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The Lounge>Space Exploration megathread
DaFace 09:40 AM 06-01-2014
Since a number of cool things are happening in space exploration these days, we'll widen the scope of this thread a smidge. Conversation about all things space exploration are welcome, whether it be from NASA, SpaceX, ULA, Blue Origin, or anyone else. Chances are most of the discussion will still be about SpaceX since they love to make things public and fun, but nothing's off limits. I'll eventually get around to modifying the OP to include resources for other companies too, but in the meantime, feel free to post any cool stuff you run across.

Lists of Upcoming Missions

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How to Watch a Live Launch
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Where to Learn More
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Glossary
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Donger 01:47 PM 01-11-2021
Some cool shots I hadn't seen before.


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allen_kcCard 03:34 PM 01-11-2021
SN9 hop scheduled for tomorrow

Starship SN9 12.5km hop
SpaceXSuborbital
Boca Chica
SN9
NET Tue, 12th Jan 2021
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unlurking 03:46 PM 01-11-2021
Apparently there were some really bad winds in TX today.
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unlurking 03:48 PM 01-11-2021
Originally Posted by Donger:
Some cool shots I hadn't seen before.

Love the soundtrack they added. :-)
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Donger 04:24 PM 01-11-2021
Originally Posted by unlurking:
Apparently there were some really bad winds in TX today.
Is it chili day?
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unlurking 04:49 PM 01-11-2021
Originally Posted by Donger:
Is it chili day?
Will have to ask at the SpaceX restaurant!

Image from Mary's drive-by tour...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0OfNkZDQy8
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allen_kcCard 10:10 AM 01-12-2021
Hop moved back

Starship SN9 12.5km hop
SpaceXSuborbital
Boca Chica
SN9
NET Wed, 13th Jan 2021
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Donger 03:40 PM 01-13-2021
Now three static fires today:

STATIC FIRE for Starship SN9 (again!) - the first time Starship has conducted same day back-to-back triple Raptor Static Fire tests.

Mary (@BocaChicaGal) capturing more milestones.

➡️https://t.co/eRoZBqx27y pic.twitter.com/Hd2iY2g2ri

— Chris B - NSF (@NASASpaceflight) January 13, 2021


And Dragon coming home today as well.
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DaFace 03:47 PM 01-13-2021
I almost toyed with catching a last-minute flight to San Antonio and trying to catch SN9 this weekend. Talked myself out of it since there's not a lot to do there otherwise. Man, I'm ready for this COVID shit to go away.
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unlurking 03:52 PM 01-13-2021
Originally Posted by DaFace:
I almost toyed with catching a last-minute flight to San Antonio and trying to catch SN9 this weekend. Talked myself out of it since there's not a lot to do there otherwise. Man, I'm ready for this COVID shit to go away.
I cancelled my planned road trip over the holidays. Considering a drive for SN15 or later if it's after February.
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Donger 11:04 AM 01-14-2021
Blue Origin doing.... something today?


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Hydrae 11:36 AM 01-14-2021
Very cool shots for that launch. Well done, BO!
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Donger 09:33 AM 01-15-2021
But the anticipated mission took a blow on Friday when SpaceX chief Elon Musk, 49, took to Twitter to announce two of the Starship's engines need replacement.

The world's richest man was asked by one SpaceX fan whether the company was still aiming at a weekend launch.

Mr Musk replied: "Two of the engines need slight repairs, so will be switched out."

Another tweet from Everyday Astronaut pointed out an engine swap on Starship's last iteration, SN8, caused a 26-day delay and the SN9 "might head home for a bit if they're replacing two"
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DaFace 09:51 AM 01-15-2021
Bummer. Yeah, that'll cause a delay for sure.
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Donger 11:29 AM 01-17-2021


Teams from NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) Program conducted a hot fire of the Artemis I core stage on Jan. 16 at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. All four RS-25 engines ignited successfully, but the test was stopped early after about a minute. At this point, the test was fully automated. During the firing, the onboard software acted appropriately and initiated a safe shutdown of the engines. During the test, the propellant tanks were pressurized, and this data will be valuable as the team plans the path forward. In coming days, engineers will continue to analyze data and will inspect the core stage and its four RS-25 engines to determine the next steps.
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