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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 (F9-S1-0028) Reuse Testing Coverage
« Reply #20 on: 08/18/2016 02:57 AM »
Kind of looks like a windsock just below it. Why would there be a windsock there?
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So if the sock swings around in your direction.... GTFO?

That windsock has been there since the first S1 came into port. I would assume wind speed and direction is something you want to know when lifting large swaying objects.

So is it a clue to what the mystery thing is, or just random placement that brings them together.
Random placement and forced perspective. The windsock is farther from the stage than it looks. Here' a picture of a previous S1, Thiacom I think, same windsock.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 (F9-S1-0028) Reuse Testing Coverage
« Reply #21 on: 08/18/2016 04:30 AM »
it might have to do with the fill from below connection interface? what ever it is, it wasnt there just a bit earlier when they were prepping to pick up the stage, seen in the video.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 (F9-S1-0028) Reuse Testing Coverage
« Reply #22 on: 08/18/2016 05:56 AM »
It could be a red herring - it perhaps is a piece of dockside equipment unrelated to SpaceX ops behind the stage and perspective makes it look like its on or next to the stand... Another angle would be useful.

EDIT: Full disclosure - I am currently in Russia and had just gotten out of a vodka tasting when I'd seen that photo...
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 (F9-S1-0028) Reuse Testing Coverage
« Reply #23 on: 08/18/2016 10:07 AM »
Kind of looks like a windsock just below it. Why would there be a windsock there?
Toxic fumes...
So if the sock swings around in your direction.... GTFO?

Or maybe just informational... I don't know, seems like a good idea to worry about wind in general when there is a tall object with low areal density, and which may prove to be damaged in some way. Loose fittings might get blown off the top etc.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 (F9-S1-0028) Reuse Testing Coverage
« Reply #24 on: 08/18/2016 11:50 AM »
Kind of looks like a windsock just below it. Why would there be a windsock there?

Could have something to do with the use and placement of that super tall, super scary cherrypicker they use to access the top part of the stage.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 (F9-S1-0028) Reuse Testing Coverage
« Reply #25 on: 08/18/2016 12:17 PM »
The force and direction of wind is needed when making any pick with a crane. 
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 (F9-S1-0028) Reuse Testing Coverage
« Reply #26 on: 08/18/2016 06:53 PM »
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 (F9-S1-0028) Reuse Testing Coverage
« Reply #27 on: 08/18/2016 07:44 PM »
Interesting that grid fin inspection is a priority to do in the air instead of just waiting for the stage to be horizontal.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 (F9-S1-0028) Reuse Testing Coverage
« Reply #28 on: 08/18/2016 07:53 PM »
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 (F9-S1-0028) Reuse Testing Coverage
« Reply #29 on: 08/18/2016 08:02 PM »
Interesting that grid fin inspection is a priority to do in the air instead of just waiting for the stage to be horizontal.

I don't believe they're up there on a cherry picker just for "inspections" that you rightly point out could more easily be done on the ground.

IIRC, on a previous stage video, we saw one of the guys on the cherry picker open an access port on the interstage and reach inside. My guess is he may have been installing a manual locking pin on a safe/arm device for the flight termination system ordnance. Some safe/arm devices have both a "remove before flight" locking pin and an internal electromechanical actuator that lets the device be armed or safed remotely by ground command or onboard avionics. The manual locking pin typically gets removed before flight, then re-inserted for safety at the earliest opportunity, before people start working on the vehicle.

So I would guess they're up there more for "safing" than "inspecting" the vehicle.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 (F9-S1-0028) Reuse Testing Coverage
« Reply #30 on: 08/18/2016 08:06 PM »
Looks like the jacks were installed before the sun came up... 
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 (F9-S1-0028) Reuse Testing Coverage
« Reply #31 on: 08/18/2016 10:12 PM »
Kind of looks like a windsock just below it. Why would there be a windsock there?
Toxic fumes...
So if the sock swings around in your direction.... GTFO?

Or maybe just informational... I don't know, seems like a good idea to worry about wind in general when there is a tall object with low areal density, and which may prove to be damaged in some way. Loose fittings might get blown off the top etc.

You guys are making to much of this, overthinking it. It's just a wind sock. They are all over the place on KSC and the Air Force station.  They are good to have when working hazardous ops, or during a emergency evacuation. Knowing which way the wind is blowing helps you determine which way to go to get away from a potential hazard.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 (F9-S1-0028) Reuse Testing Coverage
« Reply #32 on: 08/18/2016 10:22 PM »
You guys are making to much of this, overthinking it. It's just a wind sock. They are all over the place on KSC and the Air Force station.  They are good to have when working hazardous ops, or during a emergency evacuation. Knowing which way the wind is blowing helps you determine which way to go to get away from a potential hazard.

NSFers overthinking things? That NEVER happens. :D

Thanks for pointing out this isn't anything to consider at all out of the ordinary.
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 (F9-S1-0028) Reuse Testing Coverage
« Reply #33 on: 08/19/2016 11:57 AM »

And on the work stands

https://twitter.com/julia_bergeron/status/766030133421608960
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Anyone care to explain what that "Thing" (trademark) is on top of the right-hand stand? I, an astute stage stalker, have not seen it before.

Is this the thing you speak of? I am also unsure what it is and do not recognize it from past recovery coverage.

I believe what you are seeing is the top of a crane boom.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 (F9-S1-0028) Reuse Testing Coverage
« Reply #34 on: 08/19/2016 03:22 PM »
Any idea how this one is progressing?
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 (F9-S1-0028) Reuse Testing Coverage
« Reply #35 on: 08/19/2016 07:38 PM »
Interesting that grid fin inspection is a priority to do in the air instead of just waiting for the stage to be horizontal.

I don't believe they're up there on a cherry picker just for "inspections" that you rightly point out could more easily be done on the ground.

IIRC, on a previous stage video, we saw one of the guys on the cherry picker open an access port on the interstage and reach inside. My guess is he may have been installing a manual locking pin on a safe/arm device for the flight termination system ordnance. Some safe/arm devices have both a "remove before flight" locking pin and an internal electromechanical actuator that lets the device be armed or safed remotely by ground command or onboard avionics. The manual locking pin typically gets removed before flight, then re-inserted for safety at the earliest opportunity, before people start working on the vehicle.

So I would guess they're up there more for "safing" than "inspecting" the vehicle.

You wouldn't want the grid fins flapping about as you turn the stage horizontal.  Maybe they are making sure the grid fins are locked in position?  They seem to be taking close-up photos.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 (F9-S1-0028) Reuse Testing Coverage
« Reply #36 on: 08/19/2016 09:38 PM »
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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 (F9-S1-0028) Reuse Testing Coverage
« Reply #37 on: 08/22/2016 10:00 PM »
Any news on this one? Is anyone keeping track if they've sped up their process yet?

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 (F9-S1-0028) Reuse Testing Coverage
« Reply #38 on: 08/23/2016 04:05 PM »
I'm actually curious if the new Falcon transporter made an appearance.  It would be nice to see what that thing looks like with a stage on top.

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Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 (F9-S1-0028) Reuse Testing Coverage
« Reply #39 on: 08/23/2016 08:44 PM »
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