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2021-05-13 7:26:18 AM  
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2021-05-13 9:39:53 AM  
We can actually put space-flown primary stage rockets in a museum now.  Amazing stuff.  Something from SpaceX needs to end up in the Smithsonian.
 
2021-05-13 9:40:08 AM  
100 gallons of Dawn dish soap in a tank of water with a high-pressure hose and that'll come right off.
 
2021-05-13 9:40:40 AM  

HawkEyes: We can actually put space-flown primary stage rockets in a museum now.  Amazing stuff.  Something from SpaceX needs to end up in the Smithsonian.


They have one in the rocket garden at Kennedy.
 
2021-05-13 9:40:48 AM  
The "Antiques Roadshow" folks are going to tell Elon that scrubbing the seams has ruined the patina and it's only worth a fraction of its value if they had left it alone.
 
2021-05-13 9:41:34 AM  
A few short years ago I remember when SpaceX rolled out the first booster they were going to refly.

They hadn't cleaned it- it was still covered in soot from re-entry.

Now *that's* a statement.
 
2021-05-13 9:46:39 AM  

HawkEyes: We can actually put space-flown primary stage rockets in a museum now.  Amazing stuff.  Something from SpaceX needs to end up in the Smithsonian.


I'm sure they'll eventually put it in a museum at some point. Or at least I hope they do, because I would like to go to that museum and gawk at it. But when they do, I hope they don't clean it up. I want to see it in all its filthy glory.
 
2021-05-13 9:49:43 AM  

FrancoFile: HawkEyes: We can actually put space-flown primary stage rockets in a museum now.  Amazing stuff.  Something from SpaceX needs to end up in the Smithsonian.

They have one in the rocket garden at Kennedy.


I need to go back there.

I spent most of a day there in the before times. Still think I missed out on a chunk of stuff.

I saw the rocket garden, but I missed the guided tours

/those Mercury capsules were small...
 
2021-05-13 9:51:54 AM  

CordycepsInYourBrain: The "Antiques Roadshow" folks are going to tell Elon that scrubbing the seams has ruined the patina and it's only worth a fraction of its value if they had left it alone.


I wonder, do they clean the seams for inspection purposes?
 
2021-05-13 9:55:59 AM  
Not just ten flights, but ten flights in 14 months.
 
2021-05-13 9:58:16 AM  

edmo: CordycepsInYourBrain: The "Antiques Roadshow" folks are going to tell Elon that scrubbing the seams has ruined the patina and it's only worth a fraction of its value if they had left it alone.

I wonder, do they clean the seams for inspection purposes?



My guess is they check with welds with x-rays or ultrasound.
 
2021-05-13 10:00:23 AM  

Destructor: HawkEyes: We can actually put space-flown primary stage rockets in a museum now.  Amazing stuff.  Something from SpaceX needs to end up in the Smithsonian.

I'm sure they'll eventually put it in a museum at some point. Or at least I hope they do, because I would like to go to that museum and gawk at it. But when they do, I hope they don't clean it up. I want to see it in all its filthy glory.


The plans that I've seen is to keep flying it until it fails.  At this point, it's only flying Starlink satellite deployments so if it does fail on ascent no buyer is losing out.
 
2021-05-13 10:13:17 AM  

kyleaugustus: Destructor: HawkEyes: We can actually put space-flown primary stage rockets in a museum now.  Amazing stuff.  Something from SpaceX needs to end up in the Smithsonian.

I'm sure they'll eventually put it in a museum at some point. Or at least I hope they do, because I would like to go to that museum and gawk at it. But when they do, I hope they don't clean it up. I want to see it in all its filthy glory.

The plans that I've seen is to keep flying it until it fails.  At this point, it's only flying Starlink satellite deployments so if it does fail on ascent no buyer is losing out.


There would have to be some point where the predicted failure rate of the components or even the hull itself would make it a better bet to retire it rather than risk a payload. Those Starlink satellites may be Musk's own but they would still cost millions of dollars and delay rollout.
 
2021-05-13 10:26:51 AM  

Gubbo: FrancoFile: HawkEyes: We can actually put space-flown primary stage rockets in a museum now.  Amazing stuff.  Something from SpaceX needs to end up in the Smithsonian.

They have one in the rocket garden at Kennedy.

I need to go back there.

I spent most of a day there in the before times. Still think I missed out on a chunk of stuff.

I saw the rocket garden, but I missed the guided tours

/those Mercury capsules were small...


Seeing the Saturn V in person is breathtaking.
 
2021-05-13 10:34:15 AM  

Destructor: HawkEyes: We can actually put space-flown primary stage rockets in a museum now.  Amazing stuff.  Something from SpaceX needs to end up in the Smithsonian.

I'm sure they'll eventually put it in a museum at some point. Or at least I hope they do, because I would like to go to that museum and gawk at it. But when they do, I hope they don't clean it up. I want to see it in all its filthy glory.


Prediction:  SpaceX will not clean it up.  However, the Smithsonian's Garver facility will.
 
