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  1. #2611
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    Moving built parts & jigs to Texas in order to speed up Mk3 could make sense...

    @gregscott_photo
    SPACEX STARSHIP: 2 Starship bases & a Bulkhead that had been removed from the Cocoa site have just been loaded onto Go Discovery in the Port. My guess is that they are on their way to Boca Chica, but thats just my guess. Care to
    enlighten us @ElonMusk? #SpaceX #Space #Science

    IMG_20191130_184243.jpg

    https://twitter.com/gregscott_photo/...80227209109504

  2. #2612
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    Why would they be taking it to Texas, instead just over the Intercostal to KSC?
    Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.

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    To speed up Mk3 at Cocoa, which with the new ring making tool will go *much* faster since the new SpaceX Operations Area (SOA) at KSC is still getting organized.

    The LC-39A Starship pad build is progressing nicely,

    Julia @julia_bergeron
    In all of the excitement about the goings on in port I forgot to post these from #39A this morning. Starship pad construction progresses despite the lack of launch vehicle. I bet photogs could get a sweet shot from this camera mound. #Starship

    IMG_20191201_204446.jpg

    IMG_20191201_204507.jpg

    https://twitter.com/julia_bergeron/s...80563269734400

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    39-A's coming along nicely,

    Jared Frankle @realChefJared
    A look at #starship launch pad process at 39A.#SpaceX

    IMG_20191202_171121.jpg

    https://twitter.com/realChefJared/st...78051982839809

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    The SpaceX Operations Area at KSC and LC-39A Starship mods need finishing.

    Michael Sheetz ✔ @thesheetztweetz
    SpaceX says it paused, but has not fully stopped, Starships development in Florida while the company focuses on building Starship Mk3 in Texas.

    https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/...50783688761347

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    The US Coast Guard is allowing SpaceX to establish private AIS* Aids To Navigation (ATON) virtual markers - essentially launch exclusion zones that'll show on AIS.

    *Automatic Identification System

    https://www.maritime-executive.com/a...gation-markers

    SpaceX Gets its Own AIS Aids to Navigation Markers

    Satellite launch contractor SpaceX will soon be using its own private AIS Aids TO Navigation (ATON) to mark the temporary exclusion areas it uses during rocket launches at Cape Canaveral, Florida. It is the first official Coast Guard approval for a "dynamic" restricted area.
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    The company's non-charted safety zones will be established from Cape Canaveral, Florida, into the Atlantic Ocean in four different areas, which will be activated individually based on the rocket's planned flight path. The safety zones are designed to keep vessels from entering the area while a launch is taking place.

    The four launch zones for SpaceX have been in use for some time, but to date, their periodic activations have been announced to the maritime community through the Coast Guard Notice to Mariners and Local Notice to Mariners. The first zone to be marked by SpaceX's own AIS ATON is scheduled for a launch this week.
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    Like other AIS markers, the SpaceX AIS synthetic ATON will show up on AIS-enabled ECDIS systems and electronic chart plotters.

  7. #2617
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    Dragon CES-19

    Date: December 4, 2019
    Time: 1251 Eastern (1751 UT)
    Pad: LC-40
    Booster: B1056.3 (CRS-17, CRS-18)

    Dragon: Flight Proven™ (CRS-4, CRS-11)
    Stage recovery: ASDS

    https://youtu.be/-aoAGdYXp_4
    Last edited by docmordrid; 2019-Dec-04 at 02:23 PM.

  8. #2618
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    Looks like the time on that has changed; Spaceflight Insider had (still has, in fact) it several hour earlier. Would have been before I get up, now it's not. Yay!
    Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.

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    Scrub - upper level winds. Resetting +24 hrs. No opportunity Dec 6 (Friday) because of ISS phasing.

    Dec 5: 1229;23 EST (17:29;23 UTC)

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    Brendan Byrne ✓ @SpaceBrendan (WMFE Orlando)
    SpaceX's Jessica Jensen says because of Block 5 efficiency and re-usability, the company has actually scaled back manufacturing of new Falcon 9 boosters. #SpaceX #CRS19 #Falcon9

    (H/T @EmreKelly for the Q)

    https://twitter.com/SpaceBrendan/sta...77656780177411

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    KSC LC-39A Starship pad: whoa...what happened to Phase 2? Straight to Phase 3??

    The Starship mount doesn't use a flame trench - it's an elevated platform, or "milk stool," with a cooled flame diverter and a huge water deluge. Somewhat like Saturn 1B used.

    @abernnyc
    It's absolutely incredible to see the progress @SpaceX has made on the #Starship launch mount currently being constructed at LC-39A

    https://twitter.com/abernnyc/status/1202406654844841984
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    @13ericralph31
    Off the top of my head, this looks at least as tall as the mount/stand shown in SpaceX's updated 2019 renders. So it's probably safe to say that 39A is going directly to a Super Heavy-capable pad, which would make a lot of sense after the pause on FL Starship production.

    https://twitter.com/13ericralph31/st...45014808137730
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    @13ericralph31
    Based on these renders, the mount shown is 80-100 ft (25-30 m) tall. Based on Adam's photo, assuming the dude getting off the lift is an average ~6 feet, the steel skeleton is already ~70 ft (21 m) tall and clearly has some mounting points for another big addition on top of that.

    https://twitter.com/13ericralph31/st...49363861041152
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    @rdstrick777
    Its at least 85 feet tall and the Starship Superheavy launchpad is around 100 feet, I think you got it.

    https://twitter.com/rdstrick777/stat...48765405167616
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    @13ericralph31
    Yeah, I estimated 70 feet tall not including the mounting point protuberances, which are clearly designed to support something VERY heavy above them.

    https://twitter.com/13ericralph31/st...49780451901440

    LC-39A Starship/Super Heavy pad construction
    IMG_20191205_040710.jpg

    Boca Chica concept
    Starship-Super-Heavy-2019-SpaceX-launch-mount-1-crop (1).jpg
    Last edited by docmordrid; 2019-Dec-05 at 09:28 AM.

  12. #2622
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    CRS-19

    Webcast has begun
    https://youtu.be/-aoAGdYXp_4

    Mission Control audio stream
    https://youtu.be/JHsNO3N6sbg

  13. #2623
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    Boca Chica,

    Sounds like assembly may happen in the IronHenge (wind break)

    LabPadre @LabPadre
    A ring headed to Iron Henge. #SpaceX #Starship #MK3 #BocaChica #Texas Watch http://youtube.com/labpadre/live for more upcoming action!

    ELJ1XCsWsAA4s_U.jpeg

    https://twitter.com/LabPadre/status/1203153097654251520

  14. #2624
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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    The window broke because the sledge hammer blow deflected the 30X SS door panel. Hard stuff, which damaged the window's bottom edge. Minor mods should mitigate the issue.

    It was suggested to Musk they sell special edition Cybertrucks made from Mk1 metal. "Sure, why not?"
    And bulletproof need not mean unbreakable.

    In Science Channel's Outrageous Acts of Science, we saw a windshield crack heavily, yet admit no projectiles.

    In standard safety glass holed by bullets from mafia hits--the holes were surrounded by far less cracking, IIRC.
    You may want much cracking to the sides, to rob the projectile of energy--as here: https://phys.org/news/2019-11-theore...-polymers.html

    In terms of Quality Control, what do you make of this?
    https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/in...490#msg2021490

  15. #2625
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    You mean his "scoop" about not x-raying welds?

    Interesting take given we've seen the clearly marked (☢️) isotope storage shed, x-ray testing gear, and it being used.

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