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    SN-11

    STATIC FIRE!


    ALSO, an evacuation order has been issued for the flight this afternoon

    https://twitter.com/bocachicagal/sta...36971829567489
    https://twitter.com/BocaChicaGal/sta...64984881283075

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    Looking forward to this.

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    NASA's WB-57 recon plane is in the air, taking off from Houston.

    https://twitter.com/NASAPlanes/statu...80792550404096

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    NASA's WB-57 recon plane is in the air, taking off from Houston.

    https://twitter.com/NASAPlanes/statu...80792550404096
    I can't remember the flight time, would you post it again?

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    The window is open until 2030 Eastern, so any time until then. Current guesstimates are around 1630 Eastern.

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    I was asking the flight time from Houston to Boca for the recon plane.

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    Activating SN-11's flight termination system

    Transporter being configured to move Super Heavy BN-1 to a pad for ground tests.

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    Not sure they will fly today with all the ground fog.
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    NASASpaceflight says it's scrubbed. Come back on Monday.

    SCRUB: Starship SN11 flight test scrubbed, but earlier static fire looked good.

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    New NSF video showing the first integration tower's foundation being clad with concrete forms for the first pour.

    https://youtu.be/9LKO9CsRB6Y

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    SN-11

    Monday road closure: 1300 - 1800 Eastern

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    Scrub: FAA rep couldn't make it to the site.

    Now NET Tuesday (tomorrow)

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1376558233624666120

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    FAA is trying to lay off their not being there to insufficient notice from SpaceX, but given it was known Friday...

    Christian Davenport is a reporter for the Washington Post

    Elon Musk ✓ @elonmusk
    FAA inspector unable to reach Starbase in time for launch today. Postponed to no earlier than tomorrow.
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    Given the crazy high cadence of SpaceX Starship launches, you'd think the FAA would have an inspector down there permanently at this point.
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    That would be great, or possibly via video with full access to telemetry

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1376651308732710914

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    Dragons, Dragons, everywhere 😃

    Also on NASA TV's YouTube channel

    https://youtu.be/21X5lGlDOfg

    NASA TV to Air First US Commercial Crew Port Relocation on Space Station

    HOUSTON (NASA PR) — NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts aboard the International Space Station will mark another first for commercial spaceflight Monday, April 5, when the four astronauts will relocate the Crew Dragon spacecraft to prepare for the arrival of new crew members in late April and the upcoming delivery of new solar arrays this summer.

    Live coverage will begin at 6 a.m. EDT on NASA Television, the*NASA app, and the agency’s website.

    NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, along with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi, will undock Crew Dragon Resilience from the forward port of the station’s Harmony module at 6:29 a.m. and dock to the space-facing port at 7:15 a.m.

    The relocation will free Harmony’s forward port for the docking of Crew Dragon Endeavour, set to carry four crew members to the station on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission. NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and  Megan McArthur, JAXA astronaut Aki Hoshide, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet are scheduled to launch to the station Thursday, April 22, from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

    The Crew-1 astronauts will depart the station and return to Earth in late April or early May, leaving the space-facing port of Harmony vacant. A Dragon cargo spacecraft carrying several tons of supplies and the first set of new solar arrays for the space station is scheduled to launch this summer, and requires the space-facing port position to enable robotic extraction of the arrays from Dragon’s trunk using Canadarm2.

    This will be the first port relocation of a Crew Dragon spacecraft.NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission lifted off Nov. 15, 2020, and docked to the space station Nov. 16. The mission is the first of six certified crew missions NASA and SpaceX planned as a part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.

    Get breaking news, images and features from the space station on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

    Learn more about NASA’s Commercial Crew Program through these student and family resources.

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    SN-11 flight

    Primary date: March 30 (Tuesday)
    Window: 0800 - 1600 Eastern

    They're trying for early in the window due to increasing winds in the PM

    Secondary date: April 2 (Friday)
    Window: 0800 - 1300 Eastern

    https://youtu.be/bDL-ZMRHYrE
    Last edited by docmordrid; 2021-Mar-30 at 08:09 AM.

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    Launching Starship in pea soup is a GO

    SpaceX stream

    https://youtu.be/gjCSJIAKEPM

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    *sigh* An “anomaly” after one engine lit on descent. No visibility due to fog. However, Nasaspaceflight said they heard and saw debris falling near a remote camera closer to the landing spot. Also their people heard various explosion like sounds. I really would like to see a successful landing.

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    Elon Musk ✓ @elonmusk
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    A high production rate solves many ills
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    At least the crater is in the right place!

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1376889786762428421

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    Looks like engine 2 had issues on ascent & didn’t reach operating chamber pressure during landing burn, but, in theory, it wasn’t needed.

    Something significant happened shortly after landing burn start. Should know what it was once we can examine the bits later today.

