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Old 02-13-2020, 10:11 PM   #1
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Who'd have thunk it.


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Old 02-13-2020, 10:13 PM   #2
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What do you think of the valley so far?
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Old 02-13-2020, 10:56 PM   #3
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Man I can't believe you actually went to Brownsville with it being so unsafe and everything. LOL!

That is cool. I always look at new work adventures as opportunities to learn something new. I also think back on all the cool things I've seen that not everyone gets to. It's also cool that when you see something that you got to work on in a publication that you can tell your family and friends that you got to work on it. Enjoy your time in my neck of the woods.
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Old 02-13-2020, 11:11 PM   #4
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What do you think of the valley so far?
Haven't seen much yet but it feels like Baytown lol.
I listened to the radio broadcast about the history of Boca chica. Pretty interesting.
Almost ran over some deer on the way out last night.
Can't wait for a day off explore.

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Old 02-14-2020, 03:02 AM   #5
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Good luck building those spaceships. Lots of kids are counting on you.






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Old 02-14-2020, 05:20 AM   #6
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Cool. Best of luck on the new endeavor.
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Old 02-14-2020, 06:38 AM   #7
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This ol redneck worked 2yrs for Beal Aerospace in Frisco. We were building a prototype disposable rocket. And a little FYI, rockets don't have engines. they have motors. The engineers about have a stroke when you get it wrong.
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Old 02-14-2020, 08:03 AM   #8
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Good deal but you are not the first. One of my cousins worked on the original space shuttles. He personally built the nose cone. He has passed on now but he use to tell me stories about it years ago.

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Old 02-14-2020, 08:19 AM   #9
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When you get it finished, can you take me for a ride?
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Old 02-14-2020, 09:19 AM   #10
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what job is this, what the heck are you doing?
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Old 02-14-2020, 09:41 AM   #11
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Really cool, man! I have much admiration for SpaceX.
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Old 02-14-2020, 10:06 AM   #13
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[QUOTE=AntlerCollector;14702232]Good luck building those spaceships. Lots of kids are counting on you.






That is the exact Rocket Ship they had at the baseball fields where I grew up!
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Old 02-14-2020, 10:18 AM   #14
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Good luck building those spaceships. Lots of kids are counting on you.

Thats the spaceship I used to play in around 5-7 years old. Fell down them holes face first many a times.
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Old 02-14-2020, 12:16 PM   #15
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Having some spare time I have started building rockets too. Not quite as high tech as those, but lots of fun to build.

Lots more powerful than Estes. Capable of Level 1 high power flight. If the field quits getting rained out they will fly and I will go forward with Level 1 qualifications.
The yellow one with decals is capable of 4000'+ flights, but the recovery system may not be, and I would like it back, and I don't qualify to buy the motors to do it yet. It is 47" tall and 1.6" body tube.
The red one is 54" tall with a 2.6" body tube. Capable of 3000' flights.

Both will do 1000' flights until the weather will cooperate for higher flights. Must launch at sanctioned fields.
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Old 02-14-2020, 12:29 PM   #16
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I've had 2nd degree burn from that slide more than once. Got knocked of the side of the slide running up the wrong way. Good times.

Michael, What are those and what are ya'll building them out of?
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Old 02-14-2020, 12:39 PM   #17
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Is this to replace your Kamado Joe?
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I've had 2nd degree burn from that slide more than once. Got knocked of the side of the slide running up the wrong way. Good times.

Michael, What are those and what are ya'll building them out of?




Iíve been a victim of a super heated slide back in the day too. Metal slides out in the sun, and parents telling the kids to go play
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Really cool, man! I have much admiration for SpaceX.
Ditto! They definitely punched out a hole in a very interesting industry.
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Old 02-14-2020, 07:56 PM   #20
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I've had 2nd degree burn from that slide more than once. Got knocked of the side of the slide running up the wrong way. Good times.

Michael, What are those and what are ya'll building them out of?
3/16 in 301 stainless.

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I followed him around hopping he would drop his wallet, but he didn't.

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I guess I’m the only one that finds it odd that space craft are being built in clamshell structures with bottom of the line welding machines. Are you sure your not just building the display for the entry to the facility? Surely the vessels that actually get launched are more high tech than what we are seeing here.
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So how’s it all going so far?
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I guess Iím the only one that finds it odd that space craft are being built in clamshell structures with bottom of the line welding machines. Are you sure your not just building the display for the entry to the facility? Surely the vessels that actually get launched are more high tech than what we are seeing here.
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I guess Iím the only one that finds it odd that space craft are being built in clamshell structures with bottom of the line welding machines. Are you sure your not just building the display for the entry to the facility? Surely the vessels that actually get launched are more high tech than what we are seeing here.
Heck, maybe that why Musk is building them for a fraction of the cost of typical NASA contractors.
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Heck, maybe that why Musk is building them for a fraction of the cost of typical NASA contractors.
These guys will take over the market in short time. They have built a complete rocket from scratch all parts including engine in 80 days. They said they will have it doen to 60 when they get in their new facility. all done by 3D printer/welder.

https://www.relativityspace.com/
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I guess Iím the only one that finds it odd that space craft are being built in clamshell structures with bottom of the line welding machines. Are you sure your not just building the display for the entry to the facility? Surely the vessels that actually get launched are more high tech than what we are seeing here.
Those are probably forms for making parts. We had collapsible forms for winding carbon fiber on. It would surprise you how limited the tools needed are. it is more man power than tool power.
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They sort of look like nozzles for rocket motors. Could finish out somewhat pointed to be nose cones. (no, nose cones have curves, but nozzles seem straight)
The stuff outside looks like nosecone and body tubes for the rocket.

Maybe BTB will enlighten us.
And don't replace that Komodo Joe you use, sure is some good lookin vittles come off of it.


Oh heck, just read the user guide for the Falcon and Falcon Heavy.
https://www.spacex.com/sites/spacex/...de_10_2019.pdf

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Might be small scale test stuff before they commit to the real thing.
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you sure thats not for the cyber truck?
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