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    Quote Originally Posted by bknight View Post
    Is SpaceX still butting heads with the FAA?
    They have a permit to unlimited altitude for today.
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    Starships lining up for launch as SN9 closes in on clearance. In preparation for an expected conclusion to the FAA’s deliberations, SpaceX has filed for launch opportunities through a three day period this week. Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) have been published for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. However, such TFR notices can be canceled at short notice, as observed during last week’s scrubs.

    https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2021...sn9-clearance/
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    Clearance granted! GO for launch.

    Clearing the village at 1100 Eastern.

    https://twitter.com/nextspaceflight/...89939501142017

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    I just checked a live feed; Tankzilla is moving away from the launch site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bknight View Post
    Is SpaceX still butting heads with the FAA?
    Ars Technica has an article about it:

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2021...ly/?comments=1

    with a statement from the FAA:

    Prior to the Starship SN8 test launch in December 2020, SpaceX sought a waiver to exceed the maximum public risk allowed by federal safety regulations. After the FAA denied the request, SpaceX proceeded with the flight. As a result of this non-compliance, the FAA required SpaceX to conduct an investigation of the incident. All testing that could affect public safety at the Boca Chica, Texas, launch site was suspended until the investigation was completed and the FAA approved the company’s corrective actions to protect public safety. The corrective actions arising from the SN8 incident are incorporated into the SN9 launch license.
    That’s interesting as the claim is that SpaceX flew without permission,which resulted in a bit of a handslap. It seems to be all worked out now though.

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    Was the village evacuated for the SN8 flight? I didn't hear it was, but neither the contrary.
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    The village is evacuated for all launches.

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    Looking good, pad clearing & fuelling soon

    https://twitter.com/nextspaceflight/...68280656683010

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    Looking like about 1500 Eastern.

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    SN-09

    The tank farm methane recondenser has started. We're in the run-up to fuelling.

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    Tank farm active, looks like 1500 Eastern

    https://twitter.com/NASASpaceflight/...83852262088704

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    SN-09

    Propellant loading, vehicle is venting

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    Build site & STARGATE evacuation*

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    HOLD! Looks like a range violation.

    ​​​​​​​There was a depressurization of SN-09, 10 min of WTF from the streamers, then a Sheriff's SUV took off like a bat out of Hell cross-country. They intercepted a pickup truck in the boonies and are dealing with it. Looks like the driver's going to have a bad day.
    Last edited by docmordrid; 2021-Feb-02 at 08:34 PM.

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    Pirate ship sighting

    SN-09

    Fuelling and venting

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    Went well, up to the end....
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    Entropy always wins.
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    Only one landing engine ignited on time, the other ignoring too late. No translation to vertical.

    Screenshot_2021-02-02-15-31-47-918.jpeg

    Screenshot_2021-02-02-15-31-57-058.jpeg

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    Oh there sure was translation to vertical. What there was not, was control authority from two lit engines, so it kept rotating untill it was more or less "upside down" horizontally again. And that is a bad thing for a rocket that is designed to land vertically.

    Anyway, SN10 is ready to try and improve on the outcome. The belly flop and descend looked very nice again.
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    I hope third time is the charm. That went too much like the last (though no doubt details matter).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    I hope third time is the charm. That went too much like the last (though no doubt details matter).
    Still needs work on the fuel supply I think.

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    Bear in mind how attempts it took to nail the landing with the Falcon 9 and it had a less complex manoeuvre to make.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garrison View Post
    Bear in mind how attempts it took to nail the landing with the Falcon 9 and it had a less complex manoeuvre to make.
    Well, I’m not paying for it, just looking from the sidelines. I hope they can resolve it soon, but it’s all good as long as they can resolve it eventually.

    I just saw in an article that Musk has said he would be off of Twitter for awhile. I suspect it has to do with last week’s comment. On the negative side, some of the best details about Starship come from Musk tweets.

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    It would still be a good, low cost upper stage even as an expendable. I wonder if he would be open to a winged starship-Space Freighter style? In terms of funding...if he bought Robinhood -better called Scarlet Pimpernel now-he could make it a trading Paypal with loyalty.

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    FAA to oversee investigation of SpaceX Mars rocket prototype's explosive landing

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/02/tech/...scn/index.html
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    SpaceX is halfway done building the world’s largest rocket booster. (many photos)

    https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-fir...fway-complete/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    FAA to oversee investigation of SpaceX Mars rocket prototype's explosive landing

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/02/tech/...scn/index.html
    So a week to figure out what went wrong, six months to fill in the FAA paperwork?

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    SpaceX will do the investigation, FAA will oversee/observe.

    SN-10 is expected to fly this month.
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