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Starship IFT-2 (Integrated Flight Test 2) UPDATES ONLY thread

(Any non-updates will be removed without warning)

Other threads:
   IFT-2 Discussion / B9+S25 Updates / B9+S25 Discussion



https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1724271004044644800

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Was just informed that approval to launch should happen in time for a Friday launch

twitter.com/spacex/status/1723158118706839819

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Starship preparing to launch as early as November 17, pending final regulatory approval →

https://www.spacex.com/launches/mission/?missionId=starship-flight-2

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The second flight test of a fully integrated Starship could launch as early as Friday, November 17, pending final regulatory approval.

A live webcast of the flight test will begin about 30 minutes before liftoff, which you can watch here and on X @SpaceX. As is the case with all developmental testing, the schedule is dynamic and likely to change, so be sure to stay tuned to our X account for updates.

Starship’s first flight test provided numerous lessons learned that directly contributed to several upgrades to both the vehicle and ground infrastructure to improve the probability of success on future flights. The second flight test will debut a hot-stage separation system and a new electronic Thrust Vector Control (TVC) system for Super Heavy Raptor engines, in addition to reinforcements to the pad foundation and a water-cooled steel flame deflector, among many other enhancements.

This rapid iterative development approach has been the basis for all of SpaceX’s major innovative advancements, including Falcon, Dragon, and Starlink. Recursive improvement is essential as we work to build a fully reusable transportation system capable of carrying both crew and cargo to Earth orbit, help humanity return to the Moon, and ultimately travel to Mars and beyond.

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COUNTDOWN

All times approximate

HR/MIN/SEC   EVENT
02:00:00   SpaceX Flight Director conducts poll and verifies GO for propellant load
01:37:00   Booster LOX (liquid oxygen) load underway
01:37:00   Booster fuel load (liquid methane) underway
01:17:00   Ship fuel load (liquid methane) underway
01:13:00   Ship LOX load underway
00:19:40   Raptor begins engine chill on booster and ship
00:00:10   Flame deflector activation
00:00:03   Raptor ignition sequence begins
00:00:00   Excitement guaranteed

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FLIGHT TEST TIMELINE

All times are approximate

HR/MIN/SEC   EVENT (IF ALL GOES ACCORDING TO PLAN)
00:00:02   Liftoff
00:00:52   Max Q (moment of peak mechanical stress on the rocket)
00:02:39   Booster MECO (most engines cut off)
00:02:41   Hot-staging (Starship Raptor ignition and stage separation)
00:02:53   Booster boostback burn startup
00:03:47   Booster boostback burn shutdown
00:06:18   Booster is transonic
00:06:30   Booster landing burn startup
00:06:48   Booster landing burn shutdown
00:08:33   Starship engine cutoff
01:17:21   Starship entry
01:28:43   Starship is transonic
01:30:00   An exciting landing!



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Re: SpaceX Starship IFT-2 : Starbase TX : 17 Nov 2023 UPDATES
« Reply #1 on: 11/14/2023 04:03 am »
Epic NSF launch livestream:



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SpaceX is targeting Friday for the second flight of Starship. Currently, the company has not received regulatory approval for the flight. SpaceX needs the final approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which is consulting with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, regarding the operation of a deluge system in Boca Chica. The flight will feature the newly added hot staging ring, allowing the Ship to separate from the Booster while the Booster engines are still firing. The stack features multiple upgrades compared to the first flight, including 63 upgrades SpaceX submitted to the FAA to mitigate issues from the first flight. Ahead of the launch, SpaceX will close the road, evacuate the village and surrounding area, and clear the potential blast radius.

Booster 9 will attempt a soft splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico, while Ship 25 will attempt to fly around the earth before performing a reentry and hard splashdown in the Hawaiian area.

Window Opens: November 17th at 7AM CST (13:00 UTC)
Window Closes: November 17th at 9:39AM CST (15:39 UTC)

Mission: Starship's second fully integrated test flight
Vehicles: Booster 9 and Ship 25
Recovery: No recovery. Booster will attempt soft splashdown; the ship will not and instead will impact the ocean
Stats:
  · SpaceX's 86th launch of the year and the 7th launch of the month
  · SpaceX's 2nd space launch from Starbase
  · Starship will, once again, become the largest, most massive, and most powerful rocket ever created, breaking its own record

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SpaceX's launch page: https://www.spacex.com/launches/missi...
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NSF Launch Article: Coming Soon...
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Re: SpaceX Starship IFT-2 : Starbase TX : 17 Nov 2023 UPDATES
« Reply #2 on: 11/14/2023 01:40 pm »
Latest daily NSF stream leading up to launch, at 20:00 UTC


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https://twitter.com/SpaceTfrs/status/1724470020787360038

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Brownsville, TX (SpaceX Starship Facility) temporary restriction:
From Friday, November 17th, 2023 at 13:00 UTC to Friday, November 17th, 2023 at 15:39 UTC
Altitude: From the surface up to space
NOTAM has been published.

