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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #2580 on: 07/24/2018 03:26 AM »
Found a couple of YouTube videos of JRTI out at sea, presumably testing the Thrustmasters - there is what appears to be propeller wash visible, but one of the four pods is only halfway down.

Looks like a nice day to be out on the water.. :)

I was looking for the beach umbrella and the cooler full of beer but can't see it anywhere.
With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine - however, this is not necessarily a good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are
going to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they fly overhead.

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #2581 on: 07/24/2018 05:10 PM »
They've had the telehandler on board before. It usually lives behind one of the blast shields and was used for hold-down rigging before octagrabber.

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #2582 on: 07/25/2018 09:05 AM »
No sign of an OctaGrabber garage on JRTI yet - the container at that end needs to be raised up on stands to make space underneath.

Given that JRTI has had a lot of downtime and that no mods have been made, is that an indication that there will not be a second OctaGrabber - I'd guess that if the intention is to make most of the VAFB launches RTLS, then is it worth building one just to use it twice a year?

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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #2583 on: 07/25/2018 12:05 PM »
SpaceX seems to have a consistent R&D approach where a single test article will be developed until the technology is ready for routine use, and only then constructing multiples. There was one JRtI, one Mr. Steven, one fairing fitted for recovery (except now recently they seem to have forked development and be working on two parallel approaches on the two fairing halves), and generally one launch pad being actively developed at a time.  (And one colocated dev team.)  It doesn't seem unusual that there is only one octagrabber; I'd say that just means that R&D on the octagrabber is not yet complete. IIRC lifting the container and building the garage did not take much time, once they decide R&D on the East Coast is complete and it's time to move out of R&D and into operations.
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Re: SpaceX's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #2584 on: 07/28/2018 07:30 AM »

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