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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 8
« Reply #20 on: 10/16/2018 11:44 am »
Another facebook video from Maria Pointer

That video is included in this write-up of current activities:

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SpaceX begins huge dirt pile removal to pave way for BFR spaceship hop tests
By Eric Ralph
Posted on October 16, 2018

After more than two years of silence, SpaceX has taken the first major tangible steps towards the construction of a dedicated South Texas rocket testing facility.

https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-dirt-pile-removal-bfr-spaceship-hop-test-prep/

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 8
« Reply #21 on: 10/17/2018 05:13 am »
Stabilized version of video:


Why did you crop the video?
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 8
« Reply #22 on: 10/17/2018 05:15 am »
Another facebook video from Maria Pointer


Can you post the unstabilized version?
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 8
« Reply #23 on: 10/17/2018 05:28 am »
Another facebook video from Maria Pointer

That video is included in this write-up of current activities:

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SpaceX begins huge dirt pile removal to pave way for BFR spaceship hop tests
By Eric Ralph
Posted on October 16, 2018

After more than two years of silence, SpaceX has taken the first major tangible steps towards the construction of a dedicated South Texas rocket testing facility.

https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-dirt-pile-removal-bfr-spaceship-hop-test-prep/

Great work with the stabilization, Dave!

Nekhara and a friend also took a ton of awesome photos during a trip down there a few days ago. I think he even caught NomaddCam :D



https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/9ooead/october_13th_photos_from_boca_chica/

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 8
« Reply #24 on: 10/18/2018 10:09 pm »
Crews Tear Down Dirt Mound at SpaceX Launch Pad Site
http://www.krgv.com/story/39306686/crews-tear-down-dirt-mound-at-spacex-launch-pad-site
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BROWNSVILLE – Crews are churning dirt at the SpaceX launch pad site near Boca Chica Beach.

Officials say the dirt mound is being torn down to re-purpose the area.

They explain the land will be used as a test site for the Big Falcon Rocket, which will require a smaller concrete launch pad. 

"It was all brought in, piled up, compacted and all that stuff. Then the rain would come, washed it down, and all that and it just settled," says resident Terry Heaton. "It didn't, from my understanding, really do much of anything. I can't really understand how they plan on doing it unless they're going to put an awful lot of concrete out there."

KRGV’s Daisy Martinez reached out to SpaceX to find out why the area is being re-purposed and is awaiting their response.

Watch the video above for the full story.

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 8
« Reply #25 on: 10/19/2018 01:21 am »
Crews Tear Down Dirt Mound at SpaceX Launch Pad Site
http://www.krgv.com/story/39306686/crews-tear-down-dirt-mound-at-spacex-launch-pad-site

The lack of journalism in the report would be funny if it weren't so sad and pervasive. At least it's not offensive. They attribute the teslarati.com website to SpaceX, calling it theirs.
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SpaceX is moving their dirt pile in Boca Chica. On their teslarati website, SpaceX says they're repurposing the area for a BFR pad. Terry Heaton says the dirt pile just sat there and washed away in the rain. Then he says SpaceX is less annoying since they're not actually doing anything, and surmises that they won't do anything for 5 or 10 years, since they haven't so far.
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 8
« Reply #26 on: 10/19/2018 05:55 am »
Crews Tear Down Dirt Mound at SpaceX Launch Pad Site
http://www.krgv.com/story/39306686/crews-tear-down-dirt-mound-at-spacex-launch-pad-site

The lack of journalism in the report would be funny if it weren't so sad and pervasive. At least it's not offensive. They attribute the teslarati.com website to SpaceX, calling it theirs.
[ paraphrase ]
SpaceX is moving their dirt pile in Boca Chica. On their teslarati website, SpaceX says they're repurposing the area for a BFR pad. Terry Heaton says the dirt pile just sat there and washed away in the rain. Then he says SpaceX is less annoying since they're not actually doing anything, and surmises that they won't do anything for 5 or 10 years, since they haven't so far.
[/paraphrase]

Oh my god 😩 I feel like I should email the author but that does not sound like a fun conversation...

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 8
« Reply #27 on: 10/19/2018 07:15 am »
Crews Tear Down Dirt Mound at SpaceX Launch Pad Site
http://www.krgv.com/story/39306686/crews-tear-down-dirt-mound-at-spacex-launch-pad-site
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BROWNSVILLE – Crews are churning dirt at the SpaceX launch pad site near Boca Chica Beach.

Officials say the dirt mound is being torn down to re-purpose the area.

They explain the land will be used as a test site for the Big Falcon Rocket, which will require a smaller concrete launch pad. 

"It was all brought in, piled up, compacted and all that stuff. Then the rain would come, washed it down, and all that and it just settled," says resident Terry Heaton. "It didn't, from my understanding, really do much of anything. I can't really understand how they plan on doing it unless they're going to put an awful lot of concrete out there."

KRGV’s Daisy Martinez reached out to SpaceX to find out why the area is being re-purposed and is awaiting their response.

Watch the video above for the full story.

Some people are clearly unaware of the purpose of soil loading.

