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Re: Shipping Starships from Boca Chica?
« Reply #180 on: 09/21/2022 04:09 pm »
They don't have to go to the turning basin.  They can offload in the port

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Re: Shipping Starships from Boca Chica?
« Reply #181 on: 09/21/2022 04:13 pm »
They don't have to go to the turning basin.  They can offload in the port
OK. After it's offloaded at the port, how does it get to Roberts Road or to Pad 39A?

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Re: Shipping Starships from Boca Chica?
« Reply #182 on: 09/21/2022 04:49 pm »
They don't have to go to the turning basin.  They can offload in the port
OK. After it's offloaded at the port, how does it get to Roberts Road or to Pad 39A?

Through CCAFS but holy hell that would be a royal PITA

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Re: Shipping Starships from Boca Chica?
« Reply #183 on: 09/21/2022 05:45 pm »
They don't have to go to the turning basin.  They can offload in the port
OK. After it's offloaded at the port, how does it get to Roberts Road or to Pad 39A?

Straight up Phillips Parkway.

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Re: Shipping Starships from Boca Chica?
« Reply #184 on: 09/30/2022 04:28 pm »
I thought all the large rockets transported by barge horizontal had their fuel and lox tanks pressurized so they wouldn't buckle under tie downs.  Vertical would be weird, harder to cover, and across the Gulf would have to be under very good weather. 

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Re: Shipping Starships from Boca Chica?
« Reply #185 on: 09/30/2022 04:35 pm »
I thought all the large rockets transported by barge horizontal had their fuel and lox tanks pressurized so they wouldn't buckle under tie downs.  Vertical would be weird, harder to cover, and across the Gulf would have to be under very good weather.
SpaceX routinely transports F9 boosters vertically after they land downrange, after clamping them down in the open Atlantic, not under controlled conditions in port. They are not covered. They have done this more than 125 times.

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Re: Shipping Starships from Boca Chica?
« Reply #186 on: 10/07/2022 04:16 am »
SpaceX might not send fully assembled boosters and ships at first. They might ship completed sub-assemblies and finish them out in Florida.

 

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