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What is the value of the cross-track angle between the two designated CRS-4 first stage recovery zones?

For the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch on its Dragon/CRS-4 cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station, according to Spaceflight 101, two downrange safety zones have been identified: The SpX-...
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How does the Dragon nose hinge work?

The Dragon nose has a fairly elaborate hinge. I've read it's actuated by a hydraulic cylinder. Is that what I see in the picture below by the green line? Is it perpendicular to the longitudinal axis (...
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Why does the Starship methane header tank have so many holes in it?

This picture from Elon shows us the methane header tank positioned inside the main tank. I understand that one of the reasons for header tanks is to keep them pressurized when the main tanks do not ...
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Do Starlink satellites have cameras?

Obviously, Starlink satellites are equipped with sensors for attitude and location detection (like a star tracker or sun tracker) but I'm wondering if they have with any direct Earth observation ...
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Will SpaceX paint over the NASA Worm on booster 1058 for its next flight?

For the Dragon Crew mission SpaceX flew a brand new booster (how declasse) B1058 and painted it with the old style NASA Worm logo. SpaceX owns the booster and is most likely to fly it many more times ...
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Why do the SpaceX suits require “drying” during the mission?

In the period when the Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission was initially docking with the ISS, before the hatches were open, one of the tasks was to "dry the suits". They reported on the status later, ...
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Onboard recording of trans-Mars injection

Is there any video recording of the Falcon Heavy trans-Mars injection burn from onboard cameras? The live feed of the Tesla Roadster and Starman orbiting Earth cycled through multiple cameras ...
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Roughly how many self-viewing cameras are present in a Falcon 9 LEO mission?

Watch any of last year's SpaceX LEO satellite deployment missions's broadcasts in YouTube, and you can see views from at least several different cameras. At least two on the 2nd stage nozzle, at least ...
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What is inside the overhead compartments in crew dragon

During the DEMO-2 live stream there was a black section visible above the heads of the astronauts. In an image tweeted out by Elon these were labeled as “9” and “10” with symbols of water droplets. ...
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Why were the SpaceX ninjas (pad crew) using a stepladder to move something?

On the second launch attempt of the Dragon Crew Demo 2 (human spaceflight), sometime lower than 1:50:00 to launch, the ninjas spend about 5 minutes on a stepladder, dealing with a tube and box, which ...
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How is Mr Steven piloted when catching a fairing?

Mr Steven is the ocean-going vessel used by SpaceX in its attempts to catch re-entrant Falcon 9 fairings for possible reuse. How is this ship controlled during fairing catch attempts? Is she* manned ...
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SpaceX 2nd stage or tumbling satellite? WSW to NE over FL

Around 2040 EST We viewed an irregularly flashing object flying from WSW to NNE (roughly) from Jacksonville FL. Is the SpaceX 2nd stage still up there and if so, would it be tumbling and visible? Is ...
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What caused this shadow on Falcon 9 stage 2 w/Jason-3 before circularization burn?

While the image appears bright, the light is just reflected sunlight (from the earth, per the webcast). The circularization burn doesn't start until about T+ 00:55:16 per the SpaceX webcast. But at ...
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Are the SpaceX ground crew wearing masks as part of a standard suit or to prevent COVID-19?

Watching the live SpaceX operations and I noticed the ground crew were all wearing masks Is this part of the standard ground crew kit, or is this just for COVID-19 prevention?
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Does the low gravity on Moon eliminate the need for a launch pad/flame trench for a reusable rocket launch?

I'm new to rocket science and I learned how the rockets do not reach full thrust immediately and isn't really stable for the initial couple of seconds - hence the need for "launch clamps" and a ...
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How does the SpaceX Dragon nosecone separate?

SpaceX's Dragon uses a nosecone to protect the docking port during ascent. The nosecone seems very large. 1/3 of the capsule's height large. And yet, it separates while the second stage engine is ...
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What (the heck) is this purple donut in the video of the Falcon 9 fairing's atmospheric reentry?

