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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #600 on: 08/26/2022 12:48 pm »
https://twitter.com/spaceflightnow/status/1563129102466695168

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Hoisting operations at launch complex 39A are now well underway as SpaceX attaches the seventh segment of its Starship launch tower. Watch live: youtu.be/EncMXOirMYE

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #601 on: 08/27/2022 12:13 am »
Sorry, don't post here much, still trying to figure this out...

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #602 on: 08/27/2022 01:11 am »
Sorry, don't post here much, still trying to figure this out...

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At Boca Chica the tower segments were only the structure, no extra bits like pluming, wiring chases, stairs (iirc), etc.

At the Cape they pre-installed a lot of extra bits in order to save time at the pad (it is an active pad, adjacent to another rarely used but technically active pad ;) ).

I presume the pre-installed hardware put it over the crane limit
« Last Edit: 08/27/2022 03:27 am by tgr9898 »

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #603 on: 08/27/2022 01:22 am »
Interesting that the seventh segment turned out to be the heaviest. Isn't the Ship QD arm attached to the fifth segment, i.e. the fifth segment is the highest the cryogenic plumbing has to go? It seems odd that the seventh segment would be heavier when (in theory) there shouldn't be nearly as much need for plumbing and gadgetry at that level.

AFAIK, the seventh level's only major purpose is to provide structural support and access up to the top level (which in turn serves as the load path for the Mechazilla cables to pass through). It should, then, be one of the simplest segments. Clearly it's not, though - why? ???

Come to think of it, maybe the seventh segment is where the future crew access arm needs to go. Maybe they pre-installed a whole bunch of support structure for that and it turned out to be pretty heavy?

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #604 on: 08/27/2022 01:25 am »
Interesting that the seventh segment turned out to be the heaviest. Isn't the Ship QD arm attached to the fifth segment, i.e. the fifth segment is the highest the cryogenic plumbing has to go? It seems odd that the seventh segment would be heavier when (in theory) there shouldn't be nearly as much need for plumbing and gadgetry at that level.

AFAIK, the seventh level's only major purpose is to provide structural support and access up to the top level (which in turn serves as the load path for the Mechazilla cables to pass through). It should, then, be one of the simplest segments. Clearly it's not, though - why? ???

Come to think of it, maybe the seventh segment is where the future crew access arm needs to go. Maybe they pre-installed a whole bunch of support structure for that and it turned out to be pretty heavy?
I think they had to add the jib to the crane, and that configuration might have a lower weight limit.

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #605 on: 08/27/2022 02:54 am »
ScreenCap of the Spaceflight Now livestream from 12 hours ago / ~ 10:50 EDT (as far back as the stream will rewind) showing the seventh segment in place.
Edit: Looks like they detached the spreader ~ 14:20 EDT.
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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #606 on: 08/30/2022 10:10 pm »
Updated 30cm/pixel imagery of LC-39A taken on 2022-08-28. Enjoy!  :)
https://twitter.com/Harry__Stranger/status/1564728396986216448
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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #607 on: 08/31/2022 12:49 am »
Updated 30cm/pixel imagery of LC-39A taken on 2022-08-28. Enjoy!  :)
https://twitter.com/Harry__Stranger/status/1564728396986216448

From the above linked images, does that new tank close to the tower have three concentric walls?

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #608 on: 08/31/2022 02:04 am »
Updated 30cm/pixel imagery of LC-39A taken on 2022-08-28. Enjoy!  :)
https://twitter.com/Harry__Stranger/status/1564728396986216448

From the above linked images, does that new tank close to the tower have three concentric walls?

My bet is on a walkway around the top ring like when they stack super heavies

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #609 on: 08/31/2022 03:06 am »
Updated 30cm/pixel imagery of LC-39A taken on 2022-08-28. Enjoy!  :)
https://twitter.com/Harry__Stranger/status/1564728396986216448

From the above linked images, does that new tank close to the tower have three concentric walls?

My bet is on a walkway around the top ring like when they stack super heavies
That's my thought too. We know there were two different ring sizes being built and we saw the smaller barrels being lowered into the larger one. So two barrels and we're just seeing a walkway on top?
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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #610 on: 08/31/2022 03:28 am »
OLIT 8th segment rolling out: (SFN)


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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #611 on: 09/02/2022 12:47 pm »
https://twitter.com/csi_starbase/status/1565681881580015619

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The Buckner LR11350 super crane is waking back up after completing the necessary boom and jib extensions for the remaining OLIT section lifts. 

🎥: @SpaceflightNow

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #612 on: 09/02/2022 06:41 pm »


From the above linked images, does that new tank close to the tower have three concentric walls?

My bet is on a walkway around the top ring like when they stack super heavies
That's my thought too. We know there were two different ring sizes being built and we saw the smaller barrels being lowered into the larger one. So two barrels and we're just seeing a walkway on top?

well from Zach Golden's Twitter post above, you can clearly see the walkways on the tank next to the OLM. Looks like several rings of walk platforms now. They must be adding them for each ring that gets installed.

Any guess as to the liquid a tank this close to the OLM will contain? I'm thinking LOX for the pre-chillers.

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #613 on: 09/02/2022 07:08 pm »
Driving by Hangar M, you can see the actual launch mount under assembly.

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #614 on: 09/02/2022 09:09 pm »
Any guess as to the liquid a tank this close to the OLM will contain? I'm thinking LOX for the pre-chillers.

Watertower?  ;)

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #615 on: 09/03/2022 01:02 am »
Any guess as to the liquid a tank this close to the OLM will contain? I'm thinking LOX for the pre-chillers.

Watertower?  ;)

That was my first thought. If it sprouts legs I guess we will have our answer.  ;D

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #616 on: 09/03/2022 03:09 pm »
Any guess as to the liquid a tank this close to the OLM will contain? I'm thinking LOX for the pre-chillers.

Watertower?  ;)

That was my first thought. If it sprouts legs I guess we will have our answer.  ;D
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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #617 on: 09/04/2022 03:58 am »
https://twitter.com/SpaceOffshore/status/1566180353118990336

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A tug and barge, originating from Port Canaveral, arrived at the Port of Brownsville today to load '4 empty tanks' per manifest.

The company that owns this tug has previously delivered tanks to LC-39A, KSC, for Starship ops so this movement is highly suspicious to say the least.

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #618 on: 09/09/2022 11:06 am »
https://twitter.com/spaceflightnow/status/1568189847679995906

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Good morning from the Kennedy Space Center where SpaceX is getting ready to lift the 8th section of its Florida Starship launch pad tower. Watch live: youtu.be/EncMXOirMYE

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #619 on: 09/10/2022 10:53 am »
https://twitter.com/spaceflightnow/status/1568551920389742595

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Section 8A of the Florida Starship launch pad tower now clearly visible atop the structure in the first rays of sunlight. Watch live: youtu.be/EncMXOirMYE

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