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SLS needs new boosters, because re-use would have been a good idea...

Discussion in 'SpaceX' started by e-FTW, May 9, 2018.

  1. e-FTW

    e-FTW New electron smell

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    Solid read, great details and background by Chris B:
    SLS requires Advanced Boosters by flight nine due to lack of Shuttle heritage components – NASASpaceFlight.com
    • SLS uses "heritage" components from Shuttle and Constellation programs
    • There is a limited supply of said components
    • SLS boosters will not be recovered (chutes were ditched for Constellation because of performance issues)
    • So NASA has an RFI out for new boosters by flight 9
    • Those will be required for Block2/Mars
    SpaceX may be on to something.
     
  2. Grendal

    Grendal SpaceX Moderator

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    I'd be willing to make a reasonable sized bet that SLS never reaches nine launches. I'd go with three or four maximum. Even less if BFR/BFS launches by 2021.
     
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  3. e-FTW

    e-FTW New electron smell

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    Is that an over/under? Not to encourage betting or anything...
     
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  4. Grendal

    Grendal SpaceX Moderator

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    :) Tesla is enough betting for me.
     
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    Wait, there was a company that was able to re-use the boosters, maybe if they took a cue from them and do the same?
    Now if I only could remember the name of that company. Maybe they could call and.....
    :)
     
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  6. ecarfan

    ecarfan Well-Known Member

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    I’m with @Grendal ; 9 SLS launches is a fantasy.
     
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