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Booster 8's LOX Tank Was Moved from the High Bay to the Mega Bay, Ship 24 was worked on ahead of more testing, and A new building near the production site continues to grow.

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Re: SpaceX Boca Chica - Production Updates - MASTER Thread (5)
« Reply #803 on: 06/07/2022 09:46 am »
The white box, potentially for use loading for Starlink V2 satellites into Starship, was moved and lifted at the Production Site. Meanwhile, Ship 24 was cryo proof tested on Pad A with the thrust rams installed for the first time.

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Re: SpaceX Boca Chica - Production Updates - MASTER Thread (5)
« Reply #804 on: 06/07/2022 10:46 pm »
The base for the crane that will stack the Starship Launch Tower at 39A was spotted, all 6 legs for the Launch Mount have been installed, and a look at new Jarvis Program hardware at Blue Origin's LC-36.

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« Reply #806 on: 06/08/2022 03:22 pm »
Test tank is being rolled to the launch site. Looks as if crane is preparing to lift Ship 24 off of Pad A.

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The EDOME test tank was moved to the launch site and the SpaceX LR 11000 crane was hooked up to Ship 24 ahead of its expected rollback. Meanwhile the new structure near the Production Site continues to grow.

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Ship 24 was rolled back to the Production Site for Raptor installation as SpaceX prepares for the Orbital Test Flight. The FAA plans on releasing its Environmental Assessment on June 13, a critical item to check off before flight can occur.

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The Chopsticks were tested before possibly being used to lift Booster 7, parts for Ship 27 were spotted, and the B7.1 Test Tank was stacked in the High Bay.

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Re: SpaceX Boca Chica - Production Updates - MASTER Thread (5)
« Reply #812 on: 06/11/2022 04:26 pm »
https://twitter.com/rgvaerialphotos/status/1535659380460376071

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The Booster Quick Disconnect rear hood was reinstalled after being removed and taken back to the Production Site. Meanwhile, work on the structure near the Production Site continues as walls go up.

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Re: SpaceX Boca Chica - Production Updates - MASTER Thread (5)
« Reply #814 on: 06/13/2022 03:13 am »
The FAA prepares to release its Environmental Assessment of Starbase as SpaceX prepares the site for the outcome. Meanwhile, crews test the Booster QD to prep for Booster 7 rollout.

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Re: SpaceX Boca Chica - Production Updates - MASTER Thread (5)
« Reply #815 on: 06/13/2022 11:49 pm »

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Re: SpaceX Boca Chica - Production Updates - MASTER Thread (5)
« Reply #816 on: 06/14/2022 03:38 am »
Crews are buttoning up the launch site prior to Booster 7's arrival. Booster 7 will likely begin static fire testing soon after rollout.

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Re: SpaceX Boca Chica - Production Updates - MASTER Thread (5)
« Reply #817 on: 06/14/2022 04:40 pm »
twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1536747214755745792

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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.

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1536747824498585602

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We will have a second Starship stack ready to fly in August and then monthly thereafter

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Re: SpaceX Boca Chica - Production Updates - MASTER Thread (5)
« Reply #818 on: 06/15/2022 05:04 am »
With Elon Musk announcing that SpaceX is preparing for a July orbital test flight, sections for an upgraded Booster were spotted outside.

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Re: SpaceX Boca Chica - Production Updates - MASTER Thread (5)
« Reply #819 on: 06/15/2022 05:27 am »
https://twitter.com/RingWatchers/status/1536556463488962561

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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 NSF



Notably, 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)

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Itís 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)

📸: @RGVaerialphotos



All 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).

📸: @LabPadre



So 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)



https://twitter.com/Alexphysics13/status/1536667608124203009

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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 away



It'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

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