SpaceX setback: Starbase approval denied for now

SpaceX wants to build a spaceport in Boca Chica, Texas. But such an undertaking is of course associated with many conditions and here Elon Musk’s rumfahrt company had to suffer a setback because approval was refused. The Army Corps of Engineers is the engineering corps of the US armed forces and is not only responsible … Read more

Endangered Turtles Could Cause SpaceX Starbase to Close | SpaceX News – Oakland News Now

Oakland News Now – Endangered Turtles Could Cause SpaceX Starbase to Close – video made by the YouTube channel with the logo in the video’s upper left hand corner. OaklandNewsNow.com is the original blog post for this type of video-blog content. The Starship system is a fully reusable, two‑stage‑to‑orbit super heavy‑lift launch vehicle under development … Read more

SpaceX ships hardware for first 33-engine Super Heavy booster to Starbase

SpaceX appears to have delivered hardware that will eventually become part of the first 33-engine Super Heavy booster to its South Texas ‘Starbase’ factory. Coming either from SpaceX’s Hawthorne, California headquarters and Falcon rocket factory or a smaller fabrication shop colocated on the company’s McGregor, Texas development and testing campus, the giant coin-like structure was … Read more

SpaceX Starbase construction takes priority as next orbital Starship, Super Heavy pair come together

As SpaceX teams slowly prepare the first orbital-class Starship and Super Heavy booster for the next-generation rocket’s first full-stack launch, the company has simultaneously begun assembling a second ship/booster pair. However, it’s clear that orbital pad construction remains a priority. Known as Ship 20 and Booster 4, the two stages of the first orbital-class Starship … Read more

Starship Ship 20 undergoes cryogenic proof testing at Starbase

Cullen Desforges September 30th, 2021 The nose of Starship Ship 20 when it was briefly stacked atop a Super Heavy booster earlier in August. Credit: SpaceX SpaceX’s Starship prototype Ship 20 underwent cryogenic proof testing, one of many tests and steps needed before the company can fly its first orbital Starship mission. Late in the … Read more

When is the approval for orbital flights with Starbase? Environmental assessment is ongoing

On Friday, September 17 this year. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published a draft document called the Program Environmental Impact Assessment, including preliminary conclusions from the analysis conducted in terms of the environmental impact of launches from SpaceX in Texas. For the next month from the moment of publication (until October 18), these results will be … Read more

SpaceX’s odd Starbase propellant storage tank prototype passes first test

Likely to the relief of many, SpaceX appears to have successfully tested a prototype of the custom-built Starbase propellant storage tanks that will eventually hold thousands of tons of fuel and oxidizer. For reasons unknown, SpaceX’s built its first ground support equipment (GSE) ‘test tank’ – a subscale prototype designed to quickly verify basic production … Read more

The orbital Starship has been connected … but for a while

The historic event happened on Friday at 7:56 CET (14:56 CET). Two rocket units Starship – 70 meters long Booster 4 and 50 meters Ship 20 were stuck together for just over an hour. Already at 9:00 a.m. CDT (4:00 p.m. in Poland) they were disconnected. Despite the fact that the rocket already has all … Read more

Static launch of the massive segment of the Starship rocket. When is the orbital debut?

Elon Musk’s company, despite the current stoppage of test flights in the Starship program, is not slowing down in achieving the next milestones related to it. The attention was focused on, among others on the construction of the gigantic first launch site, from which the integrated two-segment rocket is to make its debut. All these … Read more