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Offline seruriermarshal

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Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Reply #1170 on: June 04, 2018, 12:25:26 am »
Successful deployment of SES-12 to a geostationary transfer orbit confirmed ;D

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Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Reply #1171 on: June 12, 2018, 04:17:05 pm »
First BFR position officially opened

"BFR BUILD ENGINEER"
http://www.spacex.com/careers/position/217464

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BFR BUILD ENGINEER

The BFR (Big Falcon Rocket) is a massive next generation launch vehicle and spacecraft designed to carry mankind to the moon, Mars, and beyond. Also capable of flying humans from Los Angeles to New York in 25 minutes, the BFR will eventually replace the current Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy, and Dragon programs as the primary vehicle for all SpaceX missions. Working directly in the Vehicle Engineering group, the goal of this team is to investigate, test, and develop new hardware, software, and automation efforts capable of supporting advanced metallic and composite joining methods for the BFR. The team works directly with design and analysis engineers in delivering the development and selection of technologies, specifications and methods needed to manufacture critical structures. Focusing on friction stir welding, EB welding and composite tank lamination, the BFR Build Engineer is responsible for delivering results on critical projects with a highly demanding and fast-paced schedule. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Drive the technology development for manufacturing cryogenic composite tanks through research, mechanical/destructive testing and sub-scale manufacturing
Work closely with vehicle analysts and manufacturing team to ensure solutions meet the requirements for vehicle design as well as the manufacturing processes
Coordinate and execute development, qualification, and acceptance testing of systems and tooling needed to meet hardware deadlines
Design and produce engineering drawings for tooling and test fixture hardware
Participate in design reviews internally and with suppliers and customers
Partner with engineering & production teams to generate ideas, designs, and improvements for current and next-generation vehicles

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor's degree in engineering (mechanical, aerospace, or material science)
Hands-on project experience with complex mechanical systems, preferably as a team or sub-team lead
CAD and drafting experience with NX or other CAD software packages

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

2+ years professional experience in the field of aerospace/mechanical engineering
Excellent grasp of mechanical engineering fundamentals
Experience with fracture-critical component design/analysis
Background in material science, with a focus on aerospace alloys, composite and/or pressurized structures
Experience with finite element analysis (FEA) software packages
Experience with welding processes such as fusion, electron beam and friction-stir
Strong background in composite structures with knowledge of automated fiber placement, autoclaves and composite design criteria
Exposure to advanced NDE methods such as phased array ultrasonics, eddy current arrays and digital radiography
Strong interpersonal and organizational skills

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

Must be available to work long hours and weekends as needed

ITAR REQUIREMENTS:

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.
 
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Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Reply #1172 on: June 12, 2018, 05:48:17 pm »
Well they aren't flying the thing in 2019 for damn sure.
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Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Reply #1173 on: June 12, 2018, 05:51:35 pm »
 ;D

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Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Reply #1174 on: June 13, 2018, 06:39:30 am »
;D

Is that really a section of the BFR? Or is it really a section for the Falcon Heavy?

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Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Reply #1175 on: June 13, 2018, 06:45:53 am »
Is that really a section of the BFR? Or is it really a section for the Falcon Heavy?

Neither.  It's a mandrel (a piece of tooling) for making large carbon fiber segments of the BFR fuselage.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/04/spacex-appears-ready-to-spin-carbon-fiber-for-the-bfr-spaceship/

Falcon Heavy boosters are the same size as Falcon 9, just with three boosters strapped together.




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Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Reply #1176 on: June 13, 2018, 06:47:31 am »
Is that really a section of the BFR? Or is it really a section for the Falcon Heavy?

Neither.  It's a mandrel (a piece of tooling) for making large carbon fiber segments of the BFR fuselage.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/04/spacex-appears-ready-to-spin-carbon-fiber-for-the-bfr-spaceship/

Falcon Heavy boosters are the same size as Falcon 9, just with three boosters strapped together.

Thanks for that quick reply TomS, that photo had me confused.

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Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Reply #1177 on: June 13, 2018, 06:49:04 am »
;D

Is that really a section of the BFR? Or is it really a section for the Falcon Heavy?

Falcon heavy core diameter is 12 feet. Compare that to the size of the car.

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Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Reply #1178 on: June 13, 2018, 04:38:23 pm »
Well they aren't flying the thing in 2019 for damn sure.
The most recent update was that they hope in 2019 to fly a pre-production version of the upper stage/spacecraft in a similar manner to the Grashopper test vehicle for Falcon 9's first stage.

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Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Reply #1179 on: June 14, 2018, 02:13:42 pm »
Well they aren't flying the thing in 2019 for damn sure.
The most recent update was that they hope in 2019 to fly a pre-production version of the upper stage/spacecraft in a similar manner to the Grashopper test vehicle for Falcon 9's first stage.

That SpaceX opened a BFR position means the program is on track and expands. Internal BFR positions were created a few years back with an army of hundreds of engineers working on this project, scaled up after Falcon Heavy became successful. The big rocket race currently underway (competition against Blue Origin) means accelerating and scaling this up. We'll be positively surprised.

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Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Reply #1180 on: June 15, 2018, 08:53:05 am »
Well they aren't flying the thing in 2019 for damn sure.
The most recent update was that they hope in 2019 to fly a pre-production version of the upper stage/spacecraft in a similar manner to the Grashopper test vehicle for Falcon 9's first stage.

That SpaceX opened a BFR position means the program is on track and expands. Internal BFR positions were created a few years back with an army of hundreds of engineers working on this project, scaled up after Falcon Heavy became successful. The big rocket race currently underway (competition against Blue Origin) means accelerating and scaling this up. We'll be positively surprised.

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I will be highly surprised if this whole big rocket thing (New Glenn/BFR) succeeds or not, they are up against NASA with the just as big Space Launch System.

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Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Reply #1181 on: June 15, 2018, 09:03:33 am »

I will be highly surprised if this whole big rocket thing (New Glenn/BFR) succeeds or not, they are up against NASA with the just as big Space Launch System.


You are forgetting about cost.  The SLS has exactly 1 customer that can think about using it and only if the political backing can be maintained.

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Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Reply #1182 on: June 15, 2018, 09:22:49 am »
Well they aren't flying the thing in 2019 for damn sure.
The most recent update was that they hope in 2019 to fly a pre-production version of the upper stage/spacecraft in a similar manner to the Grashopper test vehicle for Falcon 9's first stage.

That SpaceX opened a BFR position means the program is on track and expands. Internal BFR positions were created a few years back with an army of hundreds of engineers working on this project, scaled up after Falcon Heavy became successful. The big rocket race currently underway (competition against Blue Origin) means accelerating and scaling this up. We'll be positively surprised.

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I will be highly surprised if this whole big rocket thing (New Glenn/BFR) succeeds or not, they are up against NASA with the just as big Space Launch System.

I'd give BFR and New Glenn/New Armstrong greater chances of long term success than SLS.  How many times will they fly SLS?  Three?  You really think they're going to want to pony up billions when they could throw the payload on a BFR at a fraction of the cost?
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Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Reply #1183 on: June 15, 2018, 10:14:12 am »

I will be highly surprised if this whole big rocket thing (New Glenn/BFR) succeeds or not, they are up against NASA with the just as big Space Launch System.

SLS is not a competitor, costing >$1B per launch and not being reusable at all. It's kind of a white elephant.

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Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Reply #1184 on: June 15, 2018, 10:47:19 am »
You are all forgetting about the Block 2 130 tonne variant of the Space Launch System which when built could easily launch a future Uranus/Neptune space probe in a faster trajectory than existing rockets, whereas the BFR is only concerned about landing on Mars.