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Welcome to the general Timeline. Here, all updates and events will be posted. Included must be date, description and source, if possible with a link. Timeline sections in any other articles (such as the SN articles) should only refer to this page.

Events and activities are assigned to the days according to local time.

This page should be kept in a manner that it is search-friendly (CTRL+F).

Abbreviations[]

  • BN: Super heavy booster serial number (first stage of the rocket)
  • CH4: (Liquid) methane
  • COPV: Composite overwrapped pressure vessel (black helium tank for tank pressurisation)
  • FST: FutureSpaceTourist
  • GSE: Ground support equipment, including ground tanks
  • IT: Integration tower (for catching boosters and stacking starship)
  • LN2: Liquid nitrogen
  • LOX: Liquid oxygen
  • LR: Liebherr crane
  • NET: No earlier than [+date] (but very likely later)
  • NSF: NASASpaceflight
  • OLM: Orbital launch mount
  • OLS: Orbital launch site (the east part of the launch site)
  • PB: Power bay or comms building (at the far east of the OLS)
  • PPS: Propellant production site (prop prod site)
  • QD: Quick disconnect (arm)
  • RB: Raptor boost
  • RC: Road closure (prim and sec - primary and secondary)
  • RC: Raptor Center (same as raptor boost, but with gimballing capability)
  • RSN: Raptor engine serial number
  • RVac: Raptor vacuum engine
  • SH: Starhopper
  • SF: Static fire
  • SN: Starship serial number (upper stage of the rocket)
  • SoLS: Suborbital launch site
  • SPMT: Self propelled modular transporter
  • TFR: Temporary flight restriction (for flight tests, issued by FAA)
  • TPS: Thermal protection system heat shield tiles (hexagonal black tiles)

Future Events[]

NET July/August 2022: Starship orbital test flight; FAA draft environmental review has closed its public phase; FAA deadline currently May 31[1].

2022[]

June 2022[]

Date Description Source Link
11.06.2022 New building near production site: wall being added

B8 methane tank in high bay

B7 has all 33 engines installed according to Elon Musk

White mystery structure spotted in tent 1

High bay 2 work continued

Ballast loaded onto an SPMT

S24 in high bay 1

OLM Booster QD rear hood reinstalled

NSF

Nic

LabPadre

[1]
10.06.2022 B7.1 test tank stacked in high bay 1

I-beams deliverd to production site

Starfactory work continued [Why is there a wall towards the tents?]

S24 worked on in high bay 1

PPS plant worked on, antenna installed [?]

Earth work at PPS

S25 tank section in mid bay

Chopsticks worked on as well as OLM

Concrete work near SoLS pad A: Berm work to SoLS tank farm

Concrete broken up outside fence at launch site main entrance

EDOME test tank at launch site

S27 aft dome barrel section moved to tent 1 (quad)

Parts lifted into white mystery box (possibly a Starlink loader)

Chopsticks tested: lifted

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[2]
09.06.2022 High bay 2/megabay cladding work; half of the roof seems to be installed

Starfactory work continued

S25 tank section moved to mid bay

Booster aft section moved around

Ground work for future expansion

S24 lifted off SoLS pad A by LR11000X, put on transport stand; moved back to production site, entered high bay 1

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[3]
08.06.2022 Beams delivered to production site

Quad barrel sleeve moved between fence and tent 1; worked on near tent 1; moved into tent 1

B7.1 cmn dome section as booster fwd dome for a test tank

High bay 2 work continued

Starfactory work continued

New building near production site work continued

EDOME test tank moved to the launch site

LR11000X moved towards S24 at pad A, connected to it

SoLS pad B worked on, possibly installing a new QD

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[4]
07.06.2022 SoLS tank farm LN2? delivery

OLS tank farm many deliveries of LOX/LN2

Boston dynamics dog ZEUS and APOLLO spotted

SoLS earth work continued

B7 in high bay 2: at least one of the chines have been removed

Mystery structure (black column with 4 feet) lifted onto a truck

B7.1 cmn section spotted, being used as a booster fwd dome of a new test tank; crews work on it; later moved

