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  1. #2491
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    I don't know if they really lost a lot of time with that. Integration tests also have to happen at one time or another.
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    I'd like to see it next to a Falcon 9 stage.

    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    We'll see how long it lasts. Musk tweeted he's not 100% bought into it and it may change back in Mk3 & Mk4. We'll see how the test flight goes.
    I like the two flat design--it makes it more modern--less tintin-like.

    Past and future both.

    I wonder if the folks at The Boring Company knew about the Terrajet of Zwicky,
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    Chomper definitely lives...animation at the tweet

    Harry Stoltz 🚀 @HarryStoltz1
    Replying to @elonmusk
    Stunning fairing animation for Starship! Any idea when what the first payload might be?
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    Elon Musk ✔ @elonmusk
    Probably Starlink 🛰 & some fun things

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1179624066375774209

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    The Boca Chica Mk1 propulsion module was moved onto an open framework steel platform. Maybe to give clearance for finishing landing leg work and get better ventilation?

    Time lapse,

    https://youtu.be/W_fLoiy71Po
    Last edited by docmordrid; 2019-Oct-04 at 03:07 AM.

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    Timi's at it again, 2k-3.8k hires renders at the link. 1280w sample below. Musk 'liked' them.

    Kimi Talvitie @kimitalvitie
    New renders of #Starship and #Superheavy. Quite a sight.

    Think I've outdone myself here, especially on the inflight one.

    IMG_20191005_124120-1280.jpg

    https://twitter.com/kimitalvitie/sta...82439594070018

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    Timi's at it again, 2k-3.8k hires renders at the link. 1280w sample below. Musk 'liked' them.

    Kimi Talvitie @kimitalvitie
    New renders of #Starship and #Superheavy. Quite a sight.

    Think I've outdone myself here, especially on the inflight one.

    IMG_20191005_124120-1280.jpg

    https://twitter.com/kimitalvitie/sta...82439594070018
    Is it just me or does the way its canards fold make it look like it has a handlebar mustache?

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    Walrus McWalrusface?
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    Walrus McWalrusface?
    With the move to conformed header tanks for landing and attitude control in the nose that face may change again. Window size change, a nose stretch, whatever. Very rough sketch,

    Starship headers front conformed.jpeg

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    LC-39A Starship upgrades; Phase 1 (main image) and Phase 2 (insert, at Phase 1's location). Renderings by two of NSF's graphics creators.

    Phase 1 construction is happening now.

    Jay L. DeShelter @jdeshetler
    Construction of Starship 39A launch & landing facility picking up the pace.

    https://t.co/vpV6pX4tZX

    Illustration by Jay DeShetler/Mack Crawford.

    https://t.co/YFRXjvRHhV

    IMG_20191007_151930.jpg

    https://twitter.com/jdeshetler/statu...80330017173507

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    With a base cost of $1m for a 200kg payload, this is going to put big pressure on the small launcher outfits.

    https://www.spacex.com/smallsat

    https://spacenews.com/spacex-says-ri...-partly-empty/

    SpaceX says rideshare missions will launch on time, even if partly empty

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — SpaceX plans to launch regular Falcon 9 rideshare missions starting in March and won’t delay launches for tardy customers, a company executive said Oct. 8.

    Tom Ochinero, vice president of commercial sales at SpaceX, said that the launch provider learned the importance of setting firm departure dates for rideshare missions by seeing the challenges customer Spaceflight had coordinating the 64 satellites that ultimately flew on the SSO-A mission SpaceX launched in December.
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    Ochinero, speaking at the Satellite Innovation 2019 conference here, said SpaceX won't stop mission timelines to fill empty space or wait for late smallsat operators.
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    SpaceX's first self-managed rideshare mission, a Falcon 9 mission to sun-synchronous orbit, is scheduled for March. After that, SpaceX intends to launch dedicated rideshare missions to sun-synchronous or polar orbits every quarter.
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    SpaceX now has TWO vessels capable of recovering Crew Dragon; GO Searcher and GO Navigator.

    And in a rather ambiguous tweet Musk simply said "A Shortfall Of Gravitas." Will it still be a droneship? "Yes"

    Starship capable? We'll see.

    https://twitter.com/nextspaceflight/...31805349851137

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1181987612992524288

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    Boca Chica road and beach closures due to SpaceX activity,

    Wednesday October 23 through Friday October 25

    1300-2100 Eastern each day

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    The "concept" is the development of docking connectors for the propellant transfer lines.

    https://www.floridatoday.com/story/t...ns/3957775002/

    If SpaceX wants its massive next-generation spacecraft to reach the moon and planets beyond, CEO Elon Musk says it'll need to be refueled in orbit around Earth - and NASA wants to know more.
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    To further the technology, NASA recently awarded SpaceX a $3 million contract to study the concepts, Administrator Jim Bridenstine said during a joint press conference with Musk on Friday.
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    "Starship is a really big vehicle," Bridenstine told FLORIDA TODAY on Thursday. "Being able to refuel it will be necessary to become a vehicle that can get to the moon."

    "SpaceX can use it for their reasons and we can use it for our reasons,"
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    StarLink updates

    On October 7th the FCC made 20 new ITU filings on behalf of SpaceX.

    30,000 satellites "USASAT-NGSOxxxx

    1,500: 97.7 - 580 km
    1,500: 85 - 539.7 km
    1,500: 80 - 532 km
    1,500: 75 - 524.7 km
    1,500: 70 - 517.8 km
    4,500: 53 - 498.8 km
    4,500: 40 - 488.4 km
    4,500: 30 - 482.8 km
    3,000: 53 - 345.6 km
    3,000: 40 - 334.4 km
    3,000: 30 - 328.3 km

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    Spaceflight Now @SpaceflightNow
    SpaceX next mission, slated to carry the companys second set of Starlink broadband satellites into orbit, will be the first to fly with a reused Falcon 9 booster making its fourth launch when it takes off in the coming weeks. FULL STORY: https://t.co/28uXtCmWUE?amp=1

    https://twitter.com/SpaceflightNow/s...27251185995781
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