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    Raptor is inexpensive. Most large engines cost in the $tens of millions...

    Elon Musk ✓ @elonmusk
    Raptor cost is tracking to well under $1M for V1.0. Goal is <$250k for V2.0 is a 250 ton thrust-optimized engine, ie <$1000/ton
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    It's all the "secondary" structure that concerns me, not engines & primary airframe

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1179107539352313856

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1179107730876796928
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    Starship Mk1's modules have been de-mated. Easier to work on the upper fins, actuators, header tanks, plumbing, etc. on the ground.
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    The Boca Chica Mk1 propulsion module was moved onto an open framework steel platform. Maybe to give clearance for finishing landing leg work and get better ventilation?

    Time lapse,

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    Timi's at it again, 2k-3.8k hires renders at the link. 1280w sample below. Musk 'liked' them.

    Kimi Talvitie @kimitalvitie
    New renders of #Starship and #Superheavy. Quite a sight.

    Think I've outdone myself here, especially on the inflight one.

    IMG_20191005_124120-1280.jpg

    https://twitter.com/kimitalvitie/sta...82439594070018
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    LC-39A Starship upgrades; Phase 1 (main image) and Phase 2 (insert, at Phase 1's pad location). Renderings by two of NSF's graphics creators.

    Phase 1 construction is happening now.

    Jay L. DeShelter @jdeshetler
    Construction of Starship 39A launch & landing facility picking up the pace.

    https://t.co/vpV6pX4tZX

    Illustration by Jay DeShetler/Mack Crawford.

    https://t.co/YFRXjvRHhV

    IMG_20191007_151930.jpg

    https://twitter.com/jdeshetler/statu...80330017173507
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    Boca Chica road and beach closures due to SpaceX activity, no idea what yet.

    Wednesday October 23 through Friday October 25

    1300-2100 Eastern each day
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    The "concept" is the development of docking connectors for the propellant transfer lines.

    SpaceX has already developed spacecraft docking hardware & software for Crew Dragon.

    https://www.floridatoday.com/story/t...ns/3957775002/

    If SpaceX wants its massive next-generation spacecraft to reach the moon and planets beyond, CEO Elon Musk says it'll need to be refueled in orbit around Earth - and NASA wants to know more.
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    To further the technology, NASA recently awarded SpaceX a $3 million contract to study the concepts, Administrator Jim Bridenstine said during a joint press conference with Musk on Friday.
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    "Starship is a really big vehicle," Bridenstine told FLORIDA TODAY on Thursday. "Being able to refuel it will be necessary to become a vehicle that can get to the moon."

    "SpaceX can use it for their reasons and we can use it for our reasons,"
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