Raptor installation truck spotted

Booster load spreader moved at production site

Starfactory work continued

Stuctural test stand cap worked on (the one with a tank on top)

S24 cryo proof test #3 at SoLS Pad A, possibly with thrust ram tests; LOX tank fully frosted; CH4 only started later; huge depress vent before loading CH4 continued to top

OLM QD hood extension (rear part) moved back to launch site

NSF Cape Update #9:

-Roberts Road Complex:

--OLIT: No new sections built, but additional work on previous segments; segment 5 (third built, level of QD arm) gets hardware for QD arm; raceway installed on the columns that will be opposite the OLM [couldn't they also be rails for chopsticks??]

--Megabay: concrete poured over rebar; cross bracings seen near tents area

--Starfactory: More pile drilling work

--Elon Musk render: Megabay entrance will be to the north; starfactory will have two different roof hights

-Pad 29-A:

--OLM: all legs in place

--Crane base spotted for crane that will stack OLIT

--OLIT: Remaining concrete work appears to be done; work continues on future location for drawworks on opposite side of OLM

--GSE line covers spotted near the pad

--Octagonal pad work continued; purpose still unknown

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[5]
06.06.2022 Mystery box moved in front of tent 3

S25? payload section / nc barrel in front of tents

HVAC systems delivered on a flatbet

Starfactory work continued, more beams added towards southwest

Old test tanks and SN16 aft section at PPS

White mystery box moved again; according to NSF it might be a Starlink V2 satellite loader

More beams delivered to production site

LR11000X moved away from pad A ahead of S24 test

S24 cryo proof test #2 at SoLS pad A, possibly including the thurst rams to simulate structural loads on aft dome during lift off (force by engines); LOX tank frosted up to half, followed by CH4 and second half of LOX tanks

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[6]
05.06.2022 B8 LOX tank moved from high bay 1 to high bay 2

Video released by Elon Musk:

-B7 and S24 still planned to complete orbital flight test

-Starlink V2 will be deployed in pairs of 2 satellites each

-Picture of B7 engine section with Raptor 2 engines and shielding

-Renders of Starbase and Cape production facilities

S24 some TPS tiles replaced (those who fell off during first ambient test)

OLM worked on

SoLS pad B work continued

CH4 delivery to OLS tank farm

SoLS grass vent

New building structure work continued near production site

S25 cmn dome and mid LOX sections in high bay 1

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[7]
04.06.2022 Nice sunrise

Pad A closed for S24 lifting operations at 07:40 am

S24 aft flaps folded; ship lifted by LR11000X onto SoLS pad A for thrust ram tests; work around aft section; later detached from crane

Starfactory and high bay 2 work continued

S25? Payload bay/nc barrel section spotted; no tiles yet

Work on new building structure continued facing hwy 4 at production site

S25 mid-LOX and common dome sections moved into high bay 1; common dome section stacked onto mid-LOX section

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[8]
03.06.2022 Two ring flat dome sleeve lifted into mid bay and stacked onto EDOME section

B7 last grid fin installed Dome jig spotted in tent

S25 nosecone both fwd flaps installed

Booster QD hood extension at production site

New building structure beginning to be built at production site, columns lifted

OLM booster QD vented as crews were working near it

New booster transport stand work continued

High bay 2 work continued; 3 levels of side wall panneling still missing; roof work has progressed

S25 sections staged outside high bay 1

B8 LOX tank section rotated in high bay

LR11000X picked up a load spreader at SoLS

Ship barrel sleeves in front of tents with TPS tile attachment points

EDOME test tank worked on in mid bay

S24 disconnected from OLS cryo station QD; QD adapter installed [?]

