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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2760 on: 04/10/2024 06:12 pm »
Boca Chica land swap hits a snag:

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A coalition of Rio Grande Valley organizations have filed a lawsuit against the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, seeking to block the state agency from pursuing a land swap with Elon Musk’s SpaceX spacecraft company.

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2761 on: 04/10/2024 08:48 pm »
Well to America, where progress always end in the courts

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2762 on: 04/11/2024 04:21 pm »


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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2763 on: 04/12/2024 12:53 pm »
https://twitter.com/Harry__Stranger/status/1778765793297383433

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High resolution satellite imagery of SpaceX's Starbase facilities as Flight 4 of Starship comes closer.

Captured yesterday at 17:06:47 UTC. Full and interactive image on
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https://soar.earth/maps/america-united-states-spacex-s-starbase-texas-2024-04-11-18536?
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2764 on: 04/12/2024 03:42 pm »
https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1778810582746948025

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It looks like the chopsticks are getting upgraded—this large actuator has been lifted for installation. Maybe this is in preparation for the potential catch on IFT-5?

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2765 on: 04/13/2024 11:37 am »
https://twitter.com/vickicocks15/status/1779111058394792426

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The first 3 constraining arms for the BQD clamps have been replaced. Human for scale with the first one. ☺️
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2766 on: 04/13/2024 11:46 am »
https://twitter.com/VickiCocks15/status/1779097601549214170

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This is interesting. Not only replaced, but a new design too...possible flame deflector? Looking forward to seeing the after-effects from the next launch.

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So the new BQD forward cover is a new design?
New top bulge, and a more slanted back
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2767 on: 04/13/2024 11:57 am »
Marcus discusses the activity at the OLM (from the posting above) in his weekly update:

https://twitter.com/MarcusHouse/status/1779104262687195459


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So ummm… this week a heck of a lot of stuff happened!
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2768 on: 04/13/2024 12:31 pm »
https://twitter.com/thejackbeyer/status/1779117580587786265

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A new actuator was installed on the chopsticks, Ship 29's TPS tiles were worked on, and work on the flame trench at Massey's continued.

🎥: Mary (@BocaChicaGal), Sean (@SeanKD_Photos), and Starbase Live for @NASASpaceflight
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2769 on: 04/13/2024 01:30 pm »
https://twitter.com/StarbasePulse/status/1779132948110782721

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2770 on: 04/13/2024 04:55 pm »
https://twitter.com/RGVaerialphotos/status/1779185276407222485

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Here's a photo of the Launch Tower + OLM from our flyover yesterday at 10,500 feet.

Starbase Weekly starting in T-30 minutes: https://youtube.com/watch?v=uqjSRPfWiZ0
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2771 on: 04/13/2024 05:32 pm »
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Here's a photo of the Launch Tower + OLM from our flyover yesterday at 10,500 feet.

Starbase Weekly starting in T-30 minutes: https://youtube.com/watch?v=uqjSRPfWiZ0
That picture really shows how ridiculously compact the launch site is. For some reason my mind kept increasing the spacing. That's just crazy, especially since they intend to also catch the booster and the ship there. Of course, if it works, then it's a lot easier to find places for multiple towers.

Do we have any map overlays comparing the BC launch site with other launch sites?
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2772 on: 04/14/2024 12:17 am »
SX has apparently received approval to swap land elsewhere for the strip of wetland in the middle of the area being developed below the suborbital tank farm.  RGV's latest video shows it being filled in.


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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2773 on: 04/14/2024 11:32 pm »
SX has apparently received approval to swap land elsewhere for the strip of wetland in the middle of the area being developed below the suborbital tank farm.  RGV's latest video shows it being filled in.

1:23:15 is where this starts

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2774 on: 04/15/2024 01:34 pm »

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2775 on: 04/16/2024 09:56 am »
If they're going to surcharge mound route - and if that indicates the site of the launch mount, rather than some other structure - then the new launch mount will not be starting construction in the near future. Probably not the couple of years of the original soil surcharge mount (the remains of which now sit under the suborbital tank farm) but many months before start of foundation construction.

