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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    No other aerospace company would produce something with a dent like that and just go ahead and use it!
    This may also fit in with the long term goals of operating from less than ideal conditions on the Moon or Mars and making multiple trips, you are going to have to able to cope with hardware that's less than pristine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    No other aerospace company would produce something with a dent like that and just go ahead and use it!
    AIUI that deformation is because of an access port & frame welded to the hull, and changing the port's shape may mitigate it. Whatever, these pop into place on pressurization.

    Raptor has hit 225 tf (504,000 lbf) and they're going higher. AIUI, the goal for Full Thrust Super Heavy outer ring engines is 300 tf (672,000 lbf). Space Shuttle Main Engines (RS-25) are 186 tf (418,000 lbf).

    IMG_20200817_194552.jpg
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    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1295495834998513664
    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1295498964205068289
    Last edited by docmordrid; 2020-Aug-18 at 03:14 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    AIUI that deformation is because of an access port & frame welded to the hull, and changing the port's shape may mitigate it. Whatever, these pop into place on pressurization.

    Raptor has hit 225 tf (504,000 lbf) and they're going higher. AIUI, the goal for Full Thrust Super Heavy outer ring engines is 300 tf (672,000 lbf). Space Shuttle Main Engines (RS-25) are 186 tf (418,000 lbf).

    IMG_20200817_194552.jpg
    IMG_20200817_194548.jpg

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1295495834998513664
    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1295498964205068289
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    Max demonstrated Raptor thrust is ~225 tons & min is ~90 tons, so they’re actually quite similar. Both Merlin & Raptor could throttle way lower with added design complexity. Raptor preburner & Merlin gas generator flameout are what limit lower bound.

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1295553672454311941

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    StarLink 10 webcast

    Time 1031 Eastern today

    https://youtu.be/jTMJK7wb0rM

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    Good job on the 6th launch and landing of this booster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    StarLink 10 webcast

    Time 1031 Eastern today

    https://youtu.be/jTMJK7wb0rM
    I happened to see your post at about T-00:45 and caught the launch. Thanks.

    They mentioned this is the 6th flight for that first stage (and 6th landing). Just a couple of years ago we would have thought that amazing.
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    Second flight for the fairing, as well. And I still find it amazing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Second flight for the fairing, as well. And I still find it amazing.
    I saw they caught one of them. I didn't see where they caught the second. That attempt may be reported later.

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    One caught one fished out of the drink, but they've reused wet ones before.

    Twitter video of the netship fairing recovery.

    Purdy...

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1295847382073171970

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    The start of that video looked like a Flash animation. Nice catch though. Why didn't they catch the other one, missed it or no ship available?
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    The start of that video looked like a Flash animation. Nice catch though. Why didn't they catch the other one, missed it or no ship available?
    Sounds like local winds caused it to drift.

    SN-06 static fire, and a hop soon after. It sounds like hops are going to pick up the tempo, tag-teaming SN-05 and SN-06 until SN-08 is ready. The SN-07.1 tank test fits in when ready.

    Primary date: August 24
    Backup dates: August 25, 26
    Window: 0900-2100 Eastern

    As usual; to be livestreamed on YouTube by LabPadre, NASASpaceFlight and 'Everyday Astronaut' Tim Dodd.

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    Confirmed: 300 tf (661,387 lbf) Full Thrust Raptor (no throttle or gimbal) booster engine.

    This will be used for Super Heavy's outer ring engines, with the center cluster being throttle-able and having a 15° gimbal.

    Rough video of them gimbaling together, but each can move separately as well,

    https://youtu.be/oHmSUQdYS9c

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1192605854270312448

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post

    SN-06 static fire, and a hop soon after
    >
    Primary date: August 24
    Backup dates: August 25, 26
    Window: 0900-2100 Eastern

    As usual; to be livestreamed on YouTube by LabPadre, NASASpaceFlight and 'Everyday Astronaut' Tim Dodd.
    SN-06 hop

    Primary date: August 28
    Secondary dates: August 29, 30
    Windows: 0900-2100 Eastern

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    Crew Dragon C207 for Crew-1 has arrived in Florida

    https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/...29065542934529

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    Crew Dragon C207 for Crew-1 has arrived in Florida

    https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/...29065542934529
    I thought the previous capsule was going to be used for that flight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bknight View Post
    I thought the previous capsule was going to be used for that flight.
    I think that's scheduled for Crew-2 next year, which will include astronaut K. Megan McArthur, aka Mrs. Bob Behnken.