S24 moved to SoLS pad A, attached to LR11000X load spreader

SoLS pad A: Last main Fill/Drain LOX and CH4 pipes attached to QD panel, now complete

Cape: All 6 legs of OLM at 39A now vertical, base completed (William Harwood)

B8 transport stand moved to the build site

B8 LOX tank moved inside high bay 1; placed on new booster transport stand [vid 04]

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

W. Harwood

[9]
02.06.2022 Mystery stucture still in tent 1

Two Raptor 2 engines delivered

SN16 scrapping continued

S25 nosecone TPS tiles work continued; fwd flaps installed

Stage assembled for a meeting

Development double barrel sleeve spotted ("This is likely a development section for welding the new dome design")

B7 second grid fin installed, third later this day

OLM booster QD hood extension moved to production site storage area, unknown reason

OLMo work continued

SoLS pad A preparations continued

Starhopper meintenance work

S24 cryo proof test at OLS cryo station; CH4 tank frosted, followed by LOX tank, both tanks fully frosted, detanked, depressed; passed the test according to Elon Musk

FAA: Section 4f of the Environmental Assessment completed today as last big milestone; release still target for June 13

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[10]
01.06.2022 Road closed at 17:24, pad cleared at 17:56 for potential testing; farm venting at 17:57; road opened at around 22:00

OLS tank farm: several deliveries of LOX/LN2 and CH4; work continued SoLS tank farm: LN2 delivered

OLM work continued; work on booster QD hood

S24 repair work continued and completed

High bay 2 work continued

B8 LOX tank stacked on engine section in high bay 1; after being stacked and destacked twice

SN16 disassembly continued; aft section rolled to scrap yard

Booster methane barrel section (triple) spotted

S25 nosecone TPS tiles work continued

Mystery box work continued

Ship transfer tube loaded onto a truck near gate B3

Starfactory work continued

B7 raptor engine installation continued; first grid fin installed

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[11]

May 2022[]

Date Description Source Link
31.05.2022 S25 nosecone TPS tiles work in tent 3 continued

Mystery box worked on

SN16 worked on at top of tank section; scrapping

Fwd dome (flat design) moved into tent

Old booster header tank repurposed as some sort of horizontal storage tank [?]

Starfactory work continued

B8 engine section moved from tent to high bay (header tank visible)

S25 nosecone moved out of tent 3, tiles work continued

S24 pressurized, dents visibly disappeared

OLM work continued; inside of legs have received new shielding; work on booster QD and hood continued

SoLS Pad B upgrade work continued

S25? fwd dome section (sleeved) spotted

B7 disconnected from bridge crane in high bay 2 ahead of a potential roll out; engine installation continued

Standard TFR updated for June

Faa: Release of EA delayed; intended new date of issuing now June 13 (Christian Davenport)

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[12]
30.05.2022 [No video]

S24 new pipe with expansion loops lifted into payload bay hatch; additional parts of raceway aerocover added

29.05.2022 OLM and booster QD work continued

S24: crews worked on raceway; reparations continued; fwd aerocover not yet installed at aft flap

SoLS Pad B old ship QD has been removed

Ship common dome spotted with TPS tiles installed

Ship flap aerocover spotted

Dome with new design spotted in front of tents next to a ship transfer tube (still wraped up)

S25 nosecone TPS tiles work continued in tent 3

LCH4 delivered to OLS tank farm

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[13]
28.05.2022 High bay 2/Megabay roof contstruction continued

Booster aft dome section has been sleeved recently [?]

Mystery structure spotted in tent 1

S25? nosecone TPS tiles work in tent 3 continued

Raptor engines SN62 and SN77 delivered to production site

Booster fwd tank #2 spotted [B8/B9, barely readable]

S24 reparation works continued throughout the day on the section around the fwd at OLS cryo site

OLM work continued; modifications on QD hood

NSF

Nic

LabPadre

[14]
27.05.2022 QD arm rotated

OLS tank farm venting a lot

S25 nosecone in tent 3 work has progressed

EDOME barrel outside tents, hooked to crane

SN16 aft flap removed

Booster methane sump delivered at gate B3; also a ship thrust puck

High bay 2 roof work continued

S24 ambient proof test, tanks didn't frost up; OLS tank farm and OLM were venting; S24 lost several tiles from nosecone barrel during the test after a loud boom was heared; fwd dome and cmn dome depress vents (new venting locations compared to older ships; ullage vents)

