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A giant crawler crane has started lifting the second tower segment for SpaceX's Florida Starship launch pad.
39A/Starship (1/4): The Starship/Super Heavy launch pad SpaceX is building at KSC pad 39A is rapidly taking shape; responding to a query last week from CBS, NASA said the company only has permission to build the launch stand, but does not yet have permission to launch from it
39A/Starship (2/4): Confirming a Reuters story, NASA said the agency will conduct a "thorough" review of the Starship plans and will assess any risks that might be posed by launches of the huge rocket in close proximity to SpaceX's Crew Dragon pad at 39A
39A/Starship (3/4): While NASA’s response didn't address the nature of those risks, it is thought to concern the possibility of a catastrophic failure on or just off the new pad that could damage the Crew Dragon gantry/support systems, interrupting crew flights to the ISS
39A/Starship (4/4): As part of its review, NASA will assess "all options available including the development of a crew transportation capability at Space Launch Complex 40 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station"
The first segments of #SpaceX 's Mechazilla tower at the Cape have been mounted on the foundation. The tower is quickly coming together 🤯
Quote from: FutureSpaceTourist on 06/23/2022 01:43 pm-snip-I can't help but suspect there might be further issues if said analysis shows the VAB and 39B within the potential blast radius. I believe KSC was sized for a Nova-scale rocket, not Saturn V, but I'd think SS + SH would surpass even that.
Quote from: jadebenn on 06/23/2022 03:47 pmQuote from: FutureSpaceTourist on 06/23/2022 01:43 pm-snip-I can't help but suspect there might be further issues if said analysis shows the VAB and 39B within the potential blast radius. I believe KSC was sized for a Nova-scale rocket, not Saturn V, but I'd think SS + SH would surpass even that.Nova Rocket liftoff thrust: 4,536 - 9,072 tonnesSH liftoff thrust: 7,590 tonneshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nova_(rocket)