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Massive LNG Purification Stack No Longer Needed | SpaceX Boca Chica



Four Raptor 2 engines were delivered, the B7.1 test tank was listed off the test stand and rolled back to the Production Site, and the massive LNG purification stack was loaded onto a truck to depart Starbase.

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0:00 – Sunrise Over the Launch SIte
0:32 – Crews Attach a Loadspreader to B7.1
1:37 – New Raptor Platform Moved
1:54 – B7.1 Lifted Onto a Transport Stand
3:15 – B7.1 Rolled Back to the Production Site
6:20 – Crews Work on the Orbital Launch Mount
7:10 – Raptors Delivered
8:29 – LNG Purification Stack Prepared for Shipment
9:02 – Booster 5 Aft Section
9:17 – Workers Secure the LNG Purification Stack
9:46 – Barrel Section and Booster 5’s Forward Section
10:02 – Booster 9 Moved in the Mega Bay
11:03 – Grid Fin Loaded for Shipping
12:38 – B7.1 Moved Into the Mid Bay
12:54 – New Raptor Platform Extended and Raised

22 Comments

  1. 0:00 – Sunrise Over the Launch SIte
    0:32 – Crews Attach a Loadspreader to B7.1
    1:37 – New Raptor Platform Moved
    1:54 – B7.1 Lifted Onto a Transport Stand
    3:15 – B7.1 Rolled Back to the Production Site
    6:20 – Crews Work on the Orbital Launch Mount
    7:10 – Raptors Delivered
    8:29 – LNG Purification Stack Prepared for Shipment
    9:02 – Booster 5 Aft Section
    9:17 – Workers Secure the LNG Purification Stack
    9:46 – Barrel Section and Booster 5's Forward Section
    10:02 – Booster 9 Moved in the Mega Bay
    11:03 – Grid Fin Loaded for Shipping
    12:38 – B7.1 Moved Into the Mid Bay
    12:54 – New Raptor Platform Extended and Raised

  2. Those grid fins are super tough. Look how they turn it over around 11:43 that left divots in the asphalt for sure. They are about as careful as I am taking out cardboard to the recycling. The forces those fins are designed to handle in landings are a lot bigger than the force of falling on the ground I suppose. Poor forklift had trouble picking it up. Reminds me of the frog and shoebox scene in Family Guy.

  3. Has anyone noticed white excavator rolling back and front doing Road roller job… Looks 😜😝funny @6:40

  4. So , no rocket fuel (methane) production on site? If so tells me Elon doesn't plan on a lot of launches from Boca Chica? Or wells have a problem? Or he got a competitive bid from a supplier?

  5. Didn’t realize how big grid fins are until a massive forklift plays with one in a loading yard

  6. 11:04 “it appears it is being scrapped” what makes you say that 🤔😂 seriously though such a waste of a booster for the delicacy that is grid fin soup 🍲
    Great update as always 👍

  7. LNG may be mostly methane, but has other hydrocarbons in it. That is why it needed to be purified, to be pure methane. Unless the engines are good with some impurities, which would lower the cost of the fuel.

  8. cual es el motivo de no reutilizar las aletas de frenado aerodinámico es una perdida de dinero el no darlas otro uso en los siguientes Booter

  9. OLM looking better than before the minor mishap, and to think people were adamant that would cause a minimum of six months delay.