S24 damaged pipe (bent) removed after the testing

Stand moved

Roadway kit for challenging terrain and SPMTs moved (SPMT on SPMT)

Ship QD (on QD arm) retraction test in the evening

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[15]
26.05.2022 OLM booster QD hood backside removed during the night

S24 rolled from high bay 1 to the launch site on SpaceX's SPMTs

S24: three areas of TPS tiles around the stacking welds still missing; six unusual hexagonal tiles on nose's leeward side

S24 moved to OLS cryo station, attached to QD; first ever ambient venting at 16:26 CDT

LOX delivery to OLS tank farm

SoLS tank farm beam work continued

Earth work at the launch site main entrance (Gate D2)

SPMT moved to launch site

Temporary buildings from roof of OLS power bay/comms building relocated and installed near the SoLS tank farm and pads

Work on popellant production plant

Booster transfer pipe section spotted

Crane sections continued to leave the site

High bay 2 roof work continued

Raptor 2 engine SN70 moved into high bay 2/mega bay for installation on B7; R center or R boost equipment still missing

Everyday Astronaut: Release of the second part of Starbase tour (OLS):

-Orbital flight will follow same trajectory as originally released by FCC exhibit

-Booster has a 250t catch weight, goal is 200t; mach 0.5 at start of landing burn; chines will be facing perpendicular to catch arms

-HLS mostly digital work currently; focus is orbital test flight

-Starlink 2.0: 7m size, some allready on site, 1.25t weight, only fit in Starship, has higher throughput and useful bits

NSF Cape update #8:

-Roberts Road:

--East end: Hangar X booster transporter empty

--Area for upcoming parking space cleared in the north of hangar X

--OLIT 2 segments: 5th and 6th segments (according to construction order which doesn't correspond levels) now structurally complete; 5th segment has an aditional floor; legs for 7th sement ready on concrete pad, together with some small beams; legs for 8th and 9th segments onsite

---Cryogenic pipes delivered to the tents area, being prepared for installation on OLIT segments ahead of stacking

---Segments numbered 1-2-5-3-4 (from oldest to newest)

--Mega bay foundations now complete; pile driller moved away

--Starfactory foundation work continued; slower than expected

--Trees and bushes removed

-Pad 39-A:

--OLM leg installation has started: 3 out of 6 already installed, no elbows yet

--OLIT base not progressed; likely teams are waiting for the concrete to cure before pouring the next level

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[16]
25.05.2022 High bay 2 stair parts delivered

Stiffener ring rmoved from a stand

Edome barrel (triple) spotted for the first time, likely as part of a new test tank, near gate B3/tent 1; stiffeners and lead-ins

Ship fwd dome cleaned

Jackhammer broke up concrete at production site

B8 worked on in high bay 1, will still being connected to high bay bridge crane

Mystery box work continued

High bay 2 work continued; new kind of roof beams lifted

Starfactory work continued

In place machiening equipment set up in high tent next to high bay 2

More crane and SPMT parts left the site

S25 fwd dome lifted on sleeving stand; sleeved with corresponding triple with circular hole

Scrap coils of stainless steel left production site

OLS tank farm LN2 tank venting

CH4 deliveries to OLS tank farm continued

OLM: work on the QD hoood

Ship cryo station at OLS: QD work continued

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[17]
24.05.2022 Methane deliveries to OLS tank farm; also LN2 and LOX delivered

OLS tank farm GSE plumbing work continued; strainer removed at CH4 site

OLM minor work continued

SoLS pad A: Work and access platform installed at the ship QD

S25 nosecone TPS tiles installation nearly complete in tent 3

B7 work in high bay 2/megabay continued

SN16 aft flaps moved in the wind outside the tents

Triple barrel section with a circular hole (ship fwd dome sleeve) moved into tent 1; moved out again

Raptor 2 engine SN74 delivered

Water pumped away after morning rain

Fagioli SPMT parts left starbase on trucks

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[18]
23.05.2022 High bay 2 more roof beams lifted; looks finished now

