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We might get some footage from Amos-6 as well as we got some CRS-7 footage in the first season.

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8 points · 9 hours ago

They were only filming inside Hawthorne because it was intended to be an ISS supply launch. I doubt they had a film crew inside for a comsat mission static fire.

8 points · 4 days ago · edited 4 days ago

I mean, the survey used 'males', 'females' and the comment was likely just referring to that.

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0 points · 3 days ago

Still, the words can have an iffy clinical feel in less academic settings.

This survey was conducted on a reddit community though so that is certainly a confounding factor

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7 points · 3 days ago

Reddit as a whole has a better demographic split at roughly 65% men and 35% women within the United States (which is around half the site's userbase). No matter how you look at it, our lack of gender equity stands out

17 points · 4 days ago

Starliner is weird on reddit. /r/boeing is disinterested at best in anything beyond passenger jets and employment. It doesn't really fit in /r/ula since ULA is just the launch provider, but people post Starliner stuff there semi-regularly, but it usually ends up with a couple comments complaining it doesn't belong. /r/space is shit, and /r/spaceflight is run by an incompetent tyrant. So... it gets dumped here for lack of better option.

Someone needs to make a subreddit for Boeings space division

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7 points · 4 days ago

I wish there were a good general-purpose commercial space subreddit. Something like r/spaceflight, but, uh, better. I've got a subreddit reserved for it but not so much the time which sucks 'cause an individual subreddit for every single company or divison is subpar

I doubt it's something serious, otherwise the leak would be all over the news, L2 is not the only place insiders can spill their info. Remember SpaceX's pad abort has some anomaly too, it's just the nature of the business.

But I am disappointed that Boeing has kept pad abort so secretive, SpaceX is not shy about theirs and live streamed it.

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13 points · 4 days ago

It was not an all-up pad abort, just an engine test program simulating one.

1 point · 6 days ago · edited 6 days ago

EIS? I'm not sure what that is. I assume it's plans for the site or something? So you're saying they plan to expand it tenfold?

Edit: just realized who I'm responding to. You plan on getting another century plant? Perhaps it'll flower by the time they get the pad up and running ;P

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1 point · 6 days ago

Environmental Impact Statement.

I don't believe you are allowed to just post there. It's just news /updates. That is why they have the lounge

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7 points · 7 days ago

This would be allowed and welcomed (by the mod team, at least).

2 points · 11 days ago

The "R X R" lettering on the road probably has nothing to do with SpaceX, right? Right? I'm not too intimitely familiar with Californian road signs, maybe somebody can chime in...

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9 points · 11 days ago

It refers to a railroad crossing.

4 points · 11 days ago

Do we know what part of the process was tricky? And how making the net bigger will help with that?

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13 points · 11 days ago

The fairing kept missing by slim margins, so they've tried increasing the loiter time by making the parasail larger and now they're making the net bigger so that there's more room for error.

Do we know for sure they already switched to the larger parafoil?

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5 points · 11 days ago

I don't, actually, just assuming.

77 points · 11 days ago · edited 11 days ago

The report confirms that in-flight abort will use a Block 5 booster in crew configuration (meaning, with new COPVs 2.0):

...the program and SpaceX agreed to demonstrate the loading process five times from the launch site in the final crew configuration prior to the crewed flight test. The five events include the uncrewed flight test and the in-flight abort test.

Now we can finally retire the unfounded speculation about B1042 being used for the abort test.

EDIT: "Final crew configuration" might also suggest regular second stage?

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36 points · 11 days ago

Five loading processes could imply less than five flights, given the static fire. Three missions, including DM-1 and the in-flight abort, would include six full fuel loads.

mods...why does this have a removed flag? also still visible on the frontpage?

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Moderator of r/spacex, speaking officially12 points · 15 days ago

Someone tried to give it 'Official' flair and misclicked, I'm pretty sure. Fixed now.

I mean, I prefer facts over opinions... so here's a list of SpaceX milestones. I'm hearing crickets from their "competitors":

Sept. 2008 - Falcon 1 reaches space (4th launch) becoming “the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to reach Earth orbit.”

Dec. 2010 - Dragon capsule launched on Falcon 9, and splashdown off the coast of Mexico, the first time a private spacecraft returned from orbit.

May 2012 - In yet another first, SpaceX built the first private spacecraft to dock with the International Space Station. More than a year after the Dragon’s successful landing in the Pacific, SpaceX sent it to the ISS.

Dec. 2015 - First landing Falcon 9 at LZ1, after delivering payload to orbit. Musk explained, “it’s the fundamental thing that’s necessary for humanity to become a space-faring civilization. America would never have been colonized if ships weren’t reusable. No one has ever brought a booster, an orbital-class booster, back intact.”

