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    Super Heavy booster rings, waiting for the High Bay to be completed.

    IMG_20201027_151821.jpg

    https://twitter.com/RGVaerialphotos/...93730850963456

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    Super Heavy booster rings, waiting for the High Bay to be completed.

    IMG_20201027_151821.jpg

    https://twitter.com/RGVaerialphotos/...93730850963456
    Has there been any notification as to when a test of the SH might take place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bknight View Post
    This assumes that the 20.4 B is an all or none among the applicants. Otherwise it is a fraction of NASA's budget. Even if it were split among the parties involved NASA's budget would likely be more. It is a generous amount though.
    The projected $30 billion in revenue would exceed NASA's budget and the article doesn't make it clear if that figure includes any of the potential subsidy money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garrison View Post
    The projected $30 billion in revenue would exceed NASA's budget and the article doesn't make it clear if that figure includes any of the potential subsidy money.
    How do you arrive at 30 b?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bknight View Post
    How do you arrive at 30 b?
    Musk estimates it at $30B by mid-decade, and Morgan Stanley gives it a range of $30-$50B - $80B by the early 2040's.

    Musk also said StarLink would eventually IPO.

    On another topic, Gwynne Shotwell is pushing Starship for orbital debris mitigation.

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/10/2...ebris-cleanup/
    Last edited by docmordrid; 2020-Oct-28 at 03:51 AM.

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    Here a StarLink, there a StarLink, hundreds deployed at a time by Starship Chomper...

    IMG_20201028_023828.jpg

    https://twitter.com/ErcXspace/status...02084738437126

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    Has anyone looked into what it would take to build satellites that could handle cell phones directly? I don’t mean low data rate sat phones but making it so normal size and cost cell phones (perhaps with some updates) could handle communication anywhere on the planet with handoff to ground cells in high population areas. If feasible, I could see that as a followup to Starlink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    Musk estimates it at $30B by mid-decade, and Morgan Stanley gives it a range of $30-$50B - $80B by the early 2040's.

    Musk also said StarLink would eventually IPO.

    On another topic, Gwynne Shotwell is pushing Starship for orbital debris mitigation.

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/10/2...ebris-cleanup/
    They will need a lot more than 70k customers.
    ETA. Injusto Koke and hit the wrong number,sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    Musk estimates it at $30B by mid-decade, and Morgan Stanley gives it a range of $30-$50B - $80B by the early 2040's.

    Musk also said StarLink would eventually IPO.

    On another topic, Gwynne Shotwell is pushing Starship for orbital debris mitigation.

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/10/2...ebris-cleanup/
    They will need a lot more than 700k customers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bknight View Post
    They will need a lot more than 700k customers.
    FCC gave them authorization for 1,000,000 US dishes during the betas, with an upgrade to 5,000,000 being processed. They'll increment as needed.

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    Engine swap on SN8, and another static fire test soon (today or tomorrow?).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bknight View Post
    They will need a lot more than 700k customers.
    The 700K is just the Beta test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darrell View Post
    Engine swap on SN8, and another static fire test soon (today or tomorrow?).
    Methinks they've stood down for a couple days - high winds

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    Starship SN-08*NOTAM for ground operations

    NOTAM = NOtice To AirMen

    Flight restrictions for 61 days. Big rockets with large propellant loads doing multi-engine static fires, etc., and if the 15km flight (separate NOTAM) works they'll be doing envelope expansion flights. Higher, faster, heat shield tests, etc.

    https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_0_0205.html

    Airspace*Definition:
    From:26º01'24"N97º07'42"W
    To:25º58'18"N97º07'42"W
    To:25º58'18"N97º11'08"W
    To:26º01'24"N97º11'08"W
    To:26º01'24"N97º07'42"W

    Altitude:
    From the surface up to and including 1800 feet MSL

    Effective Date(s):
    From October 31, 2020 at 2359 UTC
    To December 31, 2020 at 2359 UTC

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    4 road closures have been added from November 1-4. The closure for October 30 still active. All times Eastern