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    So basically that capsule is the Behnken's family car.
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garrison View Post
    I think that's scheduled for Crew-2 next year, which will include astronaut K. Megan McArthur, aka Mrs. Bob Behnken.
    And Doug Hurley's wife is retired astronaut Karen Nyberg.

    Missions: STS-124, Soyuz TMA-09M (Expedition 36/37)

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    LabPadre stream for today's SN-06 static fire attempt

    Window: 0900-2100 Eastern

    https://youtu.be/kjXEZqBqFa8

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    StarLink 11

    Date:*August 28, 2020*
    Time:* TBA
    Booster: B1060.2
    Pad: LC-39A
    Recovery: ASDS
    Payload: 60 Starlinks

    F9 mission #94

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    Soon F9 will have more flights than that other semi-reusable craft.
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    The Boca Chica High Bay is still climbing, targeting at least 81 meters/265.7 feet tall. It's for stacking 72 meter (236 feet) Super Heavy boosters. Falcon 9 fully stacked with a second stage & fairing is 70 meters.

    IMG_20200824_103926.jpg

    https://twitter.com/BocaChicaGal/sta...66370533724160

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    The Boca Chica High Bay is still climbing, targeting at least 81 meters/265.7 feet tall. It's for stacking 72 meter (236 feet) Super Heavy boosters. Falcon 9 fully stacked with a second stage & fairing is 70 meters.

    IMG_20200824_103926.jpg

    https://twitter.com/BocaChicaGal/sta...66370533724160

    Interesting! I was assuming the latest tier was going to be the last since it was only half as tall as previous. And I just bookmarked Mary's Twitter.

    I managed to catch the static fire live yesterday, after having pretty much given up on it.
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    SN-09

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    SN9 Update! The common dome has been sleeved (Blue) and the aft fins (Grey), forward dome (Yellow) & forward dome sleeve (Green) has been spotted.
    ��by: @RGVaerialphotos and @BocaChicaGal for @NASASpaceflight

    IMG_20200826_014813.jpg

    https://twitter.com/brendan2908/stat...46409644875777

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    Boca Chica

    Super Heavy launch table construction. It may have an "orange juicer" flame deflector. The 6 "legs" will be 2.5+ meter wide heavy guage steel tubes filled with reinforced concrete, supported by some very deep underground pilings.

    IMG_20200826_120656.jpg

    https://twitter.com/SpacePadreIsle/s...91972743348224

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    FAA SN-06 flight permit & NOTAM issued; August 29-30 to 26,000 feet.

    Space TFRs @SpaceTfrs
    Aug 26, 2020
    BROWNSVILLE, TX, Saturday, August 29, 2020 through Sunday, August 30, 2020 UTC

    https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_0_7997.html
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    Space TFRs @SpaceTfrs
    This TFR is for Surface through 26,000ft and appears to be for a planned flight of the SN6 Starship prototype vehicle.

    https://twitter.com/SpaceTfrs/status...70537997082624

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    FAA SN-06 flight permit & NOTAM issued; August 29-30 to 26,000 feet.

    Space TFRs @SpaceTfrs
    Aug 26, 2020
    BROWNSVILLE, TX, Saturday, August 29, 2020 through Sunday, August 30, 2020 UTC

    https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_0_7997.html
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    Space TFRs @SpaceTfrs
    This TFR is for Surface through 26,000ft and appears to be for a planned flight of the SN6 Starship prototype vehicle.

    https://twitter.com/SpaceTfrs/status...70537997082624
    Well is the plan to hop that high or just making sure they have coverage?

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    Just in case. It'll likely be another 150m first hop, then both 5 & 6 will do envelope expansion.

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    Anyone know what the three lights in a row on StarHopper are for? They give it an unworldly appearance, that's for sure!
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