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Re: SpaceX
« Reply #700 on: June 17, 2020, 03:14:38 AM »
—- SN7
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LabPadre (@LabPadre) 6/15/20, 6:21 PM
Manhole size rupture on #Starship SN7 test tank but it still stands. They're getting closer to perfection.
https://twitter.com/labpadre/status/1272655480968667137
Photo below.
 
Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 6/16/20, 1:25 PM
No problem, we can buff it out
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1272943489479700481
Elon Musk: Maybe some Flextape


—- Next at Boca Chica
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Michael Baylor (@nextspaceflight) 6/16/20, 5:20 PM
New road closures in Boca Chica! Looks like Starship SN5 is rolling to the pad tomorrow morning.
The SN5 test campaign begins on June 19.
https://twitter.com/nextspaceflight/status/1273002437293441024
Text image: Road Closures June 17 & 19.  Backup 22 & 23


—- Musk re: the Offshore Operations Engineers job announcement
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Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 6/16/20, 3:20 PM
SpaceX is building floating, superheavy-class spaceports for Mars, moon & hypersonic travel around Earth
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1272972228326379520

< Elon can you please give us an approximated year of hiring international engineers? I'm from India and I feel really doomed knowing that I'll never be a part the SpaceX projects. Hope you'll respond
 
Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 6/16/20, 3:24 PM
US law requires at least a green card to be hired at SpaceX, as rockets are considered advanced weapons technology
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1272973320586055682

Everyday Astronaut: Please tell me we can still get close enough to see them launch. It’ll be such a shame if there can’t be a giant crowd gathered to witness history 
 
Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 6/16/20, 4:11 PM
We need to be far enough away so as not to bother heavily populated areas. The launch & landing are not subtle. But you could get within a few miles of the spaceport in a boat.
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1272985237576806400

< (... photo: Odyssey Sea Launch platform and boat...)
 
Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 6/16/20, 3:32 PM
Directionally correct, but Zenit is an order of magnitude smaller than Starship system & doesn’t come back & land
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1272975395806011392

< What's the current target for the first Earth to Earth flights?
 
Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 6/16/20, 4:33 PM
There will be many test flights before commercial passengers are carried. First Earth to Earth test flights might be in 2 or 3 years.
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1272990764973166592
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Re: SpaceX
« Reply #701 on: June 17, 2020, 03:50:31 PM »
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NASA (@NASA) 6/16/20, 7:25 PM
Introducing Kathy Lueders, our newly selected associate administrator of human spaceflight programs.
Tune in to nasa.gov/live Thursday, June 18, starting at 2pm ET to hear from Kathy and Administrator @JimBridenstine 
https://twitter.com/nasa/status/1273034019102474241

NASA Updates Date, Time for Media Teleconference with Administrator
https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-updates-date-time-for-media-teleconference-with-administrator-new-head-of-human

Audio of the teleconference will stream live online at:
#https://www.nasa.gov/live


—- More on: SpaceX Starship Spaceports-at-Sea, and point-to-point earth travel
Boca Chica, Texas and Pad 39A in Florida are being prepared for early Starship flights.  But regular flights will launch and land farther away from populated areas.

Reddit references and musings here:
Elon Musk on Twitter: SpaceX is building floating, superheavy-class spaceports for Mars, moon & hypersonic travel around Earth - spacex
https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/haapni/elon_musk_on_twitter_spacex_is_building_floating/

Article by Eric Ralph:
SpaceX Starship will need fleet of ocean spaceports, says Elon Musk
https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-starship-floating-spaceports/amp/

SpaceX concept video, 2017
Starship | Earth to Earth - YouTube
Published on Sep 28, 2017
Starship will be capable of taking people from any city to any other city on Earth in under one hour.
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Re: SpaceX
« Reply #702 on: June 18, 2020, 07:22:28 AM »

Starship will be capable of taking people from any city to any other city on Earth in under one hour.


SpaceX has done some extremely impressive things and this video is entertaining, but the idea is impractical in so many ways it's just silly. This is flying-cars-and-jetpacks-for-commuting level silliness.

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Re: SpaceX
« Reply #703 on: June 19, 2020, 02:44:35 PM »

Starship will be capable of taking people from any city to any other city on Earth in under one hour.


SpaceX has done some extremely impressive things and this video is entertaining, but the idea is impractical in so many ways it's just silly. This is flying-cars-and-jetpacks-for-commuting level silliness.

Perhaps.  Until Starship helps deliver tons of emergency supplies, equipment — and people — around the world in a pandemic, or earthquakes, or after hurricanes or floods... in hours, rather than days. 

A ticket on the Concorde cost thirty times the price of a comparable airline flight, making its widespread use constrained by that, among other things.  But earth-to-earth on the Starship in less than an hour is said to cost in the same range as an hours-long plane flight. 

Starship test “hops” reaching space, then returning to land, will demonstrate the feasibility of the concept as soon as this year.
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Re: SpaceX
« Reply #704 on: June 19, 2020, 03:16:18 PM »
—- “Introducing Kathy Lueders” teleconference
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Michael Baylor (@nextspaceflight) 6/18/20, 2:10 PM
Kathy Lueders (new head of NASA's human spaceflight): Right now we are looking at Demo-2 coming back in the early August timeline.
https://twitter.com/nextspaceflight/status/1273679612166299648
~ Bridenstine on Doug Loverro: There is a personnel issue there that we cannot talk about.
~ Lueders on the 2024 goal: Sometimes the trying gets you closer to the goal than the not trying.
~ Lueders: The Crew Dragon has been doing great. Every week it wakes up and we do checkouts, and then it goes back into sleep mode. The crew on orbit have also been putting it through its paces. About to do a demonstration with four crew members in the vehicle at once.
(I note there was a much higher percentage of female press members on this call than usual.  Asked by one about her thoughts on being the first woman in this position, Lueders said that when Jim Bridenstine asked her to take the job, she didn’t think about that until her husband mentioned it later. Four days into her new job, she notes it is the anniversary of Sally Ride being America’s first woman in space. She is honored by the opportunity, knows women and girls are looking to her for leadership, and suggests, “They better get moving.” ;) )


—— Demo-2 return date?
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Thomas Burghardt (@TGMetsFan98) 6/19/20, 1:08 AM
NASA’s Gulfstream V jet is scheduled for “DM-2 Direct Return Mission” from August 15-17, returning the Demo-2 crew to Houston. Dragon Endeavour’s splashdown off the coast of Florida should then occur on or just before those dates. airbornescience.nasa.gov/content/DM-2_D…
https://twitter.com/tgmetsfan98/status/1273844971343351809

—— Falcon 9 fast reflights
SpaceX’s rocket reusability dream is within reach after fastest recovery yet
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SpaceX and CEO Elon Musk’s rocket reusability dream appears to be within reach for the first time ever after technicians managed to retract the most recently-launched Falcon 9 booster’s landing legs and bring it horizontal in record time.

On the heels of a SpaceX’s second orbital-class Falcon 9 launch, landing, and recovery just this month, the recovery milestone could mean that booster B1059 is being prepared for the fastest turnaround in the company’s history. Together, with two Starlink launches now complete less than two weeks into June 2020 and a third internet satellite mission scheduled as early as June 22nd, the odds are better than ever that SpaceX will be able to pull off a record launch cadence heading into the second half of the year. …
https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-reusability-dream-fastest-recovery/amp/

—— New Falcon 9 undergoes testing
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Reagan (@bluemoondance74) 6/16/20, 4:26 PM
This morning welcomed the arrival of a bright unscorched, unflown Falcon 9 booster to the @SpaceX McGregor Testing and Development facility.
https://twitter.com/bluemoondance74/status/1272988859735957506
3 Highly-zoomed photos at the link.

——  Next Launch
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Nathan Barker (@NASA_Nerd) 6/17/20, 9:44 AM
Another SpaceX Falcon 9 with Starlink launch is on the Eastern Range with an advisory for June 23rd, targetting a T-0 of 6:20 pm EDT from LC-39A. In addition to Starlink, this launch will also carry two small earth observation microsatellites for BlackSky Global.
https://twitter.com/nasa_nerd/status/1273250146575400960

—— SpaceX Smallsat Rideshare partner
Spaceflight Inc. Signs Multi-Launch Agreement with SpaceX for Rideshare Services
June 17, 2020
New MLA secures launch capacity, delivers end-to-end mission management services, and lowers costs for upcoming rideshare launches
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SEATTLE – June 17, 2020 — Spaceflight Inc., the leading satellite rideshare and mission management provider, today announced it inked an agreement with SpaceX to secure rideshare capacity on multiple launches. This agreement between the two companies secures Spaceflight capacity to launch manifest payloads on several SpaceX launches through the end of 2021, providing launch schedule assurance to smallsat customers needing frequent, reliable, and cost-effective launches to Sun-synchronous orbit.

“By offering a variety of launch options, we can better meet our customer’s specific launch needs and offer increased launch flexibility,” said Curt Blake, president and CEO of Spaceflight. “This agreement with SpaceX will be particularly attractive to smallsat customers. SpaceX’s consistent launch schedule coupled with our deep expertise in mission management and integration services offers rideshare options with greater reliability. This agreement will allow us to package multiple payloads onto a single port to significantly reduce the cost per spacecraft for the end-customer.” 

According to a recent research study by Bryce Space and Technology, delays are commonplace throughout the launch industry. “Launch delays are inevitable and are typically out of the control of rideshare customers. In order to offer launch flexibility and minimize the impact of significant delays, it’s critical to have capacity on a wide range of launches to easily re-manifest customers from one launch to another,” said Devon Papandrew, vice president of business operations at Spaceflight. “Having this guaranteed capacity with SpaceX improves our customers’ odds of getting on orbit when they need to and helps us ensure flights are as full as possible, lowering costs for all and minimizing environmental impacts.”
https://spaceflight.com/spaceflight-inc-signs-multi-launch-agreement-with-spacex-for-rideshare-services/

—— Starship SN7 upgrades.  (The damge did “buff out”! ;) ;D )
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SpaceX's Starship SN7 Test Tank appeared to be repaired and upgraded today with a shiny new set of double vents, while Cory's Taco Dome made a reappearance at the build site. Video + Photos by Mary (@BocaChicaGal) for @NASASpaceflight. Edited by me.
➡️ youtu.be/rFNPBb_2HZ8 
https://twitter.com/thejackbeyer/status/1273870834415747072
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Re: SpaceX
« Reply #705 on: June 20, 2020, 10:07:30 PM »

Starship will be capable of taking people from any city to any other city on Earth in under one hour.


SpaceX has done some extremely impressive things and this video is entertaining, but the idea is impractical in so many ways it's just silly. This is flying-cars-and-jetpacks-for-commuting level silliness.

Perhaps.  Until Starship helps deliver tons of emergency supplies, equipment — and people — around the world in a pandemic, or earthquakes, or after hurricanes or floods... in hours, rather than days. 

A ticket on the Concorde cost thirty times the price of a comparable airline flight, making its widespread use constrained by that, among other things.  But earth-to-earth on the Starship in less than an hour is said to cost in the same range as an hours-long plane flight. 

Starship test “hops” reaching space, then returning to land, will demonstrate the feasibility of the concept as soon as this year.

Concorde is an interesting example. It never made money (counting development costs) and only had positive cash flow in a few of its years of operation, even with those ticket costs. And Concorde, at least, was certifiable (in a commercial passenger aircraft regulatory sense).
A lot of things can physically be done but are not practical. The video showed routine earth-to-earth commercial passenger travel. That's what I'm referring to. Never happen.

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Re: SpaceX
« Reply #706 on: June 21, 2020, 02:32:05 AM »
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A lot of things can physically be done but are not practical. The video showed routine earth-to-earth commercial passenger travel. That's what I'm referring to. Never happen.

Opinion noted.
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Re: SpaceX
« Reply #707 on: June 21, 2020, 02:33:15 AM »
SpaceX's Starlink 'UFO on a stick' User Terminal Prototypes Revealed In Photos

The terminal "looks like a thin, flat, round UFO on a stick."
"Starlink Terminal has motors to self-adjust optimal angle to view sky. Instructions are simply: plug in socket, point at sky. These instructions work in either order. No training required." -Elon Musk


Image Credit: r/darkpenguin22 via Reddit

https://www.tesmanian.com/blogs/tesmanian-blog/ufo-starlink-terminal
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Re: SpaceX
« Reply #708 on: June 23, 2020, 08:59:03 PM »
Next SpaceX launch moved to Thursday June 25th.  Time TBD; looks like 1634 to 1645 local time (ET).  Weather is a concern.
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~ The next SpaceX Falon 9 launch with Starlink is moving to the right, and is now scheduled for June 25th. 45th Weather Squadron is forecasting a 40% of acceptable conditions. Cumulus clouds, anvil clouds, and lightning are the primary concerns.

