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    Falcon Heavy will be flexing its muscles a bit; three direct to geostationary satellites at once. No GTO (geostationary transfer orbit), straight to 35,785 km (22,236 miles).

    USSF-44: a US spysat

    Aurora 4A: a commercial commsat

    TETRA-1: a tech demo microsat built by Boeing's Millennium Space Systems [read: Boeing Phantom Works] for USSF's Space and Missile Systems Center’s Space Enterprise Consortium

    Date: October 9, 2021
    Time: TBA
    Pad: LC-39A
    Recovery: Expended center core. 2 boosters on Just Read the Instructions and A Shortfall of Gravitas
    Orbit: direct insertion to geosynchronous orbit

    Bring yer popcorn

    Aurora 4A
    https://www.anchoragepress.com/news/...aade192f0.html

    TETRA-1
    https://www.satellitetoday.com/gover...dy-for-launch/

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    Quick Disconnect arm, which also houses the umbilicals connector plate.

    They'll likely move Booster 4 off the launch mount to install the catcher arms (aka: "chopsticks").

    https://twitter.com/RGVaerialphotos/...13219084472329

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    Quick Disconnect arm, which also houses the umbilicals connector plate.

    They'll likely move Booster 4 off the launch mount to install the catcher arms (aka: "chopsticks").

    https://twitter.com/RGVaerialphotos/...13219084472329
    I like it when you quote the tweet and post the link, much better IMO.

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    I've been wondering for days now: Why "chopsticks"?
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    SpaceX

    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I've been wondering for days now: Why "chopsticks"?
    “Man who catch fly with chopstick accomplish anything.”

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wAuzCjipF00
    I may have many faults, but being wrong ain't one of them. - Jimmy Hoffa

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    Axiom Ax-1 commercial ISS mission. After this comes four more Ax-(n) missions and the assembly of the Axiom Station at ISS. After completion Axiom Station becomes a free-flyer.

    February 21, 2022

    Crew Dragon Resilience, which just returned from Inspiration4.

    Kathy Lueders ✓ @KathyLueders
    Great news! We are targeting Feb. 21 for the launch of the Axiom 1 mission to the @Space_Station – the first private astronaut mission to the microgravity laboratory with @Axiom_Space. Our work continues to open space to more people than ever. https://t.co/j9wubgrdbc

    https://twitter.com/KathyLueders/sta...39798791639041
    Last edited by docmordrid; 2021-Sep-25 at 10:29 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    Axiom Ax-1 commercial ISS mission. After this comes four more Ax-(n) missions and the assembly of the Axiom Station at ISS. After completion Axiom Station becomes a free-flyer.

    February 21, 2022

    Crew Dragon Resilience, which just returned from Inspiration4.

    Kathy Lueders ✓ @KathyLueders
    Great news! We are targeting Feb. 21 for the launch of the Axiom 1 mission to the @Space_Station – the first private astronaut mission to the microgravity laboratory with @Axiom_Space. Our work continues to open space to more people than ever. https://t.co/j9wubgrdbc

    https://twitter.com/KathyLueders/sta...39798791639041
    That would be a nice birthday present for me assuming it does not slip.

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    Dr. Saul Perlmutter shared the 2006 Shaw Prize in Astronomy, the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, and the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

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    Elon Musk told @karaswisher at #CodeCon that SpaceX is working with Dr. Saul Perlmutter at UC Berkeley on "an exciting program" with a big new space-based telescope that would be launched by Starship.
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    Musk, just before mentioning
    Dr. Perlmutter, said SpaceX is "looking at launching some new telescope using Starship. Because Starship's a much bigger vehicle, we can launch satellites that have 10 times the resolution of the Hubble" telescope, "which would be great for science."
    8:35 PM · Sep 28, 2021

    https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/...11443197100034

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    Dup

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    Dr. Saul Perlmutter shared the 2006 Shaw Prize in Astronomy, the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, and the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

    Michael Sheetz ✓ @thesheetztweetz (CNBC)
    Sep 28, 2021
    Elon Musk told @karaswisher at #CodeCon that SpaceX is working with Dr. Saul Perlmutter at UC Berkeley on "an exciting program" with a big new space-based telescope that would be launched by Starship.
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    Musk, just before mentioning
    Dr. Perlmutter, said SpaceX is "looking at launching some new telescope using Starship. Because Starship's a much bigger vehicle, we can launch satellites that have 10 times the resolution of the Hubble" telescope, "which would be great for science."
    8:35 PM · Sep 28, 2021

    https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/...11443197100034
    That would be awesome.

