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**UPDATES ONLY** for the BFH at Boca Chica. This thread will run through to the test flights.

Please do not hotlink to photo attachments. All it does is drain our servers and the person clicking on it on an external site never visits NSF, so we end up being a free server to Reddit or whatever, and they are big business making millions, so it's unfair. Link to the forum post, so at least the person wanting to see the photos visits NSF.

Resources:

Discussion Thread 1 (including lots and lots of photos before we started this update only thread):
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=47022.0

Discussion Thread 2:
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=47113.0

Discussion Thread 3:
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=47301.0

L2 SpaceX Boca Chica Photos/Videos Update Thread (now a new standalone thread out of L2 SpaceX Pads and Facilities due to the surge in content):
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=47107.0

L2 is awesome, but remember it's primary function, it's what pays for our servers and man we've gone through some huge amounts of additional bandwidth with these millions of views and GBs of downloads just on Starship content, never mind everything else this site covers, so this is your way to help NSF cover its costs. It's our "tip jar", our "Patreon", etc, but with big benefits to those who sub.
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/l2/


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Rules: Photos and updates only. Everything else in the discussion thread. If you see a post of interest in this thread, quote it, paste into a new post on the discussion thread and then add your comment and post.

If not your own photos, make sure the source is linked and accredited. Any news links, make sure it's adding something and not just some short blog based around photos taken from NSF (happens a lot ;D)

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Next post will be a photo catch up summary (not all of them, obviously, but a quick A-to-B).
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Selected BocaChicaGal Photos from Christmas to where we are now (remember, you social media fun folk, whenever taking photos from here (or any site), correctly accredit and link)

Screenshot mode to avoid massive loading strain on the thread, original uploads linked:

https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=47022.msg1892892#msg1892892

https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=47022.msg1892988#msg1892988

https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=47022.msg1893274#msg1893274

https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=47022.msg1893442#msg1893442
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Continuing from the post above, including some twitter photos:

https://twitter.com/austinbarnard45/status/1078440369304621057


(BocaChicaGal)
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=47022.msg1893663#msg1893663

(Nomadd)
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=47022.msg1893681#msg1893681

(BocaChicaGal)
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=47022.msg1893738#msg1893738

And videos from BocaChicaGal (I put them on a youtube account as they were big file sizes and the server hamsters weren't pleased about all the external hotlinking)



https://twitter.com/austinbarnard45/status/1078794581733502977
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And we're up to date with highlights from the 60+ page discussion thread.

Again, this is update only. You can carry on as normal in the discussion thread, but this just provides pure updates. There will be NSF articles to come (one already in draft) adding some additional/unique footage from L2's BFH section. That article will be linked in here and add some more. So that's the purpose of this thread.

Non updates will be deleted. Viable posts from discussion (deemed to be good enough for the update thread), will be merged into here.
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Re: SpaceX BFS - Phase 1 - StarHopper - Photos and Updates
« Reply #8 on: 01/05/2019 02:21 pm »
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1081573955591258113

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Good shot of @SpaceX Starship flight test vehicle being assembled in Boca Chica, Texas
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Re: SpaceX BFS - Phase 1 - StarHopper - Photos and Updates
« Reply #12 on: 01/05/2019 03:18 pm »
This is how the hopper would look like when assembled. This isn't taking into account adding extra covers onto the fins, or polishing the skin to get a more uniform finish.


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Re: SpaceX BFS - Phase 1 - StarHopper - Photos and Updates
« Reply #13 on: 01/05/2019 04:30 pm »
 A UFO was spotted observing the Boca Chica flying water tank.
Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who couldn't hear the music.

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Re: SpaceX BFS - Phase 1 - StarHopper - Photos and Updates
« Reply #14 on: 01/05/2019 05:46 pm »
There has been some stainless added to the exterior of the tower.
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Re: SpaceX BFS - Phase 1 - StarHopper - Photos and Updates
« Reply #15 on: 01/05/2019 08:52 pm »
For anyone wondering about quality of finish:

https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1081578399724916739

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Certainly is shiny, if somwhat lacking a "smooth" appearance on the Outer Mold Line/Skin (unless something is going to be done about that? Or if it needs to be done for hops).

https://twitter.com/enn_nafnlaus/status/1081617473462521856

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It should look "better", but it won't have that perfect mirror look of the rendering.  And never will.

twitter.com/yaru_sasaki/status/1081662015339417601

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The hopper most likely will not, indeed. The actual starship however most probably will ;p

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1081662202124296192

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Exactly

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Re: SpaceX BFS - Phase 1 - StarHopper - Photos and Updates
« Reply #17 on: 01/05/2019 11:08 pm »
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Another great and beautiful day at #spacex today and progress is being made. I hope you all enjoy them, and have an amazing day.😃❤️🚀📸

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Re: SpaceX BFS - Phase 1 - StarHopper - Photos and Updates
« Reply #18 on: 01/06/2019 12:07 am »
Updated with filled legs and shiny lower section.

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Re: SpaceX BFS - Phase 1 - StarHopper - Photos and Updates
« Reply #19 on: 01/06/2019 02:22 pm »
More stainless has been added to the fins.
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