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Latest version of the 1st stage transport vehicle

Discussion in 'SpaceX' started by ecarfan, Apr 9, 2017.

  1. ecarfan

    ecarfan Well-Known Member

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    This is a different vehicle than I have seen previously. Not sure if this is only for slow speed local use at the cape or not or if it is used for cross country transport.
     
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  2. GoTslaGo

    GoTslaGo Learning Member

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    In a weird kind of way, reminded me of the OJ Simpson car chase...
     
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    I'd probably need summon mode to get this in my garage.
     
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  4. Grendal

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    That's the transporter SpaceX bought from NASA and modified for their use. It is for local use transport. It was posted before and I think it went for $48K. It cost about the same as a used Model S.
     
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  5. ilovemycoffee

    ilovemycoffee MS 85D HW1 Late 2015

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    What is that jet thing with wings at 1:35 minutes?
     
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    It's a Navaho cruise missile and it's booster. It's looking a little better than it did last October after Hurricane Matthew... [​IMG]
     
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    It was formerly used to move shuttle orbiters between the OPF's and the VAB. It was originally developed to move the orbiters around Vandenberg AFB. GSA auction: Orbiter Transporter System (OTS) - collectSPACE: Messages
     
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    76-wheel Orbiter Transporter System (OTS)

    I wonder what kind of engine and transmission is used?
    Is it an All Wheel Drive system?

    Not knowing anything, but probably the main ICE engine
    drives a pump to generate high pressure oil,
    and an high pressure oil engine run separately each wheel.

    Which also might allow steering by increasing the flow to the outside wheels?
     
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    Can it do a 3 point turn?
     
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    ilovemycoffee MS 85D HW1 Late 2015

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  11. e-FTW

    e-FTW New electron smell

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    125.7 gallons per mile... Wonder if this thing could switch to a giant stack of Tesla batteries...
     
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    How far does it have to go? It might actually be easier to just drag a giant extension cord around.
     
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    I have pictures of a team of people dragging the extension cord from building to building as the transporter drives by, connecting to an outlet at each building as they go :)

    To make it work well, you'd have 2 or 3 extension cords and teams, with 1 cord being used, and the next team laying out the cord to a point where the current cord will reach it's limit and need to be replaced.

    So now you have leap frogging teams of extension cord draggers.

    Sometimes, I have crazy thoughts.
     
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    Me too. :) When I heard the extension cord comment, I thought about how much power would be needed and pictured the carrier having a whole transformer strapped onto it and an electrical substation along the route.
     
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    e-FTW New electron smell

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    Or, they keep swapping Tesla battery packs in and out along the way. :)
     
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    This thread reminds me of the "Frogger" Seinfeld episode.
     
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    In front of SpaceX HQ today, a much simpler transporter than the one above, but the load looks lighter as well.
     

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  18. ecarfan

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    I hope that stage is still there tomorrow by noon, I plan to make a visit to the Hawthorne Supercharger. I live in Nor. Cal. and will be on my way home, rarely get a chance to visit that location.
     
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    On that video of the used Falcon you can really see the beating those grid fins take... it will be interesting to see how the switch to titanium for those works out. With the soot, you can see the outline of the "panel" they attach too... I almost wonder if that was replaced as part of the refurbishment.

    Speaking of soot.. I wonder why the lower section is relatively evenly covered, only to abruptly stop at the seam to the middle section?
     
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    Airflow separation would be my guess.
    Robin
     

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