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    The "small mouth" would likely be due to that area being a subdelta to the Rio Grande. It's very marshy up to the beach itself, IIRC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    The "small mouth" would likely be due to that area being a subdelta to the Rio Grande. It's very marshy up to the beach itself, IIRC.
    Makes sense. Thanks.

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    The first Starship SN1 barrel section has been brought out of the tent this morning at SpaceX Boca Chica. ������
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    https://twitter.com//status/1225060409029398532

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    @bocachicagal
    The first Starship SN1 barrel section has been brought out of the tent this morning at SpaceX Boca Chica. ������
    @NASASpaceflight

    https://twitter.com//status/1225060409029398532
    Somehow the middle of that link got eaten
    https://twitter.com/BocaChicaGal/sta...60409029398532

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    Anyone need a launch?

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    Can I have them launch a pumpkin? Because that would be AWESOME!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Can I have them launch a pumpkin? Because that would be AWESOME!
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    Starlink V1.0 Launch #4

    60 StarLink v1.0 commsats

    Date: February 15, 2020
    Time: 1046 Eastern (1546 UTC)

    Booster: 1056.4 (CRS-17 & 18, Kacific-1)
    Booster recovery: ASDS Of Course I Still Love You
    Fairing recovery: Ms. Tree and Ms. Chief

    What was that about booster reuse never paying for itself?

    Also,

    Bloomberg reports StarLink will be spun off in an IPO. May be a while, likely after the v1.0 LEO constellation is deployed.

    Bloomberg...

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    Starlink V1.0 Launch #4

    60 StarLink v1.0 commsats

    Date: February 15, 2020
    Time: 1046 Eastern (1546 UTC)

    Booster: 1056.4 (CRS-17 & 18, Kacific-1)
    Booster recovery: ASDS Of Course I Still Love You
    Fairing recovery: Ms. Tree and Ms. Chief

    What was that about booster reuse never paying for itself?

    Also,

    Bloomberg reports StarLink will be spun off in an IPO. May be a while, likely after the v1.0 LEO constellation is deployed.

    Bloomberg...
    While an IPO may come to be, Musk has a reputation for hyping much of news regarding financial dealings with his companies. More power to him, but I remain couscous.

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    This was relayed by Gwynne Shotwell, President of SpaceX. Her SNR is much higher.

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    Boca Chica

    More of the new SN1 rings, and Vertical Assembly Building (VAB) construction.

    https://youtu.be/GTDJBd-JF4A

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    Gotta say, those folks way up on those boom-lift thingies give me the heebie-jeebies!
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    SN1: Starship s/n 0001
    SN2: Starship s/n 0002

    Elon Musk ✓ @elonmusk
    First two domes in frame are for SN2, third is SN1 thrust dome

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1226396667722727425

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    30X is their custom alloy also for use in the Tesla Cybertruck, and possibly other Cyber... vehicles.

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    (When) are you switching to custom alloy instead of 301 for starship?
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    Probably 6 months or so. 301 is certainly fine for orbit, but SpaceX 30X will be better.
    3:20 AM - Feb 10, 2020

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1226782860746555392

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    Boca Chica's adjustment to being next to a rocket base owned by SpaceX. Kind of funny, but makes you wonder if you would put up with rocket explosions.

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    Thought I would mention that I really like Ars Technica for space related news, along with general technology and related news. They have a regular rocket report feature you can sign up for. Here are two recent articles on SpaceX. The first I mentioned in another thread, about the tentative crew Dragon launch for May 7, with mostly paperwork left and decisions on how long they want the mission to be, etc. Apparently, the ISS will be down to one crew member for a bit, and minimizing that is one concern.

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2020...ly-may-launch/

    I am so looking forward to this!

    The second article is about hiring major NASA figure William Gerstenmaier, who was demoted recently at NASA in a move many thought was unreasonable. He may be able to help with connections to promote Starship and to help SpaceX navigate NASA culture. This may be a very big deal.

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2020...n-spaceflight/

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    I too have found Ars Technica valuable for space research.
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    Starlink Launch 4 static fire good.

    Launch delayed due to recovery zone weather. New T-0,

    Date: Feb 16 (Sunday)
    Time: 1025 Eastern (1525 UTC)

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    Date: Monday Feb 17
    Time: 1003 Eastern (1503 UTC)

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    Standing down from tomorrow’s Starlink launch; team is taking a closer look at a second stage valve component. Now targeting Monday, February 17.

    https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1228811526464667648

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    Did the booster just miss the barge? Is that what the mist, smoke coming from viewer's right was?

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    Looks like it. That’s essentially what they said in their video commentary. (Missed drone ship, but soft landing on water nearby.)

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    Thanks. Caught the video but no sound.

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    So looking at results from the past, in principle they'd be able to recover and refurbish it anyway. But given the amount of available boosters, they might just stick to recovery and put it on Craigslist?
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    By default the booster aims to miss the ASDS, only diverting to land in the last few seconds. This way if anything goes wrong it goes into the drink instead of boring a hole in the deck.

    This may have been the result of heavier satellites (adding another band) forcing the supersynchronous (elliptical) injection and running out of gas or exhausting the margins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    This may have been the result of heavier satellites (adding another band) forcing the supersynchronous (elliptical) injection and running out of gas or exhausting the margins.
    At some point in the launch video I believe an announcer suggested in an aside that the landing could be trickier because of tighter margins. I wasn’t surprised that it didn’t work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    So looking at results from the past, in principle they'd be able to recover and refurbish it anyway. But given the amount of available boosters, they might just stick to recovery and put it on Craigslist?
    I don’t think they have been hardened unlike the shrouds so probably refurbishment would be more work than it would be worth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    I don’t think they have been hardened unlike the shrouds so probably refurbishment would be more work than it would be worth.
    I agree, but would suggest there would at least be parts worth salvaging. Perhaps even the engines.
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    Astronomy group says Starlink satellites will not screw up space photos. Let's hope that's true.

    https://www.newscientist.com/article...gative-impact/
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