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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2780 on: 04/18/2024 02:38 am »
https://twitter.com/RGVaerialphotos/status/1780719957342388435

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Analysis of the Orbital Tank Farm using aerial photos taken 4/12: 

The 3 new horizontal tanks (for water), that are where the old vertical tank was, were also connected to plumbing, as were the 2 new vertical tanks near them. 

The old Orbital Tank Farm was offline until the T-shaped pieces were installed and commissioned, which occurred after this flyover. (There's one where the new LOX delivery line goes into the old LOX line, one where the new LN2 line goes into the CH4 side, and one for the LN2 to go into the LOX side). 

Soon, SpaceX will be able to draw fluids from both farms, possibly even in time for Flight 4!

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2781 on: 04/18/2024 02:45 am »
https://twitter.com/VickiCocks15/status/1780752605980799442


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The new Chopstick arm actuator has activated.
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2782 on: 04/18/2024 03:38 pm »
https://twitter.com/NASASpaceflight/status/1780976835339137300

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Meanwhile, at Starbase: Ship Quick Disconnect (SQD) lines are receiving some new insulation. Humans for scale.
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2783 on: 04/19/2024 04:58 pm »
https://twitter.com/SeanKD_Photos/status/1781361804829991178

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Scraping begins on GSE tanks.

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2784 on: 04/19/2024 05:13 pm »
https://twitter.com/SeanKD_Photos/status/1781361804829991178

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Scraping begins on GSE tanks.

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Looks like a vertical cut is being done along the external frame. I was thinking it would be a more difficult lift if the frame was still attached.

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2785 on: 04/19/2024 05:26 pm »
https://twitter.com/NASASpaceflight/status/1781336311430803703

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Time for some Texas Tank Cutting.
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2786 on: 04/19/2024 09:37 pm »
Tank on the ground ready for Plasma Torches.  Look ma, no teeth.

Photo Credits:  AWI and NSF

https://twitter.com/StarshipGazer/status/1781439063125586331

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2787 on: 04/19/2024 09:54 pm »
and the cutting begins at 4:53 p.m. CT.
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2788 on: 04/20/2024 02:32 am »
The first three-ring slices were completed.  4.5 hours.

https://twitter.com/NASASpaceflight/status/1781509375456072022

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A fan of all-night cryoshell cutting? We've got you covered:
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2789 on: 04/20/2024 04:50 pm »
https://twitter.com/SeanKD_Photos/status/1781722076233244994


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Classic Texas Tank Scraping.
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2790 on: 04/22/2024 11:40 pm »
Saw these 3 cryopump parts on their way to/from Tulsa

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2791 on: 04/24/2024 04:36 pm »

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2792 on: 04/27/2024 05:50 am »
https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1784002777200439303

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Chopsticks getting a workout after their upgrades. Focusing on one of the arms first.

X120 timelapse.

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2795 on: 05/01/2024 06:03 pm »
Booster 13 Conducts Cryo Proof Testing at the Massey Outpost | SpaceX Boca Chica - 27-30 April 2024



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May 1, 2024 More development hardware for Starship version 2 was spotted, the launch mount and chopsticks were tested, and Booster 13 underwent a cryo proof at the Massey Outpost.

🎥 Video from Mary (@BocaChicaGal), Jack (@theJackBeyer), Sean (@SeanKD_Photos), and Starbase Live.
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Timestamps:
0:00 Glass Installed on Starfactory
0:23 Fan Motors in Starfactory
0:34 Parking Garage Construction
0:56 Parking Garage Section
1:10 Dev Barrel With Edome
1:36 B14.1 Common Dome Section
1:46 Drilling Machine Arrives
2:13 LR 11000 Moved to the OLM
2:46 Parking Garage Verticals Installed
3:01 Ship 30 in the New High Bay
3:13 Starfactory
3:31 Office Building Construction
3:46 Earthwork in Front of Sign
4:11 Foundation Work for Second Pad
4:21 Parts Unloaded From Truck
4:29 Jersey Barrier Moved
4:41 Tower Removed
4:57 The OLM and Chopsticks
5:09 Work on the BQD
5:40 LR 11000 Crane Hooked to Adapter
6:25 OLM Hold Down Tested
6:35 The Chopsticks
6:44 Work on the Tank Farm
6:55 Vacuum Trucks at the Tank Farm
7:16 The Ship QD Arm
7:28 Booster 13 Cryo Testing
8:10 LR 11000 Moved to Pad B
8:35 Chopstick and Tank Farm Testing
8:56 Chopstick Control Testing
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2796 on: 05/04/2024 04:35 pm »
On Tuesday, there's a special meeting (in executive session) of the Board of Commissioners of the Brownsville port to consider a right of way agreement with SpaceX to move heavy loads on the South Port Connector Road.

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2797 on: 05/08/2024 02:03 pm »
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SpaceX tested the OLM and Tower GSE to ensure its readiness for the integrated Starship stack. Also, the new Ship static fire stand was moved for a fit check with Ship 26.

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2798 on: 05/08/2024 02:42 pm »
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This morning a new CFA drilling rig is preparing for action near the suborbital side of the Launch Site. We may finally be seeing the beginning of foundation work for the 2nd Orbital Pad at Starbase!

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It will be interesting to see the pace and amount of progress on this second tower.  SpaceX knows what they want to build this time, so they should avoid a lot of re-work and adding more and more things as they find what's missing.

They can work on the tower, OLM and even the deluge plate at nearly the same time.

Also, I hope they are just going to tap into the existing GSE systems for water and propellant.  No need to replicate those systems.

First flight from the second tower, by the time it's built, tested, tests with a vehicle and is ready for lift off is probably a year from now.
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2799 on: 05/08/2024 06:30 pm »

Also, I hope they are just going to tap into the existing GSE systems for water and propellant.  No need to replicate those systems.


For the short term I'd agree.

But given the required cadence for HLS refueling flights I would think in the long run a second system would be required.

Even better - increase the capacity of the existing farm to feed both towers. Give the larger tank farm extra/reserve capacity to handle scrubs/quick turnaround, etc.

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