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    Yes indeed, that's a really great picture!

    The first flight to altitude will be interesting. I'd expect it'll have to be on more of a fixed schedule than most of what they've been doing. They'll have to clear a lot of air and sea space, some of it belonging to Mexico. Maybe SpaceX will cover it on their YouTube channel like they do Falcon launches.

    ETA: Just looked on Google Earth; the launch site is just 4km from the border.
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    NASA is paying for a large scale Starship propellant transfer test. The betting is it'll be between the main LOX tank and LOX header tank, which is in the tip of Starship's nose.

    https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/sp...020_selections

    SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, $53.2 million

    Large-scale flight demonstration to transfer 10 metric tons of cryogenic propellant, specifically liquid oxygen, between tanks on a Starship vehicle. SpaceX will collaborate with Glenn and Marshall.
    Ars Technica's Eric Berger: "the [depot] horse has left the barn"

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    Oh, nice. It isn’t just SpaceX either, NASA is working with other companies as well. So much for the senator that was adamantly against it because it could lessen the need for pork fueled rockets.

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    Possible 3-engine static fire tonight
    Window is 2200-0700 Eastern
    LabPadre is installing a seismograph

    https://youtu.be/Ky5l9ZxsG9M

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    And check out the boots at about 9:00 in this video. Quite a change from the beer bellies on so many of the crew.
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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    Possible 3-engine static fire tonight
    Window is 2200-0700 Eastern
    LabPadre is installing a seismograph

    https://youtu.be/Ky5l9ZxsG9M
    Did it go off? I haven't been next to a pc for about 5 hours.

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    Here is an article in ArsTechnica with more detail on the $250 million for space refueling research:

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2020...aft-refueling/

    Again, not specific to SpaceX, but they are one of the companies getting funding for this. It mentions political as well as other factors. For instance how ULA was very interested in it and probably could have been ahead of other companies by now, but when Boeing got a very lucrative SLS contract, suddenly it was no longer being internally funded.

    Although Im not thrilled with SLS, I do have the impression that NASA management really is pushing for real gamechanging, but not pie in the sky, developments. Space refueling and fuel depots could revolutionize how space transport is done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bknight View Post
    Did it go off? I haven't been next to a pc for about 5 hours.
    Sounds like a pre-burner test tonight.

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    October is running a StarLink sale...

    StarLink 13

    Date: October 18
    Time: 0825 Eastern (1225 UT)

    StarLink 14

    Date: October 21
    Time: 1236 Eastern (1636 UT)

    StarLink 15

    Date: October TBD
    Time: TBA

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    GPS III still seems not to have been scheduled, however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    And check out the boots at about 9:00 in this video. Quite a change from the beer bellies on so many of the crew.
    Just some High Bay Heels, official footwear of very tall rocket construction.
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    Sounds like a pre-burner test tonight.
    I'm not sure if posted, but what procedures/hardware have they change to mitigate launch facility damage?

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    Not much other than toughen things up when this pad was repaired. The static fire test will be Sunday.

    Musk will be speaking at Mars Society 2020, the time is about 30 minutes from my posting this.

    https://youtu.be/Opnk-cPOM50

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    StarLink 13 in the books.

    This is >800 satellites, enough for the public beta.

    Gateways being installed in Australia & New Zealand, Canada's CRTC has issued StarLink a BITS license good to 2030.

    SN-08 static fire tonight, window is 2200-0700 Eastern.

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    Kimi has made a great new Starship animation showing the engine gimbals, leg & fin actuation, etc.

    https://youtu.be/h1mAWWBMMNA

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    Short static fire or pre-burner test at 1:06, and the payload module is being stacked.at the construction site

    https://youtu.be/AyVDueIIZbY

    https://twitter.com/brendan2908/stat...62337505845248

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    Another SN-08 test tonight

    CT: 2100 - 0600 (Boca Chica)
    ET: 2200 - 0700
    UT: 0200 - 1100

    https://youtu.be/Ky5l9ZxsG9M

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    BINGO!!

    Pre-burner test and 3-engine static fire

    https://youtu.be/FLZFMaJsxYM

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    That "turn the screen all white" triple static fire was Michael Bay Peacemaker worthy.
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    They have 3 road closures tomorrow, Oct. 21

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    Data from 3 engine Starship static fire this morning looks good. Proceeding with nosecone mate.

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1318677645358518272

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