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    I was watching a Boca Chica video yesterday and Mary zoomed in on a load cell in the lifting apparatus as a crane hoisted S/N 9. It read 13,020, for the one of six legs. The total weight is therefore about 78,120. Of something. Pounds? Kilos? Don't know!
    I'm thinking probably pounds. It is, after all, basically an empty shell.
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    And with the excitement of Crew-1 over for the moment its on to another Starlink launch for SpaceX:

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/11/2...status-center/

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    And a launch scheduled from Vandenberg in the morning, as well.
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    Starship SN-08 ground test schedule

    Date: November 23

    Window: 1000 - 2200

    Backup date 1: November 24

    Window: 0900 - 1800 Eastern

    Backup date 2: November 25

    Window: 0900 - 1800 Eastern

    Starship SN-08 15km test flight schedule

    Date: November 30

    Window: 0800 - 1900 Eastern

    Backup date 1: December 1

    Window: 0900-1800 Eastern

    Backup date 2: December 2

    Window: 0900-1800 Eastern

    Streams

    LabPadre: https://youtu.be/Ky5l9ZxsG9M

    NASASpaceFlight: TBD

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    ASDS Just Read the Instructions now has 2 StarLink dishes...

    https://twitter.com/julia_bergeron/s...24788253560835

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    Sentinel 6 from Vandenberg (NASA/ESA)

    Date: November 21, 2020
    Time: 0917 Pacific, 1217 Eastern (1717 UT)

    https://youtu.be/aVFPzTDCihQ

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    Sentinel 6

    Well, those NASA folks sitting outside around a card table had a helluva view of launch and the RTLS landing! Impressed, they were.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    Sentinel 6

    Well, those NASA folks sitting outside around a card table had a helluva view of launch and the RTLS landing! Impressed, they were.
    But the lack of SpaceX informatics was annoying!
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    Tonight's launch apparently put off to tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    But the lack of SpaceX informatics was annoying!
    Agreed. I'd rather have SpaceXers do it, but it was NASA & ESA's bird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    But the lack of SpaceX informatics was annoying!
    "Informatics"???? What I meant was, of course, "infographics". Or something.

    I'm seeing 9:56PM EST for the Starlink launch this evening.
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    "SCRUB. SpaceX says it is standing down from tonight’s Falcon 9 launch attempt at Cape Canaveral “for additional mission assurance.”"
    I am because we are
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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    "SCRUB. SpaceX says it is standing down from tonight’s Falcon 9 launch attempt at Cape Canaveral “for additional mission assurance.”"
    Oh good! I had forgotten to go watch.
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    As long as it's not for additional mission insurance...
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    StarLink 15

    Date: November 23, 2020
    Time: 2134 Eastern (0234 UT)
    Booster: B1049.7 (7th flight)

    https://youtu.be/J442-ti-Dhg

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    The FAA is evaluating a new Environmental Assessment for Starship launches from Boca Chica.This is expected because Starship & Super Heavy are far more powerful than Falcon 9 or Falcon Heavy. Much of the acoustic, blast, and other modelling necessary should be transferrable from the updated KSC LC-39A EA published last year.

    https://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=96139

    SpaceX has informed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that it plans to apply for licenses for suborbital and orbital launches of its Starship spacecraft powered by the Super Heavy rocket at its launch site in Boca Chica, Texas.

    The proposed update to Starship/Super Heavy operations falls outside of the scope of the existing final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Record of Decision for the launch site and requires additional environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

    The FAA is in the beginning stages of conducting the environmental review of the SpaceX proposal and developing a public outreach plan. The FAA intends to provide scoping information for the project soon.

    SpaceX is working with the FAA to prepare a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) which will be subject to the FAA’s evaluation and approval.

    The EA will allow the FAA to determine the appropriate course of action: preparation of an EIS because the proposed action’s environmental impacts would be significant; issuance of a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI); or issuance of a “Mitigated FONSI” providing for mitigation measures to address the proposed action’s environmental impacts. The FAA may make its determination during the EA process or after SpaceX presents a draft EA for FAA approval.

    To receive the licenses, SpaceX must complete a safety review and develop agreements for the license application in addition to the environmental review.

    Information about the FAA environmental review process as it relates to commercial space transportation is posted at faa.gov/space/environmental

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    StarLink 15

    Date: November 23, 2020
    Time: 2134 Eastern (0234 UT)
    Booster: B1049.7 (7th flight)

    https://youtu.be/J442-ti-Dhg
    Cancelled?

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    StarLink 15

    SCRUB: weather in the recovery zone.

    Date: November 24, 2020
    Time: 2113pm Eastrrn (0213 UT)

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    SN-08

    Elon Musk ✓ @elonmusk
    Good Starship SN8 static fire! Aiming for first 15km / ~50k ft altitude flight next week. Goals are to test 3 engine ascent, body flaps, transition from main to header tanks & landing flip.

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1331386982296145922

    Screenshot_2020-11-24-18-45-47-031.jpeg

    Differences between SN-08 & SN-09, SN-10...?

    Elon Musk ✓ @elonmusk
    Many small improvements, but overall similar. Wiring is more robust, engines are more mature, nosecone is sealed better, etc.
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    Major upgrades are slated for SN15

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1331391132367015937

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    Static fire video

    https://youtu.be/44QaEfGJFWc

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    StarLink 15:

    Perfect launch
    Touchdown #7 for B1049!!
    In second stage coast
    StarLinks deployed
    Last edited by docmordrid; 2020-Nov-25 at 03:26 AM.

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    WRT SN-08 15km success; ~33%, but Musk's been known to sandbag when replying to the media (CNBC in this case). We'll see.

    Elon Musk ✓ @elonmusk
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    Replying to @thesheetztweetz
    Lot of things need to go right, so maybe 1/3 chance
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    But that’s why we have SN 9 & SN10

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/sta|tus...89134624219136

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    Starship SN-09 has stacked her nose cone & fins, and SN-10's propulsion module gets its fins next week.

    https://youtu.be/IsMbxe3Kzeo

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    Starship SN-09 has stacked her nose cone & fins, and SN-10's propulsion module gets its fins next week.

    https://youtu.be/IsMbxe3Kzeo
    So, what do they do with those if S/N8's 15km test is successful and she's ready to fly again? Or what do they do with her?
    For that matter, what to do with S/N 5 and 6?
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    5 & 6 are likely to serve as a trophy and the Lunar Starship mockup's lower part.

    The rest will do envelope expansion, modified as earlier birds inform.

    SN-15's common dome has been integrated & flipped.

    https://youtu.be/B7poZyARlcI

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    They can also rather easily be turned into clean scrap steel. Not even painted.
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    Maiden flight of Cargo Dragon 2.

    It has the same airframe as Crew Dragon but no human life support system, no SuperDraco escape system, and an interior optimized for cargo (50% more). No more berthing using the robotic arm, Cargo Dragon 2 automatically docks.

    Date: December 5, 2020
    Time: 2339 Eastern (1639 UT)
    Pad: LC-39A
    Booster: B1058.4
    Recovery: ASDS
    Docking: Node 2 Zenith/IDA-3
    Trunk cargo: Nanorack's 'Bishop' airlock

    https://nanoracks.com/bishop-airlock/

    Screenshot_20201127-162716.jpg
    Screenshot_20201127-162704.jpg

    https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1315743645845254145
    https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1315743656716853253

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