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    Ship 20 cryotest good.

    https://youtu.be/NR_jQoXXGpU

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    I watch the new NSF video every day, you've just caused me to do it a bit earlier than usual!
    At about 2:00, you can see something popping off the ship and fluttering to the ground. Just ice, or did they lose some tiles?
    Also interesting, at about 8:00 you can see a big spherical bearing installed in one of the bores in the "chopstick" arms. Followed by a little dog running around.
    And that's as far as I've gotten, I shall now go watch the rest.
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    Recently they've blown off tiles with a vent, but the way these things tumbled doesn't seem like tiles to me. Perhaps ice indeed. But the tiles are lightweight, so who knows...
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    StarLink India

    https://www.indiatoday.in/technology...743-2021-09-29

    In an effort to expand its presence in India, Elon Musk run SpaceX has now appointed a top executive in the country. The leading space firm in the world has announced that Sanjay Bhargava will be joining its team as Starlink Country Director India, effective from next month.

    From October 1, 2021, Sanjay Bhargava will be working with SpaceX as the Country Director for Starlink in India. Bhargava shared the update recently through a LinkedIn post. He wrote about his upcoming role in the post and further stated that he shared a common vision with Starlink to support a connectivity transformation in India, starting with the rural parts of the country.

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    Carriage for the booster-catching Chopsticks* going up!

    2 sets of lightweight claws wrap around the tower and run on vertical rails, with a load bearing member beteen. Vertical loads are transferred to the NOV ADS-30Q cable system.

    Chopsticks not seen yet.

    It's gonna move FAST

    * Karate Kid reference - catching flies with chopsticks

    https://youtu.be/DBp542QgMyw

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    I'd been wondering why they were calling them "chopsticks". Never saw the film. Been expecting this since they reconfigured the big crane.

    ETA: The NSF video I watched yesterday showed a hybrid section being assembled, booster on both ends and ship in the middle. I suspect they may use it to practice catching.
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    Falcon Heavy flight postponed to early 2022 due to payload issues from US Space Force

    The last Falcon Heavy launch was June 2019 but the one scheduled for October 9 has been delayed.

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2021/10/0...to-early-2022/

    The next flight of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, previously scheduled for this month, has been pushed back to early 2022 after more delays caused by its U.S. military payload, a Space Force spokesperson said.

    The launch of the Space Force’s USSF-44 mission was set for Oct. 9, but officials have delayed the mission “to accommodate payload readiness,” a spokesperson for Space Systems Command said in a response to questions from Spaceflight Now.

    The Space Force did not release a new launch date for the USSF-44 mission, but the spokesperson said the launch is now targeted for early 2022, nearly three years since the most recent Falcon Heavy launch in June 2019.

    The Falcon Heavy will deliver multiple military payloads to a high-altitude geosynchronous orbit on the USSF-44 mission. The rocket’s upper stage will fire several times to place the satellites into position more than 22,000 miles above the equator.

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    Increasing the fleet,

    Flown Crew Dragons

    C204: DM-1, (destroyed in ground test)
    C205: In-Flight Abort test (refurbishable ?)
    C206: Endeavour (active)
    C207: Resilience (active)

    New Crew Dragons

    Crew-3: C210 (unnamed) Oct. 30, 2021
    Crew-4: Cxxx (C211 ?) April 15, 2022
    Unassigned: Cxxx (C212 ?)
    Unassigned: Cxxx (C213 ?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I'd been wondering why they were calling them "chopsticks". Never saw the film.
    Very enjoyable, punching well above its weight..

