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    Default Starship SN-15 updates

    SN-15 rolls out

    First of the block 1 Starships with hundreds of updates and a new Raptor engine block, intended to go to orbit. Starhopper -> SN-11 were pathfinders.

    Also, 6 Raptors spotted. Poor lighting, so can't tell if they're all sea levels or if some are RVacs which would indicate high altitude testing.

    Orbital Pad A is under construction with the launch mount being assembled, and the 450 foot tall Integration Tower build underway. Concrete pours for the base module very soon, and a gigantic Liebherr crane on the way to stack upper modules. They hope it'll be ready by early May.

    20210408_113137.jpg

    https://twitter.com/BocaChicaGal/sta...72626870603780

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    FAA doc describing the Starship Integration Tower

    https://oeaaa.faa.gov/oeaaa/external...570805&row=115

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    This new structure will be located at SpaceX's Launch Site. The structure will be approx. 0.5 miles from the beach, and within 2800' of USFWS property. Nearby airfields include the Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport.

    Description of Proposal:

    SpaceX is proposing a 469' tall launch tower with 10' lightning rod to lift its new rocket and booster on the launch mount, and to catch the Super-Heavy booster upon return from launch. The tower will be constructed out of structural steel trusses to allow the mechanical arms to lift vehicles.
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    Musk talks about the integration towers

    Elon Musk ✓ @elonmusk
    Apr 8, 2021
    Replying to @WatchersTank and @SpaceX
    Just one skyscraper catching another nbd haha
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    Jordan Reger @jordanxmajel
    how do you plan on doing that? by the gridfins?
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    Elon Musk ✓ @elonmusk
    Apr 8, 2021
    Replying to @jordanxmajel @WatchersTank and @SpaceX
    Load points just below the grid fins
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    Shock absorption is built into tower arms. Since tower is ground side, it can use a lot more mass to arrest booster downward momentum.

    https://twitter.com/jordanxmajel/sta...58838616670216
    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1380260058026532864
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    Orbital Starship lower dome pathfinder for Raptor Vacuum (RVac) engines

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    https://twitter.com/RGVaerialphotos/...27708430974978
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    Thrust simulator jacks removed from the pad, engine installation very soon.

    Static fire NET Monday, April 19. Launch soon after.

    https://twitter.com/nextspaceflight/...91890114813952
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    SN15 schedule...

    Michael Baylor @nextspaceflight
    A Starship SN15 launch Temporary Flight Restriction has been posted for Tuesday (4/20).
    https://t.co/84wDmMcow1

    https://twitter.com/nextspaceflight/...67084383129600
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    Monday looks like SN-15 static fire(s?) day

    1300 - 2100 US Eastern

    https://twitter.com/bocachicagal/sta...11356484620289
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    SN-15 Static Fire

    ​​​​​​⠀‹Assuming the data is good they may do another using the header tanks.

    https://twitter.com/NASASpaceflight/...01847504154624
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    SN-15 static fire (several views) and thruster tests (at about 11:00)

    Flight should be later this week.

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    SN-15, SN-16, SN-17

    And here we go...three Starship launches licensed by FAA

    Christian Davenport ✓ @wapodavenport
    NEW: The FAA has authorized the next THREE SpaceX Starship launches, SN15-17: “Prior to the launch of SN15, the FAA will verify that SpaceX implemented corrective actions arising from the SN11 mishap investigation.” 1/2
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    “For the launch of SN16 and SN17, SpaceX may be subject to additional corrective actions if any new mishap investigations were to occur.” 2/2
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    And more thing... “The FAA safety inspector is expected to arrive on site on April 29 to support a possible launch this week.”

    https://twitter.com/wapodavenport/st...28942418161665
    https://twitter.com/wapodavenport/st...29385206640640
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    SN-15

    Monday, 1300 - 2100 Eastern

    https://twitter.com/bocachicagal/sta...58007225159683
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    SN-15

    Now NET Tuesday: weather
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    The weather is iffy for launch, typical central states in spring stuff, but all else is in place...
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    SN-15 NSF stream

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    SpaceX feed ~10 min

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