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Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-05-2020 05:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
SpaceX photos and video stills

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Originally posted by ManInSpace:
no other space program provides the quantity and quality of video coverage (usually live) that we get from SpaceX.

I also applaud SpaceX for the coverage they provide, some of the video is astounding and goes a long way towards connecting the public and getting them excited about spaceflight.

Not all of the images and video come directly from SpaceX, there are also a dedicated group of enthusiasts who provide some amazing material as well. I also applaud these folks for their efforts.

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posted 08-06-2020 11:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This tech should also be a huge boon to the transportable grain silo industry.

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SpaceX conducted a successful hop with its SN6 Starship prototype today (Sep. 3).

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From Elon Musk (via Twitter):
Starship SN6 flew a similar hop to SN5, but it was a much smoother and faster operation.

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From Elon Musk (via Twitter):
Turns out you can make anything fly haha

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From SpaceX (via Twitter):
The first Raptor Vacuum engine (RVac) for Starship has shipped from SpaceX’s rocket factory in Hawthorne, California to our development facility in McGregor, Texas.

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Should be an interesting one... SpaceX SN8 to launch and fly to 60,000 feet.
SN8 (unlike its predecessors) will also be fitted with flaps to assist with steering and a nosecone, which will be used in the future to hold cargo or people. The addition of both, Musk notes, will give the rocket a look much like the final design. The plan also calls for turning off the three engines during the initial stage of a descent and controlled landing — the rocket will perform a belly flop routine to slow its descent for several minutes and then the engines will be restarted, allowing the rocket to land in an upright position.

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From Elon Musk (via Twitter):
Starship update coming in about 3 weeks. The design has coalesced. What is presented will actually be what flies to orbit as V1.0 with almost no changes.

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SpaceX performed a static fire test with Starship SN8, which is the first prototype with three Raptor engines installed.

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With the nosecone attached, will SN8 be the same size as the Starship vehicles that will travel to the Moon and Mars (excluding the Super Heavy first stage launch booster)?

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Basically, yes, though SpaceX has not shared many details about how the NASA HLS variant will differ from the orbital/Mars version.

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SpaceX conducted its third static fire with the SN8 prototype on Thursday (Nov. 12), but ran into problems. From Elon Musk (via Twitter):
We lost vehicle pneumatics. Reason unknown at present. Liquid oxygen header tank pressure is rising. Hopefully triggers burst disk to relieve pressure, otherwise it's going to pop the cork.

Burst disk worked, so vehicle appears to be ok. We'll have to swap out at least one of the engines.

Maybe melted an engine preburner or fuel hot gas manifold. Whatever it is caused pneumatics loss. We need to design out this problem.

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From Elon Musk (via Twitter):
Good Starship SN8 static fire! Aiming for first 15km / ~50k ft altitude flight next week. Goals are to test three engine ascent, body flaps, transition from main to header tanks and landing flip.


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