Well a flame trench can have one outlet and an angle diverter.Or two outlets and a wedge diverter. Or three outlets and a tetrahedron diverter. Or four outlets and a pyramid diverter.Or six outlets and just say screw it and use a flat plate diverter.
https://twitter.com/bottinphilip/status/1726692001058607449QuoteShip qd looks a little bent out of shape
Ship qd looks a little bent out of shape
Quote from: FutureSpaceTourist on 11/20/2023 07:02 pmQuoteShip qd looks a little bent out of shapePins for the two forward actuators that move the Ship QD plate about sheared off. One actuator has outright fallen out, and the other has the clevis jammed into the mount. QD plate itself is very likely fine, plumbing is hopefully fine but will have slammed into the work platform so the flex lines may need replacement. Actuators may need to be swapped out, or just need new pins.For that sort of shear failure to occur, that'd probably be from force applied by the plume impinging on the arm. A 'hutch' over the arm for it to retract into would work (a'la most upper stage QDs), but as the 'loose' lines appear to have come through unscathed then that may just need a hard-mount for the QD arm to rapidly sit down into after retraction to bear the load.
QuoteShip qd looks a little bent out of shape
They should just take the opportunity and move the QD arm, they put it on the wrong side of the tower.
Quote from: EL_DIABLO on 11/22/2023 08:59 amThey should just take the opportunity and move the QD arm, they put it on the wrong side of the tower.Due to the requirements of keeping the chopstick tracks clear for traversal, fixed items like the support arm can only be mounted on the back of the tower. Since its function as a booster stabilisation brace seems to have fallen by the wayside and its only job is now hosting the Ship QD arm, the LC-39A tower will probably have a much smaller and simpler support arm.
Take for instance this screenshot I grabbed from the tower view just as Starship has left the pad: the launch mount has caught on fire.
The showerhead did a great job in protecting the launch pad during IFT-2, but it seems to me that the system as a whole still needs more work before the pad is rapidly reuseable, beyond the rework that needs to be done on the ship’s quick disconnect.
Didn't Elon mention once something about water cooling the OLM itself? I think it was pretty vaguely mentioned, but after seeing the absolute inferno that it has to go through I have to wonder if this wouldn't be such a bad idea. I have no idea how you would implement this, especially given that there might be stuff inside the OLM that wouldn't like getting wet. Cooling the legs would be a good thing too I think, but again, I don't have any good ideas on how they might go about doing such a thing.