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Offline niwax

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Could a booster launched from Texas land at KSC?
« on: 02/20/2018 01:47 AM »
Simple question: Could a F9/FH booster launched from Boca Chica be landed at KSC as opposed to a drone ship? The launch sites line up quite well, but distance is much longer than usual at 1000 miles. Could this arrangement still be useful for F9 or more likely FH center cores with the sides landing either at the launchpad or in the gulf?



Offline FishInferno

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Re: Could a booster launched from Texas land at KSC?
« Reply #1 on: 02/20/2018 01:58 AM »
I don't see why not, if you can convince the US Government that a rocket should overfly a heavily populated area.
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Re: Could a booster launched from Texas land at KSC?
« Reply #2 on: 02/20/2018 02:09 AM »
GTO launches will tend to go south, that trajectory takes you to a more inclined orbit. This isn't a complete show-stopper but you need to pay some extra performance for an inclination change.

At most the gain is cheaper recovery because you don't send the barge out. Do we have any idea how much that costs? Probably less than 1M per launch.

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Re: Could a booster launched from Texas land at KSC?
« Reply #3 on: 02/20/2018 02:29 AM »
Simple question: Could a F9/FH booster launched from Boca Chica be landed at KSC as opposed to a drone ship?

Simple answer: No.

Longer answer: 1) its way too far downrange, even for an expendable F9. 2) overflight of land... really? 3) trajectory is pretty specific and basically useless.

Offline John Alan

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Re: Could a booster launched from Texas land at KSC?
« Reply #4 on: 02/20/2018 02:39 AM »
Now putting a landing pad on Navel Air Station Key West somewhere and doing a vectored boost forward burn to head toward that, always made me go Hmmmmm...  ??? ... Just might work, I thought...   :D

It is quite far though, so likely only for lighter LEO missions...  :-\
« Last Edit: 02/20/2018 02:41 AM by John Alan »

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Re: Could a booster launched from Texas land at KSC?
« Reply #6 on: 02/20/2018 09:08 AM »
USA owns (claims?) a nice little piece of real estate called Navassa Island. Check it out: 1824′10″N 750′45″W

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navassa_Island

Downsides:
1) it's a nature preserve or something
2) access is not easy w/out a port
3) it's the subject of a little territorial spat w/ Haiti going back ~161 yrs... but who's counting?

But hey, we're all spit-balling on these threads, but my vote would be this is a great place to land! As for leaving once you've landed, well, I'll let all the experts on this thread argue why its possible/not possible. :)

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Re: Could a booster launched from Texas land at KSC?
« Reply #7 on: 02/24/2018 03:57 AM »
Now putting a landing pad on Navel Air Station Key West somewhere and doing a vectored boost forward burn to head toward that, always made me go Hmmmmm...  ??? ... Just might work, I thought...   :D

It is quite far though, so likely only for lighter LEO missions...  :-\

And why not?  Compared to RTLS, boost forward gives at least twice the distance from MECO.

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Re: Could a booster launched from Texas land at KSC?
« Reply #8 on: 02/24/2018 04:08 AM »
 No, because if the booster boosted forward to get there and would be coming in way too fast when it re-entered.

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