Zou erg tof zijn als de lancering ook in 1x goed gaat.quote:
quote:Musk has tried to set expectations low for the Falcon Heavy’s maiden flight.
“Falcon Heavy requires the simultaneous ignition of 27 orbit-class engines,” Musk said in July. “There’s a lot that can go wrong there.
“I encourage people to come down to the Cape to see the first Falcon Heavy mission,” he added, hinting at the riskiness of the first test launch. “It’s guaranteed to be exciting.”
quote:Op woensdag 29 november 2017 02:11 schreef Libris het volgende:
Falcon Heavy uitgesteld tot (mid) januari
Afwachten tot begin volgend jaar dan maar. Het lanceren van FH is al enkele jaren vertraagd en het gaat komende maanden dan echt gebeuren. Ik ga er vanuit dat het ding top to bottom is volgepropt met cameras en sensoren want die zijn tegenwoordig relatief goedkoop en kunnen een hoop relevante informatie opleveren.quote:Op woensdag 29 november 2017 02:11 schreef Libris het volgende:
Falcon Heavy uitgesteld tot (mid) januari
quote:NASA agrees to launch station supplies on reused SpaceX rocket
SpaceX will launch a space station-bound cargo ship with nearly 2.5 tons of supplies and experiments next Friday, Dec. 8, with a previously-flown Falcon 9 rocket booster after winning NASA approval for the reuse plan, agency officials said Wednesday.
Managers confirmed reports in the last few weeks that the resupply mission would likely use a recycled Falcon 9 first stage.
Sam Scimemi, director of the International Space Station program at NASA Headquarters, told Spaceflight Now on Wednesday that agency officials received a final briefing on SpaceX’s rocket reuse plan in the last few weeks. He said NASA made a final decision on the matter in the last few days.
NASA joins several of SpaceX’s commercial customers — SES, Space Systems/Loral, Iridium and Israel’s Spacecom Ltd. — in agreeing to fly their payloads on a reused booster.
Liftoff of SpaceX’s 13th resupply flight to the space station is scheduled for 1:20 p.m. EST (1820 GMT) on Dec. 8 from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
The launch will mark the first liftoff from pad 40 since August 2016. A Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the pad on Sept. 1, 2016, during a pre-launch fueling test, knocking the facility offline. When the Falcon 9 returned to service early this year, SpaceX based all its East Coast launches from nearby pad 39A, an Apollo- and shuttle-era launch complex at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
quote:SpaceX has rolled out a reused Falcon 9 booster for a hold-down engine firing Wednesday at pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, making the first use of the launch complex since a rocket exploded there in September 2016.
The static fire test is a customary step in all SpaceX launch campaigns, providing a readiness check of the Falcon 9 rocket and ground systems and an exercise of the launch team. Wednesday's firing, expected to last several seconds, will be particularly important to ensure pad 40's re-built fueling system and strongback transporter are ready for launch day.
The Falcon 9 was raised vertical at pad 40 on Tuesday evening.
The upcoming cargo launch is the 13th resupply mission mounted by SpaceX under contract to NASA, and the first in which the space agency has agreed to fly its equipment on a previously-used Falcon 9 first stage. The booster assigned to next week's mission first flew June 3 on another space station resupply launch.
https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/quote:Dec. 12 Falcon 9 • SpaceX CRS 13
Launch time: 1646 GMT (11:46 a.m. EST)
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 15th Dragon spacecraft mission on its 13th operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. The Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage will return to landing at Landing Zone-1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Delayed from Sept. 13, Nov. 1 and Dec. 4. [Dec. 5]
Hahaha!! Wat een heldquote:Op zaterdag 2 december 2017 03:51 schreef Libris het volgende:
Payload for the Falcon Heavy
Tsja, deze zogenaamd ¨nieuwe¨ Soyuz berust op het ontwerp van een raketmotor uit de jaren 80, de RD 170. Zo te zien zijn de russen nog niet bezig met het ontwikkelen van een herbruikbare raket.quote:Russia has a plan to compete with SpaceX—but it has a flaw
The Russian plan seems to depend on SpaceX standing still.
As recently as 2013, Russia's venerable fleet of rockets commanded nearly half of the global share of the commercial launch market. Since then, the emergence of other players, most notably SpaceX, has considerably shrunk the once-dominant Russian position.
This year, although Russia has made 17 successful orbital launches, only about a third of them have flown for paying customers other than the Russian government or the International Space Station. By contrast, SpaceX has made 16 launches this year, 11 of which have been for commercial customers. A SpaceX projection for 2018 suggests that disparity will continue to grow if the company continues to increase the flight rate of its Falcon 9 rocket.
Too little, too late?
The big achievement for Russia, Zak says, is potentially completing preliminary design work on the new rocket this year, which keeps Energia on track to bring the Soyuz-5 vehicle to market by late 2021. The three-stage rocket will be powered by RD-171 engines that will burn kerosene fuel. (SpaceX's Merlin engines also burn rocket-grade kerosene fuel.)
Left unstated in the Russian press is that SpaceX is unlikely to stand still between now and 2021. Four years ago, the company was still launching the initial, expendable version of its Falcon 9 rocket, one that could lift about 10.5 tons to low-Earth orbit. Next year, however, SpaceX is likely to debut the fifth and final version of its Falcon 9 booster, optimized for reusability and likely with a capacity of 23 tons to low-Earth orbit.
If that rocket is even a modest success, which seems plausible given SpaceX's recent progression, then when the Soyuz-5 rocket debuts in 2021, it won't be competing with a Falcon 9 rocket that costs $60 million and has a backlog in launches. Rather, with rapid reusability, it seems more likely that by then, SpaceX will be capable of launching nearly on demand for some fraction of $60 million.
quote:Falcon 9 Block 5
The Falcon 9 Block 5 is a version of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle in development as of 2017. It will succeed the transitional Falcon 9 Block 4. The largest changes between this version and the Falcon 9 Full Thrust are higher thrust on all of the engines and improvements on landing legs. There are also a number of small changes to streamline recovery and re-usability of first-stage boosters. Alterations to the launch vehicle are primarily focused on increasing the speed of production and efficiency of re-usability. SpaceX aims to fly each Block 5 first stage ten times with only inspections in between, and up to 100 times with refurbishment.