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Poll - First Launch of Falcon9

Posted by: beancounter - Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:59 am
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First Launch of Falcon9 is going to be a
Success 90%  90%  [ 27 ]
Failure 10%  10%  [ 3 ]
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Poll - First Launch of Falcon9 
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Post Re: Poll - First Launch of Falcon9   Posted on: Mon May 24, 2010 1:52 am
Let's start a poll on that :)

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Post patience   Posted on: Mon May 24, 2010 6:54 am
I learned patience as a 10 year old watching live launch/delay launch broadcasts of Apollo hosted by Walter Cronkite.

You all need to take a dose.

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Post Re: patience   Posted on: Mon May 24, 2010 5:20 pm
tom karns wrote:
You all need to take a dose.


I agree. Better to have a safe first flight with as much hope for 100% success as possible, than to blow it up as soon as possible to keep 30 people here on the forum happy :)


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Post Re: Poll - First Launch of Falcon9   Posted on: Mon May 24, 2010 6:59 pm
If the push backs are because of safety, ok, that's one thing.
though I get the impression that isn't the whole story here. (Yay range scheduling)


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Post Re: Poll - First Launch of Falcon9   Posted on: Mon May 24, 2010 7:45 pm
Not sure whether having the Rocket sit on the pad for all this time is such a good idea.

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Post Re: Poll - First Launch of Falcon9   Posted on: Wed May 26, 2010 3:37 am
Is it sitting on the pad? Couldn't confirm that. Agreed, wouldn't think this such a great idea unless it's necessary due to the FTS approval.

Just taken my 'dose'. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee :D

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Post Re: Poll - First Launch of Falcon9   Posted on: Wed May 26, 2010 8:05 am
I visited KSC a month ago, and you could just see the Falcon 9 lying down in the distance. Not sure whether they would have brought it in from there? Can it go anywhere? Do they have storage at KSC?

Anyway, since its not upright, with that's associated stresses, I doubt there is much that can affect it lying down at the pad. Rain maybe, but I guess they could stick a cover over it!! (and all the stuff that may be affect by moisture must be protected)


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Post Re: Poll - First Launch of Falcon9   Posted on: Wed May 26, 2010 7:50 pm
They've a hanger where integration is taking place and Falcon can be rolled into it on rails. I think there are pictures of it in one fo the updates on SpaceX site.

Hello SpaceFelloship forums BTW ;)


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Post Re: Poll - First Launch of Falcon9   Posted on: Wed May 26, 2010 9:35 pm
current "official" date: NET June 2nd
http://msdb.gsfc.nasa.gov/MissionData.p ... onstration
http://spacelaunch.flatoday.net/

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Post Re: Poll - First Launch of Falcon9   Posted on: Fri May 28, 2010 9:41 am
Looks like the delay(s) of the Delta-IV with the GPS 2F-1 satellite had something to do with the continued F9 delays:
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Falcon 9: June at the earliest
The Falcon 9 is designed to carry cargo to the International Space Station for NASA at a fraction of the cost of a space shuttle flight. Someday, it may carry astronauts into orbit as well, if NASA's current vision for future spaceflight works out. As we discussed earlier this week, there are those (particularly on Capitol Hill) who worry that SpaceX and other commercial launch providers (even well-established companies such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin) won't be able to deliver safe, reliable space service. The success or failure of the first Falcon 9 demonstration could change the character of this multibillion-dollar debate.

Liftoff is set to take place at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, but the Air Force still has to sign off on SpaceX's flight termination system - basically, the "self-destruct button" that would have to be pushed if the launch goes awry. In the meantime, the Air Force has had other space matters to deal with, such as repeated delays in the launch of a next-generation GPS 2F-1 satellite atop a Delta 4 rocket.

"Looks like the delay of the Delta IV GPS satellite launch has taken up a lot of resources at the Cape and in turn pushed the first test launch of Falcon 9 from May 28/29 to no earlier than June 2/3," SpaceX spokeswoman Emily Shanklin said in an e-mail to reporters.

source: http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/20 ... pace-geeks
(this links also to: http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/sp ... 00526.html )

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Post Re: Poll - First Launch of Falcon9   Posted on: Fri May 28, 2010 10:51 am
Delta IV has been launched, so that's one obstacle cleared.


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Post Re: Poll - First Launch of Falcon9   Posted on: Fri May 28, 2010 12:41 pm
Welcome to the forums Mchl! What happened to your vowels by the way?

At any rate I hope we get a full successful launch in the coming week. I read somewhere that that Elon is out of liquid assets. I really respect the guy for not holding back when he believes that a thing aught to be done.

We need more risk takers like that on all financial levels. (as long as it is their own money of course. I've little interest in seeing another financial collapse)


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Post Re: Poll - First Launch of Falcon9   Posted on: Fri May 28, 2010 9:32 pm
DanielW wrote:
Welcome to the forums Mchl! What happened to your vowels by the way?


Hi. I've donated vowels to ESA. Don't know where they got S from. ;)

Hopefully what you heard about Spacex' financial reserves is exagerrated, but I'm sure things can turn bad if Falcon 9 launch is further delayed, or goes bad.


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Post Re: Poll - First Launch of Falcon9   Posted on: Sat May 29, 2010 3:25 pm
And it slipped again...
NET June 4th according to http://spacelaunch.flatoday.net/

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Post Re: Poll - First Launch of Falcon9   Posted on: Tue Jun 01, 2010 1:32 am
No it's not SpaceX that is out of cash, it's Elon and note that he's out of cash, not assets. He still has plenty of assets tied up with Solar City, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX but they're not very liquid.

So shouldn't worry SpaceX at this stage as all reports suggest that they have other sources of cash.

Incidentally, this could be the reason they're looking at an IPO after first F9 flight both from Elon's point of view and the other investors, including employees with stock options.

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