    Chopsticks scene
    https://youtu.be/FZDt8ofL_H0

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    Updated for Crew,Dragon C210

    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    Increasing the fleet,

    Flown Crew Dragons

    C204: DM-1, (destroyed in ground test)
    C205: In-Flight Abort test (refurbishable ?)
    C206: Endeavour (active)
    C207: Resilience (active)

    New Crew Dragons

    Crew-3: C210 (Endurance) Oct. 30, 2021
    Crew-4: Cxxx (C211 ?) April 15, 2022
    Unassigned: Cxxx (C212 ?)
    Unassigned: Cxxx (C213 ?)

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    Crew-3 update

    ISS crew rotation and logistics

    Date: October 30, 2021
    Time: 0243 Eastern (0643 GMT)
    Pad: KSC LC-39A
    Booster: B1067.2
    Booster recovery: droneship
    Vehicle: C210 Endurance (new, maiden flight. 3 more under construction.)

    Crew

    Commander: Raja Chari, NASA
    Pilot: Thomas Marshburn, NASA
    Mission Specialist 1: Matthias Maurer, ESA
    Mission Specialist 2: Kayla Barron, NASA

    Correction: SpaceX changed their Dragon production plans today;

    After C210 Edurance for Crew-3 comes one more Crew Dragon for Crew-4 (C211 ?) and one more Cargo Dragon (C212?)
    Last edited by docmordrid; 2021-Oct-08 at 05:48 AM.

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    Sounds like NASA's considering a SpaceX contract extension after Crew-6 (aka PCM-6/Post Certification Mission-6). Makes sense as Starliner's first PCM may not happen until 2023.

    (already cued up)
    https://youtu.be/KH1-MNixAC4?t=1542

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    Sounds like NASA's considering a SpaceX contract extension after Crew-6 (aka PCM-6/Post Certification Mission-6). Makes sense as Starliner's first PCM may not happen until 2023.

    (already cued up)
    https://youtu.be/KH1-MNixAC4?t=1542
    I guess they are waiting to see how bad the delay is with Starliner before making a final decision on how many extra flights they might want to add.

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    NASA Langley is looking at a March, 2022 Starship launch for their re-entry imaging contract.

    Michael Sheetz ✓ @thesheetztweetz (CNBC)
    @NASA_Langley plans to monitor the thermal tiles on SpaceX's Starship, noting that there will be a "reentry observation opportunity near March 2022:" https://ntrs.nasa.gov/citations/20210020835

    @elonmusk is that the current target for Starship's first orbital launch?
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    Starship's thermal protection system (TPS) tiles are apparently called Starbricks

    Images at the link ..(embedding the image or URL didn't work)

    https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/...9gSxtCpvgy1sSQ
    Last edited by docmordrid; 2021-Oct-12 at 12:30 AM.

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    Starship's thermal protection system (TPS) tiles are apparently called Starbricks
    I thought they were called Stiles...

    The question is: will march 2022 be the first or 2nd/nth orbital Starship launch?
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    I thought they were called Stiles...

    The question is: will march 2022 be the first or 2nd/nth orbital Starship launch?
    That remains to be seen. Blue's HLS lawsuit ends in November, potentially freeing NASA to get more involved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    I thought they were called Stiles...

    The question is: will march 2022 be the first or 2nd/nth orbital Starship launch?
    Based on past performance, it'll happen faster than I expect it to!
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    US Coast Guard advises a static fire attempt between 1800 and 0100 Eastern Time Wednesday, October 13.

    No doubt Ship 20, which now sports 6 engines; 3 sea level Raptors and 3 Raptor Vacuum (RVac).

    https://twitter.com/VisitBocaChica/s...30661554302978

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    Static fire attempt Thursday Oct 14

    1800 - 0100 Eastern

    https://twitter.com/BocaChicaGal/sta...55835642904579

    https://youtu.be/jsX2VQmfsWk

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    Ship 20

    Road closed, vapor plume spotted

    https://youtu.be/mhJRzQsLZGg

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