Topic: Interesting stuff about SpaceX Starship (hate the name)  (Read 5036 times)

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Re: Interesting stuff about SpaceX Starship (hate the name)
« Reply #60 on: January 12, 2021, 06:50:14 am »
They've been dismantling some of the earlier prototypes (must need the room).  Also there seems to be some doubt whether the parts for SN12-SN14 will ever be assembled into a vessel. 

SN11 is being assembled but either its nose cone is being modified or scrapped as the end has been chopped off (including the header tank), this could be part of a fix for the low pressure problem on the SN8 flight. 

SN15 is also being assembled though in an earlier stage.

The indicators that a  new test tank is being assembled seem to be confirmed.  The thickness of the metal is being reduced from 4mm to 3mm which would be a substantial weight savings and therefore payload or deltaV increase.  Hopefully this can handle the high pressures needed.  When tested it will probably be tested to destruction like earlier test tanks.  Likely it will be numbered SN7.2. 

2nd static fire test for SN9 still needed before another hop.  No solid info on whether it will be a 12.5km or higher.  I'm hoping for double the height.  Personally doubting any launch before Friday at the earliest. 
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Re: Interesting stuff about SpaceX Starship (hate the name)
« Reply #61 on: Yesterday at 03:26:04 pm »
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Re: Interesting stuff about SpaceX Starship (hate the name)
« Reply #62 on: Today at 06:06:31 pm »
Apparently SpaceX has been contracted to use the Falcon 9 to send a couple of (unmanned) landers to the Moon. 

SN9 has been having static fire tests, 3 in one day.  Some type of repair is needed to 2 of the engines resulting in them needing to be switched out.  Then of course more static fires before a launch can be done.  Maybe they can send it up noon Wednesday and see which is the most popular thing to watch.  ;)
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