forbidden to photograph McGregor, what else will be forbidden?

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Re: SpaceX McGregor Testing Updates and Discussion (Thread 4)
« Reply #99 on: 04/21/2016 11:00 PM »
Rent-a-cops have numerous opinions on what is "illegal". In general, the best response is typically "you better call the cops then, I'll wait right here."


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