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Upper stage docked to first stage with docking mechanism & a adapter cradle launched “eyes out”

April 30, 2018

upper stage docked to first stage

The upper stage does not do a suborbital DT & E instead at launch the upper stage foreword dome is docked to the first stage inside a payload adapter/cradle with the upper stage engine facing up inside the payload fairing ( “eyes out”)

After MECO the stack flips and the upper stage wet mass propels the now dry mass first stage to orbit for refurbishment as habitat

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