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Where are all those blocks of steel and concrete now?

I have collected a list of orbital mass simulator launches and their fates: Antares A-ONE, mass simulator Orbit: approximately 150 by 160 miles (240 km x 260 km) with an inclination of 51.6 degrees ...
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Rocket engine test bed structure

It had a heavy concrete foundation to which the metal structure of the stand was attached. Shown is test stand 1-C at Edwards Air Force Base. And in use with an F-1 running. There was an F-1 stand ...
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Longest static fire?

Longest Static Fire of a rocket engine: With you showing interest in the SSME firing (which was probably not attached to a full stage), the Glen Research Center operated a xenon gas engine (0.236 N ...
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Will there be no other test flights of Falcon Heavy?

You can get a pretty good idea by looking at SpaceFlightNow. Upcoming flights, along with their estimated days, are: First Half of the year- Arabsat NET June- STP2 In addition, for the really long ...
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What are the implications of claiming space heritage if you don't have it?

There are lots of ways that claims are made. When a scientist writes an abstract for a paper, the abstract will generally "make claims" that will hopefully be substantiated later in the ...
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Can you become an astronaut with Strabismus?

Best bet is to contact NASA and ask them. Here is some info I got from NASA astronaut hiring procedures concerning PHYSICAL requirements: Your height has to be between 62 to 75 inches (between 1,58m ...
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Longest static fire?

The success rate of the Saturn V is attributed, among other factors, to the extensive testing, in particular testing beyond the design parameters. The three stages of the Saturn V had the nominal ...
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Where are all those blocks of steel and concrete now?

I only have a partial answer, but here is what I was able to dig up: That same Wikipedia page you link contains this: Tommy Sanford, director of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, opined that ...
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Will there be no other test flights of Falcon Heavy?

What is interesting is that the first launch of the Falcon Heavy is not really representative of the Falcon Heavy. The side boosters were previously flown Block 3 Falcon 9 boosters. (Thaicomm-8 and ...
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What is it about parachutes that makes people always want to "re-invent the wheel"?

When you need to slow down and soft-land a spacecraft, you need to consider How heavy is the craft? How fast will it be going when you try to stop? Will anything else be supplying stopping power? (i....
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Which CI/CD system do/would space companies like SpaceX use for continuous integration in their devops practice?

The question assumes there is a concept of "Continuous Delivery" in space flight software. There is not. The required product assurance processes do not allow it. I'll consider ECSS standards here, ...
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Which CI/CD system do/would space companies like SpaceX use for continuous integration in their devops practice?

You are using web site development terms. While some of those concepts do indeed apply to the development flight software, some do not, and some are so far off as to make "completely off base&...
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How many of these six military "orbital threat" techniques have been demonstrated in a (more or less) publicly recognized way?

robotic mechanisms Further to NG's MEV-1 and MEV-2 projects already mentioned, China joined this club in 2021-22. Although termed "space debris mitigation" by the PRC, its uses otherwise, ...
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Why wasn't there a 2nd attempt for the Viking-DS (VDS) test payload before the real Viking 1 and 2 were launched?

When you are testing a brand new rocket, particularly in that era, you didn't put a valuable payload on top. Typically mass simulators were used. There actually was a primary mission, as is indicated ...
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What are the differences between Skyroot Aerospace's Vikram-S and Vikram-1?

From this news article (emphasis mine) The Vikram-S rocket is a single-stage sub-orbital launch vehicle which would carry ... Key takeaways are single stage and sub orbital. From this tweet it ...
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