2021-05-13 10:41:57 AM  

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Destructor: HawkEyes: We can actually put space-flown primary stage rockets in a museum now.  Amazing stuff.  Something from SpaceX needs to end up in the Smithsonian.

I'm sure they'll eventually put it in a museum at some point. Or at least I hope they do, because I would like to go to that museum and gawk at it. But when they do, I hope they don't clean it up. I want to see it in all its filthy glory.

Prediction:  SpaceX will not clean it up.  However, the Smithsonian's Garver facility will.


I think Garver decides on a case-by-case basis.
 
2021-05-13 10:52:43 AM  

HawkEyes: We can actually put space-flown primary stage rockets in a museum now.  Amazing stuff.  Something from SpaceX needs to end up in the Smithsonian.


I'm not sure it's ready yet...major overhaul and keep flying

/Let's do 15
//How about 20!?
 
2021-05-13 10:55:57 AM  

tmyk: Gubbo: FrancoFile: HawkEyes: We can actually put space-flown primary stage rockets in a museum now.  Amazing stuff.  Something from SpaceX needs to end up in the Smithsonian.

They have one in the rocket garden at Kennedy.

I need to go back there.

I spent most of a day there in the before times. Still think I missed out on a chunk of stuff.

I saw the rocket garden, but I missed the guided tours

/those Mercury capsules were small...

Seeing the Saturn V in person is breathtaking.


The one laid down lengthwise? I can only imagine how that full stack, vertical on the pad, looked up close in person.

/I know the garden has a small one, but damn
 
2021-05-13 11:01:28 AM  

kyleaugustus: The plans that I've seen is to keep flying it until it fails. At this point, it's only flying Starlink satellite deployments so if it does fail on ascent no buyer is losing out.


Then I would like to purchase a small fragment of it when it explodes.
 
2021-05-13 11:38:38 AM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: kyleaugustus: Destructor: HawkEyes: We can actually put space-flown primary stage rockets in a museum now.  Amazing stuff.  Something from SpaceX needs to end up in the Smithsonian.

I'm sure they'll eventually put it in a museum at some point. Or at least I hope they do, because I would like to go to that museum and gawk at it. But when they do, I hope they don't clean it up. I want to see it in all its filthy glory.

The plans that I've seen is to keep flying it until it fails.  At this point, it's only flying Starlink satellite deployments so if it does fail on ascent no buyer is losing out.

There would have to be some point where the predicted failure rate of the components or even the hull itself would make it a better bet to retire it rather than risk a payload. Those Starlink satellites may be Musk's own but they would still cost millions of dollars and delay rollout.


They may be confident that it will fail coming down rather than going up.  Reentry and landing has claimed a lot more of these than ascent.  Ascent stresses are mostly on the engines, which are almost certainly being swapped out when they develop issues.
 
2021-05-13 11:47:31 AM  

Gubbo: tmyk: Gubbo: FrancoFile: HawkEyes: We can actually put space-flown primary stage rockets in a museum now.  Amazing stuff.  Something from SpaceX needs to end up in the Smithsonian.

They have one in the rocket garden at Kennedy.

I need to go back there.

I spent most of a day there in the before times. Still think I missed out on a chunk of stuff.

I saw the rocket garden, but I missed the guided tours

/those Mercury capsules were small...

Seeing the Saturn V in person is breathtaking.

The one laid down lengthwise? I can only imagine how that full stack, vertical on the pad, looked up close in person.

/I know the garden has a small one, but damn


The garden has the single engine that's about the size of some of the rockets in that same garden.  The scale is hard to comprehend.
 
2021-05-13 11:49:14 AM  

haterade: HawkEyes: We can actually put space-flown primary stage rockets in a museum now.  Amazing stuff.  Something from SpaceX needs to end up in the Smithsonian.

I'm not sure it's ready yet...major overhaul and keep flying

/Let's do 15
//How about 20!?


Let's find out if it can do a barrel roll!
 
2021-05-13 11:52:35 AM  

haterade: HawkEyes: We can actually put space-flown primary stage rockets in a museum now.  Amazing stuff.  Something from SpaceX needs to end up in the Smithsonian.

I'm not sure it's ready yet...major overhaul and keep flying

/Let's do 15
//How about 20!?


Colonel Cathcart had courage and never hesitated to volunteer his men for any target available.
Keep it up and the B1051 will start spending all it's time malingering in the hospital tent.
 
2021-05-13 11:53:11 AM  

Destructor: kyleaugustus: The plans that I've seen is to keep flying it until it fails. At this point, it's only flying Starlink satellite deployments so if it does fail on ascent no buyer is losing out.

Then I would like to purchase a small fragment of it when it explodes.


username checks out
 
2021-05-13 1:58:49 PM  

natazha: Not just ten flights, but ten flights in 14 months.


More successful space trips than Challenger. The other shuttles are in the lead for now.

/Admittedly it makes sense to use the old boosters on cargo you can afford to lose. But Elon should be careful as "boom" will cause a shiatstorm. If the intent is to use it on stuff they can afford to lose until the booster dies, it might be best to say so.
 
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