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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2460 on: 11/30/2023 10:44 pm »
https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1730344659925315960

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2461 on: 12/01/2023 03:56 am »
At 6:30 p.m. a lone employee checks out the sign installation with a flashlight.  No lighting test tonight.

Picture attached: Squint in the upper right-hand corner.
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2462 on: 12/01/2023 07:00 am »
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2463 on: 12/01/2023 07:24 am »


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Interestingly, they require a large crane to lift over the wall a smaller crane in order to affix the letter "E" onto the wall. This suggests the possibility of a pit or gap beneath the letter E that made it difficult for the installer to properly position their ladder.  That solves that mystery.  Hopefully, the lighting comes tomorrow or soon thereafter.
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2464 on: 12/01/2023 02:20 pm »
At 6:30 p.m. a lone employee checks out the sign installation with a flashlight.  No lighting test tonight.

True, somewhat related story.  Two weeks ago, we had a new sign installed on our building announcing our company name.  Since then, electricians have occasionally been poking through the ceilings and in the wiring closet trying to figure out why the sign wouldn't light up.  Yesterday, one of them came in sheepishly and announced that the switch on the back of the sign was turned off, and once he flipped it on, everything worked.

Hey Elon - can I get a free ride if this suggestion pans out?

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2465 on: 12/01/2023 03:49 pm »
At 6:30 p.m. a lone employee checks out the sign installation with a flashlight.  No lighting test tonight.

True, somewhat related story.  Two weeks ago, we had a new sign installed on our building announcing our company name.  Since then, electricians have occasionally been poking through the ceilings and in the wiring closet trying to figure out why the sign wouldn't light up.  Yesterday, one of them came in sheepishly and announced that the switch on the back of the sign was turned off, and once he flipped it on, everything worked.

Hey Elon - can I get a free ride if this suggestion pans out?

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2466 on: 12/01/2023 07:33 pm »
https://twitter.com/vickicocks15/status/1730685624900878461

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Goddamn it! I swear I posted a full explanation for this! The rear panel of the BQD has been removed from the OLM.
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2467 on: 12/02/2023 12:29 am »
A nice reflection of the signage on the marsh.
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No additional tanks were delivered as of 5:30 p.m.
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2468 on: 12/02/2023 01:29 am »
Meanwhile, there has been considerable work being done at the OLM, especially the chopsticks.  Ads you can see numerous man lifts and welding going on.

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2469 on: 12/02/2023 01:55 am »
 I'm kind of offended they didn't go with the sign I suggested to them.

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2470 on: 12/02/2023 09:38 am »
"million miles" sounds better!

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2471 on: 12/02/2023 01:51 pm »
"million miles" sounds better!
Do you remember what happened the last time we tried using imperial units to get to Mars?
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2472 on: 12/02/2023 03:40 pm »
https://twitter.com/thejackbeyer/status/1730985177340403928

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Crews worked to repair and modify the Orbital Tank Farm and Launch Mount, and a new large GSE tank was delivered. Meanwhile, the Gateway To Mars sign had its first test lighting.

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2473 on: 12/03/2023 06:43 pm »
If you look at Lab Cam 2, you can see that they're tearing out the curb and container wall along the road in front of the horizontal tank farm. 

Expect another tall wall maybe, like at the other end behind the sub-orbital farm.

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2474 on: 12/03/2023 11:11 pm »
The new signage mirrored the Marsh waters at high tide


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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2475 on: 12/03/2023 11:46 pm »
Do we know the reason for these walls? it looks like they may cause the "gust front" from the booster engine exhaust to rise away from the ground, thereby reducing the amount of dust and debris being picked up.

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2476 on: 12/03/2023 11:51 pm »
Do we know the reason for these walls? it looks like they may cause the "gust front" from the booster engine exhaust to rise away from the ground, thereby reducing the amount of dust and debris being picked up.

That might be one possibility. I believe it is due to security and camera coverage, but this is only the case on the West and North sides (highlighted in RED). The south and east sides do not have any walls.
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2477 on: 12/04/2023 08:54 am »
Do we know the reason for these walls? it looks like they may cause the "gust front" from the booster engine exhaust to rise away from the ground, thereby reducing the amount of dust and debris being picked up.

That might be one possibility. I believe it is due to security and camera coverage, but this is only the case on the West and North sides (highlighted in RED). The south and east sides do not have any walls.
All I will say is that the walls are multipurpose and there will eventually be more walls all of the way around the launch complex, however some sections will not all end up where one would currently expect based on the what everyone currently sees. They are being built in phases. Happenings elsewhere in Starbase with recently occurred out of state arrivals that will eventually end up moving to the launch complex is your biggest hint as to when the walls will fully connect end to end minus the required perimeter gates.

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2478 on: 12/04/2023 10:03 am »

Wouldn’t it be better if the 24-hour timelapse videos had their own thread in the forum? After all, there are days when they don’t provide any relevant content.

There is always something relevant happening every day. The video serves as a reference, allowing you to go back to the original live feed for more details. I did consider that, but I will wait until the mods inform me.  BTW, when responding by the Quote, delete the links to YT and Twitter as it's not necessary.
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2479 on: 12/04/2023 04:07 pm »
Do we know the reason for these walls? it looks like they may cause the "gust front" from the booster engine exhaust to rise away from the ground, thereby reducing the amount of dust and debris being picked up.

That might be one possibility. I believe it is due to security and camera coverage, but this is only the case on the West and North sides (highlighted in RED). The south and east sides do not have any walls.
All I will say is that the walls are multipurpose and there will eventually be more walls all of the way around the launch complex, however some sections will not all end up where one would currently expect based on the what everyone currently sees. They are being built in phases. Happenings elsewhere in Starbase with recently occurred out of state arrivals that will eventually end up moving to the launch complex is your biggest hint as to when the walls will fully connect end to end minus the required perimeter gates.

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I think it would be a mistake to construct a wall near the OLM and the orbital launch area. This is because the combination of engine blast and high-pressure steam (water vaporized) could have two effects. Firstly, it may blow over the wall, causing debris to land on the nature preserve. Secondly, similar to what happened during the helicopter extraction of Bin Laden, the router blowdown created a suction effect. This could potentially be detrimental to the initial seconds of the launch, as vaporized gases would be directed upwards and then inward towards the OLM instead of outward.

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