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This is where the geometric dimensioning and tolerancing training for your engineers and drafting staff come into play. Difficult enough for a single linear structure like a TEL. All those hold-downs and service masts for three cores has got to be ... tricky. :)
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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #541 on: 12/28/2017 02:34 PM »
This is where the geometric dimensioning and tolerancing training for your engineers and drafting staff come into play. Difficult enough for a single linear structure like a TEL. All those hold-downs and service masts for three cores has got to be ... tricky. :)

We'll see how long they stay on the hill for fit checks... should tell us something.
Didn't waste much time between TEL heading into the HIF* (+ Christmas) to roll-out and vertical.

* Assume all the hold-downs and tail service masts are mated to the boosters in the HIF, and TSMs were previously mated to their plumbing on the pad last week or two.
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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #542 on: 12/28/2017 02:41 PM »
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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #543 on: 12/28/2017 02:54 PM »
Might just be the angle or an artifact of the photo (or the earlier renders), but the interstage/2nd stage looks longer/taller than renders over the past years...
(that is, the PLF appears higher/farther from the side boosters)

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #544 on: 12/28/2017 02:57 PM »
Might just be the angle or an artifact of the photo (or the earlier renders), but the interstage/2nd stage looks longer/taller than renders over the past years...
(that is, the PLF appears higher/farther from the side boosters)

It looks consistent with the renders on SpaceX’s website.

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #545 on: 12/28/2017 03:03 PM »
A "clearer" shot.

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #546 on: 12/28/2017 03:08 PM »
Two questions:

1) Is that a BLACK landing leg on the left-hand booster or just a play of the light?

2) Are people saying that the FH interstage / 2nd stage is longer than the F9? If so, that's news to me - I thought that the FH and the F9 were the same height...
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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #547 on: 12/28/2017 03:12 PM »
I think the 'landing leg' you are seeing is a rain bird.

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #548 on: 12/28/2017 03:14 PM »
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It's good to see FH-001 on the pad. Maybe, in the not-too-distant future, we'll be seeing crewed BLEO flights from LC-39A again!
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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #550 on: 12/28/2017 03:17 PM »
FH "fills up the pad" quite nicely... 8)
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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #551 on: 12/28/2017 03:32 PM »
Maybe more knowledgable folks  than me can say: As there is no launch license in place for the FH Demo Launch that I am aware of, what is the earliest possible date from today that they can launch this vehicle?
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Maybe more knowledgable folks  than me can say: As there is no launch license in place for the FH Demo Launch that I am aware of, what is the earliest possible date from today that they can launch this vehicle?
The FAA has sometimes issued prior launch licenses the day before a launch, even on a weekend.
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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #553 on: 12/28/2017 03:44 PM »
Maybe more knowledgable folks  than me can say: As there is no launch license in place for the FH Demo Launch that I am aware of, what is the earliest possible date from today that they can launch this vehicle?
The FAA has sometimes issued prior launch licenses the day before a launch, even on a weekend.

...and the license might not be publicly posted on the FAA web site until after the launch has already happened (maybe not even then).

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #554 on: 12/28/2017 06:04 PM »
I think the 'landing leg' you are seeing is a rain bird.
So no landing legs yet, huh? Was that expected for the WDR?

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #555 on: 12/28/2017 06:06 PM »
I think the 'landing leg' you are seeing is a rain bird.
So no landing legs yet, huh? Was that expected for the WDR?

They are there. Just white. Look closer in the image from this post: http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=42705.msg1765037#msg1765037
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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #556 on: 12/28/2017 06:09 PM »
I think the 'landing leg' you are seeing is a rain bird.
So no landing legs yet, huh? Was that expected for the WDR?
It has white landing legs. See THESE photos from Elon.  ;)

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #557 on: 12/28/2017 06:14 PM »

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #558 on: 12/28/2017 06:16 PM »
So, as she stands right there... is it the most powerful rocket since the Saturn V? Or at least the Shuttle?

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : early 2018 : Discussion
« Reply #559 on: 12/28/2017 06:23 PM »
So, as she stands right there... is it the most powerful rocket since the Saturn V? Or at least the Shuttle?
Less liftoff mass and thrust than shuttle, but more payload than anything since Energia.
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