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DocM    16,326
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New ring added on the second Boca Chica jig. No one knows what the black is about.

 

Edit: the black is protective plastic film.

 

 

 

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DocM    16,326

This one has the reverse angle...

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DocM    16,326
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Matt is with Accenture, formerly Anderson, a strategy & consulting company.

 

 

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DocM    16,326
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Another Musk tweetstorm

 

[...] = my note

 

https://twitter.com/Erdayastronaut/status/1142907107609649158

 

Everyday Astronaut @Erdayastronaut
Replying to @elonmusk and @flcnhvy
Do you see starship landing on the Moon before Mars? Have you gone #moonfirst on us? 
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Elon Musk @elonmusk
Replying to @Erdayastronaut and @flcnhvy
For sure moon 1st, as it’s only 3 days away & u don’t need interplanetary orbital synchronization
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Everyday Astronaut @Erdayastronaut
Any big changes happening between all the new serial numbers of Raptor? How's the testing coming along in Texas? Ready to stick another Raptor up in the hopper again any time soon?
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Elon Musk @elonmusk
Raptor [SN5] liberated its oxygen turbine stator (appears to be mechanical, not metal combustion failure), so we need to update the design & replace some parts. Production is ramping exponentially, though. SN6 almost done. Aiming for an engine every 12 hours by end of year.
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Harry Stoltz @HarryStoltz1
Replying to @elonmusk @Erdayastronaut and @flcnhvy
~730 engines/year!! Wow!
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Elon Musk @elonmusk
Replying to  @HarryStoltz1 @Erdayastronaut and @flcnhvy
Full year production is usually ~70% of peak daily rate, so 500/year. Still, non-trivial at 100,000 tons of thrust/year.
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Everyday Astronaut @Erdayastronaut
Cost wise, how much more expensive is Raptor than Merlin to produce? Twice as much? Three times-ish.... I estimated Raptor being around $2,000,000 but that was just a roughly educated guess.
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Elon Musk @elonmusk
More than that now, but <10% of that in volume, although much to be proven
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!!!!!! 😀

 

 

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I love how he refers to parts blowing up as the engine 'liberating' itself from compoments. Haha

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DocM    16,326
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Today Musk and a Raptor engine showed up at the Cocoa Starship Mk-2 site.

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/spacexgroup/permalink/10157643644151318/

 

Also, the FAA test permit has been issued. The initial permit limits them to about 2,270 meters from the pad and 25 meters high, but that can be upgraded as flight envelopes expand. 

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The magical mystery structure's getting quite large,

 

 

 

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RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

* Assist in the design and development of mechanical and fluid launch systems for the Starship and Super Heavy vehicle at our Cape Canaveral launch site

* Develop novel ways site wide to streamline processes and increase the reliability of Starship operations

* Projects will range from site development for fabrication, automated welding systems, launch pad fluid systems, to small custom valves for fluid systems, test fixtures, and automated mechanisms

* Use your well-rounded technical knowledge to display proficiency in basic structural sizing, mechanisms, and design while making development decisions based on cost and schedule considerations

* Directly support the fabrication of tooling and ground support equipment at the launch site facilities

* Collaborate with both design and fabrication engineering

* Ensure that all parts are received and inspected at the correct time to facilitate the build schedule

* Participate in tool design and development

* Develop production, activation, and operations procedures/processes

* Resolve manufacturing discrepancies and interface with the cross functional teams

 

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Going up 🚀

 

 

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And another ring segment being picked up.

 

 

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Clarification: "LJ chips" = Late July potato chips, a lower Midwest & Texas brand. Guess Musk likes 'em.

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Good news

 

 

 

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Beach closure for hop attempt on July 17, with backups of the 18th and 19th.

 

 

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