Nathan Barker (@NASA_Nerd) 6/23/20, 10:49 AM
No change to the 45th Weather Squadron's L-2 Launch Mission Execution Forecast for Thursday's SpaceX Falcon 9 with Starlink launch from LC-39A.
Conditions remain at 40% favorable, improving to 60% on Friday if needed.
https://twitter.com/nasa_nerd/status/1275440847559856134
Range Weather report image at the link.


—- Starship SN7 test tank successfully tested to failure. ;) :o
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Chris B - NSF (@NASASpaceflight) 6/23/20, 12:39 PM
RIP SN7 Test Tank. Thanks for the data!
Mary (@BocaChicaGal) livestream!
youtube.com/watch?v=PYBwCo…
https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1275468471728590850

15 Sec vid.  Note the movement of the double vents at the top of the SN7 tank.
The Youtube link is to the two-hour livestream.

Chris B - NSF (@NASASpaceflight) 6/23/20, 12:42 PM
10 meter hop. ;D
Hopper: "Nice try, Junior".
https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1275469391707148288
35 sec vid: replays.

—- Starship Super Heavy pad construction at Boca Chica
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Mary (@BocaChicaGal) 6/22/20, 10:39 AM
Huge rebar cage going in at the SpaceX Super Heavy launch site at Boca Chica.
https://twitter.com/bocachicagal/status/1275075946190532618
Image below.
< Looks like an 8’ish feet diameter pile. If true, I would expect a lot more of them for any tall building structure. Interesting
<< The 39A Starship launch mount has 2 large columns that are 6-8 ft dia. Also about 12 smaller columns. You can see them in the DM-2 webcast when the astros drive past.
So I'd expect either 1 more of these pilings at BC, or about 12 more.

—-
First mentioned above in post #668. June 4.
NASA agrees to fly astronauts on reused Crew Dragon spacecraft
June 23, 2020  Stephen Clark
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NASA has agreed to allow its astronauts to fly on reused Crew Dragon spaceships and Falcon 9 boosters beginning as soon as SpaceX’s third launch of a crew to the International Space Station, a mission expected to launch next year.

The space agency has modified its $2.7 billion commercial crew contract with SpaceX to permit reuse of spacecraft and rocket hardware. NASA had not previously approved the use of previously-flown spacecraft and rockets on missions carrying the agency’s astronauts into orbit.

“Consistent with the public-private partnership strategy for the Commercial Crew Program, NASA specifies ‘what’ safety requirements must be met, and industry is free to propose ‘how’ to meet those requirements,” wrote Josh Finch, a NASA spokesperson, in an emailed response to questions from Spaceflight Now.

“In this case, SpaceX has proposed to reuse future Falcon 9 and/or Crew Dragon systems or components for NASA missions to the International Space Station because they believe it will be beneficial from a safety and/or cost standpoint,” Finch wrote. “NASA performed an in-depth review and determined that the terms of the overall contract modification were in the best interests of the government.”

According to Finch, SpaceX will propose a reuse plan for future crew missions, beginning as early as the Crew-2 flight. He wrote that a specific plan has not been developed yet to proposed which Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 boosters might be reused for the Crew-2 mission and subsequent flights.

“Also, NASA will need to approve that plan after it is proposed by SpaceX,” Finch wrote.

The modification to SpaceX’s commercial crew contract, which was originally signed with NASA in 2014, includes no exchange of funds, according to Finch. …
https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/06/23/nasa-agrees-to-fly-astronauts-on-reused-crew-dragon-spacecraft/
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Re: SpaceX
« Reply #709 on: June 24, 2020, 08:49:04 PM »
Confirmed:  “Zeus” is a “Spot” robot dog from Boston Dynamics, for helping to verify the testing site is safe to re-enter.  Good dog!
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Michael Sheetz (@thesheetztweetz) 6/23/20, 2:03 PM
SpaceX using its @BostonDynamics robot dog in a likely hazardous work zone for people:
https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1275489692075667459

Austin Barnard (@austinbarnard45) 6/23/20, 1:58 PM

Zeus has been spotted
(Credit @LabPadre)
https://twitter.com/austinbarnard45/status/1275488480848744448

SN7:  SpaceX blows up Starship tank to test new metal alloy
https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-starship-tank-blown-up-new-alloy/
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Re: SpaceX
« Reply #710 on: June 24, 2020, 09:20:48 PM »
Starlink
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Spaceflight Now (@SpaceflightNow) 6/24/20, 12:15 PM
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is now vertical on pad 39A in Florida. SpaceX is expected to test-fire the rocket’s Merlin main engines this evening ahead of a launch at 4:39pm EDT (2039 GMT) Thursday.
https://twitter.com/spaceflightnow/status/1275824800225726469

SpaceX gearing up for another launch of Starlink broadband satellites this week
https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/06/23/spacex-gearing-up-for-another-launch-of-starlink-broadband-satellites-this-week/

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SpaceX says it needs 24 launches to provide Starlink Internet coverage over nearly all of the populated world, and 12 launches could enable coverage of higher latitude regions, such as Canada and the northern United States.

The Falcon 9 can loft up to 60 Starlink satellites — each weighing about a quarter-ton — on a single Falcon 9 launch. But launches with secondary payloads, such as BlackSky’s new Earth-imaging satellites, can carry fewer Starlinks to allow the rideshare passengers room to fit on the rocket.

The initial phase of the Starlink network will number 1,584 satellites, according to SpaceX’s regulatory filings with the Federal Communications Commission.


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Starship SN5 has been transported — vertically — to the pad and lifted onto the launch mount.  Road closures for testing have been scheduled for next week.

SpaceX's Starship SN5 Prototype Rolls Out to the Boca Chica Launch Site - YouTube
#https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQpoj62KUnQ
2hr live stream

Image below from:
https://twitter.com/nextspaceflight/status/1275829671280566273

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Michael Baylor (@nextspaceflight) 6/23/20, 3:29 PM
Starship SN5 testing is scheduled to begin June 29 with a window opening at 8 am local time in Boca Chica, Texas.
...
cameroncounty.us/wp-content/upl…
https://twitter.com/nextspaceflight/status/1275511205201768448
Cameron county doc image.
“SN5 pneumatic proof, cryo proof, static fire”
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Re: SpaceX
« Reply #711 on: June 24, 2020, 10:03:14 PM »
—- NASA Teleconference: ISS Spacewalks, Dragon Endeavor, Starliner
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NASA is hosting a pre-spacewalk briefing now, as astronauts Chris Cassidy and Robert Behnken will go outside the space station on July 1 to upgrade some of the ISS batteries.
You can tune in here:

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Preview of Two Upcoming Spacewalks at the International Space Station - YouTube
#https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPiv_viq-nM
https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1275854011082641408

 ~ NASA commercial crew manager Steve Stich on Demo-2 and SpaceX Dragon Endeavour:
"The vehicle is doing extremely well as we put it through its paces."

 
~ Stich: Today NASA will power up Dragon Endeavour to do a systems check, "learning how to manage the systems -- the heaters and thermal performance -- as we go through the changes in the orbit."
 
~ Stich: "We've been watching the power generation of Dragon," which is "generating more power than we expected. That's going extremely well right now."
"Should have about 114 or more days of capability" from Crew Dragon's solar arrays.

 
~ Stich: The Crew Dragon spacecraft for Crew-1 is at SpaceX HQ in Hawthorne, "undergoing checkouts to the propulsion system," a process that should last through the end of June. Dragon's trunk will have acoustic testing "later this week."
 
~ Stich: The Dragon capsule and trunk for Crew-1 should ship to Kennedy Space Center "by the end of next month."
The Falcon 9 rocket for Crew-1 is at McGregor, Texas right now.
 
~ Stich: "Right now we think we need about six weeks of time" between Demo-2 splashing down in early August and Crew-1 launching, "to review all the data from the landing and the undocking."
 

~ Stitch: Boeing is targeting launch of its second orbital flight test of Starliner "at the end of this year."
Boeing "made a lot of changes to the vehicle for the second OFT flight and updating the software is really the pacing item and the testing that's required for that." 
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Re: SpaceX
« Reply #712 on: June 25, 2020, 04:33:50 PM »
“There wasn't the usual tweet from SpaceX that follows shortly after a Static Fire test, per the Starlink mission. Apparently that went well, but the lack of a tweet pointed to a slip. No official word yet, but clearly word is getting around the Space Coast of a one day slip.”  - Spaceflight Now

   Yup!
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SpaceX (@SpaceX) 6/25/20, 9:35 AM
Targeting tomorrow, June 26 at 4:18 p.m. EDT for launch of 57 Starlink satellites and 2 spacecraft from @SpaceflightInc’s customer BlackSky
https://twitter.com/spacex/status/1276146952279744512


—— Also, preparing for the following mission:
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Spaceflight Now (@SpaceflightNow) 6/25/20, 9:52 AM
SpaceX continues fueling a Falcon 9 rocket at pad 40 for a static fire test at 10am EDT (1400 GMT) for a GPS launch next week. This will be the second test-firing of two different Falcon 9 rockets at the Florida spaceport in less than 24 hours. spaceflightnow.com
https://twitter.com/spaceflightnow/status/1276151337080754176

Second static fire complete!  Awaiting word from SpaceX.
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William Harwood (@cbs_spacenews) 6/25/20, 10:07 AM
F9/GPS3: SpaceX carried out a Falcon 9 static firing today at CCAFS LC-40, 1 day after a similar test at KSC LC-39A; ignition today came at 10 AM EDT and firing appeared normal. As usual, we will now stand by for an update from SpaceX on launch status
https://twitter.com/cbs_spacenews/status/1276155034242371592
Static fire photo below.


—- EDIT:  HERE IT IS:
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SpaceX (@SpaceX) 6/25/20, 10:48 AM
Static fire test complete – targeting Tuesday, June 30 for Falcon 9 launch of GPS III Space Vehicle 03 from Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida
https://twitter.com/spacex/status/1276165251290017792
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Re: SpaceX
« Reply #713 on: June 25, 2020, 04:48:52 PM »
—— Starlink
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Peter Nowak (@peternowak) 6/24/20, 5:21 PM
Rural Canadians are psyched about @elonmusk's plan to deliver super-fast internet via satellite. And Big Telecom may have reason to be worried. My latest for the Toronto Star:

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[Paywalled] Elon Musk wants to provide rural Canadians with super-fast internet service via satellite
https://www.thestar.com/amp/business/2020/06/24/elon-musk-wants-to-provide-rural-canadians-with-super-fast-internet-service-via-satellite.html

Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 6/24/20, 5:55 PM
Canada is a major priority for Starlink!
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1275910439579205632

< Will Starlink cover most wilderness areas like traditional internet satellites?  I can't stand the horrible internet speeds of where my family spends their summer at. This would be a legit game-changer, I would even consider buying a lakehouse there.
Elon Musk: Yes, it is designed to serve the least-served

< Will Toronto be included during the initial availability?
Elon Musk:  Yes, although Starlink works best for low population density situations
< this will be a game changer for remote Indigenous communities that have no access to broadband. I work for a Tribal Council in Saskatchewan and we would desperately love to beta test Starlink for you. We have an IT team and are ready to roll.


“According to Shotwell, SpaceX could begin rolling out Starlink internet to customers in the northern US and southern Canada once 14 batches – ~840 operational spacecraft – have been launched. SpaceX’s next Starlink v1.0 launch is scheduled as soon as June 23rd, meaning that an initial rollout could come as early as August or September.”
 
SpaceX Starlink antennas spied at Starship factory for the first time ever
By Eric Ralph June 22, 2020
https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-starlink-antennas-spied-starship-factory/


—— Starships @ Boca Chica
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Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 6/25/20, 3:43 AM
Two Starship tanks in the midbay
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1276058326954938368

Matthew Wilkes. (@mattwgn1983) 6/25/20, 3:52 AM

For a sense of scale folks, there are people working on the top, these things are like space bound skyscrapers. Awesome work everyone at @SpaceX 
Photos below.