PPS venting

Starfactory work continued

B8 LOX tank work continued in high bay 1

Crawler crane disassembly started at high bay 2

Mystery box white painting continued

Scrap ring moved

Aft cap transport stand loaded onto a truck

Construction work near the production site; work on a new concrete foundation

SPMT loaded onto a truck (Old red Fagioli)

Structural test stand work continued

Raptor installation platform for OLM is currently next to SoLS pad B

Chopstick work continued

OLM work continued; new black back part of the booster QD cover spotted earlier now installed

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[19]
22.05.2022 High bay 2: installation of roof beams continued, soon to be finished

RC scheduled for Monday

Hardware "Tooling" column spotted at production site

New booster transfer stand work continued

OLM booster QD cover attached to crane and moved at launch site; but not yet installed

CH4 deliveries continued to OLS tank farm

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[20]
21.05.2022 OLS tank farm venting as LN2 was delivered

OLS tank farm work continued

Mystery box that has been painted white recently attached to a crane

Office building looking like LC-39A's crew access arm spotted outside after years in Ground Fabrication building

High bay 2 construction continued

SPMTs moved at production site

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[21]
20.05.2022 OLM work continued; OLS CH4 subcoolers and OLM venting [line cleaning?]

SoLS Pad A preparation work continued; ground work near the pad continued as well

LN2 delivered to SoLS tank farm ahead of possible S24 testing; suborbital tank farm worked on

Starfactory work continued, crews worked on roof beams

B8 still connected to bridge crane in high bay 1

Mystery box being painted white

High bay 2 work continued, eg on work platform installation near the top

New booster transport stand work continued

Tent 3: Ship nosecone TPS tiles work continued (possibly S25?)

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[22]
19.05.2022 Deliveries to launch site

CH4 delivered to OLS tank farm

Chopsticks work continued

SoLS Pad A preparation work continued

Two new Raptor 2 engines delivered: SN63 identified

B8 methane transfer tube lifted into LOX tank

New stand parts delivered to production site

B7 work in high bay 2 continued

Starfactory work continued, more wall panels added

High bay 2 [megabay/widebay] work continued; work platform constructed near the top

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[23]
18.05.2022 OLM, OLIT, chopsticks worked on a lot

LOX, CH4 deliveries to OLS tank farm; resumption of CH4 delivery might indicate static fire testing to start soon

Concrete work at LOX offload station at OLS tank farm

SoLS tank farm berm worked on

OLS ship cryo station QD work continued

LR11000X inspected

Ship transfer tube delivered to production site

Ship mid-LOX section spotted with installed TPS tiles

Raptor engine moved into high bay for installation on B7; antoher one moved from the high bay 2 to tent 1

High bay 2 construction work continued

Starfactory work continued; work on the roof

Intermodal container moved

High bay 1 bridge crane connected to B8 LOX tank section

Load spreader moved to production site

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[24]
17.05.2022 High bay 2: roofing panels/beams lifted; wall work continued

Booster common dome lifted

SN16 tank section left high bay 2

S24 and B8 worked on in high bay 1

Starfactory work continued

Raptor 2 engines SN21, SN24, SN46, moved into high bay 2 for installation on B7

New parts for OLM delivered to launch site; booster QD-backside cover (covering the flexible cryo lines), other angular parts

OLIT and chopsticks work continued

OLS Cryo station ship QD worked on

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[25]
16.05.2022 Chopsticks worked on

New SPMT delivered

Structural test stand work continued

Ship cryo station at OLS,work on QD

QD arm work continued

OLM work continued

Repair work at gate D2 (Launch site main entrance), concrete opened up

New gate installed at launch site (next to the tank farm wall and offloading station)

High bay 2 work continued

Rvac engine boxes spotted at the production site

SN16 flaps removed, quite ruggedly, nosecone scrapping continued; flaps loaded onto a flatbed

S24 aft flap installed

B7 worked on in high bay 2/mega bay

Raptor vacuum engine boxes left Boca Chica (one labelled SN 1)

