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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #540 on: 07/21/2022 09:57 pm »
https://twitter.com/julia_bergeron/status/1550236798776971266

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The view of KSC from Titusville is ever changing and things got a bit taller at 39A today. The fourth Starship tower segment has been raised after rolling to the pad from HangarX last night.

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #541 on: 07/25/2022 10:16 pm »
twitter.com/julia_bergeron/status/1551692043554111489

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The tower roll appears to be canceled for tonight, but, I got a special consolation prize! The turn basin is full of activity with two tanks arriving today, possibly for 39A Starship operations. @SpaceOffshore was keeping an eye on the track this weekend.

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These two tanks can be traced back to Charleston, where they departed from last week.

The tug that was pushing the barge was swapped in Jacksonville and they later waited in the Canaveral barge canal over the weekend before sailing to KSC today.

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #542 on: 07/25/2022 10:40 pm »
Looks like they gave up on making their own methane tanks.

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #543 on: 07/26/2022 12:33 am »
Funny how some people think that just because SpaceX changes something, it means they gave up and will never try it again.

They could still try to make their own methane tanks for other pads.
« Last Edit: 07/26/2022 12:34 am by tyrred »

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #544 on: 07/26/2022 07:09 am »
Looks like they gave up on making their own methane tanks.

I feel like "gave up" is a strong word...
"Found an external supplier that could meet their requirements" could also be just as easy an explanation...

People forget that one of the reason SpaceX is so Vertically Intergrated isn't because they set out to be... they just got sick of over paying for components they thought they could make themselves cheaper.

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #545 on: 07/26/2022 02:36 pm »
Looks like they gave up on making their own methane tanks.
I had assumed that they switched to commercial tanks to meet state regulatory requirements for LNG tanks or to meet requirements to get liability insurance.

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #546 on: 07/26/2022 02:55 pm »
My money is on them coming across a couple inexpensive used tanks and saved a few bucks.

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #547 on: 07/26/2022 04:27 pm »
Looks like they gave up on making their own methane tanks.
I had assumed that they switched to commercial tanks to meet state regulatory requirements for LNG tanks or to meet requirements to get liability insurance.
My thinking, too, DC.  But I wrote "gave up" and "they [SX]", and that apparently didn't go over well.  Guess that was just too shorthand.

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #548 on: 07/26/2022 07:05 pm »
Another idea is that they have decided that they want a lower profile tank farm.  Horizontal tanks vs vertical.  Bigger footprint, but maybe better in case of blast. 

Does the Florida site have more room (horizontal orientation) for a tank farm than BC?

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #549 on: 07/26/2022 07:25 pm »
https://twitter.com/felixschlang/status/1552011932101746689

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More SpaceX Mechazilla and Tank structure being repurposed for the Starship launch structure.

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #550 on: 07/27/2022 11:41 pm »
Live in a few minutes



Edit to add: already live
« Last Edit: 07/27/2022 11:43 pm by FutureSpaceTourist »

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #552 on: 07/28/2022 02:27 am »
Got to wonder if SX sent some of the team leads and engineers from BC to the cape. They've already built a tower and a launch table. Drawings and assembly instructions are great but having even one build under your belt adds so much. Even if it has some variations.
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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #553 on: 07/28/2022 07:02 am »
https://twitter.com/gregscott_photo/status/1552489996107628545

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Section 5 of the SBK (Starbase Kennedy) launch tower just passed by the VAB on its way out to Pad 39A tonight. This is the section where cryogenic propellants are loaded into Starship. It should be lifted into place soon making it 1 step closer to reality. #SpaceX #NASA

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #556 on: 07/29/2022 06:28 am »
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SpaceX Starship Launch Tower Segment #5 has arrived at KSC Pad 39A and is already hooked up to the crane for stacking!

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #557 on: 07/29/2022 11:26 am »
https://twitter.com/spaceflightnow/status/1552977220162945024

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The fifth section of SpaceX's Starship launch pad tower is being lifted into place this morning at Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Watch live: youtube.com/watch?v=ykjHh-

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #558 on: 07/29/2022 01:15 pm »
https://twitter.com/cbs_spacenews/status/1553005811001167872

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ISS: SpaceX has mounted the 5th segment of the Super Heavy-Starship service gantry at pad 39A; 3 more full-size segments to go, plus a shorter top section; lightning mast aside, it's now visibly taller than the fixed service structure used for Crew Dragon launches

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #559 on: 07/29/2022 04:24 pm »
If memory serves, an extension had to be added to the jib on the crane for the top few sections of the tower at Starbase.  Does anyone recall if this was done before or after the launch table was lifted onto its legs?  Also, being that the lift of the launch table was done with two cranes at Starbase, perhaps it isn't going to happen at LC-39 until that new SpaceX branded crane spotted in Germany arrives at the Cape.

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