—- Just some cool launch video clips at the links:
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Michael Sheetz (@thesheetztweetz) 6/20/20, 5:28 PM
Every NASA angle of the SpaceX Demo-2 launch, a thread:
https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1274454143835549699
...

Rocket Rundown (@RocketRundown) 6/17/20, 4:07 AM
An astonishing tracking shot that lets you glimpse the Falcon 9 stage separation and first stage boost back burn. Credit: NASA/Michelle Stone
https://twitter.com/rocketrundown/status/1273165292986916869
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Re: SpaceX
« Reply #714 on: June 26, 2020, 05:25:55 PM »
—— Cape Canaveral, Florida
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Brady Kenniston (@TheFavoritist) 6/25/20, 2:50 PM
There's quite a lot going on at the Cape right now! Using @julia_bergeron's photo, I marked each point of interest in this shot.

Two Falcon 9s, One Atlas V going to Mars, parts of SLS, and OmegA! These next few months are going to be a lot of fun to watch. 
https://twitter.com/thefavoritist/status/1276226151153688576
Image below.

—- Starship SN5 on the move
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Maria Pointer (@BocachicaMaria1) 6/25/20, 2:02 PM
It isn't everyday we see this view, and what a great view @elonmusk Thanks!
@DESpaceX @SpaceX @NASA #Starship #SpaceX #BocaChica
https://twitter.com/bocachicamaria1/status/1276214114231160832

2020 06 24 Starship SN5 Rollout
 :o OMG, Starship SN5 on the road, vertical, on wheels (two Roll-Lifts!).  My biggest fear is that it will fall over; from the looks of this video, it’s not attached to the Roll-lifts by anything more than a couple bungee cords and a tire chain. ;) Though I suppose if it did tip, attachments wouldn’t help....




—- Artemis testing
NASA would like to practice rendezvous and docking during the crewed Artemis 2 lunar flyby mission, so they aren’t doing everything for the first time during the Artemis 3 moon landing mission.  (There’s not enough time to incorporate additional sensors and software into the uncrewed Artemis 1 for the late 2021 launch.)  They’d like to do the tests while still in Earth orbit, in case problems arise.  But the time needed to incorporate docking hardware into the Artemis 2 Orion risks disrupting the schedule, and besides, a dual launch with, say, a SpaceX DragonXL, presents additional difficulties.  So they may limit the Artemis 2 tests to rendezvous and “proximity operations” with the ICPS stage of the Artemis 2 itself.

NASA studying practice rendezvous options for Artemis 2 Orion
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2020/06/nasa-rendezvous-options-artemis-2-orion/
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Re: SpaceX
« Reply #715 on: June 26, 2020, 08:16:48 PM »
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SpaceX (@SpaceX) 6/26/20, 1:59 PM
Standing down from today’s Starlink mission; team needed additional time for pre-launch checkouts, but Falcon 9 and the satellites are healthy. Will announce new target launch date once confirmed on the Range
https://twitter.com/spacex/status/1276575800687382528

There was some Reddit chatter about an O2 sensor on one of the engines, but that has been deleted.

“This first stage has seen quite a lot! Both coasts of the US, three launch pads, droneship and RTLS landings, Crew Dragon, a commercial payload, and now carrying its 3rd set of Starlink satellites. ...”
https://twitter.com/thefavoritist/status/1276547562061926400
Photo at the link.

The June 30 GPS III launch is for an important customer, so it would not be surprising if SpaceX holds their Starlink launch until after that.
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« Reply #716 on: June 27, 2020, 09:52:39 PM »
—- EVA photo
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Bob Behnken (@AstroBehnken) 6/27/20, 1:49 PM
Yesterday @Astro_SEAL snapped this shot from our worksite on @Space_Station – @SpaceX’s Crew Dragon and @JAXA_en’s HTV in clear view. Not bad for a view while working…
https://twitter.com/astrobehnken/status/1276935650583994368
Photo below. The battery modules being replaced are being held on the platform at the top of the picture.

—-  Starlink launch delayed, SpaceX has not released a revised date/time yet.
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Michael Baylor (@nextspaceflight) 6/26/20, 10:49 PM
And the flight restrictions for June 28 have also been removed. As originally expected, SpaceX will in fact wait until after the GPS mission to launch Starlink. Seems like a sensible plan.
https://twitter.com/nextspaceflight/status/1276709173284057089

Julia (@julia_bergeron) 6/26/20, 10:32 PM

As of about 9:30 pm ET it appears Finn Falgout and OCISLY have hit the gas and are heading back towards Port Canaveral. I guess we'll have to see how these launch dates and ASDS assignments shake out. #SpaceXFleet #GPSIII #Starlink
https://twitter.com/julia_bergeron/status/1276704983631695872
Marine tracking map at the link.

< I'd have thought they'd have kept OCISLY out for the GPS mission and then use JRTI for the next StarLink.
<< They can't. The ships need to be re-supplyed/bunkered after they are a given number of days @ sea. That's why they're going to port right now. JRTI is taking over and the first F9 that will launch in the coming days will land on her.
Julia: Diesel powers the thrusters. The tugs need fuel and the crews need food.

—- Notable Trivia:
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Michael Baylor (@nextspaceflight) 6/26/20, 8:23 PM
June 28 is Elon's birthday. It will also be the five-year anniversary of the CRS-7 anomaly.
~ According to Shotwell [in 2018], SpaceX no longer flies on Elon's birthday (June 28th) after the CRS-7 anomaly on June 28th, 2015.
~ Here's a transcript of the event with Iridium CEO Matt Desch.
https://twitter.com/nextspaceflight/status/1276680750557851648
Text image and transcript link at the link.

—- GPS III satellite ready to go
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Michael Baylor (@nextspaceflight) 6/26/20, 11:03 PM
The @LockheedMartin-built GPS III SV03 spacecraft being encapsulated in the Falcon 9 payload fairing ahead of launch on June 30 at 3:55 pm Eastern.
https://twitter.com/nextspaceflight/status/1276712799251529728
Two photos at the link.


—- Russia to begin flying space tourists again
Russia stopped flying private citizens when NASA needed Soyuz to transport all of its astronauts to the ISS.  But with Crew Dragon now flying, and NASA’s commitment to fly each other’s astronauts with no exchange of funds, a new Russian agreement with Space Adventures makes sense.

Roscosmos says it will send two tourists to the space station in 2023 — and one of them will spacewalk
Jun 25, 2020
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After taking a decade-long break from space tourism, Russia’s state space corporation Roscosmos plans to send two paying tourists to the International Space Station in 2023 on a short flight of the country’s Soyuz spacecraft. While they’re up there, one of the tourists will perform a spacewalk with an experienced Russian cosmonaut — a first for any private citizen visiting the ISS.

To fly the tourists, Roscosmos is working with US company Space Adventures, which arranges spaceflights for wealthy customers. The company has worked with Roscosmos before to send seven private citizens to the International Space Station on eight separate Soyuz trips. The last tourist, Cirque du Soleil co-founder Guy Laliberté, flew to the ISS in September 2009. …
https://www.theverge.com/2020/6/25/21302941/roscosmos-space-adventures-tourists-spacewalk-2023-iss


—- 5G vs. Satellite internet wars: Dish is owned by EchoStar, which owns satellite internet provider Hughesnet.
SpaceX Satellite Internet Plan Hits Dish Ground Interference
June 26, 2020
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[SpaceX] argues that satellite internet services hold more promise on the airwaves than potential 5G. SpaceX’s Starlink will target vast rural areas now without service, while 5G would likely focus on urban zones because 12 GHz signals don’t travel very far on land, the company said.

“Moving forward with the 2016 Petition risks impeding near-term service to Americans in all parts of the country in exchange for an uncertain benefit for only those living in the most concentrated areas,” SpaceX said in its June filing. …
https://news.bloomberglaw.com/tech-and-telecom-law/spacex-satellite-internet-plan-hits-ground-interference-from-dish
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Re: SpaceX
« Reply #717 on: June 29, 2020, 06:30:51 PM »
“SpaceX used the experience of our first launch campaign together to improve their processes.  This led to a 40 percent reduction in the number of questions we presented to them.”
Also, “several million dollars” off the price of the launch, to MEO (Medium Earth Orbit).

SpaceX has Approval to Land a Falcon 9 during U.S. Space Force National Security Mission
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Next week, on June 30th, SpaceX will conduct a mission for the United States Space Force and attempt to recover the Falcon 9 booster for the first time after a military satellite deployment. Falcon 9 will liftoff at around 3:55 p.m. EDT. from Launch Complex 40 at the Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida. It will deploy the military’s third new-generation Global Positioning System GPS-3 satellite (SV03). It will be the company’s second GPS launch for the military.

The first mission took place in December 2018. During that mission, SpaceX used an expendable rocket because the mission required the use of more propellant to get the satellite to a specific orbit. Extra propellant is required to land the rocket. The upcoming GPS-3 mission was initially also planned to be an expendable rocket flight. Over the last couple of months, SpaceX and officials from the U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center agreed to reduce the price of spaceflight in exchange for recovering Falcon 9 boosters.

On June 26 during a press conference, the Space Force’s chief of the Falcon Division (Launch Enterprise Systems Directorate) Walter Lauderdale said SpaceX took off “several million dollars” off the total price of the launch as a tradeoff to recover Falcon 9 rocket boosters used during national security missions. Though, he said SpaceX will not recover rockets during every national security mission. SpaceX is scheduled to conduct three more GPS missions over the next 2 years.

Lauderdale shared the military performed extensive evaluations of rocket recovery mission data before deciding to approve of recovering the rocket during the upcoming mission – “For this launch campaign flow we completed 362 verification tasks and evaluated over 230 risks,” he said. The main concern was that the GPS-3 satellite would not make it into its intended orbit. GPS will operate alongside 31 operational navigation satellites in the United States’ GPS network, in medium Earth orbit (MEO) at an altitude of approximately 20,200 kilometers (12,550 miles) above Earth. Each satellite circles the Earth twice a day to provide time and positioning services globally for the military and civilian users.
https://www.tesmanian.com/blogs/tesmanian-blog/spacex-gps-3-booster

—— Starship
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Austin Barnard (@austinbarnard45) 6/27/20, 3:13 PM
SN5
https://twitter.com/austinbarnard45/status/1276956889826430977
First image below. The bright rectangle on the top of the rocket is a Tesla battery.

Second image is from video:
https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1277359424026402816
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Re: SpaceX
« Reply #718 on: June 30, 2020, 04:32:41 PM »
—- GPS III SV03 mission today
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Gavin - SpaceXFleet.com (@SpaceXFleet) 6/30/20, 9:53 AM
Here's the timeline for the GPS III SV03 mission. The 15-minute launch window opens at 3.55pm EDT today. [1955-2010 GMT.]

Webcast link: youtu.be/6zr0nfG3Xy4 
https://twitter.com/spacexfleet/status/1277963447779512326
 Text images below. Click to embiggen.

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Gavin - SpaceXFleet.com (@SpaceXFleet) 6/29/20, 12:03 PM
Just Read the Instructions droneship has arrived at the landing zone for the GPS III SV03 mission. JRTI is ~634 km downrange.
https://twitter.com/spacexfleet/status/1277633817969385475
Marine tracking image below.

—-
Re the gray patches on the second stage in the photo below (click to embiggen):
"Hans: The 2nd stage grey stripe on a past mission worked as designed to keep propellant at temperature for long-coast missions."
https://twitter.com/ChrisG_NSF/status/1236045593245556738


—- Starship
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< When is this year's Starship update?
<< Most likely September, every presentation from ITS to StarShip have been during September.

Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 6/24/20, 4:45 PM
September sounds about right
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1275892743542173696

This tweet inspired this Starship retrospective from Eric Ralph:
SpaceX Starship event expected this September, says Elon Musk
https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-starship-event-elon-musk-update-2020/amp/
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Re: SpaceX
« Reply #719 on: July 01, 2020, 02:04:01 AM »
This was the 63rd consecutive successful SpaceX mission, the 11th this year, and the third this month.
Both fairing halves were successfully recovered from the water; no catch attempt was planned.

SpaceX launches advanced GPS satellite for US Space Force, sticks rocket landing
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX successfully launched its 11th mission of the year, lofting a next-generation global positioning satellite into space for the U.S. Space Force.