On the other hand, right next to that new surcharge mound is the already surcharged area under the suborbital tank farm. Dismantling of that tank farm would leave an area already ready to start foundation work.
Of note, if you compare the recent imagery Harrystranger posted to the prior Google Earth imagery (shortly after IFT-1), you can see a few horizontal and vertical tanks from the suborbital tank farm have already been removed, as well as some support buildings and trailers. Some of that could just be existing downsizing from two suborbital pads to one, but it is expected that ship testing including firing will eventually move to the Masseys site which will free up the suborbital farm to be fully decommissioned.
https://twitter.com/Harry__Stranger/status/1778765793297383433

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High resolution satellite imagery of SpaceX's Starbase facilities as Flight 4 of Starship comes closer.

Captured yesterday at 17:06:47 UTC. Full and interactive image on
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https://soar.earth/maps/america-united-states-spacex-s-starbase-texas-2024-04-11-18536?

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2776 on: 04/16/2024 11:38 pm »
If they're going to surcharge mound route - and if that indicates the site of the launch mount, rather than some other structure - then the new launch mount will not be starting construction in the near future. Probably not the couple of years of the original soil surcharge mount (the remains of which now sit under the suborbital tank farm) but many months before start of foundation construction.

On the other hand, right next to that new surcharge mound is the already surcharged area under the suborbital tank farm. Dismantling of that tank farm would leave an area already ready to start foundation work.
Of note, if you compare the recent imagery Harrystranger posted to the prior Google Earth imagery (shortly after IFT-1), you can see a few horizontal and vertical tanks from the suborbital tank farm have already been removed, as well as some support buildings and trailers. Some of that could just be existing downsizing from two suborbital pads to one, but it is expected that ship testing including firing will eventually move to the Masseys site which will free up the suborbital farm to be fully decommissioned.
I think it may take longer to build the tank farm than it will to build the tower and launch mount so building the tank farm on the old mound may make the most sense.

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2777 on: 04/16/2024 11:49 pm »
https://twitter.com/SeanKD_Photos/status/1780372059148739048

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2778 on: 04/17/2024 03:56 pm »
Starbase Prepares for Fire | SpaceX Boca Chica - April 13-16, 2024



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April 17, 2024

Additional parts of the Masseys test site flame diverter were spotted, while ongoing preparations on Ship 29's TPS tiles, and more work on the Chopsticks, were conducted ahead for Starship Flight 4 and beyond.

🎥 Video from Mary (@BocaChicaGal), Sean (@SeanKD_Photos), and Starbase Live.
✂️ Edited by Thomas (@_thomashayden).


Timestamps:
0:00 Office Building Construction
1:01 Ship 29 in the High Bay
1:16 Work Continues on Starfactory
2:11 Single Ring Outside
2:30 Earthwork for the Second Pad
3:12 Orbital Tank Farm Upgrades
4:09 Booster Quick Disconnect
4:20 Massey’s Test Site
4:35 Nosecone Jail
4:52 Ship SF Stand and Trench Parts
5:02 Ship Quick Disconnect
5:18 BQD Hood Closed
5:32 Ship 29 Tile Work
6:28 Tile Attachment Tested
7:23 Tiles Removed
7:45 New Tiles Installed
8:15 Tiles Marked
8:24 Linkage Lowered Into OLM
8:45 Sunrise Behind the Launch Site
9:13 The Rocket Garden
9:38 Booster 4’s Aft Section
10:04 Work on a Hot Staging Ring
10:30 Starfactory Construction
10:44 Office Building Construction
11:00 Massey’s From the Rio Grande
12:30 Flame Deflector Under Construction
13:34 The Launch Site
13:49 The Chopsticks
14:41 Booster QD Cover
15:01 The Orbital Launch Mount
15:16 Ship Quick Disconnect Arm
15:44 Vaporizers at the Tank Farm
15:59 Part Removed From a Tank
16:45 Earthwork for the Second Pad
16:59 Concrete Form Installation
17:28 Concrete Pour
17:44 Edome Section in Starfactory
17:57 Booster Landing Tank
18:11 Transfer Tube Installed
19:06 Starfactory Construction
19:52 Ship 29 in the High Bay
20:08 SPMT Moving a Variety of Parts
20:22 Work on the Chopsticks
21:21 Crews Cleaning up Debris
21:50 Office Building Construction
22:07 Starfactory Construction
23:18 Ship 29 in the High Bay
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 12
« Reply #2779 on: 04/17/2024 07:21 pm »
Preparations are being made to remove two tanks that were recently reinforced with a steel grid. This morning, the lighting on the street side of these two tanks was removed. Gravel was then spread on the tank delivery area, followed by the placement of large timber planks and a wooden ramp in preparation for moving Maarvin to this location.

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