April 2016 - First F9 vertical landing at sea on its autonomous drone ship OCISLY... after delivering payload to orbit.

March 2017 - Reused F9 for launch. SpaceX put its second successfully-landed rocket back on the launch pad. SpaceX launched the rocket and landed it on OCISLY in the Atlantic Ocean.

June 2017 - First reused Dragon capsule delivers cargo to the ISS (the 11th Dragon mission to ISS), which reused the 4th mission's Dragon capsule.

Feb. 2018 - The first privately built, fully reusable, Heavy launch platform takes its maiden voyage. FH has more than twice the payload capacity of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost! Only the Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973, delivered more payload to orbit. Falcon Heavy was designed from the outset to carry humans into space and restores the possibility of flying missions with crew to the Moon or Mars.

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10 points · 16 days ago

The first privately built, fully reusable, Heavy launch platform

Partially reusable.

Only the Saturn V moon rocket, last flown in 1973, delivered more payload to orbit.

And Energia, last flown in 1988.

Falcon Heavy was designed from the outset to carry humans into space

But it won't.

5 points · 26 days ago

A potential problem for Blue Origin ... BFR

BFR? What about 2/3 reusable Falcon Heavy that already exists and can lift more payload to LEO (!) at similar (if not lower) price. New Glenn has wider diameter, though.

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13 points · 26 days ago

lift more payload to LEO (!) at similar (if not lower) price

Falcon Heavy has a smaller reusable payload to LEO. Expendable might be larger, but then the price comparison goes out the window.

I'll bite, justify?
I dont think you're wrong, in fact I'd tend to agree, except maybe F9 first to 5(including some flights as a FH booster), NG as 10 and BFR as 25 with possibly a refurb F9 as 25 as well.

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5 points · 26 days ago

I assumed u/FuckCSS meant Falcon Heavy when they said 'Falcon', and that they're referring to flights of the vehicle and not of an individual booster.

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You can't cut the price below cost, though. Even a fully reusable New Shepard flight will still surely cost BO hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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2 points · 27 days ago

Even a fully reusable New Shepard flight will still surely cost BO hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Will it? I don't know what their fuel costs are but refurbishment was in the single thousands (a tweet from a conference that I'll try to dig up).

That was the original plan, SpaceX abandoned it very early on in favor of a bouncy castle, and then eventually the net. Never said exactly why (the helicopter option was never actually officially stated, but there was some documentation leaked), but probably it was just a matter of aerodynamics. Fairings are a giant sail, grabbing one will be pretty hard without it pulling the helicopter around.

It would also likely not be suitable for catching the upper stage or Dragon, though we still don't know how serious either of those are

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10 points · 29 days ago

I believe they considered splashdown in between helicopter air capture and the bouncy castle.

Colour me surprised to see your name in this sub. Welcome! Even if I suspect it's a brief visit..

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1 point · 1 month ago

I go where the fun is

Well it's a blast from the past to see you here. Used to participate in your sub under a different username but I scarcely find time to even watch any launches nowadays.

Keep fighting the good fight!

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1 point · 1 month ago

Thanks! Hope it was enjoyable then, at least.

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Moderator of r/spacex, speaking officially10 points · 1 month ago

Whooooo boy that's some spicy rhetoric. Take five.

Sign says:

"No SpaceX Employees allowed past this point"

Gotta love that joking between the companies...well...I hope it is

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67 points · 1 month ago

That sign belongs to Triumph Aerospace, not The Boring Company.

95 points · 1 month ago

This isn't a Boring Company site, it's SpaceX's. They started leasing the lot from Triumph a few years back, and used it as the staging area for the first student Hyperloop Competition two summers back. The building in the center background is where they refurbish(ed?) first stages on the West Coast.

Original Poster13 points · 1 month ago

Pretty much this.

It seems like the bid for this was last year. More info :

Two more bidding opportunities are expected before the end of 2017. Leon said the service would put out an RFP for AFSPC-52 in August, and another batch of five launches grouped together sometime before the end of the year.

Although United Launch Alliance has long been the military’s sole source for national security launches, the desire to develop competition in the field has many looking to Elon Musk’s SpaceX. SpaceX, however, would need a heavy-lift vehicle to successfully win some of the upcoming launch bids, Leon said. The company’s Falcon Heavy is not yet certified for military launches. “It would need to be certified by the time that we awarded the contract,” Leon said. “We want to see one flight, and before we would actually fly a mission we would want to see three flights.”

So something big changed for the Air Force in their confidence in the Falcon Heavy.