A shiny, white Falcon 9 rocket took to the skies today (June 30) at 4:10 p.m. EDT (2010 GMT), taking off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Today’s launch is part of an ongoing effort by the Department of Defense to upgrade GPS satellites currently in space. The constellation of aging GPS satellites was launched roughly 20 years ago and technology has changed significantly in that time. The particular satellite launched today will replace one of the oldest ones in orbit. … 
https://www.space.com/spacex-space-force-gps-3-sv03-launch-success.html
Images below.


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The European Space Agency‘s decision to make the Ariane 6 rocket expendable (to preserve jobs) means SpaceX has made it outdated before it ever launches.

SpaceX’s reusable Falcon rockets have Europe thinking two steps ahead
By Eric Ralph, June 29, 2020
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In a rare instance of some connection to reality, a European Union commissioner overseeing the space industry has acknowledged the elephant in the room, admitting that SpaceX has changed the game for commercial rockets and that the upcoming Ariane 6 rocket may already be outdated.

While slight, European Commissioner Thierry Breton expressed some level of urgency, stating that “SpaceX has redefined the standards for launchers.” “Ariane 6 is a necessary step, but not the ultimate aim: we must start thinking now about Ariane 7.” Ariane 6 is a new European Space Agency (ESA) rocket designed to replace the existing Ariane 5 workhorse and do [so] while cutting costs. However, the vehicle’s design and the strategy behind it were fixed in place before SpaceX began to routinely demonstrate Falcon 9 reusability, effectively creating a rocket optimized for a market that ceased to exist soon after.

Based on the economically infeasible design decision to build a hybrid first stage with a liquid core and add-on solid rocket boosters (SRBs), as well as the structurally inefficient use of hydrogen and liquid oxygen propellant for the booster, Ariane 6 is designed to compete with the likes of the United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Delta IV, Atlas V, and upcoming Vulcan rockets. Despite several years of halfhearted, half-baked attempts to even consider making parts of Ariane 6 reusable, the rocket will be 100% expendable come its first (and likely last) launches. …
https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-reusable-falcon-rockets-europe-response/
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Re: SpaceX
« Reply #720 on: July 01, 2020, 02:33:13 AM »
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Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 6/30/20, 5:56 PM
Your GPS just got slightly better
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1278085116338884608

SpaceX (@SpaceX) 6/30/20, 5:41 PM

Deployment of GPS III Space Vehicle 03 confirmed
https://twitter.com/spacex/status/1278081295608766464
13-second webcast clip of the satellite deployment at the SpaceX link.
Actually, it will take some time for the satellite to reach its final orbit and complete checkouts. ;)


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Boca Chica road closures have been rescheduled for tonight!
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Chris B - NSF (@NASASpaceflight) 6/30/20, 8:22 PM
Checking in on Starship SN5 before her big test series that begins Tuesday night, as the other Starships line up to await their turn!
Video and Pictures from Mary (@BocaChicaGal). Edited by Jack Beyer (@thejackbeyer)

youtu.be/8ByaPKPHark 
https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1278121669215899658


===== ISS
NASA TV Live events
July 1, Wednesday
6 a.m. – International Space Station Expedition 63 U.S. Spacewalk #66 Coverage. Spacewalk scheduled to begin at 7:20 a.m. EDT with astronauts Cassidy and Behnken and is expected to last up to 7 hours
4 p.m. – International Space Station Expedition 63-64 crew news conference (Rubins, Ryzhikov, Kud-Sverchkov)
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« Reply #721 on: July 01, 2020, 10:30:14 PM »
Starship SN5 completes successful cryogenic proof, commencing test campaign
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SpaceX’s Starship SN5 prototype performed a successful cryogenic proof test at the launch provider’s Boca Chica, Texas facility on Tuesday evening. The test marked a rapid recovery for SpaceX – managing to return to testing a month after the previous vehicle exploded on the pad.

The cryogenic proof is when the vehicle’s propellant tanks are filled with liquid nitrogen and pressurized to flight pressures. Then, hydraulic pistons (otherwise known as a thrust simulator) press against the base of the vehicle to mimic the force of a Raptor engine.
...
[Now] the thrust simulator will be removed, and a Raptor engine will be installed. Within a few days, SpaceX teams should then be ready to move into the engine testing portion of the test campaign.

Like with previous prototypes, SpaceX will likely perform spin prime and preburner tests with the Raptor engine before attempting the first static fire of Starship SN5.

Once the vehicle is ready for engine firings, multiple static fire tests will likely be performed with SN5’s single Raptor engine. The exact number of static fires required has not been confirmed and will likely vary based on test results.

SpaceX teams will use the static fire tests to gain confidence in the vehicle ahead of deciding whether or not to proceed with a 150-meter hop test. The test will be similar to the 150-meter hop performed by Starhopper on Aug 27, 2019. ...
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2020/06/starship-sn5-test-campaign/
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« Reply #722 on: July 03, 2020, 03:44:50 PM »
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Matt (@Booster_Buddies) 7/2/20, 4:35 AM
The @SpaceX fairing made their way back to @PortCanaveral and are in perfect shape it seems.
The teams are getting good at this.
The booster from the GPS-III mission will head into port tomorrow during the daytime.
https://twitter.com/booster_buddies/status/1278608157900750848
Four (nighttime) photos at the link.

Julia (@julia_bergeron) 7/2/20, 7:05 AM
The Sisters Ms. Chief and Ms. Tree are back with their catches. It appears there are complete halves. Tug Lauren Foss and JRTI have quite a bit to go with B1060.1. Early estimate is later tomorrow (5pm-ish) but it is too soon to know for sure. #SpaceXFleet #GPSIII …
https://twitter.com/julia_bergeron/status/1278645870825820162
Marine tracking map at the link.


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SpaceX (@SpaceX) 7/2/20, 3:02 PM
Targeting Wednesday, July 8 for Falcon 9’s tenth launch of Starlink, which will also carry 2 spacecraft from @SpaceflightInc’s customer BlackSky to orbit
https://twitter.com/spacex/status/1278765952935419904

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Jonathan McDowell (@planet4589) 6/30/20, 11:48 AM
#SATCON1 - talk by Mike Sholl from SpaceX (optics expert formerly involved in SNAP and WFIRST). Visorsat is showing good preliminary results. Plan now is to go with visors rather than Darksat-style coatings.
https://twitter.com/planet4589/status/1277992421364768773


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Chris B - NSF (@NASASpaceflight) 7/1/20, 7:43 PM
Amazing raw video from Starship SN5's successful Cryogenic Proof Test (Tuesday/Wednesday) - with the epic sound of Starship breathing for the first time.

Video and Pictures from Mary (@BocaChicaGal). Edited by Jack Beyer (@thejackbeyer)
https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1278474243173502977

SpaceX Boca Chica - Starship SN5 Cryo Test - Sights and Sounds - YouTube


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Jack Beyer (@thejackbeyer) 7/2/20, 1:47 AM
Starship SN5 was readied for a Raptor engine, a new nosecone was moved out of the fabrication tents, and the tracking station tracked GPSIII shortly after launch in today's update. Video/Photos by Mary (@BocaChicaGal) for @NASASpaceflight. Edited by me.
https://twitter.com/thejackbeyer/status/1278565868176150528

SpaceX Boca Chica - Starship SN5 Preps for Raptor and Tracking Station Action - YouTube


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Michael Baylor (@nextspaceflight) 7/2/20, 3:29 PM
New road closures in Boca Chica for Starship SN5 static fire testing starting July 8. Not sure if we will see a static fire on the first day or just spin prime and preburner tests. … 
https://twitter.com/nextspaceflight/status/1278772831505924096

—-
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Starship launches necessitate new FAA review. The Federal Aviation Administration has begun a new environmental review, known as an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), of SpaceX's South Texas Launch Site. "The current testing falls within the current EIS. However, a full-scale Starship launch site falls outside the scope of the 2014 EIS. The FAA is in the early stages of an environmental review. Any proposal must meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and the FAA's policies and procedures," the FAA told the Border Report.

Things have changed in six years ... When SpaceX asked the FAA for (and got) permission to build the world's first commercial space-launch facility in South Texas back in 2014, it told the agency and South Texas communities that this site would be used to launch its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets. For years, environmentalists have pushed for a new review as SpaceX has widened its plans for South Texas to include possible Starship launches.
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/07/rocket-report-dod-rescinds-rocket-awards-europeans-talk-up-ariane-7/


—- OneWeb is rescued
British government and Bharti Global buy OneWeb, plan $1 billion investment to revive company
https://spacenews.com/british-government-and-bharti-global-buy-oneweb-plan-1-billion-investment-to-revive-company/
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« Reply #723 on: July 05, 2020, 10:28:43 PM »
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Chris G - NSF (@ChrisG_NSF)7/3/20, 10:49 AM
The UK will acquire @OneWeb. But how this will be profitable & what the constellation will now be used for -- coupled with a desire to not let everyone use it -- raise large questions about motivations for the buy and OneWeb's future.
ARTICLE [below]
https://twitter.com/chrisg_nsf/status/1279064603750805505

U.K. government acquires OneWeb in curious move
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The government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the U.K.) announced today they are acquiring the U.S. and U.K.-based company OneWeb, which filed for bankruptcy in March 2020 after failing to attract enough capital and customers for its planned internet satellite constellation and operating in a high debt-to-income ratio.

The decision for the U.K. government to purchase OneWeb came with few details about when satellite launches will resume and exactly what the OneWeb satellites will now be used for and even who will have access to them once launched. …
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2020/07/uk-acquires-oneweb/


========
Smallsat rideshare company (and something of a SpaceX competitor) Rocket Lab suffers its first major mishap. (Damn those flights numbered 13! :( )  It appears the second stage shut down early, perhaps during the “battery hot swap” procedure, where a spent battery is ejected and a second one takes over.

Rocket Lab Electron launch fails
https://spacenews.com/rocket-lab-electron-launch-fails/

After a second stage failure, Rocket Lab loses seven satellites
"The In-Space team is absolutely gutted by this news."
Eric Berger - 7/4/2020,
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/07/on-its-13th-launch-rocket-lab-loses-a-mission/

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Rocket Lab (@RocketLab) 7/4/20, 4:51 PM
The launch broadcast for Rocket Lab's 13th Electron launch, 'Pics Or It Didn't Happen', will go live at approx. T-16 minutes. 
https://twitter.com/rocketlab/status/1279518304659374080
Periscope video replay at the link. At ~T+6 min, just as they announce the battery hot swap, things go wrong.  Velocity slows, then accelerates as altitude peaks then decreases.

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Rocket Lab (@RocketLab) 7/4/20, 9:48 PM
A brief statement about today's mission from our founder and CEO, Peter Beck.
https://twitter.com/rocketlab/status/1279593019616837632
90 sec video

Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 7/4/20, 10:07 PM
@RocketLab Sorry to hear about this. Hope you get back to orbit soon. Rockets are hard.
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1279597691182313472
Rocket Lab (@RocketLab) 7/5/20, 1:43 AM

Thanks Elon. Appreciate it! The team is working hard to get us back on the pad soon.

< Why are people focusing on space exploration when our planet is in crisis?
> RocketLab almost entirely launches satellites that serve Earth. Communications, observations (including effects of climate change), etc. So the question’s implicit assumption is false.
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« Reply #724 on: July 05, 2020, 10:46:04 PM »
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Michael Baylor (@nextspaceflight) 7/2/20, 6:25 PM
SAOCOM 1B has a new launch date of July 25. The mission was delayed from late-March due to COVID-19.
https://twitter.com/nextspaceflight/status/1278817006981005312


——-Starship
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Chris B - NSF (@NASASpaceflight) 7/4/20, 10:01 PM
Starship SN5 now has SN27 Raptor installed while work goes on around SpaceX Boca Chica, including the sighting of a mystery dome for a test tank or future Starship. …
https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1279596267996405760
Video below.
< The Aliens in Area51 needed some spare tanks for their trip home. So they got Elon to whip out one for them.
< Road closure notifications suggest static fire testing of Starship SN5 on July 8 or shortly thereafter.

SpaceX Boca Chica - SN27 Raptor Installed - Mystery Dome in work - YouTube


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cnunezimages (@cnunezimages) 7/4/20, 7:59 PM
This thing is HUGE / BlueZilla Crane - #BocaChicaToMars @elonmusk  #SpaceX@cnunezimages  #iCANimagine LLC
https://twitter.com/cnunezimages/status/1279565645563277312
Photo below.

Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 7/5/20, 1:14 PM
It’s absurdly large
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1279825963178618880
< It will be placing Starlink satellites directly into orbit
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« Reply #725 on: July 06, 2020, 10:00:16 PM »
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Kathy Lueders (@KathyLueders) 7/6/20, 1:30 PM
Today is my first day fully transitioned into leading human spaceflight for @NASA. As I move into this new chapter in my professional life, I’m excited for everything we will accomplish! 
https://twitter.com/kathylueders/status/1280192287981658114
Photo at the link. ;)

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NASA Provides Update on Commercial Crew Program
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NASA will host a media teleconference at 2:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, July 7, to discuss the outcome of its High Visibility Close Call review of the December 2019 uncrewed Orbital Flight Test of Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft.

Participants in the briefing will be:
   •   Kathy Lueders, associate administrator of NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate
   •   Steve Stich, manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program

Audio of the teleconference will stream live online at:
https://www.nasa.gov/live
...
Boeing was able to complete a number of test objectives during the December flight, but was unable to reach its planned orbit and dock to the International Space Station. An investigation team was established in March to develop recommendations that could be used to prevent similar scenarios from occurring in the future.

In March, NASA and Boeing completed a joint independent review of the anomalies experienced during the flight test. A summary of recommendations and the action plan already implemented will be available online at:
http://www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew

Boeing’s Orbital Flight Test was an uncrewed test of the company’s Starliner crew spacecraft as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Learn more about commercial crew at:
https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/commercial/crew/index.html
https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-provides-update-on-commercial-crew-program-close-call-review-of-boeing-s-orbital
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« Reply #726 on: July 06, 2020, 10:31:04 PM »
—-  SpaceX Dragon Endeavor Demo-2 mission continues
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SpaceX (@SpaceX) 7/2/20, 5:15 PM
Crew Dragon docked to the @Space_Station 
https://twitter.com/spacex/status/1278799363804811264
Photo below.

Comparison photos:
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Chris B - NSF (@NASASpaceflight) 7/5/20, 1:47 PM
Shuttle Endeavour hanging out at the ISS during her STS-134 mission at the same port (plus IDA) where Dragon Endeavour is currently hanging out.   #ShuttleSunday 
https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1279834261282000898
Photos at the link:  Docked to ISS: 2 pics of shuttle, 1 of Dragon.

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Astronauts complete second spacewalk of ISS battery replacement efforts
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2020/07/astronauts-series-eva-complete-iss-battery-replacements/

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Johnson Space Center (@NASA_Johnson) 7/6/20, 10:57 AM
You've been following the journeys of the crew, but how is the spacecraft that brought them to orbit?
NASA's @AstroBehnken explains the status of @SpaceX's Crew Dragon Endeavour, which is also doing well at its new home aboard the International @Space_Station.
https://twitter.com/nasa_johnson/status/1280153883231297537
~30 sec vid onboard the ISS


====== Starlink orbital animations
Starlink Deployment Animation November 2019 - July 2020 - YouTube
➡️https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXr-XP0ZaE0

Starlink Deployment Animation November 2019 - July 2020
https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/hlotkr/starlink_deployment_animation_november_2019_july
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“This animation shows the deployment of the Starlink satellite network from November 2019 till 5th July 2020.
Each point represents the ascending node (the point where the orbit crosses the equator while going north) of one Starlink sat. You can see the plane shifting SpaceX uses to deploy into multiple planes on one launch.
You can also find a gif variant here:  https://imgur.com/a/7GHYxW7
Still image below.

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Here’s a more detailed Starlink animation. Still image below.

Starlink Constellation Animation (November 2019 - June 2020) - YouTube
➡️https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9eCpPJIcdc

Published on Jun 25, 2020
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This animation shows the initial build-out of the Starlink (v1.0) constellation, starting on 2019/11/17 up to 2020/06/25. The x-axis shows the anomaly past the ascending node (i.e. the position of the satellite in its plane), while the y-axis shows the complement of the longitude of the ascending node (i.e. the position of the plane). The data is plotted in the frame of reference of a satellite in operational orbit in order to correct for nodal precession. The TLE-data was obtained from www.space-track.org and processed in Python. For each time step, the most recent TLE-file of each individual satellite was used. For the time in between (usually 8 hours) the orbits were propagated and smoothed out.



=======  Starship
Starship Development Thread #12 - spacex
https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/hf368o/starship_development_thread_12/
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Vehicle Status as of July 2:
   •   SN5 [testing] - Tankage section cryoproofing complete. Raptor on site, static fire in coming days.
   •   SN6 [construction] - Tankage section stacked.
   •   SN7 [destroyed] - A 3 ring test tank using 304L stainless steel. Tested to failure and repaired and tested to failure again.
Road Closure Schedule as of July 2:
   •   July 8, 9, 10; 08:00-17:00 CDT (UTC-5) - SN5 Static Fire
Check recent comments for real time updates.

At the start of thread #12 Starship SN5 has just moved to the launch site and is preparing for testing. Starship SN6 consists of a fully stacked propulsion section at the assembly site. Starship test articles are expected to make several suborbital hops in the coming months beginning with a 150 meter hop and progressing toward a 20 km hop. Orbital flight requires the SuperHeavy booster, for which a new high bay is soon to be erected. SpaceX continues to focus heavily on development of its Starship production line in Boca Chica, TX.
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« Reply #727 on: July 08, 2020, 03:07:23 PM »
—- Starlink (+ Blacksky sats) launch today!
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SpaceX (@SpaceX) 7/7/20, 6:06 PM
Falcon 9 is vertical on LC-39A ahead of our tenth Starlink mission, targeted for [today] at 11:59 a.m. EDT. Vehicle and payload look good; weather is 60% favorable → spacex.com/launches
https://twitter.com/spacex/status/1280624175590240256

SpaceX’s next batch of Starlink satellites back on the launch pad
July 7, 2020 Stephen Clark
https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/07/07/spacexs-next-batch-of-starlink-satellites-back-on-the-launch-pad/

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SpaceX (@SpaceX) 7/8/20, 11:01 AM
T-1 hour until Falcon 9 launches its tenth Starlink mission; team is monitoring weather conditions. Webcast will go live ~15 minutes before liftoff spacex.com/launches

SpaceX (@SpaceX) 7/8/20, 11:48 AM
Standing down from today’s mission due to weather; proceeding through the countdown until T-1 minute for data collection. Will announce a new target launch date once confirmed on the Range
https://twitter.com/spacex/status/1280891612088823808


——  Next customer launch targeting July 14th
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Nathan Barker (@NASA_Nerd) 7/7/20, 1:55 PM
Before Falcon 9 and Starlink even gets off the ground, the next Falcon 9 launch hazard advisory is on the Range for July 14th. This advisory is covering a period from 4:55 pm EDT to 9:47 pm EDT. This launch will carry KMilSatCom 1 for the South Korean Military.
https://twitter.com/nasa_nerd/status/1280560997237997568

—- Starship
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Michael Baylor (@nextspaceflight) 7/7/20, 6:07 PM
New road closures in Boca Chica! Starship SN5 static fire testing starts July 10. Then, the notice starting July 13 through July 15 says SN5 150 meter launch! Surely too soon? Windows are daily from 8 am to 5 pm local.
cameroncounty.us/spacex/
https://twitter.com/nextspaceflight/status/1280624400694341632

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SpaceX Super Heavy ‘high bay’ construction begins in South Texas
SpaceX began assembling the first building dedicated to Starship's Super Heavy booster on July 7th.
https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-starship-super-heavy-high-bay-construction/amp/


—-  NASA & SpaceX
Congress may allow NASA to launch Europa Clipper on a Falcon Heavy
New budget also offers some hope for Human Landing System.
Eric Berger
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One of the big questions in recent years has been how NASA will get its multi-billion-dollar Europa Clipper mission to Jupiter's moon. In the past, Congress has said this must go on NASA's Space Launch System rocket, but this came with downsides. For one, the SLS rocket likely will cost NASA at least $1.5 billion more than a commercial rocket. Also, because it takes so long to build the large rocket, it's unlikely an SLS would be available for the Clipper before 2026.

Because the spacecraft may be ready to launch as early as 2024, and storing it would lead to increased costs, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has studied alternative launch vehicles. Among the most promising is a Falcon Heavy booster with a kick stage.

In the House legislation, Congress says NASA "shall use the Space Launch System, if available, as the launch vehicles for the Jupiter Europa missions," and plan for an orbiter launch no later than 2025. Because few people at NASA expect an SLS vehicle to be available in 2025, this is a pretty big deal.

It remains to be seen how the US Senate will act—the biggest proponent of the SLS rocket, Alabama's Richard Shelby, chairs the Senate Appropriations subcommittee. …
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/07/house-budget-for-nasa-frees-europa-clipper-from-sls-rocket/

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Excellent review of information from the web conference yesterday.  NASA admits they paid closer attention to SpaceX and its “new” approach, compared to the well known and trusted Boeing.
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Today, NASA released the final results of the Starliner OFT investigation. Now, Boeing teams will move to implement 80 recommendations ahead of OFT-2 later this year and crewed flight in 2021.

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NASA and Boeing Complete Starliner Orbital Flight Test Investigation
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2020/07/nasa-boeing-complete-oft-investigation/
https://twitter.com/tgmetsfan98/status/1280661557614166017

Edit:  Here is a link to the audio briefing, which starts about five minutes in.
NASA Live: NASA Review of December 2019 Boeing Starliner Orbital Flight Test (July 7, 2020)
➡️https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsB1ZWrGero
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« Reply #728 on: July 10, 2020, 07:06:34 PM »
—— Starlink launch
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SpaceX (@SpaceX) 7/9/20, 12:54 PM
Targeting Saturday, July 11 at 10:54 a.m. EDT for Falcon 9 launch of 57 Starlink satellites and 2 BlackSky spacecraft, a @SpaceflightInc customer
https://twitter.com/spacex/status/1281270417311686656

Gavin - SpaceXFleet.com (@SpaceXFleet) 7/9/20, 8:00 PM

Ms. Tree, Ms. Chief, and GO Quest have arrived at the Port of Morehead City to await the revised launch date for Starlink.
OCISLY is still offshore, near the landing zone. Tropical Storm Fay has formed in the area but is moving away.
https://twitter.com/spacexfleet/status/1281377642365812737

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Gavin - SpaceXFleet.com (@SpaceXFleet) 7/9/20, 8:05 PM
OCISLY tug destination name providing us an update on how the crew feel about all these launch delays... 
https://twitter.com/spacexfleet/status/1281379092437368842

Marine traffic — and hurricane forecast! — maps at the link

———  Falcon 9 SAOCOM 1B launch
Two other satellites will be hitching a ride to space with SAOCOM 1B.
Argentine team returns to Florida to prep radar satellite for late July launch
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A team of 18 Argentine engineers is quarantining in Florida this week after arriving from Buenos Aires, observing coronavirus health restrictions before beginning operations at Cape Canaveral next week to ready Argentina’s second radar Earth observation satellite for liftoff as soon as July 25 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Mission managers and engineers from CONAE — Argentina’s National Commission for Space Activities — and SAOCOM 1B satellite manufacturer INVAP arrived in Miami on Saturday aboard a commercial flight from Buenos Aires. The team members were expected to quarantine in a hotel for eight days and drive to Cape Canaveral to resume preparations for launch of the SAOCOM 1B spacecraft.
 …
The SAOCOM 1B engineers who traveled to Florida tested negative for the COVID-19 virus before departing Argentina. They will be tested for the virus again before they are permitted to enter SpaceX facilities at Cape Canaveral, according to CONAE.

The engineers will begin tasks Monday, July 13, to ready the 6,600-pound (3,000-kilogram) SAOCOM 1B spacecraft for launch. The team will verify the health of the satellite after coming out of three months in storage, then encapsulate the spacecraft inside the payload fairing of its Falcon 9 launcher.

Engineers in Argentina will participate in the launch campaign remotely, assisting in virtual readiness reviews before ground controllers take command of the SAOCOM 1B satellite after launch.

When it launches with SAOCOM 1B, the Falcon 9 rocket head south from Cape Canaveral to deploy the spacecraft into a polar orbit 385 miles (620 kilometers) above Earth. The flight will be the first rocket launch from Florida’s Space Coast since 1960 to target a polar orbit.
https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/07/06/argentine-team-returns-to-florida-to-prep-radar-satellite-for-late-july-launch/

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Jack Beyer (@thejackbeyer) 7/9/20, 2:05 AM
Today at SpaceX Boca Chica, Zeus the Robodog was spotted giving its doghouse a try, High Bay construction progressed at lightning pace, and work on SN5 continued ahead of static fire testing. Video + Photos by Mary (@BocaChicaGal) for @NASASpaceflight.

