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    Looking like an SN-10 launch soon, incorporating lessons learned.

    Today they pressure tested to failure a 3mm custom stainless steel test tank in the drive to reduce Starship mass under 90-100 tonnes. Needed to see how pressure it could take.

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    Of course, @SpaceX isn't "dumb" as @elonmusk joked, but they definitely are trying to bite off a lot with these early test flights and there's certainly room for improvement. We'll go over how we'll likely see this maneuver evolve and what upgrades we'll see in the future.
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    It was foolish of us not to start 3 engines & immediately shut down 1, as 2 are needed to land
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    Will these changes be able to be implemented into the SN10 test flight?
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    Yes

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1357422126161145856
    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1357422799330107393
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    SN-10 cryoproof looks good.

    Next stop; static fire. If that's good, flight.

    https://twitter.com/NASASpaceflight/...75436529377283
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    SN-10

    Musk: 60% odds of landing.

    Marcus House @MarcusHouseGame

    So SpaceX is attempting another fliht NET this coming week with SN10! Can they master the flip and stick the landing!? That is the big question. What do you think?

    (full video explaining more detail at https://youtu.be/uiT4brKuQGg)
    ✔ They will stick it! 64.1%
    Another RUD! 18.7%
    Why try to predict it? 17.2%
    47,412 votes · Final results
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    Success on landing probability is ~60% this time

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1360774866023112704
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    Starship SN-10 may fly this week

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    An aft flap has been deployed on SN10.
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    Good chance of flying this week!

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    SN-10 static fire.

    Looks like up is go.

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    Static fire to engine swap to a 2nd static fire in 48 hours. They still may fly again this week.

    https://twitter.com/Erdayastronaut/s...84976782270466
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    Flew great, but 2+ landing gear failed to lock. The hard landing broke loose methane fixtures causing a fire. Still she was standing upright.

    Later, the fire caused a gas explosion, destroying the vehicle, but it was single use anyhow.

    SN-11 rolls out soon for it's turn, and SN-15 forward have leg changes. Won't see the final legs for a few more flights. SN's 12-14 are cancelled because of upgrades to 15+ made them irrelevant.

    Also: SpaceXers "Big John" Insprucker (Principal Integration Engineer/webcaster) and Garrett Reisman (former astronaut & VP of Commercial Crew) are calling Starship the belly flop the Adama Maneuver #SoSayWeAll #BSG

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