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1376891464333017090

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    Difficult to analyze the flight without telemetry or video. SpaceX video lost signal with one engine lite prior to "landing", but audio continued and I heard "low explosion".

    https://spacenews.com/congress-raise...nse-violation/

    The FAA’s response to SpaceX’s launch license violation, including the lack of any penalties beyond the investigation, prompted criticism from two key members of Congress. In a March 25 letter to FAA Administrator Steve Dickson, Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) sought to “register our concerns” with the incident. DeFazio is chair of the House Transportation Committee and Larsen the chair of its aviation subcommittee.
    This launch may prompt new criticism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
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    A high production rate solves many ills
    But after you have this many crash kabooms maybe it would be a good idea to look at the issue a bit more before flying another. Supposedly the next prototype to fly has a number of changes. Hope they help.

    Nasaspaceflight ran the video from the remote cam (live stream here https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bDL-ZMRHYrE). It took awhile to get it set up. First the fog filled sky turned orange for a fairly long time (more than a flash) then debris started falling then dirt, which seemed to come more from the side. It’s not entirely clear if this was a boom crash or crash boom. When video was running from the Starship, it stopped just after the engine lit and there were no external views due to fog. So did it get too low before starting the engine or did it explode in the air?

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    NSF has a still that looks like a section of the skirt with a landing leg falling. That #2 engine may have exploded.

    And the march continues...

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    SN15 rolls to launch pad in a few days. It has hundreds of design improvements across structures, avionics/software & engine.

    Hopefully, one of those improvements covers this problem. If not, then retrofit will add a few more days.

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1376894241792737280

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    Next major technology rev is at SN20. Those ships will be orbit-capable with heat shield & stage separation system. Ascent success probability is high.

    However, SN20+ vehicles will probably need many flight attempts to survive Mach 25 entry heating & land intact.

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1376898630582419461

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    'Anomaly' in rocket parlance usually means 'explosion'...we of course didn't see anything, but it would appear there was some kind of catastrophic engine failure in orientation phase when engines were re-lit. This seems like a hardest landing yet. Any way, despite the frustrating lack of visuals, they can surely track down the event from telemetry and debris.

    There was orange flame flashing at the piping during ascent phase, was that indication of a problem? I have seen that before, but not as prominent as today.

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    Crew Dragon gets an observation cupola for non-docking crew missions.

    https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1376902938635870209

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    But after you have this many crash kabooms maybe it would be a good idea to look at the issue a bit more before flying another. Supposedly the next prototype to fly has a number of changes. Hope they help.

    Nasaspaceflight ran the video from the remote cam (live stream here https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bDL-ZMRHYrE). It took awhile to get it set up. First the fog filled sky turned orange for a fairly long time (more than a flash) then debris started falling then dirt, which seemed to come more from the side. It’s not entirely clear if this was a boom crash or crash boom. When video was running from the Starship, it stopped just after the engine lit and there were no external views due to fog. So did it get too low before starting the engine or did it explode in the air?
    Video was very intermittent, so I don't think that timing means anything in particular...they mentioned they were still getting telemetry during previous outages, so it wasn't a power or comms system failure, just poor signal. Musk mentioned a crater in the right spot, which seems to indicate it wasn't off course and it hit the ground mostly in one piece (any aerial explosions being too small to destroy the vehicle).

    That he mentions the possibility that SN15's existing upgrades might help seems to indicate it's not obviously a result of an engine failure, at least as far as the telemetry indicates.

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    The landing might have been worse than the previous ones, but from a cinematic point of view this was another top job. The debris raining down from the fog, beautiful. I think the dirt coming in from the left was due to a very large piece of debris hitting the ground close to the camera.
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    Basically, and as Musk reported, there was an engine issue at the flip. This precluded a safe landing, so the bright flash in the NSF video indicates the FTS triggered.

    This was the last of what we can call the "Block 0" Starships & Raptors. Going forward (SN-15+) both have numerous & major upgrades. The new Raptor wouldn't even fit in a "Block 0" Starship.

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    Meanwhile, the Everyday Astronaut lost signal from his expensive array of camera's when SN11 became the foggiest display of fireworks ever. Here's hoping that it merely took out a transmitter and most of his equipment is still OK. He has to wait before he can enter the area to check.

    If not, people are suggesting him to auction off the remains.

    His camera's were about 15 foot left of NasaSpaceFlight's setup which survived, but it takes only one good hit to be history.

    I wonder how precisely above the landing pad they are when trying to do the flip; perhaps the debris field would have been more contained if they just let it body slam into the pad?
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    Crew Dragon gets an observation cupola for non-docking crew missions.

    https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1376902938635870209

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    The first mission for the Crew Dragon cupola will be Inspiration4, the charity mission for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Inspiration4 has announced its final 2 crew members, and one of them is Lockheed-Martin's Machine Fault Detection & Diagnostics Lead Christopher Sembroski.

    http://www.parabolicarc.com/2021/03/...ssion/#respond

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