SpaceX Boca Chica - Zeus the Robodog Spotted - High Bay Rises Rapidly


https://twitter.com/thejackbeyer/status/1281107267555700737

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Chris B - NSF (@NASASpaceflight) 7/9/20, 8:35 PM
A mass simulator was installed on Starship SN5, amid a hive of activity at the Production Site where future Starships - and a test tank - are being prepped. …

SpaceX Boca Chica - Mass Simulator on SN5 - New Starships line up


https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1281386518603595776

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Michael Baylor (@nextspaceflight) 7/9/20, 5:20 PM
Starship SN5 testing will now begin no earlier than July 13, per updated road closures.
cameroncounty.us/spacex/
https://twitter.com/nextspaceflight/status/1281337434437906432


==== NASA, Boeing and SpaceX
The engineering culture clash that defines America’s newest spacecraft
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SpaceX’s engineering approach grows from a Silicon Valley-inflected style of product development, while Boeing’s is based on the way complex machines were designed in the era before high-powered computing

“SpaceX has allowed NASA almost complete access to this system, and NASA engineers can gain virtually immediate information and insight into the current configuration…[though it] differs somewhat from traditional systems engineering, there is no question that it provides much the same data and does so more quickly,” the outside safety advisors wrote.

The space world gives a lot of credence to “heritage” hardware and methods—if it worked before, it will work again. That idea may need a refresh.
https://qz.com/1878725/boeings-software-troubles-show-an-engineering-culture-clash/
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« Reply #729 on: July 11, 2020, 05:27:38 PM »
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SpaceX (@SpaceX) 7/11/20, 9:23 AM
Standing down from today's launch of the tenth Starlink mission to allow more time for checkouts; team is working to identify the next launch opportunity. Will announce a new target date once confirmed with the Range
https://twitter.com/spacex/status/1281942134736617472
So… something is not “healthy”? :(

But other launch prep continues:
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Chris G - NSF (@ChrisG_NSF) 7/11/20, 10:01 AM
The #Falcon9 for #ANASIS2 just went vertical on neighbouring SLC-40 for Static Fire later today!
https://twitter.com/chrisg_nsf/status/1281951711146500096
Distant pad pic at the link.

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The biggest competition is over the frequency spectrum ownership. 
How OneWeb’s $1 billion bankruptcy rescue changes the competitive landscape for Elon Musk’s Starlink
Michael Sheetz
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Companies with spectrum licenses must launch 10% of their satellites within two years, 50% within five years and 100% within seven years, or risk losing the right to launch more satellites.

“It was those rules that that prompted OneWeb to launch its last batch of satellites two days before they filed for bankruptcy, because they wanted to hit the 10% milestone and keep their options open,” Quilty said. “But if OneWeb doesn’t get up half their satellites by June of 2023, their license gets squashed.” …
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/10/onewebs-bankruptcy-rescue-changes-the-competition-for-elon-musks-spacex-starlink.html

Reddit comment: But SpaceX is launching Starlinks at a loss….
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To gently push back on this, SpaceX leadership has previously pitched to both the public and investors that Starlink is the key money-maker to the company's future growth. Without being able to fully reuse its rockets, stepping beyond $2 billion/year in revenue means expanding beyond the launch business. Even with a Falcon 9 costing as little as $28 million per launch with partial reuse, SpaceX appears to have realized it's not just about launching more for less but also about expanding its revenue sources (like any 21st century tech company!).
https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/hos9xp/what_onewebs_1_billion_rescue_from_bankruptcy/

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The 2024 target announced by the current administration is unlikely to be met (by NASA, anyway ;))
NASA chief still hopeful to get more money for moon landing effort
July 9, 2020 Stephen Clark
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House lawmakers this week proposed to fund NASA’s human-rated lunar lander development program at less than one-fifth of the level the Trump administration wanted, but NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said Wednesday the House budget bill is just the “opening salvo” in an appropriations process that now goes to the Senate. …
https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/07/09/nasa-chief-still-hopeful-to-get-more-money-for-moon-landing-effort/
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« Reply #730 on: July 15, 2020, 02:49:52 PM »
"The Starlink team is now accepting addresses (instead of just zip codes) at starlink.com, which will improve our ability to provide location specific updates as our network develops.

Starlink private beta begins this summer with public beta to follow. If you are signed up for updates, we will notify you if beta testing opportunities become available in your area. Thank you for your interest in Starlink!"

https://www.starlink.com

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Starlink terminal has motors to self-orient for optimal view angle. No expert installer required. Just plug in & give it a clear view of the sky. Can be in garden, on roof, table, pretty much anywhere, so long as it has a wide view of the sky.
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1283142384268779522
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« Reply #731 on: July 15, 2020, 07:22:18 PM »
“Beta users may have to pay only $1 for a Starlink user terminal and internet service, but they also may need to install the devices themselves — and not talk publicly about their participation in the test program.”

https://www.businessinsider.com/spacex-starlink-wesbite-user-terminal-satellite-dish-pictures-beta-test-2020-7
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—- Demo-2 mission, and Cargo Dragon 2
ISS crew begin second-to-last battery upgrade spacewalk
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Expedition 63 Commander Christopher Cassidy and Joint Operations Commander Robert Behnken, both NASA astronauts, have ventured outside the International Space Station (ISS) for the second-to-last spacewalk to upgrade a portion of the outpost’s batteries located on the S6 truss segment.


Towards the end of EVA-67, Behnken and Cassidy are also scheduled to make their way down from the S6 truss towards the Node 3/Tranquility module in order to prepare the module for installation of the commercially built Bishop cubesat airlock module, which will be used to deploy small satellites from the ISS.

NanoRacks, an American company that has built several technologies utilized today aboard the ISS, have developed Bishop alongside Thales Alenia Space and Boeing, and are set to see it launched in October this year as un-pressurized cargo aboard SpaceX’s Commercial Resupply Services-21 (CRS-21) mission — the first flight of SpaceX’s upgraded Cargo Dragon 2 spacecraft.
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2020/07/iss-prepares-for-battery-upgrade-eva/


—- Starship
Starship SN5 set for a static fire followed shortly by a 150-meter hop attempt
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Starship SN5 is finally set to begin Raptor engine testing this weekend after a successful cryogenic proof test on July 1. If the static fire test is successful, it will clear the way for a 150-meter hop test as early as next week. The 150-meter hop will be the first test flight of a full-scale Starship tank section. …
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2020/07/starship-sn5-static-fire-150-meter-hop/
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« Reply #733 on: July 17, 2020, 07:42:46 PM »
—- Crew Dragon:  Demo-2 & Crew-1
NASA plans to return its astronauts in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft on Aug. 2
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   •   Undocking from ISS at about 8 pm ET on Aug 1
   •   Splashdown in the Atlantic at about 3 pm ET on Aug 2
   •   NASA is looking at weather forecasts more closely after next week's EVA
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/17/nasa-plans-to-return-astronauts-in-spacexs-crew-dragon-on-aug-2.html
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Falcon 9 Rocket Arrives for NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 Mission
 July 16, 2020
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The SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage booster that will launch NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission arrived in Florida on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. The rocket was shipped from the SpaceX facility in McGregor, Texas, and will now undergo prelaunch processing in the company’s facility on nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Photo credit: SpaceX
Photo below.
https://blogs.nasa.gov/commercialcrew/2020/07/16/falcon-9-rocket-arrives-for-nasas-spacex-crew-1-mission/
“This mission will carry NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Michael Hopkins, Shannon Walker, and JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi to the International Space Station for a full-duration mission.”


—- Other launch stuff
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Korean satellite launch postponed. The planned launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Tuesday from Cape Canaveral of a South Korean military communications satellite has been delayed in order to address an issue on the launcher's second stage and potentially replace the hardware if necessary, Spaceflight Now reports.
Being extra paranoid ... This is the second SpaceX mission to be postponed indefinitely in recent days as the company tries to cut turnaround times for reused rockets and produce new upper stages at a rapid rate to meet a fast-paced launch schedule in the coming weeks. "We're being extra paranoid," tweeted Elon Musk, SpaceX's founder and CEO. "Maximizing probability of successful launch is paramount." Launch is now set for no earlier than July 19. …

Spaceflight to debut Sherpa-FX on Falcon 9 mission. The Seattle-based rideshare-management company said this week it will be flying its next-generation orbital-transfer vehicle, Sherpa-FX, on a dedicated rideshare mission with SpaceX. This mission is scheduled to launch on a Falcon 9 no earlier than December 2020. This is another step toward big rockets offering customizable satellite delivery.
Last-mile delivery ... "In-space transportation is essential to meeting our customer's specific needs to get their spacecraft delivered to orbit exactly when and where they want it," said Grant Bonin, senior vice president of business development for Spaceflight Inc. "If you think of typical rideshare as sharing a seat on a train headed to a popular destination, our next-generation Sherpa program enables us to provide a more complete 'door-to-door transportation service.'" …

Small-launch contracts diverted to small-business loans. The $116 million that the US Department of Defense set aside for small-launch contracts under the Defense Production Act have been redirected to other priorities, SpaceNews reports. The Pentagon had approved funding the small-launch contracts but, at the last minute, decided to shift the money to small-business loan programs that were considered a more urgent priority. It is unlikely that those contracts will be awarded any time soon, the US Air Force's top procurement official Will Roper said.
DoD says of the funds: You can't aevum ... About a month ago, the military announced it intended to award contracts to six small-launch providers financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. On July 1 DoD withdrew the contracts that would have been awarded to Aevum, Astra, X-Bow, Rocket Lab, Space Vector, and VOX Space to launch two rideshare missions over the next 24 months. Awarding the launch contracts now will require additional funding from Congress. …
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/07/rocket-report-another-chinese-launch-failure-minotaur-iv-soars/


—- Starship
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Michael Baylor (@nextspaceflight)7/17/20, 9:14 AM
Roads are closed in Boca Chica for Starship SN5 testing. A fuel tanking test is expected today. #SpaceX
https://twitter.com/nextspaceflight/status/1284114269479432192
 
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Jack Beyer (@thejackbeyer) 7/16/20, 1:54 AM
A clear progression in nosecone build quality is evident in our latest Boca Chica Update video, plus new Starship parts lining up at the fab tents and continued rapid growth of the High Bay. Video + Photos by Mary (@BocaChicaGal) for @NASASpaceflight.

SpaceX Boca Chica - Nosecone Progress - High Bay Grows - YouTube

 
https://twitter.com/thejackbeyer/status/1283641139661205504
Screen cap below.
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Julia (@julia_bergeron) 7/16/20, 4:55 PM
Saying goodbye to an old friend today. MK2 has already had the dome and several rings removed. The view on the right is just days old when they were doing internal work. This welding pathfinder helped find the way for the Boca Chica crew to continue development.
#Starship 
https://twitter.com/julia_bergeron/status/1283867836629299200
Two photos at the link.
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Re: SpaceX
« Reply #734 on: July 20, 2020, 06:35:27 PM »
SpaceX launch scheduled for today.

South Korea’s Anasis 2 military communications satellite, built in Europe by Airbus, is set for liftoff Monday from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on top of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The launch window opens at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT) and extends until 8:55 p.m. EDT (0055 GMT).

Details and discussion:
ANASIS-II Official Launch Discussion & Updates Thread
https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/hu6sci/rspacex_anasisii_official_launch_discussion/

“ANASIS-II is a South Korean military communications satellite, built by Airbus Defense and Space and operated by South Korea's Agency for Defense Development. Based on the Eurostar-3000 platform the satellite will operate in geostationary orbit and provide wide coverage over the Korean Peninsula. A Falcon 9 rocket will deliver the spacecraft to a geostationary transfer orbit and the booster will land on a drone ship downrange.”
Liftoff currently scheduled for July 20 21:00-00:55 UTC (17:00-20:55 EDT local)

Watch at:   SpaceX.com
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Re: SpaceX
« Reply #735 on: July 21, 2020, 12:34:20 AM »
ANASIS-II

Both fairing halves caught, by Ms. Tree and Ms. Chief.  (A first!)

Booster landed successfully on JRTI drone ship.

