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Es wird keine gleichzeitige Landung der beiden FH Booster geben um Risiken zu vermeiden, was durch einen versetzten Boostback-Burn erreicht wird.
To reduce risk even further, SpaceX is staggering the boostback burns, letting each side booster touch down separately.
Man überlegt für die Fertigung des BFS entsprechende Anlagen in San Pedro, knappe 30 Kilometer südlich von Hawthorne zu errichten.
WIRED has learned that SpaceX is actively considering expanding its San Pedro, California facility to begin manufacturing its interplanetary spacecraft. This would allow SpaceX to easily shift personnel from headquarters in Hawthorne. But it would put an entire country between the largest spacecraft ever brought to manufacturing and Florida’s space coast.
Sources within the company believe it will launch those first long-range missions from the facility SpaceX is building in Boca Chica village near Brownsville, Texas. And the Houston Chronicle reported this week that SpaceX is now seeking an additional $5 million in funding to develop the launch complex on top of the $15.3 million already pledged by the Texas Spaceport Trust Fund. If SpaceX feels like it has outgrown Kennedy, the Falcon Heavy may be its last new launch vehicle to make a debut at the historic site.
30 geplange Flüge in 2018, davon die Hälfte auf schon geflogenen Falcon Erststufen.
WIRED learned from sources with knowledge of the manifest that in 2018, the company intends to fly 50 percent of its 30 planned missions on recycled rockets.