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Re: SpaceX News

Postby choff » Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:23 pm

Maybe flying a car off to Mars is just a cover story, and it's actually related to the Zuma Sat.
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Re: SpaceX News

Postby paperburn1 » Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:03 pm

I don't think so but I have see the stars 5+1 symbol on the mission patch before.
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Re: SpaceX News

Postby ladajo » Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:26 pm

Not likely given the inclination.
The development of atomic power, though it could confer unimaginable blessings on mankind, is something that is dreaded by the owners of coal mines and oil wells. (Hazlitt)
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Re: SpaceX News

Postby Maui » Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:59 pm

Rumors are that Zuma is dead. Conflicting as to whether it is dead in orbit or burnt up with the 2nd stage. says that, if true, SpaceX is not at fault... but would we every really know?

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Re: SpaceX News

Postby paperburn1 » Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:28 am

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Re: SpaceX News

Postby paperburn1 » Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:34 am

SpaceX Zuma has been added to the Norad catalog as 2018-001A / 43098 / USA-280. So it didn't fall back to Earth (yet)

SpaceX spokesperson regarding the Zuma failure: “We do not comment on missions of this nature; but as of right now reviews of the data indicate Falcon 9 performed nominally.”

45th space wing tweet
Congratulations Sharks & @SpaceX! What an incredible way to start off 2018 w/the world's 1st successful launch and landing of this year!
(45th could sometimes describes 'successful launch' in ways that don't mean to imply satellite in-orbit health post separation. )

The world may never know what happened (at least not for 7 to ten years operational life.) :D
but again I have no first hand knowledge but it is fun to guess.
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Re: SpaceX News

Postby Maui » Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:34 pm

Interesting that it's status is also listed as +/operational. It seemed like there was too much noise for there not to have been something that went wrong, though.

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Re: SpaceX News

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Re: SpaceX News

Postby jnaujok » Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:39 pm

From what I'm seeing, they're saying that the Falcon 9 performed "nominally" which means it did it's job. SpaceX loathes pyrotechnic separators, but Northrop and the government loves the things. I'm wondering if the pyrotechnics failed to separate the satellite, so even though it was placed into its proper transfer orbit, the satellite is still stuck to the second stage.

I'm further wondering if there's enough fuel left to just boost the combined package into a stable orbit until they can attempt to separate the two again.

At least with mechanical ejection systems, you can try again. With pyros you get one shot. I'm starting to understand why SpaceX hates pyros.

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Re: SpaceX News

Postby Maui » Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:49 pm

The is pictures of stage 2 deorbiting over Sudan at its scheduled time 2 hrs after liftoff. It’s surprising to me that if there was failed separation, why did they deorbit so quickly?

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Re: SpaceX News

Postby paperburn1 » Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:38 pm

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