FST edit to add:

https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_3_0924.html
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Re: SpaceX Starship IFT-2 : Starbase TX : 17 Nov 2023 UPDATES
« Reply #4 on: 11/15/2023 02:28 pm »
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Hot Staging Ring is being reinstalled on Booster 9 ahead of Starship returning to full stack (ETA late today).

nsf.live/starbase

https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1724792954878116065

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And already being attached. Takes next to no time to do this.

Also, that's a heck of a high platform.


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Re: SpaceX Starship IFT-2 : Starbase TX : 17 Nov 2023 UPDATES
« Reply #6 on: 11/15/2023 03:07 pm »
https://twitter.com/bccarcounters/status/1724821133457829944

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The US Fish and Wildlife Service has concluded its investigation into the Deluge System.

Conclusion: It is not expected to change the salinity of the existing mud flats or reduce or modify the piping plover or red knot habitat.

@NASASpaceflight
Link: https://www.faa.gov/media/72766

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twitter.com/bccarcounters/status/1724821414144823601

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A limitation of the system will be the amount of use per year. The deluge system is only allowed to be used 30 times per year.

https://twitter.com/bccarcounters/status/1724821868471808301

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Fish and Wildlife signed this document yesterday.

With this, every part needed for the FAA license is in place. The only missing stone is the signing of the FAA for the launch license modification, which is expected today.
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Re: SpaceX Starship IFT-2 : Starbase TX : 17 Nov 2023 UPDATES
« Reply #7 on: 11/15/2023 04:15 pm »
The USCG District 8G weekly Local Notice to Mariners that came out this morning has been updated from November 15 to November 17 to November 20. No mention of November 27 to November 29 in this notice.

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FL/AL/MS/LA/TX - GULF OF MEXICO - Hazardous Space Operations - UPDATE

On November 17, 2023, between 5:25 a.m. and 11:10 a.m., rocket launching operations are scheduled to take place near Boca Chica Beach, Texas. Back-up launch dates include November 18, 19 and 20, 2023, between 5:25 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. Mariners operating offshore in waters east of Brownsville, Texas, are advised of the scheduled rocket launching activities and associated hazardous areas which may impact navigation interests. Navigational hazards from rocket launching activity may include, free falling debris and/or descending vehicles or vehicle components, under various means of control. Mariners should avoid all waters within rocket flight trajectories originating from launch sites in the vicinity of Boca Chica and Brownsville, Texas. Rocket launching operations high risk areas will be bound by the following approximate positions:
25-51-00.0N 096-46-00.0W,
25-48-00.0N 096-14-00.0W,
25-40-00.0N 095-03-00.0W,
25-21-00.0N 093-15-00.0W,
25-26-00.0N 092-48-00.0W,
25-58-00.0N 092-47-00.0W,
26-04-00.0N 093-18-00.0W,
26-01-00.0N 094-13-00.0W,
26-00-00.0N 094-48-00.0W,
26-03-00.0N 095-43-00.0W,
26-06-00.0N 096-45-00.0W,
26-07-00.0N 096-57-00.0W,
26-03-00.0N 097-07-00.0W,
26-02-00.0N 097-12-00.0W,
25-57-00.0N 097-12-00.0W,
25-52-00.0N 097-01-00.0W and
25-51-00.0N 096-46-00.0W.
Rocket launching potential debris areas will be bound by the following approximate positions:
22-53-00.0N 076-48-00.0W,
22-50-00.0N 076-49-00.0W,
23-49-00.0N 081-17-00.0W,
23-44-00.0N 081-30-00.0W,
24-20-00.0N 084-58-00.0W,
24-57-00.0N 090-10-00.0W,
24-43-00.0N 090-30-00.0W,
24-47-00.0N 092-27-00.0W,
24-45-00.0N 093-47-00.0W,
24-28-00.0N 094-45-00.0W,
24-29-00.0N 095-03-00.0W,
25-08-00.0N 094-48-00.0W,
25-18-00.0N 096-20-00.0W,
25-26-00.0N 096-38-00.0W,
25-59-00.0N 097-11-00.0W,
26-02-00.0N 097-11-00.0W,
26-03-00.0N 097-10-00.0W,
26-06-00.0N 097-01-00.0W,
26-32-00.0N 096-23-00.0W,
26-42-00.0N 095-53-00.0W,
26-41-00.0N 091-31-00.0W,
25-49-00.0N 089-50-00.0W,
24-53-00.0N 084-28-00.0W and
24-03-00.0N 081-04-00.0W.
Detailed information on launches and associated hazards will be available on the day of launch on VHF-FM Channel 22A. Specific scheduled information and times can be found on traffic signs located at the entrance of South Bay and Barracuda’s Cove. Additional information can be found at the following website: https://www.cameroncountytx.gov/spacex/. Attached as an enclosure to this LNM is a graphic of the high risk and debris areas associated with the upcoming rocket launch.

