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    We have engines...

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    @RogerLewisHolt
    @John_Gardi @CowboyDanPaasch @austinbarnard45 What appears to be engines have appeared!!!! Photos by bocachicagal https://t.co/eXESZCdSV1

    https://twitter.com/RogerLewisHolt/s...13569921929216

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    Chris B - NSF @NASASpaceflight
    Falcon 9 with Dragon 2 are rolling out on schedule to 39A for a dry run and fit tests. Should be vertical by this afternoon local time. If you're in the KSC area and you have a camera, deploy!
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    Thomas Burghardt @TGMetsFan98
    Friends near Cape Canaveral: if you want to see something cool, take a look in the direction of 39A

    https://twitter.com/NASASpaceflight/...18223082287109

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    We have engines...

    Bottom image credit also bocachicagal

    @RogerLewisHolt
    @John_Gardi @CowboyDanPaasch @austinbarnard45 What appears to be engines have appeared!!!! Photos by bocachicagal https://t.co/eXESZCdSV1

    https://twitter.com/RogerLewisHolt/s...13569921929216

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    Looks rather agricultural, somehow.
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    So was the Falcon 9 Grasshopper landing testbed.

    4 updated images

    https://twitter.com/austinbarnard45/...71599908691970

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    Lovely...

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    Elon Musk ✔ @elonmusk
    Starship test vehicle under assembly will look similar to this illustration when finished. Operational Starships would obv have windows, etc.
    10:42 AM - Jan 5, 2019
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    Elon Musk ✔ @elonmusk
    Good shot of @SpaceX Starship flight test vehicle being assembled in Boca Chica, Texas
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    Cowboy Dan
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    #BocaChicaTEXAS sunrise this morning. #BFSBuild #FogTweet 📷: Maria Pointer
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    🌊Whitetip Queen @FrameshiftShark
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    I have a lot of questions, final one, will future Starship/SH designs look more like the originals ITS designs or are there mostly plans to just scale up the current design and maybe add vacuum optimised nozzles? And thoughts on in-orbit construction?
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    Elon Musk ✔ @elonmusk
    More on this in a few months
    10:43 AM - Jan 5, 2019
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    FactorialPaperclip9000! @paperclip9000
    Replying to @elonmusk and 3 others
    Now that we have you here, the Raptor engines on the hopper base, mockups or the real deal?
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    Elon Musk ✔ @elonmusk
    Engines currently on Starship hopper are a blend of Raptor development & operational parts. First hopper engine to be fired is almost finished assembly in California. Probably fires next month.
    10:25 AM - Jan 5, 2019

    Adrian @LPAmdee
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    How long until the first hopper test. What do you think?
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    Elon Musk ✔ @elonmusk
    Aiming for 4 weeks, which probably means 8 weeks, due to unforeseen issues
    10:36 AM - Jan 5, 2019

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Looks rather agricultural, somehow.
    Perhaps a variation of the Astronaut Farmer.

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    When Musk thinks "boiler plate", he means "boiler plate". It's awesome to see such a crude testbed for such a next-gen spaceship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    When Musk thinks "boiler plate", he means "boiler plate". It's awesome to see such a crude testbed for such a next-gen spaceship.
    Maybe Elon is a steampunk fan.
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    Elon Musk ✔ @elonmusk
    Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch site. This is an actual picture, not a rendering.
    10:31 PM - Jan 10, 2019

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1083567087983964160

    Elon Musk ✔ @elonmusk
    This is for suborbital VTOL tests. Orbital version is taller, has thicker skins (wont wrinkle) & a smoothly curving nose section.

    Everyday Astronaut @Erdayastronaut
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    Will there be some kind of shock absorbers installed on the feet of the landing legs?
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    Elon Musk ✔ @elonmusk
    Yes

    Colin @somepitch
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    Will it use autogenous pressurization?
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    Elon Musk ✔ @elonmusk
    Yes
    10:48 PM - Jan 10, 2019

    Elon Musk ✔ @elonmusk
    Replying to @JoThePro10 @SpaceX
    Should be done with first orbital prototype around June

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    I bet they didn't even look that fifties in the fifties! That was some very fast construction.

    Some, including Everyday Astronaut, guess that they might have simply put a (modified?) 3 engined F9 first stage (with new bell design) inside. That would be a good way to quickly arrive at your VTOL test article. But apparently not good enough for Musk, as he replied they are using tanks of full body width.
    Last edited by Nicolas; 2019-Jan-11 at 09:28 AM.

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    By the way, like all great stuff this thing look amazing, hilarious and a tad ridiculous at the same time. The full height version will be huge. With a Super Heavy below it, I think you'd get scared just standing next to it.

    https://twitter.com/JaneidyEve/statu...17737161048068

    (12 seconds drive by video)

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    Now if Elon could design a spacesuit with red boxing gloves, we'd have our logo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    Now if Elon could design a spacesuit with red boxing gloves, we'd have our logo.
    "Universe Today" may want to contact their lawyers regarding copyright infringement
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    Successful launch and recovery of the first stage.

