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  1. #4711
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    In about 10 days a giant Liebherr LR11350 crane (1000 tonne/158.5m boom & jib) will ship to Boca Chica. Starship Integration Tower assembly.
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    StarLink 23 webcast in 40m

    https://youtu.be/Uy9Jn-3vuPs

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    The best landing video ever.

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    No kidding!! Great detail of the legs!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cannongray View Post
    SpaceX is launching 60 Starlink satellites tomorrow, April 7 at 12:34 p.m. EDT from SLC-40 in Florida https://www.spacex.com/launches/index.html
    I saw this post just in time to put it on with three minutes to go! Awesome!

    Quote Originally Posted by bknight View Post
    The best landing video ever.
    Yes indeed! Got the onboards back just in time.

    Speaking of the onboards, here's a trivial thing that bugs me: The second stage onboards switch back and forth from one side to the other. I wish they would flip one of those shots so it would look more like that.
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    StarLinks deployed...

    Just.Like.Clockwork.

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    Thursday road closure: 1200 - 1430 Eastern

    https://twitter.com/bocaroad/status/1379832878113169410

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    SN-15 rolls out

    Also, 6 Raptors spotted in a tent. Poor lighting, so can't tell if they're all sea levels or if some are Rvacs.

    20210408_113137.jpg

    https://twitter.com/BocaChicaGal/sta...72626870603780

    Live stream

    https://youtu.be/b0tpApLtukc
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    FAA doc describing the Starship Integration Tower

    https://oeaaa.faa.gov/oeaaa/external...570805&row=115

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    This new structure will be located at SpaceX's Launch Site. The structure will be approx. 0.5 miles from the beach, and within 2800' of USFWS property. Nearby airfields include the Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport.

    Description of Proposal:

    SpaceX is proposing a 469' tall launch tower with 10' lightning rod to lift its new rocket and booster on the launch mount, and to catch the Super-Heavy booster upon return from launch. The tower will be constructed out of structural steel trusses to allow the mechanical arms to lift vehicles.
    Starship Integration Tower FAA.jpg

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    Musk talks about the integration towers

    Elon Musk ✓ @elonmusk
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    Replying to @WatchersTank and @SpaceX
    Just one skyscraper catching another nbd haha
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    Jordan Reger @jordanxmajel
    how do you plan on doing that? by the gridfins?
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    Elon Musk ✓ @elonmusk
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    Replying to @jordanxmajel @WatchersTank and @SpaceX
    Load points just below the grid fins
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    Shock absorption is built into tower arms. Since tower is ground side, it can use a lot more mass to arrest booster downward momentum.

    https://twitter.com/jordanxmajel/sta...58838616670216
    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1380260058026532864

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    Orbital Starship lower dome pathfinder for Raptor Vacuum (RVac) engines

    IMG_20210409_203345.jpg

    https://twitter.com/RGVaerialphotos/...27708430974978

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    Crew Dragon Crew-1's Soichi Noguchi demonstrates donning SpaceX's spacesuit...

    https://youtu.be/RCbqYFwIBEQ

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    Crew Dragon Crew-1's Soichi Noguchi demonstrates donning SpaceX's spacesuit...

    https://youtu.be/RCbqYFwIBEQ
    Very interesting but that music is annoying (for others, there’s no dialogue so it can just be silenced).

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    Looks like the LOX header tank may be moving out of the nose...

    IMG_20210410_202215.jpg

    https://twitter.com/_brendan_lewis/s...46421410377728

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    Looks like the LOX header tank may be moving out of the nose...

    IMG_20210410_202215.jpg

    https://twitter.com/_brendan_lewis/s...46421410377728
    Er, what makes you say that? The image you attached doesn't seem to indicate anything of the sort.

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    Perhaps the blunt nosecone spotted earlier? Which is not in the overview image.
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    Perhaps the blunt nosecone spotted earlier? Which is not in the overview image.
    That seems likely to be part of a HLS mockup, I'm not aware of any indication it has anything to do with the prototypes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjameshuff View Post
    Er, what makes you say that? The image you attached doesn't seem to indicate anything of the sort.
    Looks like the LOX header moves south in SN19 (red = CH4, blue = LOX)

    IMG_20210410_202215-header move sn19.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    Looks like the LOX header moves south in SN19 (red = CH4, blue = LOX)

    IMG_20210410_202215-header move sn19.jpg
    That's part of the dome (the "dimple" where the LCH4 downcomer connects), not a header tank.

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    Closeup of the SN-15 StarLink antenna

    https://twitter.com/cnunezimages/sta...32352404750336

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    Stream: cryotesting SN-15 with liquid nitrogen...

    https://youtu.be/CfdFqchowds

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    This Super Heavy grid fin's a little too large for repurposing as a coffee table

    20210412_173120.jpg

    https://twitter.com/NASASpaceflight/...97756524339210

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    Would make a great conference table though, with a glass plate on top.
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    I noticed yesterday that the legs of orbital launch structure have now been cut off horizontal, presumably in preparation for the "table" to be set on top. Not sure when that happened.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I noticed yesterday that the legs of orbital launch structure have now been cut off horizontal, presumably in preparation for the "table" to be set on top. Not sure when that happened.
    Over the last week or so. Looks like header tank tests today.

    Falcon Heavy lunar launch

    Astrobotic's Griffin lunar lander & NASA VIPER rover, 2023

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    Crew 2 Endeavour gets some body work...

    (cleaning, maybe some new SPAM panels, and a skim coat)

    https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/...62405788192772

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    Bn1 is under going a moderate-speed planned disassembly!
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    I think these folks also raise falcons and dragons.
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