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Ship 24 Comes Alive with Flap Testing | SpaceX Boca Chica



Ship 24 comes alive as it test its forward flaps ahead of possible testing next week, the Orbital Launch Mount vented, and bridge cranes for the Starfactory arrived.

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Edited by Patrick Colquhoun (@Patrick_Colqu).

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0:00 – Sunrise
0:22 – Venting From the Orbital Launch Mount
0:50 – The Orbital Launch Mount
1:07 – Work on the Chopsticks and Launch Mount
1:56 – The Orbital Tank Farm
2:29 – Ship 24
3:45 – B7.1 Test Tank
4:15 – Bridge Cranes for Starfactory
5:16 – Starlink Loader Building
5:34 – Starfactory
5:51 – Oversize Load Trailer.
6:35 – Starfactory
6:49 – Quad Barrel Section
7:06 – Ship 25 Nosecone
7:23 – Ship Forward Dome
7:43 – A Booster Gridfin
8:02 – Scrapped Sections of Booster 5
8:20 – Delivery to the Production Site
8:37 – The Rocket Garden
8:54 – Work Inside Ship 22
9:09 – Ship 24 Moves it’s Forward Flaps

34 Comments

  1. Check out the most recent Starship Roundup Article covering everything from Starship from both Starbase and the Cape.
    https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2022/07/starship-24-awaiting-static-fires/

    0:00 – Sunrise

    0:22 – Venting From the Orbital Launch Mount

    0:50 – The Orbital Launch Mount

    1:07 – Work on the Chopsticks and Launch Mount

    1:56 – The Orbital Tank Farm

    2:29 – Ship 24

    3:45 – B7.1 Test Tank

    4:15 – Bridge Cranes for Starfactory

    5:16 – Starlink Loader Building

    5:34 – Starfactory

    5:51 – Oversize Load Trailer.

    6:35 – Starfactory

    6:49 – Quad Barrel Section

    7:06 – Ship 25 Nosecone

    7:23 – Ship Forward Dome

    7:43 – A Booster Gridfin

    8:02 – Scrapped Sections of Booster 5

    8:20 – Delivery to the Production Site

    8:37 – The Rocket Garden

    8:54 – Work Inside Ship 22

    9:09 – Ship 24 Moves it's Forward Flaps

  2. The difference in production, and tempo, between SpaceX StarBase and Nasa Florida, is astounding!! In Florida, at Nasa's build-site for SpaceX, the tempo is like Malasse dripping through a small hole!!! No wonder Nasa can't get stuff done, except when being given years and years… pffff..

  3. I'm always more and more convinced that the OLM is way, way too small for the 33 raptors once they will light them up for booster departure. I can see they've painted it up rapidly, but I think what's needed is a way of "funnels" under there, to divert the exhaust gasses away from the zone. Also a suitable deluge system is needed is Elon don't want to repair damages after each launch. There's TOO MUCH in a so small area not to have dameges after each future launch, even if everithing goes well as we all hope so.

  4. Spacex needs to slow down the upgrades to starship and booster at this rate they will never launch the orbital stack

  5. People keep waiting for a static fire but I thought a static fire is a part of pre-launch activities. To static fire you need to have a launch and you cant have a launch without a launch license. The engines have been tested at MacGregor so don’t need to fire them except for fun and they don’t do things for fun. We need a launch license, then comes the launch, then we will have pre-launch activities like a static fire. I said last July it would be at least this July before it launches and not sure it will get done in August of this year either as SLS is a late August launch and Starship will not launch before SLS. Where is Bridenstein?

  6. I’m always wondering what work is still being done on those obsolete models in rocket garden. Are they scavenging some parts, testing the effects of long-term storage, or just preparing them for scrapping?

  7. If the launch mount gets repainted every time it gets a little scorched, SpaceX is going to get through a lot of paint.

  8. Wondering if they will paint the OLM after every engine test and take off!? 😉

  9. I’m curious to know whether it would be possible to reposition the forward flaps further down the hull (to where it becomes straight). Surely this would simplify detailing! If it’s a matter of balancing forces, elongate the whole rocket.