Post by Shibumi-Mandeville I-12/Hwy59 on Jul 1, 2021 12:03:37 GMT -6
Booster BN3 headed to the test pad. 215 feet tall plus the transport and stand.....it doesn't fit in the shot that shows the car in front well so I included another one. Cool. No fins installed on this one...it will be a test vehicle....for the fuel tank and structure under cryo.
Watched it on NASASpaceFlight Youtube feed (an independent news feed that covers all things space only).
Also read Musk went to visit Branson and showed up at 3 AM in his kitchen to wish him luck. They had an all-nighter and we're staying together. Kind of cool.
I like the tech with the Virgin space plane..but it only had a goal of space tourism (albeit 5 minutes of it). To me it's a bit of a waste. It doesn't come close to orbital speed and the only weightless time is due to its flight path to induce it (if they even do that).
Post by Shibumi-Mandeville I-12/Hwy59 on Aug 4, 2021 14:54:12 GMT -6
Lift to launch table has begun.....assuming they don't abort the attempt.
The amazing thing to me is how exposed the engines are below the end of the booster. I can only guess since this is not planned to land or be 'caught', they don't care. I'm not sure the max velocity the booster will see to get to orbit...and whether any of the exposed tubing will be damaged by it during flight??????
Post by Shibumi-Mandeville I-12/Hwy59 on Sept 15, 2021 17:47:41 GMT -6
T-minus 15 minutes to launch of Inspiration4.
You can watch it on multiple feeds on Youtube.
Search Inspiration4 and SpaceX, Netflix, or look for NasaSpaceFlight for third party hosting (there are more).
You can donate through any of the feeds to St Judes Hospital....all live feeds are accepting donations and all these channels profits from the steam are 100% donated to St Judes....so even minus an actual dollar donation, just watching one of the feeds adds to the donation.