And, oh yeah, satellite deployed into GTO orbit!  8)
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« Reply #736 on: July 21, 2020, 02:43:48 PM »
——Demo-2
— Aboard the ISS
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Bob Behnken (@AstroBehnken) 7/20/20, 5:51 PM
Technology development is one of @Space_Station’s many missions. I recently had the rare opportunity to open the expandable module know as BEAM to perform some activities inside. We both launched on @SpaceX rockets to get here!
https://twitter.com/astrobehnken/status/1285331572187594758
Brief time Lapse at the link — opening the hatches to the BEAM.

—- More practice for splashdown/rescue
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Gavin - SpaceXFleet.com (@SpaceXFleet) 7/18/20, 9:43 AM
Crew Dragon recovery ship GO Navigator is heading offshore to conduct a sea trial.
There's a mockup Dragon capsule on the deck and a sizeable group of people standing on the helipad above.
https://twitter.com/spacexfleet/status/1284483941693566976
Photos at the link.


—- SpaceX ANASIS-II mission successes
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Gavin - SpaceXFleet.com (@SpaceXFleet) 7/20/20, 5:22 PM
Ms. Tree and Ms. Chief are configured to catch the payload fairing.
The team will conduct a poll about two minutes before the attempt to decide whether to proceed.
https://twitter.com/spacexfleet/status/1285324115025551365
Image below.

 > > HAT TRICK!
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Gavin - SpaceXFleet.com (@SpaceXFleet) 7/21/20, 7:10 AM
Recovery team reacts to yesterday's fairing catch success with a new destination name!
https://twitter.com/spacexfleet/status/1285532671842680832
~ 1 booster + 2 fairing halves = hat-trick :D
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Whole Mars Catalog (@WholeMarsBlog) 7/20/20, 5:42 PM
just another casual autonomous rocket launch and landing nbd
https://twitter.com/wholemarsblog/status/1285329200828706816
~ there are humans in space that elon put there, whatever.   we’ll send more soon
< Wouldn’t it be crazy if the mastermind behind the autonomous rockets also made autonomous cars
<< At least here they don't chant for rocket landing "competition is coming"

Whole Mars Catalog (@WholeMarsBlog) 7/20/20, 5:51 PM
So that was the same rocket that took Bob and Doug to Space.
And now it’s back on Earth again. Amazing, right?
https://twitter.com/wholemarsblog/status/1285331514301902848
~ how funny is it that lockheed martin needs to launch a satellite and they call @elonmusk
~ well they probably called Shotwell but you know what I mean

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Viv  (@flcnhvy) 7/20/20, 5:40 PM
SpaceX just broke the turnaround record for an orbital rocket! B1058, which previously launched @AstroBehnken & @Astro_Doug to the ISS, was reused after only 51 days — beating Space Shuttle Atlantis’ record of 54 days. Congrats @elonmusk & @SpaceX
https://twitter.com/flcnhvy/status/1285328667258826753

Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 7/20/20, 5:51 PM

 Still long way to go. Reuse only matters to degree that it’s rapid & complete.
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1285331502381715456


—- Starship
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Jack Beyer (@thejackbeyer) 7/21/20, 5:04 AM
Starship SN8's Common Dome has been spotted, clearly labeled (I love when they do that). SN5 underwent a fueling test and the next level of the High Bay has started to go up. Video + Photos by Mary (@BocaChicaGal) for @NASASpaceflight. Edited by me.
https://twitter.com/thejackbeyer/status/1285500791319482368

SpaceX Boca Chica - SN8 Common Dome Spotted - SN5 Fueling Test

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Re: SpaceX
« Reply #737 on: July 21, 2020, 10:01:14 PM »
Falcon 9, Anasis-II launch
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SpaceX (@SpaceX) 7/21/20, 1:46 PM
Videos of yesterday’s catch of both fairing halves
https://twitter.com/spacex/status/1285632260721573890
Two 17-second vids from below the boats’ nets!

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SpaceX (@SpaceX)7/20/20, 5:39 PM
 
Falcon 9’s first stage has landed on the Just Read the Instructions droneship 
https://twitter.com/spacex/status/1285328437847052288
Vid clip.  The feed for the landings keeps improving!

(Quieter SpaceX crowd reaction on the webcast was probably due to COVID crowd size limitations at Hawthorne. :'( )

Reddit comment:  The same rocket that flew people to the space station landed, got fixed up, flew again, and landed again all before they came back. That is fucking amazing to me!!

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Cosmic Perspective (@considercosmos)7/21/20, 8:26 AM
Engine closeup in flight
Another look at @SpaceX Falcon 9 with #ANASIS2 and telescopic tracked slomo
crazy scope crew
https://twitter.com/considercosmos/status/1285551724095315968
1:39 vid: awesome, clear tracking shot of F9. Audio silent > rumble > musical tones.  Vid then moves on to show tracking camera setup!


< Could you please convert this into an hour long version of a grey noise video?
Cosmic Perspective (@considercosmos) 7/21/20, 1:34 PM
[It’s about three minutes] but listen to this clean recording from the launch
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> Binaural audio of liftoff from SpaceX ANASIS-II rocket launch by Cosmic Perspective
https://soundcloud.com/considerthecosmos/binaural-audio-of-liftoff-from-spacex-anasis-ii-rocket-launch
We captured binaural audio from just a couple of miles away from the launchpad during the SpaceX ANASIS-II rocket launch. This was one of the loudest launches I can recall, and you'll hear some of that peaking. But, you'll also hear the faint sounds of water and whispers of excited photographers and journalists as we approach countdown.
https://twitter.com/considercosmos/status/1285629219364536321
<< It's official: Rocket Porn is a thing

< The crackling sound of the Merlins is extremely soothing like the sounds of nature. I'm sure Raptors will be more intense in flight.
Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 7/21/20, 12:46 PM
Sound & flame color will be quite different
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1285617058995200000 [/size]

—- Starship
A Starship part spotted on July 20th confirms that SpaceX is already well into the process of building a significantly upgraded full-scale prototype.
SpaceX begins building upgraded Starship prototype
By Eric Ralph July 21, 2020
https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-starship-sn8-upgraded-prototype/
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Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 7/21/20, 12:31 PM
We’re rapidly changing alloy constituents & forming methods, so traditional names like 304L will become more of an approximation

< Elon, what's the update on SN5?
Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 7/21/20, 12:49 PM
  Will attempt to fly later this week  
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1285617982970961921

—- Starlink
SpaceX Employee Posts First Starlink User Terminal Unboxing Video
https://rocketrundown.com/spacex-employee-posts-first-starlink-user-terminal-unboxing-video/
Lead Manufacturing Engineer and webcast host Jessie Anderson
[ Compilation of really short clips, with Jesse’s face blurred out.  Boxes. Antenna and router. Black Foam padding.  Antenna standing pointed upright on a balcony.]
➡️http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaqO-rup65w
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« Reply #738 on: July 23, 2020, 09:38:02 PM »
—— Crew Dragon
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Eric Berger (@SciGuySpace) 7/22/20, 2:07 PM
NASA is currently targeting 2:35 p.m. ET (18:35 UTC) on Sunday, August 2, 2020 for the landing of the Dragonship Endeavour mission.
https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1285999905274814469

< is "Dragonship" the style now?
Eric Berger: There’s multiple styles: Demo-2, Crew Dragon, Dragonship, Endeavour, but I like that one the best.

(Splashdown is ~19 hours after undocking from ISS)

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Jeff Foust (@jeff_foust) 7/23/20, 10:47 AM
Panel member Don McErlean says that landing the Demo-2 mission will be a challenge because of “limited wind margins” on this capsule. Have seven landing sites to choose from off east and west coasts of Florida, up from three.
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1286311950624993281

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Jeff Foust (@jeff_foust) 7/23/20, 10:48 AM
McErlean: NASA’s plans call for reusing the Falcon 9 booster from the Crew-1 mission on the Crew-2 mission, and to reuse the Demo-2 capsule for Crew-2 as well.
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1286312153193029633

[Note:  Dragon’s solar panels that were a limiting factor on Demo-2 are on the trunk, which is jettisoned and burns up upon reentry.  So the new trunk for the refurbished Dragonship will have upgraded solar cells.]

——
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Jeff Foulst (@jeff_foust) 7/23/20, 10:52 AM
McErlean: panel continues to be concerned about quality control problems that have seemingly plagued the Boeing commercial crew program. 
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1286313196723343360


—- Starship
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Jack Beyer (@thejackbeyer) 7/23/20, 4:44 AM
The Mk1 Fins are hoisted into position, SN8's Common Dome is flipped, a new nosecone (with a header tank weld) appears in the nosecone fab tent, and mods to SN2 continue. Video + Photos by Mary (@BocaChicaGal) for @NASASpaceflight. Edited by me.

SpaceX Boca Chica - Mk1 Fins Mounted - SN8 Common Dome Flip - YouTube
➡️https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9V2tW0wVWY 
https://twitter.com/thejackbeyer/status/1286220517549019137
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« Reply #739 on: July 23, 2020, 10:07:09 PM »
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Here's a map of all the potential Dragon splashdown locations for the Demo-2 mission.

Scrollable map: bit.ly/2ZUVd9u 
https://twitter.com/spacexfleet/status/1286390630466322432
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Re: SpaceX
« Reply #740 on: July 25, 2020, 04:02:59 AM »
https://mobile.twitter.com/djulik/status/1286053695956881409

17 30-second images of the comet added up by @cielodecanarias, completely photobombed by @elonmusk's #Starlink satellites. It's a few hundreds of them right now,there will be a few thousands in the near future. @SpaceX is committed to coating orienting them better but still....



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Re: SpaceX
« Reply #741 on: July 25, 2020, 03:59:24 PM »
https://mobile.twitter.com/djulik/status/1286053695956881409

17 30-second images of the comet added up by @cielodecanarias, completely photobombed by @elonmusk's #Starlink satellites. It's a few hundreds of them right now,there will be a few thousands in the near future. @SpaceX is committed to coating orienting them better but still....

Many of the satellites are still raising their orbits, and so they are not at their final altitude, or spacing, or less reflective configuration.  SpaceX is continually improving the satellites to address astronomical concerns, so satellite appearances in the future will be different than today.
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« Reply #742 on: July 25, 2020, 04:07:51 PM »
——- Demo-2
Weather permitting….
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Tyler Gray (@TylerG1998) 7/24/20, 6:52 PM
Heads up! We now have exact times for the departure and splashdown of #CrewDragon Endeavour with @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug onboard.
  Undocking: Aug. 1 @ 7:34 pm ET (23:34 UTC)
  Splashdown: Aug. 2 @ 2:42 pm ET (18:42 UTC)

Presser from @NASA:

NASA to Provide Coverage of Astronauts’ Return from Space Station
https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-to-provide-coverage-of-astronauts-return-from-space-station-on-spacex-commercial
Schedule of press events.

https://twitter.com/tylerg1998/status/1286796353587355651

Tyler Gray (@TylerG1998) 7/24/20, 6:56 PM

NASA TV will also provide coverage of Bob & Doug’s farewell ceremony, starting at 9:10 am ET (13:10 UTC) on Aug. 1. Departure coverage will start just over 8 hours later.
A final target landing zone for Endeavour has not yet been determined.

—-
Top 10 Things to Know for NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 Return
Astronauts remain in the capsule until it is safely aboard the recovery ship.
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Once the capsule is on the recovery vessel, it is moved to a stable location for the hatch to be opened for waiting medical professionals to conduct initial checks and assist Behnken and Hurley out of Dragon Endeavour.
This entire process is expected to take approximately 45 to 60 minutes, depending on spacecraft and sea state conditions.
...
Who recovers the crew and the Dragon Endeavour capsule from the water? What vehicles and personnel are involved?
For splashdown at any of the seven potential sites, SpaceX personnel will be on location to recover the capsule from the water. Two recovery ships, the Go Searcher and the Go Navigator, split locations between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida. On either ship will be more than 40 personnel from SpaceX and NASA, made up of spacecraft engineers, trained water recovery experts, medical professionals, the ship’s crew, NASA cargo experts, and others to assist in the recovery.
...
“Dragon Endeavour will be returned back to the SpaceX Dragon Lair in Florida for inspection and processing.”
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/top-10-things-to-know-for-nasa-s-spacex-demo-2-return


NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 Test Flight: Space Station Departure and Splashdown Criteria
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NASA and SpaceX are capable of supporting seven splashdown sites off the coast of Florida for the return of NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 test flight with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley from the International Space Station as part the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.

