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Old 12-22-2017, 07:59 PM   #61
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 But it makes sense considering the CoG of a typical 4WD sports car.
I was wondering why it wasn't oriented perpendicular or parallel to the longitudinal axis, but I guess it's because it couldn't fit in the fairing if it was perpendicular, and it wasn't designed to take the longitudinal loads if it was parallel.
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Old 12-22-2017, 08:17 PM   #62
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 There's also the Top Gear upper stage idea. Also fails miserably, but even more spectacularly. I really want to know how you get a permit to do this, this is freaking awesome.
For many things it is much easier to ask for forgiveness afterwards rather than permission beforehand.
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Old 12-23-2017, 12:26 AM   #63
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 For many things it is much easier to ask for forgiveness afterwards rather than permission beforehand.
Not when going to prison for building and flying a guided missile is the thing you are asking to be forgiven for LOL.
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Old 12-23-2017, 02:07 AM   #64
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It's OUT now! Finally, photos from SpaceX!









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 Any word if launch date set...?

Also remember reading article that Musk was planning a manned circumlunar flight using a Dragon capsule for late 2018 - in time for 50 th Anniversary of
Apollo 8.
Launch date has not been set. (I will update this thread's title with the correct launch date/time when released.) However, there are rumors that static fire might be delayed to January 2018. For the circumlunar flight, r/SpaceX Reddit and some online sources claim that it would happen in 2019 instead of the previous date (2018).
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Old 12-26-2017, 11:57 PM   #65
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 They should have hired the Mythbusters to build the upper stage....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHUsGFGhfmk
...or not...

Tried to do it several times - each time ended in epic fail

Myth was busted.......
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Old 12-28-2017, 05:43 PM   #66
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Vertical on LC-39A
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Old 01-01-2018, 06:20 PM   #67
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Static fire: 1/6/18

Launch NET: 1/15/18
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Old 01-01-2018, 06:50 PM   #68
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Wow, coming up fast!
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Old 01-02-2018, 12:07 AM   #69
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That's pretty ambitious. I'd bet on a slip for the launch date based on results of the static fire as this is probably the first time the entire stack has been fired together. Vibration analysis, ground service equipment integration checks, etc..

But maybe things will go well?
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Old 01-04-2018, 02:31 PM   #70
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Is it close enough to the new year to count as fireworks if it explodes?
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Old 01-04-2018, 05:55 PM   #71
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I just hope it doesn't blow up the pad.
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Old 01-04-2018, 08:22 PM   #72
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Why is everyone always so worried about the pad?
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Old 01-04-2018, 08:49 PM   #73
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If a malfunctioning rocket destroys a pad on the first launch from that pad, it's cryptographically useful: a one-time pad.
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Old 01-04-2018, 09:08 PM   #74
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Plus it's LC-39A. Every space fan will cry if LC-39A gets blown up.
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Old 01-05-2018, 11:41 PM   #75
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 Plus it's LC-39A. Every space fan will cry if LC-39A gets blown up.
LC-39A can take care of itself. It handled Saturn Vs and several dozen shuttle launches. SpaceX doesn't utilize the crawler which would be quite the loss if that got blown up. The rest of it is a lot of steel and concrete civil work. It would be unfortunate if it got blown up but it's not alien technology that is irreplaceable. If it knocked the remainder of the RSS off it might actually be a win.
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