Fuel storage tanks delivered (Enviro Cube)

High bay 1/mega bay: more roof beams lifted

Work on nosecones in tent 3, likely for S25 and S26 [vid 17]

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[26]
15.05.2022 Raptor engines visible unter SN20/S20

S25 or S26 Mid-LOX section spotted

Stiffener ring removed from a 5-ring barrel section

S24 worked on in high bay 1

B8 LOX section (16 rings tall) moved into high bay 1, attached to bridge crane to resume stacking operations; stacked onto another 4-ring section (LOX tank now 20 out of 24 rings tall)

SN16 nosecone still sitting infront of bays

Counterweights removed from an SPMT

Chopsticks and OLM work continued

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[27]
14.05.2022 B7 rolled back to the production site, entered gate B2 and then high bay 2 [filmed from gate B6], possibly for Raptor engine installation; later attached to bridge crane

SN16 nosecone sitting in front of bays, moved to the scrapyard

High bay 2 [megabay according to Musk/widebay] wall panelling work continued

Raptor 2 engines delivered from McGregor, SN66 identified

OLM worked on

Elon Musk Starbase tour with Everyday Astronaut, Part 1 released; key take aways:

-First orbital flight by B7 and S24, likely with Starlink satellites in an electrically actuated dispenser

-Ullage gas thrusters on both ship and booster

-Thrust to weight ratio of full stack will be around 1.5 at lift off

-Ship fwd flaps will need to be improved massively, possibly even removing them or moving them more to the leeward side

-No more suborbital flights

-B7 120 degrees chines layout make sense due to pressure [?]; B7 will have lighter grid fins

-Future boosters will have less grid fins, not more than 3

-Megabay [high bay 2] supports up to 12 work stations, is 30-40 ft taller than high bay 1 and has 4x usable area

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[28]
13.05.2022 Booster QD on OLM is retracted

B7 lifted from OLM onto transport stand by LR11000X

SoLS Pad A: Ship QD added

SoLS tank farm vented slightly

SN16 tank section still in high bay 2

Starfactory wall installation continued

New booster transport stand work continued

S25 flaps spotted

Booster load spreader picked up by high bay 2 bridge crane for first time

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[29]
12.05.2022 Chopsticks work continued

OLM/B7 work on "engine" section

B7 inspection

LN2 delivery to OLS tank farm

Structural test stand worked on

SoLS Pad A preparation work continued

Ground work at SoLS

LR11000X moved to OLS, OLM, connected to B7 via loadspreader

OLM booster QD hood painted black

SN20/S20 has replaced SN16 at the rocket garden

Work on mystery structure at production site

Stafactory siding installation continued, move beams added

S24 worked on in high bay 1

High bay 2 work continued, small roof beams installation began (roof frames)

Raptor 2 delivered (unknown serial number)

Delivery, packed in white sheets and labelled "UTF 12CCJ/F/E", to production site

Booster transport stand moved to OLM

SN16 nosecone has been removed from rest in high bay 2, sits now in front of tent [vid 13]

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[30]
11.05.2022 SN20/S20 rolled back from launch site to production site, to rocket garden; lifting eyes have been removed last night

S21 aft section scrapped, parts cut off

Starfactory work continued, wall panels installation continued

S24 has been unhooked from bridge crane in high bay 1, scaffolding for payload bay stacking has been removed, work continued

High bay 2 work continued, more wall panels installed, back side now fully covered; rooftop beams installed (for the upper roof, lower roof has been fully installed)

SN16 attached to high bay 2 bridge crane, while its stand rolled back to rocket garden through gate A3

Delivery in black boxes (labelled with SN4 and SN1 ?) to production site

S26 aft dome spotted in front of tents; S26 quad for payload bay/nosecone barrel section spotted (it's still a quad, extra ring will be welded on top inside the high bay), moved into high bay 1; S26 aft dome sleeve (4-ring) spotted outside the tents, flipped

