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Questions regarding the Falcon launch vehicle developed by SpaceX for medium payloads (15,000 lbs) to LEO and GEO (via GTO, second stage cannot inject into GEO direct)

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SpaceX uses an Actor-Judge system to provide triple redundancy to its rockets and spacecraft. The Falcon 9 has 3 dual core x86 processors running an instance of linux on each core. The flight software …
answered Jun 9 '15 by T.J. Tarazevits
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Yes, however the decision to launch the mission on Atlas V was made years ago, and it is impossible to change now that the launch is less than a month away. InSight is estimated to weigh 360 kg. Fal …
answered Apr 8 '18 by T.J. Tarazevits
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The OctaWeb design of Falcon 9 v1.1 actually forms a crude approximation of an aerospike nozzle when all engines are firing. To understand why the exhaust plume looks like that in the photo, its impor …
answered Jun 9 '15 by T.J. Tarazevits
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The new test stand is for the full Falcon Heavy. Every Merlin is tested on the stand before being combined into a full F9 stage. It is reasonable to extrapolate this out to the three core FHeavy. The …
answered Jun 9 '15 by T.J. Tarazevits
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Old/Original Proposal for Second Stage Reuse Second stage reuse for Falcon 9 was a planned feature that has been discontinued. In this old render(Shows a Falcon 9v1.0 with square engine block) you …
answered Jul 31 '15 by T.J. Tarazevits
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SpaceX has not yet published the specific locations for landing for CRS-7, however we can make a reasonable guess by looking at the previous landing attempt. Here is the Hazard Map of the previous la …
answered Jun 15 '15 by T.J. Tarazevits