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22 points · 1 month ago

Nothing changed, so far as I can tell... Leon said they want to see one flight before they awarded the contract, and here we are one flight later with the contract awarded. That just means they want another two flights to build out Falcon Heavy's record before the mission actually lifts off in 2020.

Yeah I just wish that Tory's concept was more than an "engine return on a runway landing" with no rocket body itself

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2 points · 1 month ago

Runway landing was Airbus's concept for Adeline on Ariane 6, which has now been dropped. Both Adeline and SMART conceived of separating the engine pod from the first stage, but SMART is aiming for mid-air helicopter capture instead of winged and powered flyback.

5 points · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

Total Recall back to 2014:

Dragon V2 concept

Dragon V2 soft landing on Mars

Artist illustration Dragon V2 soft landing on Earth from orbit

2018: Falcon 9 • Crew Dragon Demo 1
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on an uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station under the auspices of NASA’s commercial crew program. Delayed from December 2016, May 2017, July 2017, August 2017, November 2017, February 2018 and April 2018.

2018 Reality Check: Dragon V2 parachute landing in ocean, soft-landing retro rockets used as emergency abort instead, no portholes?, crew size reduced from 6 to 4, Dragon never going to Mars

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4 points · 1 month ago

no portholes?

The window in the main entry hatch was removed, but not the other windows in the pressure vessel.

crew size reduced from 6 to 4

The crew size was never 6: Crew Dragon has capacity for seven, but was never intended to carry that many people to the ISS. 4 + cargo in the excess room has always been the plan.

Wasn't that the Merlin 1D (being replaced with a blisk)? I hadn't heard of issues with the Raptor turbopump.

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5 points · 1 month ago

You are correct

A bit off topic, but a space prison would be the securest prison ever. Like, you supply it with unmanned ships without downmass capability, and there is no way to get off it without dying. (Of course the cost would be just stupidly expensive)

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4 points · 1 month ago

When I think rehabilitation, I think cold hard vacuum.

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Moderator of r/SpaceXLounge, speaking officially2 points · 1 month ago

Hilarious, tell it again

In context I understand why some of this blind opposition. We are in a time of unprecedented and dangerous wealth disparity and consolidation of wealth and power. I think if Musk was trying to create “Elysiam” or whatever then I would hope he is threatened. On a longer timeline I would certainly hope the “only for the rich” thing is a means of fundraising and not a goal in itself.

I’ve heard some bad things leveled at Musk from the left and I think it’s horrible. I think they aren’t paying close enough attention. They are confused by starting out only selling $100k plus cars and only bringing millionaires to space. What they are missing is Musks personnel long term goal to do the opposite and make sustainable transportation and space exploration available to everyone.

On sustainability and exploration, anyone who understands what Musk is doing and doesn’t support it is on the wrong side of humanity. That goes for anyone in politics.

You have to be careful of short sited polarized thinking on our side too. I think it’s ridiculous to assume someone like Bernie Sanders wouldn’t support SpaceX simply because he wants single payer healthcare and banking regulation. Obama warned strongly at his final speech about the wealth disparity problem, I don’t see that as a conflict with everything he did to help spacex when he was in office.

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5 points · 1 month ago

On sustainability and exploration, anyone who understands what Musk is doing and doesn’t support it is on the wrong side of humanity.


You have to be careful of short sited polarized thinking on our side too.

AR is an out of touch dinosaur that hasn't developed a competitive (i.e. enough to make it into a production LV) engine in multiple decades.

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4 points · 1 month ago

To be fair, the need to do so is lessened when their major legacy engine (the RL-10) is still in so much demand (OmegA, SLS, Atlas V, Vulcan).

In other business next Wednesday, Space Florida will introduce a series of code-named projects including “Pine,” involving a company that would use KSC’s former space shuttle runway “for aerospace operations.”

The state now runs the former Shuttle Landing Facility, which is being renamed the Space Florida Launch and Landing Facility.

Another secret project, Blue Heron, would finance new facilities and equipment for an unspecified company, with no dollar amount disclosed yet.

Interesting! First I've heard of these. Total guess: "Pine" is Virgin Galactic, launching from the space shuttle runway, and "Blue Heron" is New Shepard space tourism.

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62 points · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

"Pine" is Virgin Galactic

Very possible, could also be Virgin Orbit (or both).

"Blue Heron" is New Shepard space tourism.

I'm not sure what the landing accuracy is for New Shepard's crew capsule but I can't imagine they want to dunk it in the Atlantic. My bet's on something else.

What the hell is virgin orbit?

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33 points · 1 month ago

Airlaunch smallsat effort and sister company to Virgin Galactic under the same Branson umbrella. One of the more advanced contenders for the small launch market, along with Rocketlab.

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