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Re: SpaceX Starship IFT-2 : Starbase TX : 17 Nov 2023 UPDATES
« Reply #8 on: 11/15/2023 04:31 pm »
The Starbase road closure for November 17 has been changed from Possible Closure to Closure Scheduled.

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Re: SpaceX Starship IFT-2 : Starbase TX : 17 Nov 2023 UPDATES
« Reply #9 on: 11/15/2023 04:35 pm »
https://twitter.com/johnkrausphotos/status/1724843137749721469

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Super Heavy vented interstage and heat shield has been reinstalled for flight

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Re: SpaceX Starship IFT-2 : Starbase TX : 17 Nov 2023 UPDATES
« Reply #10 on: 11/15/2023 05:20 pm »
https://twitter.com/alexphysics13/status/1724851740447478249

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The FAA has completed the Written Reevaluation of the Programmatic Enviromental Assessment for Starship. This is the very last step before approving the modified launch license ahead of Starship's second test flight.

https://www.faa.gov/media/72816

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WRITTEN RE-EVALUATION OF THE 2022 FINAL PROGRAMMATIC ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR THE SPACEX STARSHIP/SUPER HEAVY LAUNCH VEHICLE PROGRAM AT THE BOCA CHICA LAUNCH SITE IN CAMERON COUNTY, TEXAS

Deluge System Operation, Addition of a Forward Heat Shield Interstage, and Expansion of the Area of Potential Effects for Cultural Resources
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Re: SpaceX Starship IFT-2 : Starbase TX : 17 Nov 2023 UPDATES
« Reply #11 on: 11/15/2023 06:38 pm »
Live now

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Re: SpaceX Starship IFT-2 : Starbase TX : 17 Nov 2023 UPDATES
« Reply #12 on: 11/15/2023 08:04 pm »
FAA license issued for IFT-2, just now.

https://www.faa.gov/media/72856

FST edit: link appears broken try

https://www.faa.gov/media/69476
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Re: SpaceX Starship IFT-2 : Starbase TX : 17 Nov 2023 UPDATES
« Reply #13 on: 11/15/2023 08:09 pm »
https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1724897146120655339

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Starship Launch Licence approved for the second test flight!

As it happened:
youtube.com/watch?v=DB_Fzn…

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Re: SpaceX Starship IFT-2 : Starbase TX : 17 Nov 2023 UPDATES
« Reply #14 on: 11/15/2023 08:17 pm »
https://twitter.com/faanews/status/1724899056315777260

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The FAA has given license authorization for the second launch of the @SpaceX Starship Super Heavy vehicle. The FAA determined SpaceX met all safety, environmental, policy and financial responsibility requirements.

https://www.faa.gov/space/stakeholder_engagement/spacex_starship

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Re: SpaceX Starship IFT-2 : Starbase TX : 17 Nov 2023 UPDATES
« Reply #15 on: 11/15/2023 08:19 pm »
https://twitter.com/spacex/status/1724899815686029329

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Targeting Friday, November 17 for Starship’s second flight test. A two-hour launch window opens at 7:00 a.m. CT → https://spacex.com/launches
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Re: SpaceX Starship IFT-2 : Starbase TX : 17 Nov 2023 UPDATES
« Reply #16 on: 11/15/2023 08:30 pm »
No official launch weather forecasts for BC, but from NSF people on the ground:

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How is weather looking for launch ?

https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1724902105646002273

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Very good!

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Re: SpaceX Starship IFT-2 : Starbase TX : 17 Nov 2023 UPDATES
« Reply #17 on: 11/15/2023 08:36 pm »
https://twitter.com/johnkrausphotos/status/1724904000515104824

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A loudspeaker at the launchpad in Starbase just announced the pad is clear — stacking of Starship is potentially imminent!

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Re: SpaceX Starship IFT-2 : Starbase TX : 17 Nov 2023 UPDATES
« Reply #18 on: 11/15/2023 08:58 pm »
The USCG District 7 weekly Local Notice to Mariners that came out this morning now includes a notice of the launch for Florida.

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*new* FLORIDA - GULF OF MEXICO - Hazardous Operations.

Starting November, 17, 2023, mariners operating offshore in waters west of St. Petersburg, FL and Key West ,FL are advised of rocket launching activities and associated hazardous areas which may impact navigation interests. Navigational hazards from rocket launching activity may include, free falling debris and/or descending vehicles or vehicle components, under various means of control. Mariners should avoid all waters within rocket flight trajectories originating from launch sites.

Up to date launch information can be found on SpaceX’s website: https://www.spacex.com/launches/mission/?missionId=starship-flight-2. Detailed information on launches and associated hazards will be available on the day of launch at: https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/broadcast-notice-to-mariners-search?district=7, and also at https://www.cameroncountytx.gov/spacex/.

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Re: SpaceX Starship IFT-2 : Starbase TX : 17 Nov 2023 UPDATES
« Reply #19 on: 11/15/2023 09:05 pm »
Lift has just begun
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