This SpaceX tweet (found in CNET's SpaceX camera captures incredible view of rocket part returning to Earth) shows a video taken by a camera in one half of the fairing on the recent STP-2 mission and ...
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Potential improvement to BFR or New Glenn if equipped with aerospike exhaust on their engines?

Aerospikes basically tackle the issue of the variability in required expansion ratio for a rocket engine to be efficient at a given altitude. A recent example though mired in legal issues is a small ...
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What accounts for the signal delay from cameras on the Falcon 9?

On the last few webcasts, SpaceX has shown video from both ground tracking cameras and the on-board camera side-by-side, and there's a noticable delay between the two, with the on-board camera being ...
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Did SpaceX use TDRSS or USAF ground station to track Falcon 9 stage 2?

Which system did spacex rely to? Falcon, not dragon
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What upgrades does the Merlin 1D need to increase its time between overhauls to 1000 hours?

This is a question I've been pondering for the last few weeks after I back-calculated the details of the Merlin 1D engine. Just as a thought exercise, I wanted to see what upgrades the Merlin 1D would ...
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How does the flight trajectory of a GEO vs LEO mission vary for a Falcon 9 first stage?

How does the trajectory vary between the two types of missions? Specifically, how does the speed and velocity vary for the booster for a Falcon 9 mission?
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What is the speed of crew Dragon upon splashdown?

After reentry, what is the speed of the Dragon 2 capsule right before splashdown? What g-force is received upon splashdown? At the time of writing, this answer gives such information for many other ...
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Thrombosis risk before launch

I am currently following the live broadcast of today's SpaceX launch. For a few hours already, astronauts are sitting inside the vessel, barely able to move. I wonder what precautions are taken to ...
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What is the difference between a “Suicide burn” and a “Hoverslam”?

As far as I can tell, the terms Suicide burn and Hoverslam have both been invented rather recently (with SpaceX themselves coining Hoverslam and the Kerbal Space Program loosely credited with Suicide ...
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Power supply for StarShip?

Early renderings of the Mars Colonial Transport showed 2 fan shaped solar arrays deployed while in space. I haven seen any depictions of the StarShip with a solar array either in orbit or standing on ...
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Could SpaceX's Starship's landing and restart process work on Titan?

Gravity on Saturn's moon Titan is much weaker and the atmosphere is far denser than either Earth's or Mars's, which Starship seems to have been designed for. Could an unmanned starship do an Earth-...
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How similar to a crewed flight will SpaceX Demo Mission 1 be?

With the upcoming premiere of the Dragon 2 in SpaceX's DM1 launch, I was wondering how similar it will be to a mission with actual astronauts. What I mean by this is things like: Will the launch ...
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Purging process of a rocket engine

Does spacex purge Falcon 9 engines after landing ? If so, which gas is used for purging?
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Why is heated Helium used for tank pressurisation in Falcon 1?

Here in Falcon 1 user guide, in table 2-1 in page 8, heated Helium is mentioned as used for tank pressurisation. What will be the temperature of such He and why is heated He used?
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Does the downrange position of an ASDS vary, depending on payload mass?

SpaceX in its recovery attempts can either do a Return To Launch Site (RTLS) or land downrange on an ASDS landing barge. The Telesat 19V and 18V payloads were some of the heaviest payloads on the ...
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What is the droplet size that is desirable for pintle injectors?

The pintle injectors tend to generate droplets after impingement of the fuel and the oxidiser stream and I understand that the droplets will be premixed. In such a case, even a larger premixed ...
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SpaceX CRS-11 landing pad debris identification

After sending CRS-11 into orbit to rendezvous with the space station, the first stage of the SpaceX rocket Dragon landed on Landing Zone one. In the video released subsequently you can see two pieces ...
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What's the logic behind the Draco RCS clusters?

Dragon V2 has four clusters of three Draco RCS thrusters on the front and back plus four under the nose cover. One thing is sure: that the thrusters can be fired to control linear motion in x, y, and ...
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During ascent, can SPACE-X ever be seen from Long Island, NY?

