Author Topic: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12  (Read 810077 times)

Offline Herb Schaltegger

Buy why do they need a second stairway?  Was the first one becoming a choke point?  Guess now they can have one for traffic going up and the other for traffic going down.

Could be a safety-related talking point with the FAA prior to approval of the launch license - e.g., need a second ground-based access point for Red Team-type people to go work on a hot (dangerous) situation in the event some mechanical issue inside the OLM prevents access from the first staircase.

Alternately, it may be that with everything built out and now enclosed, there is limited space inside the structure and work in one place might impede access through the existing single stairway.

And it just might be for convenience - itís quite a structure to circumnavigate, I would think. Having a second access point shortens the time of access if what you need to get to is on the other side.
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #1681 on: 03/16/2023 02:37 pm »
https://twitter.com/vickicocks15/status/1636389505119973376

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Oooh! Deluge related pipe! Nice! It will be fascinating to see how this all fits together...and see how well it works once complete!
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #1682 on: 03/16/2023 02:54 pm »
Buy why do they need a second stairway?  Was the first one becoming a choke point?  Guess now they can have one for traffic going up and the other for traffic going down.

Could be a safety-related talking point with the FAA prior to approval of the launch license - e.g., need a second ground-based access point for Red Team-type people to go work on a hot (dangerous) situation in the event some mechanical issue inside the OLM prevents access from the first staircase.

Alternately, it may be that with everything built out and now enclosed, there is limited space inside the structure and work in one place might impede access through the existing single stairway.

And it just might be for convenience - itís quite a structure to circumnavigate, I would think. Having a second access point shortens the time of access if what you need to get to is on the other side.

It could just be a building code thing. Often building codes require commercial spaces must have two routes of egress. Maybe this is just one of the last steps to get this structure "signed off" by  the building department.

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #1683 on: 03/20/2023 01:26 pm »
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Great news, OLM fans!

That gap in the Orbital Launch Mount is now paneled.

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #1684 on: 03/20/2023 02:53 pm »
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Down at the Launch Complex, more steel plating is being added to the OLM.
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #1685 on: 03/20/2023 03:53 pm »
https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1637822785819901953

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Great news, OLM fans!

That gap in the Orbital Launch Mount is now paneled.

nsf.live/starbase


2nd Staircase to no where now??

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #1686 on: 03/20/2023 04:21 pm »
https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1637822785819901953

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Great news, OLM fans!

That gap in the Orbital Launch Mount is now paneled.

nsf.live/starbase


2nd Staircase to no where now??
It can still go to the removable work platform if they finish it and might get extended up to the OLM at a later date after the OTF et al flights. It is no longer priority if steel piiral staircase they ordered is no longer going to arrive before OTF.
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #1687 on: 03/20/2023 05:52 pm »
https://twitter.com/csi_starbase/status/1637868420862468099

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Last week SpaceX began adding injection ports to the side of the extensions for the Orbital Launch Mount. These are now being filled with concrete...

Glad to finally see this being done. Slightly shocked its happening so late in the game though🤯

📸: @RGVaerialphotos

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #1688 on: 03/20/2023 10:11 pm »
Nearly forgotten, but finally remembered?

But why so relatively low?
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #1689 on: 03/21/2023 01:13 am »
https://twitter.com/csi_starbase/status/1637868420862468099

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Last week SpaceX began adding injection ports to the side of the extensions for the Orbital Launch Mount. These are now being filled with concrete...

Glad to finally see this being done. Slightly shocked its happening so late in the game though🤯

📸: @RGVaerialphotos

bit confused.  What are those injections ports for?

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #1690 on: 03/21/2023 01:24 am »
bit confused.  What are those injections ports for?

Concrete?

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #1691 on: 03/21/2023 08:11 am »
bit confused.  What are those injections ports for?

Concrete?
Any concrete evidence to solidify that statement?

I'll show myself out.

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #1692 on: 03/21/2023 12:00 pm »
bit confused.  What are those injections ports for?

Concrete?
Any concrete evidence to solidify that statement?

I'll show myself out.
An aggregate of arguments cementing a conclusion.

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #1693 on: 03/22/2023 01:21 pm »

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #1694 on: 03/22/2023 03:04 pm »
https://twitter.com/vickicocks15/status/1638565675642892288

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@LabPadre #Rover2Cam catches some additions to the OTF pipework being manoeuvred into place. Several sections of varying sizes were lifted and placed ahead of final plumbing.

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #1695 on: 03/23/2023 01:56 pm »
https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1638917174667673602

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Safety scaffolding is being removed from the chopsticks at Starbase. Hopefully a sign they are getting closer to returning Booster 7 to the OLM in the not-too-distant future.

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #1696 on: 03/24/2023 02:56 pm »
Second staircase on OLM seems to have been removed. Any ideas?

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #1697 on: 03/24/2023 03:04 pm »
Latest NSF video shows it being lifted off.

Also in the vid, view towards B7 from the outback shows several rows of steel panels stacked up that look like they will become the skirt around the launch mount, covering the cryo plumbing running below the walkway.

They actually moved it off the launch site shortly after it was lifted off. Maybe they just gave up lol, redundant stairs not needed.

Screenshot from Hoop Cam.

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #1699 on: 03/24/2023 07:23 pm »
Second staircase on OLM seems to have been removed. Any ideas?

The staircase would need shielding.
Maybe they have better things to do now.
Maybe it will return later.

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