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Booster 7 Lifted Off the Orbital Launch Mount (and rolled back) | SpaceX Boca Chica



Booster 7 was removed from the Orbital Launch Mount and rolled back to the Production Site for upgrades. Meanwhile, Ship 27 had its Starlink dispenser mechanism installed and Ship 24 had a cover installed on its Payload Bay door.

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0:00 – Chopsticks Connected to Booster 7
1:23 – Transport Stand Pins Raised
1:39 – Chopsticks Take Booster 7’s Weight
1:54 – Payload Bay Door Cover Arrives for Ship 24
3:02 – Payload Bay Door Cover Installed on Ship 24
4:52 – Booster Quick Disconnect Retracted
5:05 – Ship 27’s Starlink Dispenser Installed
5:36 – Ship 26 Nosecone and Barrel Section
5:53 – Ship Flap
6:08 – Crews Work on Building Expansion
6:38 – Booster 8
6:53 – Booster 7
7:38 – Booster Transport Stand Pins Raised
7:52 – Chopstick Stabilizers Engage
8:08 – Booster 7 Lifted Off the Orbital Launch Mount
11:36 – Booster 7 Rolled Back To the Production Site
14:34 – Booster 7 Moved Into the Mega Bay

39 Comments

  1. 0:00 – Chopsticks Connected to Booster 7
    1:23 – Transport Stand Pins Raised
    1:39 – Chopsticks Take Booster 7’s Weight
    1:54 – Payload Bay Door Cover Arrives for Ship 24
    3:02 – Payload Bay Door Cover Installed on Ship 24
    4:52 – Booster Quick Disconnect Retracted
    5:05 – Ship 27’s Starlink Dispenser Installed
    5:36 – Ship 26 Nosecone and Barrel Section
    5:53 – Ship Flap
    6:08 – Crews Work on Building Expansion
    6:38 – Booster 8
    6:53 – Booster 7
    7:38 – Booster Transport Stand Pins Raised
    7:52 – Chopstick Stabilizers Engage
    8:08 – Booster 7 Lifted Off the Orbital Launch Mount
    11:36 – Booster 7 Rolled Back To the Production Site
    14:34 – Booster 7 Moved Into the Mega Bay

  2. So am I correct in my assumption that with Booster 7 and 8 plus ship 24, that's 70+ Raptor 2s that were out on the pad?

  3. The orchestration of all this giant kit is becoming slicker each time they move it all around. Things can only improve further still with more experience. It's a giant learning curve.

  4. If you look at it from afar this all seems impossible. But it totally depends on a team leader at ground who have been doing things entirely hidden from the world .i mean they must have different teams doing different things . Ya Elon is the boss but still look at how humans are coordinating and doing their jobs so beautifully. And Kudos to engineers who are everyday finding something or other new problem and coming up with a solution. Brilliant and fascinating. For example the chopsticks looks more sophisticated now.the bay cover on The starship small small details improved and improvised already . It's crazy how fast they are developing. As someone mentioned in the comments in 5 years time this will all be more fluid .thanks for the coverage guys. 🌟❤️✨

  5. Alan said , " Getting into Orbit isn't the real problem , getting into Space is 100 times more difficult. " as I can remember didn't NASA use the Earth's own gravity to speed the capsules up to fling them out into space ?

  6. Where’s the box…(?)

    Oh…

    Waaay over there……?

    Oh, fiddlesticks!

    Well, here goes….

    Seems folks in Russia are a bit out of touch with what is happening these days, other than what State Media tells them.

    I believe that Spacex engineers, with financial, technical and logistical support of all nations on earth that are concerned with events in Ukraine, may be able to quickly come up with an array of satellites in polar orbit that can align themselves into a digital display capable of scrolling text characters that is clearly visible from the ground.

    During World War II, similar projects were accomplished in weeks.

    An appropriate message informing Russian citizens in a non political and compelling fashion of what has happened in the last 6 months, not the least of which are the loss of 100’s of thousands of Russian and Ukrainian lives.

    To ask Russia to…

    . . . . . . . . ‘STOP – – – Please!‘ . . . . . . . .

    .

  7. It seems that the engineering on the boosters continues at what I would describe as a "rolling boil"?? Lunging from one iteration to the next seems to be pretty much business as usual!!

  8. Spacex delaying until the Nasa launch highly unlike spacex will launch this year now entering hurricane season

  9. If 3 where landed in close proximity, you could attach skids to the base, just bring 1 set and move them from starship to starship and winch them together so you can attach some sort of triangular lifting platform support structure and the platform can move from starship to starship like an overhead football field camera thingamajigger. It could be done with just 2 ships but a very serious structure can be built from 3, a starscraper.

  10. I don't understand the purpose of the payload door cover, what is it supposed to do since there is already a door in place?

  11. I think one of the main goals here is fast turn around, a lot of this looks like practice to perfect the process. What do you think?

  12. OMG hope they upgrade the arms because its moving so slow you can see the earth rotate in the background 🤦🤦🤦

  13. Hopefully 7 going back to Production Area, and 8 getting rolled towards launch isn't going to be another case of 'We've had this sucker ready, tested, and able….now we're switching out for the new hotness' like the last few times we knew which prototypes were gonna launch. I for one am really ready to see 24/7 make the first orbital launch attempt

  14. I'm fairly amazed at the speed they are able to switch things out. This looks to have taken perhaps 18 hours??? Seeing that booster roll across the flats at high speed was gloriously Pythonesque.