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SpaceX Falcon Update With Pictures

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the thanks-for-the-rockets dept.

Space 30

Toren Altair writes "SpaceX made good progress with their Falcon 9 rocket. Check the progress with pictures. 'Today we fitted the F9 skirt to the fuel tank end of the 1st stage. Also had movement on the erector, with the upper aluminum truss just coming back from being painted. Activity on the floor is constant and will remain so throughout the week and weekend as we prepare the F9 structures for shipping to Texas for testing before they head to the Cape.'"

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Isn't this just a copy of the SpaceX website? (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25913459)

Given that its a pure copy, and the submitter links back to the same site; I think we're just increasing someone's pageviews.

The original is: http://www.spacex.com/updates.php [spacex.com]

Re:Isn't this just a copy of the SpaceX website? (5, Funny)

WTF Chuck (1369665) | more than 5 years ago | (#25913687)

They were just testing to see how their servers would handle a good slashdotting in the event that they ever have something of their own to post. Cut them a bit of slack here. :)

Update the schedule while you're at it. (2, Interesting)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 5 years ago | (#25913555)

Activity on the floor is constant and will remain so throughout the week and weekend as we prepare the F9 structures for shipping to Texas for testing before they head to the Cape.

Which you're going to get done by Dec 31 right? No? They update the launch manifest [spacex.com] which says Falcon 9 Maiden Flight, Cape Canaveral, target date: Q4 2008, where "target date" is curiously defined as "vehicle arrival at launch site" which is a very strange term to use on a launch manifest, but hey.

Re:Update the schedule while you're at it. (1)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 5 years ago | (#25914939)

It depends on how you define "Launch". :)
Seriously, IIRC, they added after the Summer separation incident. They just wanted to say 2008 Launch, rather than slipping the sched. I wonder if NASA required it for COTs?

Re:Update the schedule while you're at it. (2, Interesting)

rufty_tufty (888596) | more than 5 years ago | (#25914961)

I see your point, but I guess from their view once they deliver it their work is done. Things are then totally in someone else's hands. For a deliverable on a project timescale it kind of makes sense. Their target date is the thing they can effect. Misleading yes, but understandable.

Well apart from the mission control stuff they'll eventually start to do, but according to the videos on their site they haven't built that bit yet so I guess they're relying on someone else for that at the moment.

Re:Update the schedule while you're at it. (1)

rpj1288 (698823) | more than 5 years ago | (#25915271)

From what I've heard, the infrastructure at the cape is more or less complete, so all they have to do is finish the rocket. Remember the quick turn around for Falcon 3 to 4? That said, December 31st does seem awfully optimistic.

Re:Update the schedule while you're at it. (2, Insightful)

Nyeerrmm (940927) | more than 5 years ago | (#25917739)

Given what I've heard, arrival at launch site doesn't mean that its ready to launch, because a lot of the integration work is easiest to do at the cape. I think the biggest reason for setting that date and sticking to it, even if the date of the eventual launch slips, is that this way its putting up a big ad at the cape for the new administration and the transition team to say "Hey, remember us when you're figuring out the future," since (if everything goes as expected) they are the path of least resistance to filling the shuttle gap.

As long as they don't rush the actual launch it seems like a smart move to me.

Rockets are exciting and all... (3, Funny)

macraig (621737) | more than 5 years ago | (#25913567)

... but seriously it's something else entirely that causes movement on my erector.

Re:Rockets are exciting and all... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25915155)

Informative?

Re:Rockets are exciting and all... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25924223)

For those that don't know, Rule 34 is the rule that states pornography or sexually related material exists for every conceivable topic on the internet.

Of course, in Australia it is titled... Australian Design Rule 34/01 - Child Restraint Anchorages and Child Restraint

Won't someone PLEASE think of the children.

Re:Rockets are exciting and all... (1)

macraig (621737) | more than 5 years ago | (#25924243)

No doubt somebody is thinking of the children... longingly, wistfully, achingly thinking of them.

Of course the only appropriate response to Rule 34 is... 42.

SpaceX == Fail (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25913589)

These clowns still can't manage to get a vehicle into orbit without failure of 20 percent with some fifty years of prior work to copy and of smarter people showing them how and 50 years of computing, material science, and every other relevant technological advancement.

High Five Ayn Rand fanboys. Keep on jerking off to Atlas Shrugged and babbling about 'teh triumph of teh private sector'.

NASA was built on private sector companies. But the secret of NASA's success was they hired actually competent companies. Not retards like the ones running the SpaceX fiasco.

I didn't see this on slashdot (3, Interesting)

sleeponthemic (1253494) | more than 5 years ago | (#25913655)

They tested the falcon9 thrust last saturday. This is a news blog that some of the local residents used to vent their frustrations regarding lack of communication. I've chosen to link to one of the better, amusing posts.

http://www.wacotrib.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/communities/breakingnews/entries/2008/11/23/massive_rocket_test_shakes_up.html#comment-207370303 [wacotrib.com]

Re:I didn't see this on slashdot (1)

ppanon (16583) | more than 5 years ago | (#25914273)

I read that blog but only figured it out the following day. The ones that are still so angry at SpaceX because they were afraid it was the end of the world, even though it was clear it was the media who chose not to air the story?

I think what's really bugging them is that they are still disappointed that it wasn't the End Times and that they were not caught up in the rapture. Thinking "It's time! Hallelujah!" and then feeling like an idiot is going to leave you set up for a lot of cognitive dissonance and a need to find somebody to whom to transfer your anger at your own idiocy. SpaceX is an anonymous corporation instead of their beloved and trusted news talking heads.

Yeah. A lot of mental "children" "Left behind" is what it sounds like to me

Re:I didn't see this on slashdot (1)

sleeponthemic (1253494) | more than 5 years ago | (#25914447)

That is an interesting theory. It is a shame that nobody else will read it as despite being absolutely about the falcon9, apparently this is offtopic :-)

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Key words... (0, Redundant)

MadDogX (1365487) | more than 5 years ago | (#25914179)

Does this news post contain some kind of subliminal sexy message? First "skirt", then "erector", then "activity on the floor". I am aroused, but I don't know why.

Re:Key words... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25914765)

Subliminal? No. It's purely liminal. It may even be superliminal.

Re:Key words... (2, Funny)

owlnation (858981) | more than 5 years ago | (#25915043)

Does this news post contain some kind of subliminal sexy message? First "skirt", then "erector", then "activity on the floor". I am aroused, but I don't know why.

You may be thinking of SpaceXXX.

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