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    Jack Beyer @thejackbeyer
    Super Heavy Booster 4 is now at the Launch Site. Also, I'm now in Boca Chica! @NASASpaceflight
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    Six-pack of engines on Ship 20, Nine-pack possible. The big RVac nozzles are >3 meters wide.

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    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1422780001183834117
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    This was a "fit test," to assure the construction matched the blueprints, and a photo op

    Mary @BocaChicaGal
    Ship 20 and Booster B4 have been stacked!!
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    NASA didn't waste time writing that first HLS check...

    Michael Sheetz ✓ @thesheetztweetz (CNBC)
    NASA paid $300 million to SpaceX, its most recent major payment under the HLS program toward Starship, on July 30 (the day the GAO denied the protests of Blue Origin and Dynetics):

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    QD = quick disconnect = hard umbilical; one for Super Heavy on the launch mount, one for Starship on a swing arm which also supports the stack before liftoff.

    The launch mount QD has been installed.

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    Once the bottom aero covers are on Super Heavy will be one pretty rocket...

    Nic Ansuini ✓@NicAnsuini
    Booster 4 looking epic this morning!

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    Booster 4 w/29 engines back on the Orbital pad for tests...(time: 4:55)

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    Booster-catching "Chopsticks" lifted to integration tower.

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    How Starship is assembled

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