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  1. #1591
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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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    Last edited by docmordrid; 2019-Jan-01 at 08:15 AM.

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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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    Boca-Chica-Starship-Alpha-progress-122718-bocachicagal-5-2048.jpg
    Looks rather agricultural, somehow.
    Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.

  4. #1594
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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
    Replying to @FrameshiftShark and 2 others
    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
    Replying to @elonmusk @SpaceX
    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.

  8. #1598
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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
    Replying to @elonmusk
    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
    Replying to @elonmusk
    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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    Last edited by docmordrid; 2019-Jan-11 at 04:32 AM.

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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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