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Upgraded Load Spreader Delivered to Starbase | SpaceX Boca Chica



A new type of load spreader was delivered to the Production Site, the Launch Site continues to get ready for testing, and some SPMTs were loaded with ballast.

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0:00 – Sunrise
0:26 – New Building Near the Production Site
1:00 – The Production Site
1:36 – Ship Aft Dome
1:56 – Starfactory
2:52 – Rainbow Over the Production Site
3:12 – Liebherr LTM 1300-6.2 Crane
3:32 – Crane Near the Bays
3:48 – 2 Large Pulleys at the Production Site
4:08 – SPMTs Loaded With Ballast
5:27 – The Rocket Garden
5:47 – The Orbital Launch Site
6:08 – The Orbital Launch Mount
6:42 – Ship QD Arm
7:00 – The Orbital Launch Tower
7:16 – Work on a Berm Near the Orbital Tank Farm
7:35 – Suborbital Pad B
7:54 – Work at the Orbital Tank Farm
8:13 – B7.1 Test Tank
8:31 – EDOME Test Tank
8:50 – SpaceX LR 11000 Crane Picking Up Loadspreader
10:42 – New Loadspreader Delivered to the Build Site
11:38 – Ship 25 Forward Dome
12:28 – Booster 4
12:45 – Engine Shields
13:12 – Raptor Gimbal Mounts

49 Comments

  1. It's about to get crazy busy at Starbase. Strap in!

    Timestamps:

    0:00 – Sunrise

    0:26 – New Building Near the Production Site

    1:00 – The Production Site

    1:36 – Ship Aft Dome

    1:56 – Starfactory

    2:52 – Rainbow Over the Production Site

    3:12 – Liebherr LTM 1300-6.2 Crane

    3:32 – Crane Near the Bays

    3:48 – 2 Large Pulleys at the Production Site

    4:08 – SPMTs Loaded With Ballast

    5:27 – The Rocket Garden

    5:47 – The Orbital Launch Site

    6:08 – The Orbital Launch Mount

    6:42 – Ship QD Arm

    7:00 – The Orbital Launch Tower

    7:16 – Work on a Berm Near the Orbital Tank Farm

    7:35 – Suborbital Pad B

    7:54 – Work at the Orbital Tank Farm

    8:13 – B7.1 Test Tank

    8:31 – EDOME Test Tank

    8:50 – SpaceX LR 11000 Crane Picking Up Loadspreader

    10:42 – New Loadspreader Delivered to the Build Site

    11:38 – Ship 25 Forward Dome

    12:28 – Booster 4

    12:45 – Engine Shields

    13:12 – Raptor Gimbal Mounts

  2. 3:50 Perhaps pulleys are part of a new pez dispenser loader mechanism. Can they be attached to the tower to lift the sats into place to be loaded into Ship?

  3. Regarding the pulleys, definitely for the chopsticks hoist. Hopefully just onsite spares, but maybe they've detected some wear in a couple of the pulleys and need to replace them prior to lifting a booster.

  4. The 'New Building' at 0:52 above looks like hell…who ever installed the siding should be made to tear it off at put it on properly. No way I would authorize payment for that kind of lazy and shoddy work.

  5. One of the things that just bogles my mind is that all of these spacecraft and their associated parts always seem just so casually placed across SpaceX's facilities. I've been to marine shipyards where massive structures are being built and it is so similar. I always thought of spacecraft being built in a super clean environment or something like that. Thank you so much for showing how real it's getting in Boca Chica.

  6. Safety rules are different in Texas. I don’t see any workers wearing orange reflective vests.

  7. I love seeing how even small stuff gets iterated on. One might not expect a loadspreader to have much innovation needed, but everything can be improved. Hopefully employee protections are gonna be improved next. Unionize spaceX!

  8. Could the "new load spreader" be a replacement stabilizer/hold for the ship QD arm. The last time they had a full stack they were using the chopsticks to stabilize the stack. They will need something like the arms on the transporter erecter for launch day.

  9. New building is for a new booster and ship transporter cradle for sea transport to the cape and for horizontal transport by road. Reason for the new roads to the sea.

  10. These gimbal things exposed to winds, rains, sands and dust makes me sick. A drop of oil and it's OK ? Hard to imagine … These components are critical …

  11. Suborbital Pad B reminds me of Tito Larrivas Meat Guitar in From Dusk till Dawn these days XD

  12. I Hope NASA SpaceX Support and Help Only South Asian Country Nepal Airport Much People Safe Travel Happy 2022*

  13. The intro with the birds chirping – my cat looked strangely in the direction of the monitor… xD

  14. Imagine being a normal construction worker doing your job and being able to watch yourself work on a recorded stream xD Must be an odd feeling

  15. The work on the propellant tanks (hard to see from the ground) was shown by RGV to be connecting the 2 unused methane tanks by a long thick pipe, that goes between them and around the back side. Hard to be sure if it will connect in turn to LOX or to LN2. At last, some use for those poor tanks.😀

  16. Fantastic stream I watch everyday over coffee and crumpets thanks everybody who has a contribution to this monumental endeavour