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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : Feb. 6, 2018 : Updates
« Reply #200 on: 02/05/2018 06:51 pm »
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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : Feb. 6, 2018 : Updates
« Reply #201 on: 02/05/2018 07:08 pm »
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SpaceX has us in a very tight time crunch setting up cameras, as they should! It’s do or die out here, get ‘em up, this baby is going tomorrow! #FalconHeavy #SpaceX @Teslarati

https://twitter.com/_tomcross_/status/960600806998315011

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : Feb. 6, 2018 : Updates
« Reply #202 on: 02/05/2018 07:17 pm »
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Just spoke to an ebullient Elon Musk at the launch pad. In his heart, he feels like there’s a 67 percent chance of success. In his head, it’s probably closer to 50-50.

https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/960605959998623745

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Just talking rockets with Elon. Thanks to @TrevorMahlmann for this amazing shot.

https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/960609183702900736
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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : Feb. 6, 2018 : Updates
« Reply #203 on: 02/05/2018 07:39 pm »
Elon quotes starting to come out...

https://twitter.com/SciGuySpace/status/960613224348602379

(Also - assuming this is an update, but if not, let me know...)
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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : Feb. 6, 2018 : Updates
« Reply #204 on: 02/05/2018 07:49 pm »
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Musk: We are doing a six-hour coast to demonstrate to the Air Force the capability to do direct-to-GEO missions. Risk is that the Roadster ends up in LEO.

https://twitter.com/SciGuySpace/status/960615490803634176
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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : Feb. 6, 2018 : Updates
« Reply #205 on: 02/05/2018 07:51 pm »
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Musk: If the third burn goes as we hope, the Tesla will get as far away as 380 to 450 million km from Earth.

https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/960616514708758529

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : Feb. 6, 2018 : Updates
« Reply #207 on: 02/05/2018 08:36 pm »
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/960627584752119808
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Musk: one area of concern is relative interactions of the three booster cores; could be resonance or shockwave impingement. Once second stage separates, we’re in much more known territory other than long-duration coast.

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/960628075171106816
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Musk: looks like development of BFR is moving quickly, and won’t be necessary to qualify Falcon Heavy for crewed spaceflight.

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/960628677817044992

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Musk: if we’re successful, offer near super-heavy-lift for little more than Falcon 9. “Game over” for all other heavy-lift rockets.

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/960629706826698752
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Musk: if successful should be able to d another FH in three to six months. Can produce them at a pretty rapid rate.

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/960629934388588544
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Musk: if we wanted to, we could add to more side boosters, make it Falcon Super Heavy.

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/960630695788990465
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Musk: we kind of tabled Crew Dragon on Falcon Heavy (including the cislunar mission announced last Feb.) and focus our energies on BFR.

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/960631417792319488
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Musk: it would be a “real huge downer” if Falcon Heavy blows up, but hope to learn a lot. It’s a win if it just clears the pad.

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/960631901865283584
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Musk: main reason for the six-hour coast is to demonstrate direct GEO insertion (for national security customers).

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/960632250500042752
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Musk: will be three cameras mounted on the Roadster, should provide “epic views” if all goes well.

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/960632647499374594
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Musk: it should be an exciting day tomorrow. We’ll have a good time whatever happens.

OK, no new tweet from Jeff Foust in 15 minutes. I think the call is over.
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You want to be inspired by things. You want to wake up in the morning and think the future is going to be great. That's what being a spacefaring civilization is all about. It's about believing in the future and believing the future will be better than the past. And I can't think of anything more exciting than being out there among the stars.

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : Feb. 6, 2018 : Updates
« Reply #208 on: 02/05/2018 08:41 pm »
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Musk: if successful with this test launch, we’ll be ready to put a satellite on the next Falcon Heavy launch.

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/960629121909915653
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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : Feb. 6, 2018 : Updates
« Reply #209 on: 02/05/2018 08:53 pm »
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Musk -- there are 3 cameras on the roadster, and sensors on the upper stage.  Will get a lot of data back.  Views should be amazing.

https://twitter.com/spcplcyonline/status/960632208376688640

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : Feb. 6, 2018 : Updates
« Reply #210 on: 02/05/2018 08:54 pm »
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Musk: If FH blows up the pad, it'll take at least 9 - 12 months to get the pad back in action. It won't affect production.

https://twitter.com/lorengrush/status/960632420205846530

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Musk: However if it clears the pad and doesn't go well, can launch FH again in 3 to 4 months

https://twitter.com/lorengrush/status/960632522521669636

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : Feb. 6, 2018 : Updates
« Reply #211 on: 02/05/2018 08:59 pm »
Note the people bottom-left of the first photo for scale ...

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Had an amazing day getting every allowable angle of Falcon Heavy before launch tomorrow at 1:30pm! #FalconHeavy @Teslarati

https://twitter.com/_tomcross_/status/960632799635169280

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : Feb. 6, 2018 : Updates
« Reply #212 on: 02/05/2018 09:04 pm »
Here's two high-res panoramas of the rocket!

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : Feb. 6, 2018 : Updates
« Reply #213 on: 02/05/2018 09:05 pm »
Couple more:

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : Feb. 6, 2018 : Updates
« Reply #215 on: 02/05/2018 10:58 pm »
Eric Berger’s write-up of his interview with Elon:

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/at-the-pad-elon-musk-sizes-up-the-falcon-heavys-chance-of-success/

Contains this interesting bit of info:

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Musk said the peak dynamic pressure for this launch will be about 15- or 20-percent less than a Falcon 9 going to geostationary orbit.

Press kit is up.

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https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/960689996351991808

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The first test flight of Falcon Heavy is targeted for Tuesday, Feb. 6th at 1:30 PM ET from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. When Falcon Heavy lifts off, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. http://instagram.com/p/Be1jFT2lQ0W

Still on track according to SpaceX's Twitter

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Re: SpaceX FH : Falcon Heavy Demo : Feb. 6, 2018 : Updates
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