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Starship will be ready to fly next month. I was in the high bay & mega bay late last night reviewing progress.
We will have a second Starship stack ready to fly in August and then monthly thereafter
It seems we have some more interesting design changes that are coming to Starship fairly soon! Today, Mary caught an interesting photo of what we have tracked as Ship 26ís common dome sleeve sitting in the dome yard. (1/6)📸: @BocaChicaGal for NSFNotably, there are internal stringers on the LOX tank side of this section (itís currently upside down), indicating that SpaceX is adding these for increased strength and rigidity in the LOX tank. (2/6)📸: @BocaChicaGal for NSFItís always fun to see a design change happen clearly in front of us, but this change allowed us to connect it to something odd that recently happenedÖ On June 10th, what we believed was a CH4 section for Booster 9 oddly moved to Tent 3. (3/6)This differs from what we usually observe for Booster production, so we knew something was up. By seeing this new Common Sleeve with stringers today, this section now in Tent 3 revealed itself to be Ship 26ís Mid-LOX section. (4/6)📸: @RGVaerialphotosAll Mid-LOX sections S25 and below were rather plain sections with no internal stringers. In this photo, you can see S25ís Mid-LOX section with only a hatch and some tiles, which led to the misidentification of S26ís Mid-LOX (5/6).📸: @LabPadreSo there we have it. It seems that Ship 26 will be receiving yet another set of upgrades that have been right in front of us for literally a month. Well, hopefully we get to see some more interesting changes show up in the near future! (6/6)
Yep. Ship 26 and Booster 9 is the next iteration or "block upgrade" for Starship. This one I have understood contains minor upgrades for the Ship and some uhhh cosmetic changes for the booster, let's put it that way.After this, Ship 29 and Booster 12 are the next pair of vehicles that are supposed to get an upgrade. While I'm not aware - yet - of the changes for the ship, the booster will see performance improvements. Always plan a few steps awayIt's also totally possible that these changes eventually happen a few boosters or ships up and down as the flow of work at Starbase continues and some upgrades are moved up and down the chain but, so far, that's been the plan