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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2720 on: 02/19/2024 03:14 pm »
https://twitter.com/VickiCocks15/status/1759611128332665068

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Grover and an SPMT carrying his C/W tray and C/Ws arrived at the LC, signalling something either big, heavy or both is likely to be moved/lifted...
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2721 on: 02/19/2024 03:15 pm »
Post contains a short video

https://twitter.com/VickiCocks15/status/1759609336148512826

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...and was followed shortly afterward by some vaporizers and a couple of tanks!
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2722 on: 02/19/2024 04:19 pm »
This post has a timelapse video

https://twitter.com/ENNEPS/status/1759622640984109426

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Time-lapse of the four Starship tower segments arriving to the Port of Brownsville, after a 11 day journey from Florida. We do not know yet where the second Starbase tower will be, but you can catch all the action 24/7 on
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2724 on: 02/19/2024 08:25 pm »
More on the two new vertical tanks delivered recently.

This post contains a timelapse video of the installation of the first tank shown in the previous post above and a second tank delivered during the recording of this video.

https://twitter.com/VickiCocks15/status/1759687873534509200

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The 2 new vertical tanks have been lifted in front of the new horizontal tanks inside D2. Grover did not take part, instead, 2 smaller Groves were used in tandem.
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2725 on: 02/19/2024 10:20 pm »
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2 of the new vertical vaporizers (they have feet on one of the small ends) have been placed horizontally near the new tanks.

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2726 on: 02/21/2024 03:09 am »
Duel welding at both the OLM BQD Hood and the Chopsticks booster support arm.


https://twitter.com/T_De_La_Rosa/status/1760153502373003283
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2727 on: 02/21/2024 03:16 am »
Also.... scaffolding work is underway on the SQD arm.

Screengrab credit: LabPadre
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2728 on: 02/21/2024 03:25 am »
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Some serious cutting going on in the SQD GSE Arm

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2729 on: 02/21/2024 01:44 pm »
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In a surprise move over night, SpaceX completely cut off the stabilizer pin on one side of the chopsticks.

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2730 on: 02/21/2024 02:08 pm »
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Looks very much like a new stabby pin was installed. Welding could be seen in that area around 02:40 this morning and this zoom clearly shows a replacement part.
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2731 on: 02/21/2024 10:18 pm »
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So the stabilizer pin socket that got removed...
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2732 on: 02/21/2024 10:19 pm »
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and this image from @rocketjunkie94 has a close up taken from an old @RGVaerialphotosimage, above a clipped image from the @LabPadre snap above. The new socket definitely looks closer to the right of the mounting bracket now.
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2733 on: 02/23/2024 05:54 pm »
https://x.com/vickicocks15/status/1761088226188517426?s=46&t=cTjC_-DejCAEkjC1ym-Phw

If you told me this was a jank trailer hitch repair with a $99 Harbor Freight MIG welder and some JB weld I’d believe you.

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2734 on: 02/23/2024 06:31 pm »
https://twitter.com/LabPadre/status/1761100071473459600

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SpaceX appear to have modified the ship-lifting pin on the left chopstick to shift the lift point several inches towards the tower. This follows modification of the stabilizer arm to also move that pin a few inches towards the tower (2nd photo). This might be an attempt to fix the slight angular mismatch that occurs between the bottom of the ship and the top of the booster each time a ship is stacked.
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2735 on: 02/23/2024 09:26 pm »
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Primary Date: Road Closure Scheduled. HWY 4 and Boca Chica Beach Beach will be closed for February 26, 2024 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2736 on: 02/24/2024 04:11 pm »
SWG-2012-00381 - SPACE EXPLORATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC (SPACEX) - wetlands adjacent to Boca Chica Bay - Cameron County, Texas

On 4 March 2021, the Corps published a public notice for SpaceX’s proposed modification to the existing permit for the continued development of the SpaceX vertical launch area with the expansion and addition of test, orbital, and landing pads, integration towers, associated infrastructure, stormwater management features and vehicle parking.  The proposed expansion would have impacted 10.94 acres of mud flats, 5.94 acres of estuarine wetlands, and 0.28 acres of non-tidal wetlands.  The evaluation of the proposed modification was withdrawn by the Corps on 7 March 2022 to provide SpaceX time to develop an alternatives analysis and public interest review necessary to complete our evaluation.

https://www.swg.usace.army.mil/Media/Public-Notices/Article/3684496/swg-2012-00381-space-exploration-technologies-inc-spacex-wetlands-adjacent-to-b/

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2737 on: 02/24/2024 04:17 pm »
From the public notice:

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SpaceX reinitiated the permit application on 12 February 2024 with modified project plans
requesting to fill a 0.16-acre wetland to construct a second orbital launchpad which will
replace the current suborbital launch pad and test stand
This looks to be just south of the first tower so Starship launching from this new location would not be flying over the existing tank farm.

3 new tanks arrived at the launch site today.

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2739 on: 02/25/2024 08:34 pm »
https://twitter.com/CSI_Starbase/status/1761862672315027523

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Detonation suppression system water storage tanks.

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