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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    Midway in the Mk1-2 builds, which made rings using steel plates, SpaceX iterated the design to use monolithic (one piece, single weld) rings fabricated on new tooling from IMCAR in Italy.
    That's good news.

    I love to see new steel going up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    60 more Starlink LEO commsats

    Launch date: December 30, 2019
    Launch time: 2340 pm EST (0440 UTC, Dec. 31)


    Booster: ?? (B1048.5, the first 5th flight?)
    Pad: LC-40
    Recovery: ASDS Of Course I Still Love You

    Satellite version: v1.0
    Deployment orbit: 280km
    Operational orbit: 550km
    Frequencies: Ku & Ka bands

    Note: testing at least one with an experimental coating to mitigate their brightness. Tests will measure net albedo and the thermal effects on the satellite.
    Starlink 2 moves/ right into January, as anticipated (holiday)

    Date: January 3 (January 4 UT)
    Time: 2223 EST (0323 UT)

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    Raul @raul74cz
    Issued NOTMAR Launch Hazard Areas of #SpaceX #Starlink v1.0-L2 mission. Droneship landing 629km downrange. Fairing capture attempt approx.730km downrange.. as previous Starlink launch. Stage2 Reentry Debris Area south of Australia on the second orbit.
    https://t.co/1SaD65jIwk
    https://t.co/AzMxkcap1R

    IMG_20191224_182347.jpg

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    https://twitter.com/raul74cz/status/1209179884054036480

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    I thought they were working on fully reusable booster i.e.. the second stage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bknight View Post
    I thought they were working on fully reusable booster i.e.. the second stage.
    That would be Starship. It's a combination reusable upper stage and crew transport, propellant tanker, and satellite delivery vehicle. Super Heavy is the reusable booster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    That would be Starship. It's a combination reusable upper stage and crew transport, propellant tanker, and satellite delivery vehicle. Super Heavy is the reusable booster.
    My mistake, I thought it was all the boosters.

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    Starship can fly atop Super Heavy or by itself as a suborbital Point-to-Point (P2P) transport. The P2P version has been rumored to use 9 sea level engines, with the outer ring (6) using the max-thrust un-throttle-able sea level engine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bknight View Post
    I thought they were working on fully reusable booster i.e.. the second stage.
    They were talking about recovering F9 second stages but then Starship came along.
    Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    They were talking about recovering F9 second stages but then Starship came along.
    That's what I remembered, the recovery part.

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    Has a time been specified for the Crew Dragon in-flight abort test scheduled for Jan 11?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bknight View Post
    I thought they were working on fully reusable booster i.e.. the second stage.
    I believe they were looking at reusing the F9 second stage but determined it would reduce the payload too much.

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    Video at tweet

    Elon Musk ✓ @elonmusk
    Was up all night with SpaceX team working on Starship tank dome production (most difficult part of primary structure). Dawn arrives … https://t.co/SzyDSYUYOu

    Boca Chica Mk3 dome Dec 27 2019.jpg

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1210649166407438336

    Elon Musk ✓ @elonmusk
    We're now building flight design of Starship SN1, but each SN will have at least minor improvements, at least through SN20 or so of Starship V1.0.
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    Flight is hopefully 2 to 3 months away

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1210756338348744705

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    Last edited by docmordrid; 2019-Dec-28 at 03:25 PM.

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    @NASASpaceFlight
    2020 - New SpaceX Launch and Landing Pads. Both already under construction.

    Super Heavy and Starship at 39A. Super Heavy and Starship at Boca Chica.

    Dedicated NSF Forum Section:
    https://t.co/rsiz9eldie

    Jay DeShelter (@jdeshetler) L2 envisioning for NSF: https://t.co/cHH0jXdNMm

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    https://twitter.com/NASASpaceflight/...65611283095552

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    423011332they launching the next batch of satellites today/tomorrow?

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    StarLink 1.0 Launch 2

    Date: January 6, 2020 (January 7 UT)
    Time: 2119 Eastern (0219 UT)

    Cargo Dragon's return is delayed by weather in the recovery zone

    Crew Dragon In Flight Abort Test static fire near week's end. Launch NET January 11, 2020
    Last edited by docmordrid; 2020-Jan-04 at 12:06 AM.

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    SpaceX is finalizing plans for a Mobile Launch Tower at LC-39A for Falcon 9 & Falcon Heavy vertical integration. It'll be taller than the existing Fixed Service Structure, and its twin will be installed at Vandenberg SLC-4E.

    SpaceX will also be getting a fairing option larger than the existing 5.2 x 13.1 meter unit; 5.4 x 18.6 meters.

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/01/0...aunch-pad-39a/

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    StarLink 2

    First mission controlled by 45th Space Wing under the new US Space Force

    https://youtu.be/HwyXo6T7jC4

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    StarLink 2

    First mission controlled by 45th Space Wing under the new US Space Force

    https://youtu.be/HwyXo6T7jC4
    Hand off to them once the satellites are separated?

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    SpaceX owns & runs the StarLink birds.

    The USAF 45th Space Wing runs Cape Canaveral from Patrick AFB, supervising the launches & scheduling.

    While "the official plan" is still being written, the signs point to both Patrick and the 45th being transferred to US Space Force. Same goes for three USAF Space Command bases in Colorado and Vandenberg AFB in California. At Vandenberg the 30th Space Wing would also move to Space Force, and the 14th Air Force would move to US Space Operations Command.

    And now it's official; the Crew Dragon In-Flight Abort test is now NET Jan. 18.

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    @spacexfleet
    LAUNCH DAY

    Of Course I Still Love You is in position ~621km downrange. GO Ms. Tree and GO Navigator are in position ~732km downrange to recover the fairing.

    https://twitter.com/spacexfleet/stat...36287521177601

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    StarLink 2 successful, StarLink 3 in 2-3 weeks.

    https://blogs.nasa.gov/commercialcre...date-update-3/

    SpaceX In-Flight Abort Test Launch Date Update

    NASA and SpaceX are targeting no earlier than Saturday, Jan. 18, for an In-Flight Abort Test of the Crew Dragon spacecraft from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, pending U.S. Air Force Eastern Range approval. The new date allows additional time for spacecraft processing.

    The demonstration of Crew Dragons in-flight launch escape system is part of NASAs Commercial Crew Program and is one of the final major tests for the company before NASA astronauts will fly aboard the spacecraft.
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    @tobyliiiiiiiiii
    How many more starlink launches until it's operational for Canada and Northern US?
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    At least 4

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1214481860459237377

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    Anner J. Bonilla of HW 2.5
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    When can we hear more about the starlink terminals?
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    Elon Musk @elonmusk
    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

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1214548764054216704

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    Has anyone posted a view of the string of satellites as the first one? My view is for 2 minutes early and low in the horizon.

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    Not me, had the flu.

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    B1046 4 is basking in the sun at LC-39A. Static fire ahead of the IFA test is expected tomorrow, January 10th. Viewed from Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. #SpaceX #IFA

    https://twitter.com/julia_bergeron/s...23361481568258

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    I thought the test was delayed until next weekend.

    https://www.space.com/spacex-crew-dr...n-18-2020.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    I thought the test was delayed until next weekend.

    https://www.space.com/spacex-crew-dr...n-18-2020.html


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    Just a static fire to test all the systems, except the abort.

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    Starship SN01 test tank - test to failure (intentional boom)

    https://youtu.be/0JkTvfMSHu4

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    LC-39A,

    Marek Cyzio @MarekCyzio
    #Starship #spacex launch pad.

    https://twitter.com/MarekCyzio/statu...05128674193408

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    I searched for links to launch and failed this morning, anyone have a link?

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