Author Topic: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : Jan 4, 2018, CCAFS : DISCUSSION  (Read 152314 times)

Offline dorkmo

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : Dec. 2017, KSC : DISCUSSION
« Reply #460 on: 11/30/2017 12:52 AM »
Werent they sorta inbetween fairing recovery designs? I think itd be fair to speculate a design change caused an issue.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : Dec. 2017, KSC : DISCUSSION
« Reply #461 on: 12/01/2017 08:17 PM »
Quote from: Chris Gebhardt
In another coincidence, NASA is currently scheduled to be the first and last SpaceX launch from the East Coast this year
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/12/slc-40-comes-back-with-crs-13-static-fire/


Strongly implies no expectation of getting this thing launched in Dec.
Given that they seem to be prepping 39A for FH, I was holding out some small hope that maybe this would go from Pad-40 after CRS-13. Seems not.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : Dec. 2017, KSC : DISCUSSION
« Reply #462 on: 12/02/2017 12:10 AM »
Quote from: Chris Gebhardt
In another coincidence, NASA is currently scheduled to be the first and last SpaceX launch from the East Coast this year
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/12/slc-40-comes-back-with-crs-13-static-fire/


Strongly implies no expectation of getting this thing launched in Dec.
Given that they seem to be prepping 39A for FH, I was holding out some small hope that maybe this would go from Pad-40 after CRS-13. Seems not.

I think there is probably a general lack of information about Zuma. We probably won't hear about it launching until a week or less in advance is my guess.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : Dec. 2017, KSC : DISCUSSION
« Reply #463 on: 12/02/2017 11:15 PM »
Let's assume worse case scenario - that a new fairing needs to be manufactured.
How long will that take and to have the payload encapsulated into it?

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : Dec. 2017, KSC : DISCUSSION
« Reply #464 on: 12/03/2017 02:50 AM »
Let's assume worse case scenario - that a new fairing needs to be manufactured.
How long will that take and to have the payload encapsulated into it?

Without any idea of what the problem is it's hard to accurately guesstimate.  Have they found the cause and what is the solution to avoid the issue in subsequent fairings? 

Don't forget that since they missed the Nov. 30th launch deadline, there may be no rush to launch this payload anymore.  Given its nature we don't have much insight.
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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : Jan 2018, KSC : DISCUSSION
« Reply #465 on: 12/06/2017 01:07 PM »
http://www.launchphotography.com/Delta_4_Atlas_5_Falcon_9_Launch_Viewing.html
has Jan 4th likely 8pm EST

https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/
also has Jan 4th time TBD

Is that Jan 4th EST so that it is likely 5th 01:00 UTC?

Or might it be 01:00 UTC on the 4th?

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : Jan 2018, KSC : DISCUSSION
« Reply #466 on: 12/06/2017 01:19 PM »
http://www.launchphotography.com/Delta_4_Atlas_5_Falcon_9_Launch_Viewing.html
has Jan 4th likely 8pm EST

https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/
also has Jan 4th time TBD

Is that Jan 4th EST so that it is likely 5th 01:00 UTC?

Or might it be 01:00 UTC on the 4th?

They also show it going from SLC-40.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : Jan 4, 2018, KSC : DISCUSSION
« Reply #467 on: 12/06/2017 08:20 PM »
A launch on the 4th would seem to suggest that the fairing issue was a fix-it type of issue as opposed to a replace-it type of issue, yes? Could they have built a new set of fairings and shipped them across the country in about a month’s time? Im thinking they just needed to de-encapsulate in order to either test for the suspected problem or find it and fix it. Could more knowledgeable folks confirm or deny that line of thought?

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : Jan 4, 2018, KSC : DISCUSSION
« Reply #468 on: 12/06/2017 08:56 PM »
Or the discovered the problem didn't affect Zuma's fairing.

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Re: SpaceX F9 : Zuma : Dec. 2017, KSC : DISCUSSION
« Reply #469 on: 12/06/2017 11:55 PM »
Strongly implies no expectation of getting this thing launched in Dec.
Given that they seem to be prepping 39A for FH, I was holding out some small hope that maybe this would go from Pad-40 after CRS-13. Seems not.

I think there is probably a general lack of information about Zuma. We probably won't hear about it launching until a week or less in advance is my guess.

As noted in the CRS-13 thread, we now know that Zuma will launch from SLC-40 in "early January". I am a bit surprised - but certainly pleased! - with the turnaround speed. Also demonstrates confidence in SLC-40 going forward, and bodes well for Heavy.

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