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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #1100 on: 01/16/2018 04:52 pm »
Just over 3 hours until the window opens. Anyone have eyes on the pad?

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It is a bit strange there's not the usual static fire notice, or we haven't at least been sent one if it exists. But KSC did go into the roadblocks and such stance that points to a test.

Also notice SFN say they have no notice of a static fire test, so......
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It is a bit strange there's not the usual static fire notice, or we haven't at least been sent one if it exists. But KSC did go into the roadblocks and such stance that points to a test.

Also notice SFN say they have no notice of a static fire test, so......

Maybe just another WDR?

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #1103 on: 01/16/2018 05:34 pm »

Don't they do the roadblocks any time there is prop loading?

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #1104 on: 01/16/2018 05:34 pm »
It is a bit strange there's not the usual static fire notice, or we haven't at least been sent one if it exists. But KSC did go into the roadblocks and such stance that points to a test.

Also notice SFN say they have no notice of a static fire test, so......

Chris do they need roadblocks, etc. for just a WDR? Maybe this is consistent with the approach that they're following, doing a WDR which might end an a static fire providing everything looks good?

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #1105 on: 01/16/2018 05:34 pm »
Yes, to keep people away from a hazardous area

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #1106 on: 01/16/2018 05:37 pm »
There were roadblocks Sunday at the cutoff to Pad A/B.  Would that be the location for the roadblock for a static fire?  If so, they may not have needed to issue a new one, since the old one was still in place.

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #1107 on: 01/16/2018 05:41 pm »
Word on the update thread that the static fire for today has been cancelled.  Guess they are having some teething pains with the rocket and/or ground support.  I wonder what sort of headaches they are running into fueling four sets of tanks at once instead of two?

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #1108 on: 01/16/2018 05:41 pm »
What seems to be the problem with the static fire of FH?   Any firm date of launch?  Last I heard was Jan. 25

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #1109 on: 01/16/2018 05:47 pm »
What seems to be the problem with the static fire of FH?   Any firm date of launch?  Last I heard was Jan. 25

That was a NET target and not a firm date. Only after the static fire will a firm date be filed with USAF ETR.

EDIT: listed the wrong range.
« Last Edit: 01/16/2018 07:56 pm by russianhalo117 »

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What seems to be the problem with the static fire of FH?   Any firm date of launch?  Last I heard was Jan. 25

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Today's static fire is scrubbed per Updates thread. Test launch very likely to slip into Feburary. No firm target for the launch date yet, and there won't be one until the static fire is complete.
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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #1111 on: 01/16/2018 05:54 pm »
Anyone know what the problem is?  The rocket?  Telemetry?  Connections? 

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Anyone know what the problem is?  The rocket?  Telemetry?  Connections?


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Anyone know what the problem is?  The rocket?  Telemetry?  Connections?

I strongly recommend tweeting Elon Musk and asking him. Nobody here knows. Anyone who regularly posts here that might know, is probably actually on site and working on it.

If I had to guess, I'd say teething issues with the new GSE equipment / procedures. Totally normal.
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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #1114 on: 01/16/2018 06:09 pm »
Anyone know what the problem is?  The rocket?  Telemetry?  Connections? 

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #1115 on: 01/16/2018 06:17 pm »
Better to take the time and hopefully get it right, than have a very bad day.
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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #1116 on: 01/16/2018 06:24 pm »
This is my bet too (assuming SpaceX are ready by then):

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My best guess for #FalconHeavy static fire is that it will now wait till Friday. @ulalaunch is scheduled for a Thurs evening Atlas launch. With rollout tomorrow, Atlas will have the ball for ground support needs and safety perimeter.

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #1117 on: 01/16/2018 06:27 pm »
I'm sure over on L2 they're discussing the exact parts that have to be swapped out and even have the SKU#'s.  ;D ;)
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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #1118 on: 01/16/2018 06:43 pm »
So no WDR today?

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #1119 on: 01/16/2018 06:57 pm »

*takes a drink*


You're thinking of the FB group.. 
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