About two days prior to return, NASA and SpaceX teams will select primary and alternate splashdown target locations from the seven possible sites, with additional decision milestones about where Crew Dragon will splashdown taking place prior to the astronauts boarding the spacecraft, during free flight and before Crew Dragon performs a deorbit burn.

Crew Dragon has the capability to execute a unique series of orbit-lowering maneuvers using its Draco thrusters to line up its ground track for each primary location and maintain the capability to change to alternate sites in free-flight as weather constraints dictate.
https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/ccp_splashdown.pdf

—-
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NASA Commercial Crew (@Commercial_Crew) 7/23/20, 8:21 AM
While in orbit, astronauts @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug performed a habitability assessment of the @SpaceX Crew Dragon. This included:
✔️ Opening and closing the hatch
✔️ Operating the waste system
✔️ Moving cargo back into the vehicle

https://blogs.nasa.gov/commercialcrew/2020/07/22/astronauts-perform-habitability-assessment-of-spacex-crew-dragon-while-in-orbit/
https://twitter.com/commercial_crew/status/1286275275790196738


—- Next Starlink launch
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Nathan  Barker (@NASA_Nerd) 7/24/20, 10:59 AM
A NOTAM has now been issued for the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch with Starlink on the 29th.
https://twitter.com/nasa_nerd/status/1286677489931223043
[Image at the link.]
< And SAOCOM?
<<At this point, it's NET early-August given the Range schedule with Perseverance [Mars mission].


—-  Starship vs. Tropical Storm Hanna (SN5 static fire may still happen today!  Live webcast:  youtu.be/8c1Y65D5vyI )
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Michael Baylor (@nextspaceflight) 7/24/20, 3:56 PM
Starship SN5 static fire set for July 25 with a closure window lasting from 8 am to 8 pm Central time. Testing will be weather permitting, with a tropical storm expected to make landfall in South Texas over the next 24 hours or so. 
https://twitter.com/nextspaceflight/status/1286752242133897222
Text image at the link: backup dates are Sunday and Monday, July 26 & 27!
“Launch Window:  N/A”

—-
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Chris B - NSF (@NASASpaceflight)7/24/20, 11:56 PM
Stormy weather is heading to Boca Chica, causing the nosecones to seek shelter, although Starship SN5 remains in a stance for a potential Static Fire test Saturday.

Video and Pictures from Mary (@BocaChicaGal). Edited by Jack Beyer (@thejackbeyer)
➡️ youtu.be/cdfEhOBdX8g 
https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1286872989103947778

Recent image below from Storm Radar app.
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Re: SpaceX
« Reply #743 on: July 25, 2020, 05:28:55 PM »
Starlink has been put back to July 31 07:45 UTC.

https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/
http://www.launchphotography.com/Delta_4_Atlas_5_Falcon_9_Launch_Viewing.html

Hanna uprated to a hurricane.

Static fire with hurricane not all that far north of site seems unlikely, but what do I know?

Well road reopened probably settles that.
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« Reply #744 on: July 25, 2020, 07:01:50 PM »
...
Hanna uprated to a hurricane.

Static fire with hurricane not all that far north of site seems unlikely, but what do I know?

Well road reopened probably settles that.

I can’t imagine loading cryo-temp fuels in the rain. :o  Maybe they thought they could fit a static fire in between rain bands? — SpaceX fully loads both stages of the Falcon 9 within about 45 minutes. 
They recently installed a bunch of new weather equipment at Boca Chica, and they’re not flying, so...?
Anyway, backup dates are Sunday and Monday.  No weekend off, unless Hanna stalls nearby.
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« Reply #745 on: July 26, 2020, 06:13:28 PM »
—- Demo-2 Falcon 9
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Gavin - SpaceXFleet.com (@SpaceXFleet) 7/26/20, 9:43 AM
NASA Administrator visits B1058 at Port Canaveral!
https://twitter.com/spacexfleet/status/1287383015543508992

Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) 7/26/20, 9:42 AM 

Look what I found this morning! #LaunchAmerica
https://twitter.com/jimbridenstine/status/1287382779706200067
[Photo below.]
< That American rocket launched American astronauts from American soil.
<< And launched a Korean [satellite] shortly after
<<< ;D


—- Starship / Boca Chica / Hanna
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Michael Baylor (@nextspaceflight) 7/25/20, 11:28 PM
Starship SN5 static fire now set for Monday July 27. Unsurprising, due to the storm currently moving through the area.
cameroncounty.us/spacex/ 
https://twitter.com/nextspaceflight/status/1287228332958838784
Text image at the link.

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Brady Kenniston (@TheFavoritist) 7/25/20, 7:37 PM
The Boca Chica team battens down the hatches as Hurricane Hanna begins to make landfall in South Texas. Starship SN5 remains standing tall after a scrubbed static fire attempt earlier this morning.
Video from Mary (@BocaChicaGal)
➡️ youtu.be/sM8TSuWQToM
“Stormy Starships”

Elon Musk (@elonmusk)7/25/20, 8:02 PM
Yeah, we’re hunkering down here until the hurricane passes
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1287176336310702080

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« Reply #746 on: July 27, 2020, 03:13:18 PM »
Starship SN5 survives Hanna, waits for Static Fire test
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During a gap in the weather, Mary popped out for a quick drive past the launch site and production facility, highlighting the rare sight of work halting for the storm and even Bluezilla lowered for a rare break to protect any potential impacts of wind gusts.

Following the passing of Hanna, Mary took a trip outside to check on the facility, finding everything – bar some localized flooding – appeared to have avoided any major impact from the storm. Notably, there was a temp roadblock at the launch site, believed to be related to local flooding on the access road.

However, SN5 was then spotted venting by Mary, pointing to SN5 being pressurized overnight before undergoing depressing on Sunday.

The latest roadblock notices point to a potential second attempt to Static Fire Raptor SN27 on Starship SN5 as early as Monday, pending local conditions, not least access due to some localized flooding on the access roads.
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2020/07/starship-sn5-waits-for-sf/
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Re: SpaceX
« Reply #747 on: July 28, 2020, 03:55:01 PM »
SpaceX Starship engine test aborted twice in one day by hurricane damage and bugs
Eric Ralph, July 28, 2020
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SpaceX has been unable to catch a break in the last few weeks and CEO Elon Musk says that a Starship Raptor engine test was delayed twice in one day by minor hardware bugs and damage caused by Hurricane Hanna.

Although it quickly devolved into a tropical storm and largely missed the southernmost tip of Texas, where SpaceX has built its Starship factory and test facilities, Hanna caused significant damage just a few dozen miles to the north. Above all else, the flooding caused by Hanna has by far been the worst part of the storm. Boca Chica managed to dodge the bulk of that element but was still hit by heavy rain that lasted for a day or two, drenching everything that wasn’t covered and nearly flooding the only access road.

According to Musk, an unspecified “connector” related to Starship SN5 or the pad supporting it was damaged by Hanna’s glancing encounter with SpaceX’s facilities. The connector was ultimately fixed around 7-8 pm CDT per unofficial webcasts showing technicians working around the rocket after they returned to the pad, but SpaceX’s test window technically closed at 8 pm CDT (01:00 UTC).

Nevertheless, SpaceX must have been able to work with local sheriffs to extend that road closure into the night, and – as promised by CEO Elon Musk – testing restarted around 9:30 pm CDT. About an hour and a half later, Starship SN5 appeared to make it all the way through a partial wet dress rehearsal before its Raptor engine test fire was aborted a second time. Based on four static fires completed by Starship SN4 in May 2020, the rocket could have been just a few minutes away from ignition.

According to Musk, Starship SN5’s fuel (methane) “spin valve” – presumably a valve that opens to allow methane gas to spin up Raptor’s fuel turbopump – failed to open when it was supposed to. To ensure Raptor’s health after three inactive weeks spent installed on Starship out in the elements, SpaceX likely planned what is known as a “spin prime” test directly prior to the static fire. If Raptor successfully spun up its turbopumps, SpaceX would proceed directly into static fire operations without having to detank Starship.

During SN5’s second July 27th static fire attempt, Raptor was unable to start that spin prime test, forcing SpaceX to stand down to diagnose and fix the problem. Musk says that SpaceX will attempt to static fire Starship SN5 again tomorrow (July 28th) – assuming the issue can be quickly rectified. …
https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-starship-engine-test-two-aborts-one-day/amp/
Article includes video from the live stream, and Musk’s tweets from on-site.

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Activity at the Florida Cape is pretty much on hold to assure the critical “Mars 2020” mission launches within its limited departure window — it’s currently scheduled for Thursday, 1150-1350 GMT (7:50-9:50 a.m. EDT).  So Starlink 9 is delayed again.

Aug. 1:  Falcon 9 • Starlink 9/BlackSky Global
Launch time: 0721 GMT (3:21 a.m. EDT)
Launch site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is expected to launch the tenth batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated Starlink 9. Two Earth observation microsatellites for BlackSky Global, a Seattle-based company, will launch as rideshare payloads on this mission. Moved forward from June 24. Delayed from June 23, June 25 and June 26. Scrubbed on July 8 due to poor weather. Scrubbed on July 11 due to technical issue. Delayed from July 29 and July 31. [updated July 27]
https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/
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Re: SpaceX
« Reply #748 on: July 28, 2020, 04:25:45 PM »
Better for Boeing to be more concerned about getting things right, than getting them done fast.  And SpaceX needs to keep NASA in the loop about their continually evolving hardware.

Safety panel concerned about quality control on Boeing crew capsule
July 27, 2020 Stephen Clark
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Donald McErlean, a seasoned aerospace industry consultant and member of NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, said July 23 that Boeing is making progress toward resolving the technical problems. Boeing plans to fly a second, previously-unplanned Starliner Orbital Flight Test to the space station late this year, followed by a Crew Flight Test in the first half of 2021 with a three-person team of astronauts on-board.

“However, despite this progress, which is definite and in fact measurable, the panel continues to be concerned about quality control problems that seemingly have plagued the Boeing commercial crew program,” said McErlean, a former chief engineer for the U.S. Navy’s aviation programs. …

The panel recommended NASA’s Commercial Crew Program “maintain a balance” between setting and achieving schedule milestones and ensuring managers make appropriate technical decisions, according to McErlean.

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NASA last month said it will allow SpaceX to reuse Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 boosters for NASA astronaut missions. NASA says SpaceX could begin reusing Crew Dragon vehicles and Falcon 9 first stages on crewed launches beginning with the second post-certification mission, or Crew-2.

The Crew-2 launch is scheduled in February 2021. The Crew-1 mission — SpaceX’s first operational astronaut flight — is slated to fly with a brand new Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket.

McErlean, speaking for the safety advisory panel, said NASA must also keep up with SpaceX’s philosophy of “constantly evolving vehicle designs” with an “ongoing formal safety-related process” to ensure the modifications remain within the agency’s human-rating certification requirements.

“With the completion of the Demo-2 mission and appropriate vehicle changes driven by the data gathered during that mission, NASA will have a essentially concluded the required certification process for flying NASA personnel on SpaceX hardware,” McErlean said. “However, it is the panel’s opinion that given the SpaceX approach to hardware upgrades, NASA has to decide by what processes it will continue to monitor vehicle and system changes to ensure that those changes still remain within an appropriately certified safety posture for human spaceflight operations.”
https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/07/27/safety-panel-concerned-about-quality-control-on-boeing-crew-capsule/
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NASA announces astronauts for Crew-2 mission, with “spring 2021” target

NASA Announces Astronauts to Fly on SpaceX Crew-2 Mission
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NASA and its international partners have assigned crew members for Crew-2, which will be the second operational SpaceX Crew Dragon flight to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur will serve as spacecraft commander and pilot, respectively, for the mission. JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet will join as mission specialists.

Crew-2 is targeted to launch in spring 2021, following the successful completion of both NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 test flight mission, which is expected to return to Earth Aug. 2, and the launch of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission, which is targeted for late September. The Crew-2 astronauts will remain aboard the space station for approximately six months as expedition crew members, along with three crewmates who will launch via a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The increase of the full space station crew complement to seven members – over the previous six – will allow NASA to effectively double the amount of science that can be conducted in space. ... 
https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-announces-astronauts-to-fly-on-spacex-crew-2-mission-to-space-station
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