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    Quote Originally Posted by Darrell View Post
    Heh. In the picture of the test tank in the linked article, there is a trebuchet in the foreground. Wonder what they use that for?
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    THe trebuchet is their "best part is no part" philosophy applied to a space cannon.
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darrell View Post
    Heh. In the picture of the test tank in the linked article, there is a trebuchet in the foreground. Wonder what they use that for?
    Because they couldn't get a trampoline.
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    Mercy me. It certainly is a trebuchet! Whatever for? Do they grow pumpkins down there? Or watermelons, those would be suitable.
    Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Mercy me. It certainly is a trebuchet! Whatever for? Do they grow pumpkins down there? Or watermelons, those would be suitable.
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    Can someone with a Twitter account PLEASE ask Mary (@Bocachicagal) what the heck is with the trebuchet?

    ETA: I'm getting the impression that S/N Nine is somewhat reluctant!

    ETAA: Perhaps she saw what happened to her sister, S/N 8!
    Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Can someone with a Twitter account PLEASE ask Mary (@Bocachicagal) what the heck is with the trebuchet?

    ETA: I'm getting the impression that S/N Nine is somewhat reluctant!

    ETAA: Perhaps she saw what happened to her sister, S/N 8!
    SN8 got into trouble with fuel pressure when it lit two engines after the belly flop descent. I suspect they're tweaking and tuning to get the autogenous system up and running faster or deal with the startup transient somehow. The stated plan was to just pressurize with helium, but maybe that's having unanticipated effects, or maybe they have some other ideas that they want to try before flying and likely losing SN9.

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    SpaceX to launch dozens of satellites on Transporter-1 flight Friday and you can watch it live. A two-stage Falcon 9 rocket flight is scheduled to take off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station here in Florida. Liftoff is expected during a one-hour window that opens at 9:24 a.m. EST (1424 GMT).

    https://www.space.com/spacex-transpo...launch-webcast
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    SpaceX to launch dozens of satellites on Transporter-1 flight Friday and you can watch it live. A two-stage Falcon 9 rocket flight is scheduled to take off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station here in Florida. Liftoff is expected during a one-hour window that opens at 9:24 a.m. EST (1424 GMT).

    https://www.space.com/spacex-transpo...launch-webcast
    Not today.
    Update for 9 a.m. ET: SpaceX is now targeting a Saturday, Jan. 22, launch for its Transporter-1 mission. Liftoff is at 9:40 a.m. EST (1440 GMT). The story below has been updated.

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    SN-09 has completed a static fire at 9am EST 1500 UTC. That seems to be it for the day.

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    Friday Static Fire!!

    (Crank Up The Volume)

    Brutal!

    Screenshot_2021-01-22-12-45-52-059.jpeg

    SUNDAY Flight TFR: 0700 - 0100 Eastern

    https://youtu.be/-mgqCzUl26s
    Last edited by docmordrid; 2021-Jan-22 at 06:00 PM.

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    The sound of that first clip would be Hollywood approved velociraptors indeed.
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    Another screenshot

    Screenshot_2021-01-22-12-55-45-684.jpeg

    Scroll to 1+ hour in the video, which is about when Phobos emerges from the fog bank.

    Michael Baylor @nextspaceflight
    SpaceX's newly acquired oilrig "Phobos" is arriving in Pascagoula, Mississippi ahead of conversion to support Starship operations.

    @TheFavoritist is on the scene to provide live imagery:
    https://twitter.com/nextspaceflight/...88592766689281

    https://youtu.be/BZ_qX5PFlyg

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    Transporter-1

    This first Rideshare will see 143 spacecraft going uphill o_0

    The current sats/launch record is 104 aboard an Indian PSLV launched in 2017.

    SpaceX ✓ @SpaceX
    Falcon 9 and 143 spacecraft are vertical on pad 40 ahead of tomorrow’s launch of the Transporter-1 mission, the first dedicated SmallSat Rideshare Program mission; SpaceX's 42-minute launch window opens at 9:40 a.m. and weather is 60% favorable → https://t.co/bJFjLCzWdK https://t.co/BFEnf8uru9

    https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1352672040164093955
    Last edited by docmordrid; 2021-Jan-22 at 11:56 PM.

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    SN-10 rollout preps - going to the pad as soon as SN-9 flies.

    SN-11's nose just got its fins.

    https://youtu.be/jiu1RnVMvgY

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    Transporter-1 stream

    https://youtu.be/PSIcspDHbu0

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    SpaceX's Starship SN9 prototype fires engines again to prep for test flight. The high-altitude hop could come as early as Monday (Jan. 25).

    https://www.space.com/spacex-starshi...anuary-22-2021
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    Scrub - try again tomorrow.
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    24 hr weather hold.

    Date: Jan 24
    Time: 1000 - 1022 Eastern

    SpaceX-Transporter-1.jpg

    https://twitter.com/SpaceflightInc/s...82798290751488

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    SN-09

    TFR for Monday, Jan 25
    Altitude: up to Unlimited

    https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_1_5669.html

    They've also installed the Flight Termination System.

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    They've also installed the Flight Termination System.
    So THAT'S what the trebuchet is for!
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    How to watch SpaceX launch 100-plus satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket today

    https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-w...-rocket-today/
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    SCRUB. SpaceX says it has called off today’s Falcon 9 launch attempt. There’s a backup launch opportunity available tomorrow morning for the Transporter 1 rideshare mission.
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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    SCRUB. SpaceX says it has called off today’s Falcon 9 launch attempt. There’s a backup launch opportunity available tomorrow morning for the Transporter 1 rideshare mission.
    I'm afraid your information is faulty, Transporter-1 launched, first stage landed, and second stage is currently dropping off the payload bit by bit.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScHI1cbkUv4

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    Only the 10 Starlink sats left to deploy and they also caught both fairings in the nets, so a good day all round.

    ETA: My mistake they pulled the fairings out of the water but all 143 sats are away.
    Last edited by Garrison; 2021-Jan-24 at 04:44 PM.

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    Wow, ElonX knocks it out of the park again.

    F9 continues to be a huge market disruptor as they move to Starship. An oncoming age of intercontinental and deep space travel, just a few years down the road, all of a sudden seems so real.

    And, while the gazillionaire's Boca Chica garage churns out a steady stream of cheap working Starship prototypes, it mystifies that the competition works in years long cycles promising rockets which will likely be irrelevant.

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    A SpaceX Falcon 9 launched 143 small satellites for a wide range of customers Jan. 24 on the company’s first dedicated rideshare mission, a service that poses a competitive threat to emerging small launch vehicles. The Falcon 9 lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 10 a.m. Eastern, a launch delayed one day by poor weather. The first stage, making its fifth launch after being previously used for NASA and commercial launches, landed on a droneship off the northern coast of Cuba. The rocket’s second stage started deploying satellites 59 minutes after liftoff into sun-synchronous orbits, a process that took more than a half-hour to complete. The 143 satellites on what SpaceX called the Transporter-1 mission were the most deployed on a single launch, breaking the record of 104 set by an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) mission in February 2017.

    https://spacenews.com/spacex-launche...-of-smallsats/
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