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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #520 on: 07/02/2022 11:54 am »
Another sighting of a launch table segment reported by Zack Golden.

https://mobile.twitter.com/CSI_Starbase/status/1540839279097692161

Note that his assessment is that this may be for the rigs or the cape, and if it is for the cape it’s running late.

Why is it “late”? The LC39A tower has all of two segments stacked, with the last one or two not even started assembling yet. All the tower segments need to be stacked, the vertical members filled with concrete, and all the commodities lines and telemetry/power cabling need to be installed and integrated. There’s plenty of time (weeks at least) before the launch table becomes the singular pacing item.

Late as in atleast 4 segments were already spotted on site in January. So its a bit suprising that 6 months later still pieces for the base structure are arriving. Start of the thread saying those images are from January https://twitter.com/Harry__Stranger/status/1511691485271724036

And here Hangar M with 4 pieces for the Table : https://twitter.com/Harry__Stranger/status/1511691883726393345

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #522 on: 07/06/2022 08:38 am »
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Today July 5th was the first day in 2 years that KSC has offered the explore tour. This tour went up close to the VAB, and LC39a-b. This video focuses on LC39a.

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #524 on: 07/06/2022 07:16 pm »
That's got to be a base for a hefty water tank.

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #525 on: 07/06/2022 08:30 pm »
twitter.com/gregscott_photo/status/1544780115292442624

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Shots from our flyover this morning of #NASA Pad 39A, #SpaceX Hangar X on Roberts Rd & more. Lots of construction at the pad with 3 sections up already & if you notice in the 1st shot the Chopsticks are coming together nicely. Check my discord for many more📷 @FarryFaz @elonmusk

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #526 on: 07/07/2022 12:30 am »
That's got to be a base for a hefty water tank.


I keep half wondering if they plan on assembling the launch table on that. Seems very close the where the launches will be to have a water tank there.

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #527 on: 07/07/2022 12:52 am »
The best part is no part: If you launch off the top of an open water tank, you don't need a launch pad, and all the deluge system water is already where you need it, so you don't need all that complicated deluge piping either!
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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #528 on: 07/07/2022 10:38 am »
Too high for an assembly platform for the launch ring: makes work more difficult for no benefit (crane needed to lift it anyway).

About the right diameter to receive the LH2 sphere if being repurposed for LCH4, but I can think of no good reasons to move it from where it is (and extend/divert the lines from the main pad to the new one) and would be a huge headache to try and move if even possible- and the easiest way would be to roll it on SPMTs on the existing mount anyway.

Too much structure for a ground-level water tank (just needs a single skin there, and can be constructed jack-up style as the cheapest method) and even too much structure for legs of a suspended water tower.

It even looks like too much structure for a double-walled concrete LNG silo, those can be slip-formed for cheaper than building a full height form.

There are large-diameter steel rings going up next to it (at least two separate stack visible) so could be some unorthodox tank construction method.
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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #529 on: 07/10/2022 04:09 pm »
https://twitter.com/lolomatico3d/status/1546162371109875714

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The 7th tower segment of #SpaceX´s Mechazilla at the Cape has been completed at the production site.

Lots of parts for the SQD (Ship Quick Disconnect) and the Chopsticks where also spotted (colored black).

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #530 on: 07/12/2022 08:26 pm »
The best part is no part: If you launch off the top of an open water tank, you don't need a launch pad, and all the deluge system water is already where you need it, so you don't need all that complicated deluge piping either!
Standing water behaves much differently than water mist/droplets/streams do in this application. Much more phase change would occur in the latter.
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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #532 on: 07/13/2022 10:19 pm »
The best part is no part: If you launch off the top of an open water tank, you don't need a launch pad, and all the deluge system water is already where you need it, so you don't need all that complicated deluge piping either!
Standing water behaves much differently than water mist/droplets/streams do in this application. Much more phase change would occur in the latter.
Absolutely. The comment was a (failed?) attempt at humor.
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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #533 on: 07/14/2022 10:47 am »
Too high for an assembly platform for the launch ring: makes work more difficult for no benefit (crane needed to lift it anyway).

About the right diameter to receive the LH2 sphere if being repurposed for LCH4, but I can think of no good reasons to move it from where it is (and extend/divert the lines from the main pad to the new one) and would be a huge headache to try and move if even possible- and the easiest way would be to roll it on SPMTs on the existing mount anyway.

Too much structure for a ground-level water tank (just needs a single skin there, and can be constructed jack-up style as the cheapest method) and even too much structure for legs of a suspended water tower.

It even looks like too much structure for a double-walled concrete LNG silo, those can be slip-formed for cheaper than building a full height form.

There are large-diameter steel rings going up next to it (at least two separate stack visible) so could be some unorthodox tank construction method.

There's two tank sizes being built.  It looks to me like the same contruction method they used at the tank farm with an inner and outer tank.  The larger tank seems to fit nicely on that structure using the old finger on the screen method!  LOL

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #535 on: 07/20/2022 10:01 pm »
https://twitter.com/spaceflightnow/status/1549876506188554244

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SpaceX is rolling the fourth segment for the new Starship launch pad gantry toward Launch Complex 39A this evening at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Watch live:

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #536 on: 07/20/2022 10:36 pm »
https://twitter.com/cbs_spacenews/status/1549885083032641536

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The 4th segment of SpaceXs Super Heavy-Starship service gantry headed for pad 39A this evening, but the crew pulled over at the entrance to the KSC press site to wait out approaching storms; despite seeing this three times before, it's still impressive!

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Re: SpaceX Cape 39A Starship launch/landing facilities
« Reply #537 on: 07/21/2022 12:43 am »
https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1549898691867287554

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KSC VAB drive past for Section 4 of the 39A Starbase Tower.

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