The current status of SpaceX's Starship & Superheavy prototypes. 30th January 2021
As SNX settles in next to SN9, progress continues with infrastructure. Concrete is placed near conduit as work on a serious rebar cage takes shape nearby. Crews are using a six person lift to place a single piece of rebar into the form work. This will be one strong foundation.
T/W will be ~1.5, so it will accelerate unusually fast. High T/W is important for reusable vehicles to make more efficient use of propellant, the primary cost. For expendable rockets, throwing away stages is the primary cost, so optimization is low T/W.
SNX sits proud atop Pad A, having been unhooked from Tankzilla. Starhopper gets a little work done to itís instrumentation. Tankzilla has been transferred to the modular transporters and will be returned to the build site.
Super Heavy Booster Number 1 construction continues in the High Bay. @NASASpaceflight
Starship SN11 & SN15!🚀🚀
Starship SN11 Nose Cone.