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    Quote Originally Posted by bknight View Post
    The cable could be attached to a tensioner in turn then to the catchers.
    Where did you see an aerial view this week? The most current one I have is from the 20th.
    Here is the one I was referring to.
    And a newer, longer one!
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    Thanks.

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    SpaceX Astronaut Office

    https://boards.greenhouse.io/spacex/...jid=5429136002

    ASTRONAUT OPERATIONS INTEGRATOR

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    SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.

    ASTRONAUT OPERATIONS INTEGRATOR

    The Astronaut Operations Team is responsible for integrating all humans that will fly on SpaceX missions. This will include guiding our future crew members through the development, planning, training, mission and post-mission phases. With the pace of human spaceflight increasing at SpaceX, both high level and extremely detailed coordination of astronaut time is critical to mission readiness and success. As an Astronaut Operations Integrator you will be responsible for developing tools and processes to help with managing astronaut schedules all while ensuring smooth operations throughout their time at SpaceX.

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    * Manage and maintain the comprehensive schedule of all active SpaceX astronaut flight crews

    * Develop the plan and schedule, integrate internal and external constraints, identify conflicts, and drive resolution

    * Communicate plans and schedules to stakeholder

    * Devise, uphold, and improve scheduling tools or processes that identify, analyze, and brief potential constraints on a monthly, weekly, and daily basis

    * Work closely with external customer schedulers to integrate travel and availability constraints for each crew member

    * Ensure that all crew members have a positive experience working with and flying on SpaceX missions from assignment to post flight

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    Boca Chica

    They're installing the {MASSIVE} Orbital Launch Table.

    https://youtu.be/mhJRzQsLZGg

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    Super Heavy's grid fins will not fold for launch, and their wheel of cheese tradition is being honored.

    Real
    20210731_152630.jpg

    Concept art
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    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1421493889911906308

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1421500900875644929

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    About 500 SpaceXers have been brought in from California, Florida, etc. to help get the pad, tower, and tank farm ready for Booster 4 tests and the first orbial Starship launch. They want it ready for the full stack in about 10 days.

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    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1421570729255002116

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    Elon time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Elon time!
    Plus a quarter or so.

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    We'll know when they out a SH stand on the transporters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    Super Heavy's grid fins will not fold for launch

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    Given BN4 is still in the high bay, I'd say that is a render.
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    More good news for SpaceX:

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office denied a protest by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin that NASA wrongly awarded a lucrative astronaut lunar lander contract solely to Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
    “NASA did not violate procurement law or regulation when it decided to make only one award,” GAO managing associate general counsel Kenneth Patton wrote in a statement.
    The GAO ruling backs the space agency’s surprise announcement in April that NASA awarded SpaceX with a contract worth about $2.9 billion.
    https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/30/gove...-contract.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garrison View Post
    So, basically a $2 billion bribe to NASA? Or a last-minute discount that Bezos forgot to include?

    Shortly after flying himself to space on Blue Origin’s first crewed flight, Bezos wrote in a letter to NASA earlier this week that he would cover as much as $2 billion in the space agency’s costs for a lunar lander contract.

    “We stand ready to help NASA moderate its technical risks and solve its budgetary constraints and put the Artemis Program back on a more competitive, credible, and sustainable path,” Bezos wrote in the letter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    So, basically a $2 billion bribe to NASA? Or a last-minute discount that Bezos forgot to include?
    I think he must have gotten a hint that the GAO wasn't going to find in his favour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garrison View Post
    Oh boo hoo to Blue origin. Put on your big girl panties and get on with life/business.

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    If I'd have to give my client 2 sweet billion before I'm in, I'd find it hard to use the word "sustainable" in the same sentence. And so would my shareholders. Or IF this would indeed still be sustainable, my client would have negative trust left in me as I originally was going to charge that extra 2 billion.
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    A Booster 4 rollout this "~Tuesday" ?

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1421741676255657986

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    Hmmm....need to keep an eye on Tim Dodd's site.

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    B4 being fully stacked. 😲
    Damn that was fast.
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    They started installing Raptors in Booster 4 overnight, as in a LOT!!

    https://twitter.com/lexfridman/statu...09973630976001

    https://twitter.com/13ericralph31/st...97818735374340

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    They started installing Raptors in Booster 4 overnight, as in a LOT!!

    https://twitter.com/lexfridman/statu...09973630976001

    https://twitter.com/13ericralph31/st...97818735374340
    Anxiously waiting the test firings if any, then the launch.

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    Am I the only one thinking S20 and B4 look somewhat, um, disposable?

    And that Elon's almighty rush is apt to backfire?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Am I the only one thinking S20 and B4 look somewhat, um, disposable?

    And that Elon's almighty rush is apt to backfire?
    Depends on what you mean by "backfire". SpaceX's philosophy is to embrace failure and to learn from it. I suspect something will go wrong on this first launch, as it has for a lot of their other programs, but they will learn from it, and quickly correct it and improve. I think one could argue that is why they have progressed so quickly.

    As an aside, and thinking about SpaceX failures, IIRC, Falcon Heavy had no failures, even for their first test flight. I think that is also true for the Dragon cargo capsule.
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    Booster 4 engines installed overnight. Possible rollout to the pad Tuesday.

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    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1422222995305676802

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Am I the only one thinking S20 and B4 look somewhat, um, disposable?

    And that Elon's almighty rush is apt to backfire?
    What seems like a rush might also be the result of a rocket designed to be built in a short amount of time. They have eg installed a trainload of engines overnight, likely not because they worked at the pace of a Formula 1 pit stop but because it was made "simple" by design.

    And then there's of course the incredibly price difference with other rockets. Blowing up 20 Raptors on a failed test flight is cheaper than using 1 engine-that-shall-not-be-named on a disposable succesful test flight.
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    As an aside, and thinking about SpaceX failures, IIRC, Falcon Heavy had no failures, even for their first test flight. I think that is also true for the Dragon cargo capsule.
    There was a post launch failure on the first Falcon Heavy mission, but the mission was still overall successful - the center booster didn’t land well. Of course, until SpaceX that was normal for boosters.

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    It's all good, I guess, until someone gets hurt. And the population of the Brownsville/Matamoros area, about 20 miles away, is over a million people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    There was a post launch failure on the first Falcon Heavy mission, but the mission was still overall successful - the center booster didn’t land well. Of course, until SpaceX that was normal for boosters.
    The center core booster was attempting a 3-engine landing known as a "Super-Slam" as opposed to the usual "Hover-Slam." Super-Slam is used for high energy recoveries and involves starting the center engine first, then the 2 outboard recovery engines, and touching down using the center engine (a 1-3-1 cycle). AIR, it ran out of TEA-TEB ignition fluids, preventing the full landing cycle. They then enlarged the TEA-TEB tanks.

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    SpaceX ✓ @SpaceX
    29 Raptor engines and 4 grid fins have been installed on Super Heavy ahead of first orbital flight

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    https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1422368427369402370

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    SpaceX ✓ @SpaceX
    29 Raptor engines and 4 grid fins have been installed on Super Heavy ahead of first orbital flight

    IMG_20210802_220117.jpg

    IMG_20210802_220125.jpg

    https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1422368427369402370
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    How the Starship tower's booster catch mechanism will work

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    Mechazilla Catching Super Heavy.

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    Very close to real! Arms are able to move during descent to match exact booster position.

    Catch point is off to side, in case catch fails – don’t want to hit launch mount.

    Booster is transferred back to launch mount for next flight.

    Designed to have <1 hour turnaround.

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1422603106035118085

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