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Starship SN-11 Roll-Out (livestream)

 

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SN-11 Roll-Out...

 

 

 

This one gives an idea of the scale - like a 16 story building driving by...

 

 

 

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Heat shield tiles, thermal blanket and mounting pins

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Orbital launch propellant tanks going in...

 

 

 

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SpaceX Boca Chica is celebrating tonight with expensive fireworks, in March?

 

Speculation: perhaps the NASA lunar Human Lander System down-select has been leaked to the competitors and Starshio HLS made the cut? It was to be announced in March.

 

We'll see...

 

 

 

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Super Heavy BN-1

 

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1 hour ago, DocM said:

Super Heavy BN-1

 

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Do we have any idea what the plan is for BN1? I mean will it be like SN5 where it has a mass simulator on top and it hops for 150m, or will they fit some kind of nose cone? How many engines will it get? 

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9 hours ago, anthdci said:

Do we have any idea what the plan is for BN1? I mean will it be like SN5 where it has a mass simulator on top and it hops for 150m, or will they fit some kind of nose cone? How many engines will it get? 

If they follow the SN pattern then BN1 would do load & pressure tests then a static fire like SN3/4, then a successor BN would do the first flight. 

 

Early BNs will have 4 gimballed engines, with a full center cluster being 8. Outer ring = 20 fixed RMax engines (high thrust, no gimal). 

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Pedal to the metal...

 

 

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BN-1 stacking finishing up

 

BN-2 dome spotted

 

 

 

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Starship Orbital Pad A: launch tower footings going in

 

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, DocM said:

BN-1 stacking finishing up

 

BN-2 dome spotted

 

 

 

Hey Doc, this was from 2 months ago.

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True, but with 2 BNs in the flow and the pilings for the Pad A tower going in it gives credence to an accelerated BN-(x) test program. 

 

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Multi-vehicle Starship/Super Heavy progress graphic

 

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1 hour ago, DocM said:

Multi-vehicle Starship/Super Heavy progress graphic

 

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didn't 7.2 pop?

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26 minutes ago, anthdci said:

didn't 7.2 pop?

 

7.x is a generic test tank designation used for testing new alloys, plumbing, autogenous pressurization hardware, etc. 

 
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5 hours ago, anthdci said:

didn't 7.2 pop?

ITs been a while since they popped one.

 

Another diagram from Brendan on the previous equipment.

 

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On 11/03/2021 at 04:43, anthdci said:

Do we have any idea what the plan is for BN1? I mean will it be like SN5 where it has a mass simulator on top and it hops for 150m, or will they fit some kind of nose cone? How many engines will it get? 

 

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NASASpaceFlight.com is reporting,

 

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2021/03/starship-sn11-spacex-orbital-flight-summer/

 

BN-1: ground tests & static fire

 

BN2: ground tests, static fire, and hop(s ?)

 

BN3 + Starship SN-20:  ground tests, static fire(s) then a launch to orbit, targeting "by July 1," 2021

 

Even a few months of slips gets Starship to orbit this year.

 

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Super Heavy BN-1 says "HI!"

 

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Road closures for SN-11 static fire & flight, 

 

Primary: Monday, March 22, 0800 - 1500 Eastern

Backup: Tuesday, March 23, 0800 - 1500 Eastern

 

Primary: Wednesday, March 24, 0800 - 1500 Eastern

Backup: Thursday, March 25, 0800 - 1500 Eastern

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He also mentioned a Starship with stretched tanks, increasing propellants from 1,200 tonnes to 2,000 tonnes.

 

 

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STATIC FIRE!

 

 

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