Quote from: ThatOldJanxSpirit on 06/26/2022 05:38 amAnother sighting of a launch table segment reported by Zack Golden.https://mobile.twitter.com/CSI_Starbase/status/1540839279097692161Note 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.
Another sighting of a launch table segment reported by Zack Golden.https://mobile.twitter.com/CSI_Starbase/status/1540839279097692161Note 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.
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.
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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That's got to be a base for a hefty water tank.
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).
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!
Quote from: RobW on 07/07/2022 12:52 amThe 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.
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.
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:
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!
KSC VAB drive past for Section 4 of the 39A Starbase Tower.youtube.com/watch?v=mhJRzQ…