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The Orbital Launch Pad Prepped for Testing | SpaceX Starbase



The Orbital Launch Pad continues to be prepped for testing ahead of Booster 7, the new building near the Production Site is almost complete, and a large mystery item was seen.

Video and Pictures from Mary (@BocaChicaGal) , Nic (@NicAnsuini), and the NSF Robots.
Edited by Adrian Beil (@BCCarCounters).

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00:00 Starbase
00:20 B7.1 Test Tank Moved to the Launch Site
02:37 Sunrise on Friday
02:59 Potential Loadspreader Parts
03:44 The Orbital Launch Site
04:22 Mechazilla
04:47 Booster 4 at the Orbital Launch Site
05:10 EDOME Test Tank
05:28 B7.1 Test Tank
05:43 Suborbital Pad B
06:01 Suborbital Pad A
06:22 Ship Aft Dome Sleeve
06:43 Ship 24 in the High Bay
07:29 Work Continues on Starfactory
08:05 Ground Work for Future Expansion
08:25 New Building at the Production Site Taking Shape
08:45 Contractors at the Orbital Tank Farm
09:05 Building Materials at the Orbital Launch Site
09:25 Work Inside and Outside of B7.1
09:55 The Ship QD
10:25 Chopsticks Getting Prepared for the Orbital Stack
12:27 The Can Crusher Cap
13:00 New Transfer Tube
13:10 Rings Waiting at the Construction Site
13:30 Tank Assembly
13:50 The Air Separation Unit
14:11 Work on Top of the Mega Bay
14:30 Wide Bay and High bay

29 Comments

  1. 00:00 Starbase

    00:20 B7.1 Test Tank Moved to the Launch Site

    02:37 Sunrise on Friday

    02:59 Potential Loadspreader Parts

    03:44 The Orbital Launch Site

    04:22 Mechazilla

    04:47 Booster 4 at the Orbital Launch Site

    05:10 EDOME Test Tank

    05:28 B7.1 Test Tank

    05:43 Suborbital Pad B

    06:01 Suborbital Pad A

    06:22 Ship Aft Dome Sleeve

    06:43 Ship 24 in the High Bay

    07:29 Work Continues on Starfactory

    08:05 Ground Work for Future Expansion

    08:25 New Building at the Production Site Taking Shape

    08:45 Contractors at the Orbital Tank Farm

    09:05 Building Materials at the Orbital Launch Site

    09:25 Work Inside and Outside of B7.1

    09:55 The Ship QD

    10:25 Chopsticks Getting Prepared for the Orbital Stack

    12:27 The Can Crusher Cap

    13:00 New Transfer Tube

    13:10 Rings Waiting at the Construction Site

    13:30 Tank Assembly

    13:50 The Air Separation Unit

    14:11 Work on Top of the Mega Bay

    14:30 Wide Bay and High bay

  2. I would not want to be the truck driver with that load spreader. passing trucks, utilities… would be nerve racking.

  3. spacex should test the tanks on tuesday and we can call it " test tank tuesday " 😝

  4. How long do you think would SpaceX take to meet those 75 mitigation measures needed by FAA for the launch license?

  5. If all days were friday, Starship would have been in full production for a year already…

  6. Hi Mary and NIC thanks for your update on BOCACHICA that sunrise is amazing more testing for the test tank new parts in coming in 👽🙏🚀❤️👍👍

  7. Looking at Mechazilla. this is insane. I'm looking forward to some static fires now.

  8. Seeing that person standing next to that ship QD arm at 9:57 you get good reference of size. Everything is BIG at StarBase. Thank you for the amazing pics and all the work to get this to us every day. You are amazing

  9. Thanks for sharing folks as always . Gonna ask a daft question, probably to you guys, but what is the purpose of the outside skirts on the high/mega bay ? are they wind brakes? or do they serve some other function ?

  10. I didn’t know you could order SPMTs with hoverlights. I wonder if you can get them in colors other than white?

  11. You went to the sheriff's department because you wanted to catch bad guys but now you find yourself babysitting big strange metallic objects.

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  13. Thank you to B.C. Gal & Nic from Australia. Totally loving the reports. Always get a blast from the continual development leading up to what should be some monumental rocket blasts happening fairly soon. Those high platform workers swaying in the breeze!? Ain’t they just something incredible🇦🇺😊

  14. I didn't know that SpaceX has their own SPMT already. That's so cool since it's black and has their logo on it.

  15. Will the tower get cladding(fix points already in place?
    How will the cable stand up to exposure to the heat?

  16. Holly cow the welding has come a long way much less deformation from welding. The test tank is loaded with stiffening members and it looks like a nearly full thrust puck assembly. Thanks to all for the effort bringing this content to the masses.