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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    I've seen speculation it's crash/fire clearance, but that's unconvincing in light of the lower clearances for the 20 meter hop.
    Maybe justincaseyouneverknow that a tether might snap? Which would be....interesting.

    ETA: Oops. Never mind. No tethers for a 200 foot jump.

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    Hop & road closures rescheduled

    August 19-21 (Monday-Wednesday)

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    Brian ✈ @flying_briann
    Heres a 360 view of the Cocoa #starship

    Shes getting so big ��
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    Stacking fairing & tanks soon, then adding control fins, engines & landing gear

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1162066262672855040

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    Musk doesn't really like an overkill of development hardware, does he. Static mock-up and all that? Nah, let's let the welders discover how they can build the shape, put some engines and fins on it, and launch into orbit. It's a prototype allright, but from step 1 an orbital one!
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    build
    fly
    crater?
    fix
    fly again
    rinse, wash, repeat

    He definitely doesn't like paralysis by analysis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    Maybe justincaseyouneverknow that a tether might snap? Which would be....interesting.

    ETA: Oops. Never mind. No tethers for a 200 foot jump.
    200 meter. And there were none for the 20 meter hop either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    Brian ✈ @flying_briann
    Heres a 360 view of the Cocoa #starship

    Shes getting so big
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    Elon Musk ✓ @elonmusk
    Stacking fairing & tanks soon, then adding control fins, engines & landing gear

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1162066262672855040
    Given the above ⬆️

    Boca Chica Mk-1

    They've brought down the upper few meters of Mk-1's nose cone. Perhaps it's also getting control fins & related hardware, or a new cone has been built with them attached?

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    Mk-1 nose cone removal

    https://youtu.be/zi7kQICkfVQ

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    Hopper nose cone removal was way faster. Boca Chica 1 - Cocoa 0.

    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    Cocoa is getting an exit road to a highway, and power lines along that highway are being buried.

    Getting ready to move after the stacking & fin/leg additions.

    Also; Super Heavy booster parts are appearing at both sites.

    Those betting on a mid-2020's first launch were very, very wrong.
    Last edited by docmordrid; 2019-Aug-16 at 06:14 PM.

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    Just a reminder that as of July 22 the Super Heavy booster is heading into Thunderbird 3 territory with leg-mounted engine fairings. We'll see if this has changed at the update.

    Outer engines will not gimbal, the center engine cluster will gimbal up to 15, and Super Heavy test flights will be with as few as 20 engines.

    Elon Musk ✔ @elonmusk
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    Outer engines stick out slightly from 9m diameter, dont gimbal & are mechanically joined at nozzle
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    For 37 engine config, 6 are mounted outboard under landing leg fairings
    5:41 PM - Jul 22, 2019

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1153419738527125504

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    Thunderbird 3 was inspired by a much older "leg-mounted engine fairings" moon rocket:

    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....11gZcSdVZL.jpg (1953)
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    I want the Cosmostrator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by publiusr View Post
    I want the Cosmostrator.
    I'd like to see a nuclear propulsion option for Starship.

    Both sites removed the top few meters of the nose cone and worked on them at ground level.

    Boca Chica

    What looks like 3 new build pads have been poured

    Cocoa

    New airborn video from John Winkopp, showing the nose cone removed and many more ring segments than will be needed to top off the propulsion module (~12 vs 2-3).

    https://youtu.be/EEHAULffkgc
    Last edited by docmordrid; 2019-Aug-18 at 04:00 AM.

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    Control surfaces!!

    Mary @BocaChicaGal
    A section of Starship's fin/leg was delivered to the Boca Chica assembly site this morning.
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    https://t.co/4yF9v7ZfZ4
    https://t.co/0yEaurKvTq

    IMG_20190818_135117.jpg

    IMG_20190818_135131.jpg

    https://twitter.com/BocaChicaGal/sta...39936792514561

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    That's a seriously large piece.
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    That's a seriously large piece.
    Starship is a seriously large vehicle.

    Starship v Shuttle.jpg

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    Cocoa

    FIFTEEN rings ready!

    Whatever's being built next it's going to go fast, likely Super Heavy.

    Methinks new toolking has snuck in. It looks like the new rings are one piece with just one welded seam, no more panels. Goes with truckloads of huge stainless steel rolls appearing at both sites.

    Cocoa August 19 2019-2.jpg

    https://youtu.be/lLDhiEjMrng

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    News report

    https://youtu.be/A7N8DpB0HeQ

    https://www.clickorlando.com/news/in...y-space-center

    How SpaceX plans to move Starship from Cocoa site to Kennedy Space Center

    Starship prototype to be moved to Kennedy Space Center in September


    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - Long before SpaceX can fly Starship to the moon or Mars, a prototype of the spacecraft must be moved from its construction site in Cocoa to the Kennedy Space Center for testing.
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    Cocoa transport route 1280.jpg

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    Stephen Clark @StephenClark1 (SpaceflightNow)

    SpaceX’s Koenigsmann: We have Falcon Heavy as the product for cargo services in support of NASA’s Artemis program. Falcon 9 will soon be able to provide crew transportation, too. Then we'll phase in new vehicles like Starship.

    https://twitter.com/StephenClark1/st...76514530385920

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    I thought they were by the coast. Surely a barge is better. SpaceX like barges.

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    Those carnards are bigger than most civil aircraft wings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glom View Post
    I thought they were by the coast. Surely a barge is better. SpaceX like barges.
    Third paragraph in the article:
    However, records obtained exclusively by News 6 reveal that in September the 180-foot-tall spacecraft could be towed along the State Road 528 Beachline Expressway before being placed on a barge in the Indian River for shipment to Launch Complex 39.
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    Update mid-September, perhaps about the time Mk-2 is heading for KSC.

    Odds are when it's being transported there'll be quite a crowd watching, night or day.

    Evelyn Janeidy Arevalo @JaneidyEve
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    Elon
    will the SpaceX presentation at Boca Chica take place on August 24 this week?

    or will it be delayed if StarHopper doesn't recieve FAA approval this week to launch?
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    Will probably make sense to do this when Starship Mk 1 has 3 Raptors, moving body fins & landing gear installed, which is hopefully mid September
    3:03 PM - Aug 20, 2019

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1163889282936967168

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    So, the 19-21 august window is closing soon. Will we see a 200m hop or a reschedule?
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    Road closures for today were cancelled.

    The FAA AST office does launch/landing licenses and they're in the midst of a congressionally mandated reorganization. Their staff was up 40% but the work load is up ~1000%.

    http://www.spacenews.com/faa

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    Boca Chica

    This is the bulkhead between the liquid oxygen and liquid methane tanks

    Mary @BocaChicaGal
    This morning the common bulkhead was lowered into the cylinder of Starship Mk1 at Boca Chica.
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    https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/in...062#msg1982062

    IMG_20190821_194521.jpg

    https://twitter.com/BocaChicaGal/sta...41765001547777

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    StarHopper: updated dates

    Dates: August 26, 27, 28

    Times: 1500 - 0100 Eastern

    http://www.co.cameron.tx.us/wp/space-x/

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    spacex-starman.jpeg

    1) Starman has completed his first orbit of the Sun

    2) Viv @flcnhvy
    Btw, any chance SpaceX could launch a small spacecraft that could catch up to Starman & take some pics? Would be super interesting to see what Roadster & its passenger look like these days
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    In a few years

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1163015575699779584

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