Author Topic: SpaceX Starship : Texas Prototype(s) Thread 3 : Photos and Updates  (Read 6857068 times)

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Definitely not done, looks like a repeat of SN5's rapid prop load during its cryo proof.

Source is LabPadre.

Very rapid load based on the frost line.

Edit: And looks like detanking began around 6pm local.
« Last Edit: 08/16/2020 11:05 pm by vaporcobra »

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Pics taken this evening at the build site.
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I've put together an update article on SpaceX Boca Chica, per where things stand as they move through hop tests... all the way to preparations for Super Heavy!

As always, the amazing photojournalism from Mary (@BocaChicaGal) really helps!

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2020/08/sn6-campaign-future-starships-hatch-next-leap/

https://twitter.com/NASASpaceflight/status/1295181239809388545
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One last cherry on top for the day, backup closures on the 17th and 18th were canceled at some point today, pointing towards a successful SN6 cryo proof :)

Edit: They've started removing the hydraulic rams, further confirmation of a good test.
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A new TFR has posted that matches previous flight restrictions issued for fueling and static fire.

https://twitter.com/SpaceTfrs/status/1295330795620425731?s=20

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Time lapse of yesterday by LabPadre including SN6 testing


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 The area south of SN6 is still growing. The Soilmec did some piles and rebar cages laying around.
 Thrust rams are being lowered.
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Sunrise.
High bay progress.
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Pics taken at the launch site.
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Delivery of landing legs, thrust puck and downcomer.
Cutting up the test 3 ring stack.
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twitter.com/c_bass3d/status/1295459409154498565

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With more and more hardware showing up at the construction site, #SN8's 20km hop and belly flop are feeling a little more real, despite how unreal it'll look.

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1295473111081447424

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Very impressive render. Note, legs will be bigger & there’ll be way more stuff in engine bay. Main engines actually do majority of work in turning ship vertical before landing.

twitter.com/erdayastronaut/status/1295468508697026562

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Another awesome render! I think people might forget how high 20km is! That’s about twice as high as a commercial airliner flies, so watching Starship bellyflop out of the sky at that altitude will be crazy!!!

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1295473654612934656

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Yeah, Starship will be a tiny dot at 20km. Hard to see with naked eye. We’ll do lots of flights.
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 The thrust ram thingamabob has returned.
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Three critical Starship parts were delivered to SpaceX Boca Chica, a new Thrust Puck, new Landing Legs, and a new Methane (CH4) Downcomer. Work on both the High Bay and Orbital Launch Pad continued, and the Thrust Simulator was removed from underneath Starship SN6- clearing the way for a Raptor engine to be installed.

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Crosspost from Tweet Update Thread:

August 17th 2020 Updates: Raptor followup info
https://mobile.twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1295553672454311941?p=v
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Max demonstrated Raptor thrust is ~225 tons & min is ~90 tons, so they’re actually quite similar. Both Merlin & Raptor could throttle way lower with added design complexity. Raptor preburner & Merlin gas generator flameout are what limit lower bound.

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twitter.com/spendg8/status/1295602719764426754

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Elon, will the downcomer from the small tank at the front, be redesigned to allocated more room? Right now it seems to be at the center, taking up space. Could it follow the outer walls of the Starship?

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1295602798424477696

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Yes

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We've got a Raptor on the move!!  :)

Thanks to the Labpadre stream......

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