At night I have seen Space Shuttles' engine exhaust from Long Island NY, in the southeast sky 7 minutes after liftoff from the Cape. Does Space-X ever launch in a direction that it can be seen from ...
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What is the mysterious object flying by in this SpaceX video?

In the last second of this video tweeted by spaceX, you can see an object fly by on screen. Did this come from the SpaceX ship, or is it foreign space junk? If it turns out to be the latter, is that a ...
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SpaceX Dragon Maximum Return Payload

For one of my university courses, we were asked to assess the viability of an asteroid exploitation mission. Assuming that we can somehow mine and refine the material (platinum in this case), we still ...
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Does SpaceX's Starship have aerodynamic problems due to its thin skin?

Looking at the Starship it looks bumpy, like the skin is buckling in places. Is that a problem? If so, how big a problem? If not, why not? I'm thinking specifically about aerodynamic problems here,...
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Books on Vertical-Landing Vertical-Takeoff (VTVL) of Rockets? or Rocket Design in General?

I am working on a rocket control system design and I am trying to understand the the fundamental principles and concepts to design an efficient controller for recovering and landing the rocket, ...
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Regulations preventing SpaceX from saying “no” if OneWeb asked them to launch their satellites?

The Forbes article With A Successful Launch, OneWeb Just Joined SpaceX And Others In The Satellite Internet Race says: This marks a turning point in a new generation of communications satellites, ...
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What is SpaceX's parachute problem that NASA is concerned about in the NASA ASAP report?

The Washington Post's NASA to launch safety review of SpaceX and Boeing after video of Elon Musk smoking pot rankled agency leaders says: Earlier this year, Boeing had a propellant leak during a test ...
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Fuel carried by current Crew Dragon

How much fuel weight will the current Crew Dragon carry? Will it be just enough for launch abort, or the full load (over 3000 lbs) needed for propulsive landing as a back-up to the parachutes? I ...
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What was the ambient air density was there when/were Starman/Roadster first started playing Bowie's “Life on Mars”

When the Falcon Heavy test flight 2nd stage fairing opened at about 115 km, David Bowie started singing "Life on Mars". Okay, the Tesla Roadster's stereo started playing "Life on Mars", or at least ...
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What could be used to associate these fairing halves with their launches?

Eric Ralph's Teslarati article SpaceX’s BFR factory in LA spied with four Falcon 9 fairing halves shows several panoramic photos of the site for the future rocket factory. In it, the author says: ...
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Is there any flutter analysis available regarding Falcon's grid fins?

I have never come across any papers which talks about flutter analysis of gridded fins in general, does it not under go flutter behavior or is it technically incorrect to talk about flutter for ...
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How long does it take SpaceX to mount a stage on the McGrgeor test stand, run the test, and dismount it?

Gwynne Shotwell at SmallSat 2016 in Utah mentioned that SpaceX would be using the JCSAT-14 recovered first stage as a fleet leader in wear and tear. That they would be mounting it on the McGregor, TX ...
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Falcon 9 v1.1 Full Thrust Specifications

Does anyone know what the dry mass and mass ratio of the Falcon 9v1.1 Full Thrust Stage 1 is? The best info I've been able to find was by taking the specified burn time and multiplying it by the mass ...
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Atmospherics for 'next generation' manned space flight / Exploratory Class Missions

Decompression sickness is a significant risk to both current and future astronauts and currently significant time is lost in preparation for extra-vehicular activity on the ISS [including airlock ...
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how much force can a falcon 9 landing leg handle

According to spacex, the falcon 9 landing legs are made of carbon fiber with aluminum in a honeycomb shape. How much force would be needed to break that?
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How thick is SpaceX's Dragon shell?

Is it just a thin shell like a rocket has, or is it lined with thermal insulation on the inside? Trying to model in 3D and am wondering how to make the shell panels---thin like those of a car or thick....