    November 1: 2000 – 0200 (nose header tank cryoproof)
    November 2: 1000 – 2300
    November 3: 1000 – 2300
    November 4: 1000 – 2300

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    SpaceX does work with other companies, and has outside suppliers, but it's not often reported.
    And in small piece of irony the cause of the GPS III abort has been found:

    How a tiny bit of lacquer grounded new Falcon 9 rockets for a month

    "It's certainly possible that we had cases of it earlier, and they were appreciably so harmless that we completely missed them," Koenigsmann said. It is also possible that a small process was changed so that all of the lacquer was not removed, as this particular treatment is done by an outside vendor. But, he admitted, "It's difficult to explain how this works for so many years and then, suddenly, you see this coming up in the data."
    The good news is problem found, easy fix and 'Resilience' on track.

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    Yup, Flight Proven™ FTW!

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    Per the NASA/SpaceX presser,

    IF Crew-1 launches October 14 it will do a fast transfer trajectory of 8.5 hours before docking at ISS.

    Launching on the 15th or later misses the opportunity.

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    Contingent on Atlas V NROL-101 on November 3 not being delayed.

    Date: November 4, 2020
    Time: 1828 Eastern (2328 UTC)
    Pad: LC-40
    Booster: 1062.1
    Recovery: ASDS

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    Per the NASA/SpaceX presser,

    IF Crew-1 launches October 14 it will do a fast transfer trajectory of 8.5 hours before docking at ISS.

    Launching on the 15th or later misses the opportunity.
    I assume that's November...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I assume that's November...
    Arrgghhh...

    SN-08 static fire Sunday, weather permitting...

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1322011788926455808

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    Aerial photos of Boca Chica, Super Heavy rings, SpaceX's natural gas well site, etc.

    https://youtu.be/p8BC_mZqzsE

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    I've been following that channel ever since someone linked it here. It wasn't until yesterday I realized that "RGV" is for "Rio Grande Valley"!
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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    Aerial photos of Boca Chica, Super Heavy rings, SpaceX's natural gas well site, etc.

    https://youtu.be/p8BC_mZqzsE
    They have their own gas well? That really is vertical integration!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garrison View Post
    They have their own gas well? That really is vertical integration!
    I doubt it belongs to SpaceX, but I could be wrong. There was a lot of drilling in the 50-70's for oil/gas in the area. Looking at the tank battery it appears to be an old oil well not gas well. Again with the limited shots, since the film was about rockets it could be a gas well, but not to my thinking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bknight View Post
    I doubt it belongs to SpaceX, but I could be wrong. There was a lot of drilling in the 50-70's for oil/gas in the area. Looking at the tank battery it appears to be an old oil well not gas well. Again with the limited shots, since the film was about rockets it could be a gas well, but not to my thinking.
    I's a pre-existing gas well, and SpaceX recently bought it. Some new gear is indeed gas processing hardware so the assumption is they'll use it, at least short-term. Musk did talk about long-term making "green" CH4 using atmospheric CO2 and electrolyzed H20 - a test of ISRU systems.
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    SN-09 goes into the new High Bay to get her fins! O_O

    https://youtu.be/neBiwkJ4Rao

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    Has anyone looked into what it would take to build satellites that could handle cell phones directly?
    I remember an old documentary where an actor was speaking into a Dick Tracy type watch with a small wire antenna. But the comsat was one of the huge Orbital Antenna Farm deals.

    As for the engine fix, Starship engine internals wouldn’t look good in rouge anyway

    On a serious note, I think it needs to be pointed out just what is going on scale wise.
    In order to fit rockets into the frame, cameras have to be backed up, making things all look the same size.

    When a fitted out Starship lands, you are talking about a vehicle larger than an entire R-7 Soyuz launch vehicle stack!
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    Testing the Starship belly-flop...

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    Curious if there's been any sub scale little RC planes or anything tested to make sure that control scheme actually works!?
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    We’ve tested a sub-scale version in a wind tunnel with active aero closing the loop for stability, so it will probably work at scale, but reality tends to bite you on the ***

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1322720587173777409

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