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 8
« Reply #28 on: 10/19/2018 07:34 am »
 I had a conversation with the soil guy a while back. He wasn't sure the silty, rounded grain stuff that was best for compacting would be a good slab base. They could be removing most of the hill and building the base back up with the rocky aggregate they used in other places. Or something else.
 Terry knows what surcharging is. He's just grumbling.
 
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 8
« Reply #29 on: 10/19/2018 03:54 pm »
https://boards.greenhouse.io/spacex/jobs/4107310002?gh_jid=4107310002
Environmental Health & safety specialist been awhile since we seen a job opening

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 8
« Reply #30 on: 10/23/2018 03:23 pm »
Last evening another tank was delivered.
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 8
« Reply #31 on: 10/23/2018 03:47 pm »
 I worked it out once but forget the exact number of 13,000 gallon (cryo) LNG tanks it would take to match that 95,000 gallon LOX tank. I never was sure if that 95,000 gallons was total volume or cryo rated volume, meaning a 20% or so minimum ullage.

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« Last Edit: 10/24/2018 06:53 am by Nomadd »
Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who couldn't hear the music.

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 8
« Reply #32 on: 10/23/2018 08:40 pm »
See if you can get a flight with Pipistrel in Slovenia... They gave Suni Williams a ride in their Panthera...

« Last Edit: 10/23/2018 08:41 pm by Oersted »

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 8
« Reply #33 on: 10/24/2018 06:38 am »
See if you can get a flight with Pipistrel in Slovenia... They gave Suni Williams a ride in their Panthera...

Funny coincidence...Because of road closures, I'm passing right through there tomorrow.
 A couple of drunken Irishmen in Dresden decided I was Jeff Bridges a week ago. Maybe I can parlay that into a celebrity ride. (Assuming the pilot doesn't need to be three sheets to the wind to make me look like a movie star)
 Good to see Bocachicagal finally back at work.
« Last Edit: 10/24/2018 06:56 am by Nomadd »
Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who couldn't hear the music.

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 8
« Reply #34 on: 10/24/2018 12:34 pm »
See if you can get a flight with Pipistrel in Slovenia... They gave Suni Williams a ride in their Panthera...

Funny coincidence...Because of road closures, I'm passing right through there tomorrow.
 A couple of drunken Irishmen in Dresden decided I was Jeff Bridges a week ago. Maybe I can parlay that into a celebrity ride. (Assuming the pilot doesn't need to be three sheets to the wind to make me look like a movie star)
 Good to see Bocachicagal finally back at work.

Pipistrel also make the Alpha Electro, a revolutionary battery powered 2-seat trainer. You should ask for a ride in that too!

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 8
« Reply #36 on: 10/24/2018 04:46 pm »
See if you can get a flight with Pipistrel in Slovenia... They gave Suni Williams a ride in their Panthera...

Funny coincidence...Because of road closures, I'm passing right through there tomorrow.
 A couple of drunken Irishmen in Dresden decided I was Jeff Bridges a week ago. Maybe I can parlay that into a celebrity ride. (Assuming the pilot doesn't need to be three sheets to the wind to make me look like a movie star)
 Good to see Bocachicagal finally back at work.

Pipistrel also make the Alpha Electro, a revolutionary battery powered 2-seat trainer. You should ask for a ride in that too!
Although Nomadd is our hero (I know I live vicariously through him) ... MAYBE fly back to on topic again?
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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 8
« Reply #37 on: 10/24/2018 05:21 pm »
https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-second-huge-propellant-south-texas-bfr-test-site-arrival/

Article seems to be saying it is another 95,000 LOX tank
  2 of those tanks should just about be a full load of LOX. I'm getting something like 13 of the little LNG tanks to handle the methane end.
 Could there be hot and cold tanks? Do they subchill all the liquid then load, or chill as they're loading?
« Last Edit: 10/24/2018 07:49 pm by Nomadd »
Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who couldn't hear the music.

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 8
« Reply #38 on: 10/24/2018 06:12 pm »
https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-second-huge-propellant-south-texas-bfr-test-site-arrival/

Article seems to be saying it is another 95,000 LOX tank
  2 of those tanks should just about be a full load of LOX. I'm getting something like 13 of the little LNG tanks to handle the methane end.
 Could there be hot and cold tanks? Do they subchill the liquid then load, or chill as they're loading?

Heheh precisely what I calculated. Without supercooling, they should be able to hold ~860t of LOX, which is conveniently the exact number given for a ship's LOX load in 2017.

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Re: SpaceX Texas launch site Discussion and Updates - Thread 8
« Reply #39 on: 10/26/2018 12:24 am »
Channel 5 news has a new update on construction at the SpaceX site at http://www.krgv.com/story/39360667/spacex-project-making-progress-at-boca-chica-beach-site .  This news report is a bit more accurate than the previous one.  One new item is that a SpaceX spokesman is quoted as saying that "SpaceX has now received the final major ground system tank needed to support initial test flights of the Big Falcon Spaceship."
« Last Edit: 10/26/2018 12:26 am by Austin Dave »

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