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SpaceX Super Heavy and Starship updates

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DocM    16,216
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Oh, my...

 

 

 

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DocM    16,216

Orbital Starship; like SS I've bought for projects it it appears there is a removable poly layer, shiny or colored, over  the shiny parts away from the weld lines.

 

 

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DocM    16,216

 

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ks8877    5

I believe SpaceX Starship will have practical usage in future but now it looks more like show case.
The Super Heavy stage is in a shadow now but IMO it will be the real primary player in not distant future - with expendable second stage it will be able to have heavy payloads and beat all competitors to send those payloads to the moon orbit and moon landing.

 

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DocM    16,216
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1 hour ago, ks8877 said:

I believe SpaceX Starship will have practical usage in future but now it looks more like show case.
The Super Heavy stage is in a shadow now but IMO it will be the real primary player in not distant future - with expendable second stage it will be able to have heavy payloads and beat all competitors to send those payloads to the moon orbit and moon landing.

 

Musk stated a Starhopper-like expendable upper stage could release a swarm of probes and/or landers from the aft cargo bins as far our as the outer solar system.

 

 

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DocM    16,216
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Stacking day!

 

 

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DocM    16,216

 

 

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DocM    16,216

Here...we...go...!!

 

https://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/local/county-approves-another-round-of-spacex-road-closures/article_52b32cee-7682-11e9-b13b-cb22079e283c.html

 

County approves another round of SpaceX road closures



SpaceX is preparing for a second round of testing at its Boca Chica Beach Launch Site.

Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. announced Tuesday that he has ordered the temporary closure of State Highway 4 from Oklahoma Avenue to Boca Chica Beach.

The closure is scheduled for May 28 between 2 and 10 p.m. or in the alternative, on May 29 and/or May 30, according to a press release.

The first round of SpaceX testing at Boca Chica Beach spanned a three-week closure during March where State Highway 4 experienced multiple closures while SpaceX tested its Starship Hopper prototype.

Those tests concluded in early April when SpaceX fired up the Starship Hopper's Raptor engine and successfully completed a short "hop."

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DocM    16,216

Starship build in Florida!!

 

 

 

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+rdlenk    147
1 hour ago, DocM said:

Starship build in Florida!!

 

 

 

Someone finally noticed :)

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DocM    16,216
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Day-yum....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beittil    553

Whoah... This is insane in all the right ways 🎉

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DocM    16,216

Another framegrab

 

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Beittil    553

I wonder where they will put this one to the test. My most likely guess would be the 2nd pad at LZ1

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DocM    16,216

Or Build a new flat pad co-sited at 39A.

 

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Beittil    553

Why risk the infrastructure there when you have 2 perfectly flat slabs of concrete with nothing nearby to damage. :)

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bguy_1986    351
8 minutes ago, Beittil said:

Why risk the infrastructure there when you have 2 perfectly flat slabs of concrete with nothing nearby to damage. :)

True, They already use it for Dragon testing.🙂

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DocM    16,216
8 minutes ago, bguy_1986 said:

True, They already use it for Dragon testing.🙂

 

Which caused them to do a drone ship stage landing for a nominally LZ-1 mission. A dedicated pad event wouldn't necessarily mess up regular flow.

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bguy_1986    351
20 minutes ago, DocM said:

 

Which caused them to do a drone ship stage landing for a nominally LZ-1 mission. A dedicated pad event wouldn't necessarily mess up regular flow.

True, forgot about that already.

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DocM    16,216
3 hours ago, bguy_1986 said:

True, forgot about that already.

Ahem....

 

SSTO = Single Stage To Orbit,

 

Starship can fly orbit without the Super Heavy booster, just not much payload. OK for test flights etc..

 

 

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DocM    16,216

Stacking Monday

 

 

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DocM    16,216

News chopper footage from Cocoa FL

 

 

 

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DocM    16,216
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Nice animation of Raptor's Full Flow Staged Combustion engine cycle.

 

100,000 HP/74.57 MW worth of pumping 😱

 

 

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