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Falcon Heavy STP-2 mission: June 2018

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  1. ecarfan

    ecarfan Well-Known Member

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    NET June. No date yet. But an interesting story came out yesterday. See Rideshare mission for U.S. military confirmed as second Falcon Heavy launch – Spaceflight Now

    Quote: “More than two dozen satellites from the U.S. military, NASA and research institutions will ride into orbit on SpaceX’s second Falcon Heavy rocket launch, a mission currently scheduled for liftoff in June, a military spokesperson said... Known as the Space Test Program-2, or STP-2, mission, the Falcon Heavy launch will launch with 25 spacecraft inside its nose cone, according to a spokesperson from the U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center.“

    It’s like carpooling, but in space. :)

    Lots of interesting info in that article.
     
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    Holy crap! That’s a lot of satellites for a barely tested launch vehicle!
     
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    Agreed. It seems that those who are entrusting their payload to the second FH mission have a lot of confidence in SpaceX. Confidence which, in my opinion, is not misplaced.
     
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  4. PeterK

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    25 satellites in one launch ought to bring per-satellite costs way down. Amazing.
     
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    So, no humans to launch on FH. The tourist moon orbit is shelved.
     
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    It's military. When military stuff explodes they just buy more.
     
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    I thought the tourist moon ride was 'planned' for after all the crew capsule tests and likely after NASA formally approves Dragon 2 for manned missions to ISS. What's your source for it being shelved?
     
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    Elon was quoted as saying they would focus FH on cargo and shift the capsule work to the BFR, rather than do the extra effort of certifying both rockets for human flight. Or something to that effect.
     
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    From that Falcon Heavy article that @ecarfan posted:

    "Musk said there are no plans to fly people on Falcon Heavy rockets. SpaceX is working in an even bigger rocket for humans, the Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR, that the company claims could begin orbital test flights in the early 2020s.

    A plan to send two-person team of tourists on a flight around the moon and back to Earth on a Falcon Heavy rocket has been shelved for now, he said."
     
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    Thanks @scaesare. I guess there are two disappointed multi millionaires around somewhere!
    In my dopey opinion (IMDO), I'd still like to see SpaceX set a prescedent they can launch non astronauts they select without NASA being in the loop, sooner rather than later.
     
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    I'm kind of with you... I think it would be positive inspirational step if nothing else...
     
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    I also agree. With D2 certified and F9 certified for astronauts, it shouldn't be so hard to certify FH. The safety system built into D2 should work equally well for both.

    SpaceX should not have to jump through a bunch of bureaucratic hoops.
     
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    It’s not uncommon for a new (or sometimes even a return-to-flight) launcher to carry a bunch of free or near-free rides. Especially when it comes to university-sats, a lot of the value is in the design phase. Launching is just a cherry on top.

    Posting a large quantity of spacecraft on the record wall (admittedly, 26 isn’t that large anymore, as previously noted...) is a low expense win for spacex.
     
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    No doubt these rides are cheap or even free. There’s no cost recovery opportunity for spacex on this launch.
     
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    Getting indications this is NET Oct 30. Very busy launch manifest.
     
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