Nosecone in tent 3 TPS tile installation picking up pace

S26 aft dome lifted onto sleeving stand

Ground work at PPS continued

B7/OLM QD reconnected after it has been disconnected

B7 cryo proof test on OLM, both tanks fully frosted up; first ever booster/OLM QD retraction test under cryogenic conditions

NSF Cape Update #7:

-Roberts road:

--Hangar X: New B1064 Falcon heavy rocket side booster spotted; fairing delivered for refurbishment; new parking area norht of it; concrete pathways construction started on the east side, indicating no further extension of the building

--Starfactory: Two new tents assembled to support construction; concrete spread footings nearly completed

--High bays: Pile drillers began to work on the foundations, rebar already being added

--OLIT: Fifth section assembly began, three columns added; sixth section starting soon with feet placed, seventh section might start soon as well

--Entrance road completed

Pad 39A:

--Second tent now completed

--OLIT base is being expanded with walls coming out to the west and away from the OLM, possibly for draw works, however, the design is certainly different to Starbase where the extension is made of steel beams instead of concrete walls

--OLM: Rebars coming out of ground for the legs, the six legs have been spotted north of it

--Octagonal clearing of a new foundation spotted west of the OLIT and OLM, unknown purpose

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[31]
10.05.2022 B7 LOX hatch reopened, worked inside tank; work on OLM/booster QD

Chopsticks work continued

OLIT plumbing lifted and installed

SoLS Pad A preparation work continued (likely

for S24 test campaign)

Work on booster transport stand

Starfactory first two side covering panels installed

SN16 moved to high bay 2 [NSF called it megabay] by two SPMTs after lifting eyes have been installed last night; potentially for som testing; later connected to bridge crane

B8 LOX tank worked on

S24 still hooked to bridge crane in high bay 1; welding work continued

High bay work continued on top levels

New nosecone in tent 3: Thermal blankets applied

Black boxes delivered to production site

Elon Musk: hopes for first orbital attempt in the summer and an uncrewed mission to Mars in 3 to 5 years

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

Sheetz

[32]
09.05.2022 Construction work at PPS near rocket garden, with excavators

B8 aft tank worked on the outside

S24 worked on in high bay 1, rotated for welding; payload door visible

Starfactory work continued

High bay 2: work continued, more wall panels added at the back side

Ship leg skirt section with can cursher cap on top of it spotted at PPS

SPMTs moved under SN16 at rocket garden

B5 stand worked on

Raptor installation platform near the OLM

B7 cryo proof test on OLM; both tank fully frosted up befor detanking

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[33]
08.05.2022 B7 work on OLM continued through LOX tank access hole; work on a raceway

QD arm work continued

B8 LOX tank section still waiting outside bay area

Nosecone and barrel section worked on in tent 3

S24 tank section worked on in high bay, Nosecone (with barrel section and fwd dome section) stacked onto tank section

FCC approval for communication for orbital test renewed (May 21 - November 21)

Raptor installation platform moved to OLM [vid 09]

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[34]
07.05.2022 S24 tank section moved from mid bay into high bay 1 [enough space now as B7 has left]

B7 worked on at OLM; work through LOX access hatch while still hooked to LR11000X; OLM QD hood opened, extended, QD connected; later crane disconnected from B7 (16:30)

Pump truck worked at SoLS [vacuum truck, "hydroexcavation" truck, normally used to remove loose dirt, gravel... according to Graves/Pearson]

LR11000X moved away from OLS

S24 tank section lifted in high bay 1; moved around

Starfactory construction work continued

Part of a nosecone spotted outside tent 3

NSF

Nic

LabPadre

[35]
06.05.2022 B7 moved out high bay 1, prepared for roll out (delayed a bit due to lighning); rolled back shortly

SoLS preparation work continued

Starfactory work continued

S24 nosecone (stacked on barrel section) seen high bay 1

High bay 2 construction work continued

B7 rolled out to the launch site for the second time [despite speculation after transfer tube failure] (no grid fins installed yet)

B7 lifted onto OLM by LR11000X, after chopsticks moved out of the way

FAA: Section 106 review completed today

Florida: All six legs for OLM delivered to pad, assembly of 5th OLIT section began, new concrete base under construction at LC39-A (Stranger)

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

Stranger

[36]
05.05.2022 High bay 2 construction continued, more beams lifted and installed

Stairs production behind high bay 1 continued

B7 rebair work in high bay 1 continued

New flat dome design shown

Booster aft cap assembly lifted and moved into tent 1

New booster transport stand work continued

Front end loader worked at PPS

Drone flight at rocket garden/ PPS (inspections/drone test?)