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    With the new Iridium constellation now deployed, it'll be interesting to see if a synergy develops between Iridium NEXT and StarLink.

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    SpaceX ✔ @SpaceX
    Having delivered over 5,600 pounds of science and supplies, Dragon has completed its five-week stay at the @Space_Station and will depart at ~3:30 p.m. PST on Sunday. The Dragon used to support SpaceXs 16th resupply mission previously delivered cargo to the ISS in 2017.
    4:10 PM - Jan 12, 2019

    https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1084195947511394305

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    More insight into the reasoning of using stainless steel construction by Mr Musk in an interview with Popular Mechanics. Plus some rather exciting ideas about heat sheilds. I'm really liking the sound of this


    https://www.popularmechanics.com/spa...c=socialflowTW

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    Video of an early transpiration cooling test at the link, framegrab attatched.

    Elon Musk ✔ @elonmusk
    Testing metallic heat shield at 1100C (2000F) @SpaceX
    1:09 AM - Jan 25, 2019

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1088680182540464128

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    Hate that about the wind knocking the hopper lid over. Not tied down enough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by publiusr View Post
    Hate that about the wind knocking the hopper lid over. Not tied down enough?
    Musk mentioned that the mooring blocks themselves broke. All the rope in the world's not going to help if you don't have something solid enough to hold it.

    Some locals tweeted that the wind changed direction during the storm. They may have focused too much on protecting it from the expected direction and been caught by surprise.

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    The piece that blew over appears to have been mostly decorative. They could test without it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    The piece that blew over appears to have been mostly decorative. They could test without it.
    A little hammering, some Bondo...good to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    The piece that blew over appears to have been mostly decorative. They could test without it.
    They could probably do some testing without it, but it provides at least an approximation of the airflow patterns the real thing will experience during landing and may be needed for stability and shielding of internal equipment against wind during ascent.

    However, it doesn't appear to be anything more significant than a fairing with no major purpose other than looks and approximate low-speed aerodynamics. The thrust structure/tanks/legs assembly that actually does the flying stayed put where it was (the two pieces had already been separated for further internal assembly work).

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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    A little hammering, some Bondo...good to go.
    That's pretty much how it appeared beforehand anyhow.
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    Anyone taking a trip to Florida in March?

    The first Falcon Heavy Block 5, made for extensive reuse. If all goes well this will be re-used for the USAF STP-2 launch a few weeks later.

    https://twitter.com/nextspaceflight/...42200337731585

    Michael Baylor @nextspaceflight

    IT'S HAPPENING AGAIN!!!

    SpaceX has filed for the FCC licenses needed to support Arabsat 6A the first operational mission for Falcon Heavy. As expected, the side boosters will land at the Cape while the center core heads for OCISLY. The requested start date is March 7th, 2019.
    12:44 PM - Jan 28, 2019

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    Nice. Here's hoping this time it will be fully successful, including the center core.

    This Verge video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=TJFlVsDjt_U

    shows astronauts that are working with SpaceX in SpaceX suits. There have been videos before where the suits have been shown but this is the first time I'm aware that astronauts have been shown in fitted suits. These are only to be used inside the spacecraft. They still have a futuristic science fiction movie look to them, but in real use they look a bit bulkier than what I've seen before. (I expect they'd be even bulkier in vacuum, of course.)
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    But they're not supposed to be in vacuum in the cabin right? That's only when things go really wrong.

    Looking forward to new Falcon Heavy launches!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    But they're not supposed to be in vacuum in the cabin right? That's only when things go really wrong.
    These are IVA (in-vehicle activity) pressure suits; mainly Nomex and Teflon. SpaceX has also been working on EVA (extra-vehicular activity) and surface suits (Moon, Mars, etc.) for Starship.

    Interesting tidbit about the IVA suit: one umbilical for everything which plugs into a port on the outer thigh.

    At a closed SpaceX hosted "Mars Workshop" in Colorado they met with dozens of agencies, universities and companies about participating in their activities. One was Caterpillar, which has worked with NASA on offworld mining equipment..
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    Raptor is said to "tower over" a Merlin 1D

    Today Musk tweeted images of the first full engines, starting tests this month in Texas before powering the "Hopper" Starship development vehicle in a few weeks.

    The Starship Mk-1 flight test vehicle delivers about June, and construction of the first Super Heavy booster begins this spring.

    Elon Musk ✔ @elonmusk
    Preparing to fire the Starship Raptor engine at @SpaceX Texas
    9:00 PM - Jan 31, 2019

    Elon Musk ✔ @elonmusk
    Initially making one 200 metric ton thrust engine common across ship & booster to reach the moon as fast as possible. Next versions will split to vacuum-optimized (380+ sec Isp) & sea-level thrust optimized (~250 ton).
    9:08 PM - Jan 31, 2019

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1091154222173712384

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