Starfactory work continued, more roof beams installed

S24 tank section still waiting in mid bay

Mystery box (the rusty one near Gate B4) attached to crane and lifted

Counterweights moved to production site by SPMT, possibly for B7 roll out in the near future

LR11000X moved with load spreader, likely for future B7 lift

Booster QD on OLM worked on

Chopsticks worked on

Unknown item lifted over launch site wall at SoLS

OLM vented, possibly Raptor QD vents [?]

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[37]
04.05.2022 OLM work continued; work with a special load spreader

Ship QD arm work continued

SoLS Pad A: all 6 thrust rams have been installed

SoLS concrete work continued

Wide bay 2 work continued

Mystery box work continued; another mystery box shown as well

Starfactory work continued

Air conditioner unit delivered

SPMTs being rearranged

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[38]
03.05.2022 Work at the top of high bay 2 during night

B7 work in high bay 1 continued

High bay 2: wall panels missing on two levels at the back and north side, 5 levels missing on the south side; work continued

Starfactory work continued

New booster transport stand work continued, securing clamps being added

OLM work continued

Rvac thrust rams/simulators installation on SoLS pad A

LN2 delivery to OLS tank farm

Structural test stand work continued

US Fish & Wildlife Service documents sent to CNBC via FOIA request, biological and conference opinion based on the review of the effects of the proposed Starship program

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[39]
02.05.2022 SoLS Pad A work continued to prepare it for testing; concrete work near it

New Ship QD plate added to the new QD stand at Starship cryo station next to OLIT

Structural test stand welding work

GSE plumbing cleaned

Excavator working at SoLS

GSE plumbing moved on flatbed at launch site

Ship QD arm work continued

New GSE hoses delivered to launch site

Starfactroy construction work continued, more beams added

Faro vantage laser tracker for precise construction spotted

More Appleton crane parts moved to PPS

Delivery of new unknown structure to production site

New scissor lifts spotted at production site

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[40]
01.05.2022 Chopsticks worked on

Helium containers are at the OLS tank farm

S24 and B7 worked on in high bay 1

Appleton Marine crane parts moved to PPS; possibly to leave Starbase

LN2 and LOX deliveries to OLS tank farm

OLM work continued

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[41]

April 2022[]

Date Description Source Link
30.04.2022 Ship QD arm work continued after the new QD has been installed

S24 still attached to high bay bridge crane

Booster aft cap assembly shown

High bay 2 [ex widebay] work continued

S21 scrapping continued

Starfactory work continued

NSF

Nic

LabPadre

[42]
29.04.2022 QD arm, new ship QD installation continued; detached from LR11000X

B7 work in high bay 1 continued

S24 stacking preparations continued

Starfactory work continued

Large hardware delivered to production site near the new tent

Astro pak machine (for metal surface treatment) delivered

Transport stand moved on SPMT

Rvac thrust simulators have now been assembled

OLS tank farm venting from LN2 tank

Air conditioners delivered to production site

Road closed at 17:14 for unknown reason, opened at 17:52

Chopsticks: diagonal braces at the stabilisation extensions added again

First OLM water deluge system test at 09:00:33 pm [vid 30]

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

Starship Gazer

[43]
28,04.2022 Ship Raptor vacuum thrust rams preparation work at launch site

Ship QD with updated design arrived at luanch site; installation on QD arm

Workers on beam sculpture at PPS

High bay 2 [ex wide bay] work continued

S24 nosecone attached to bridge crane in high bay 1

Starfactory work continued

S21 scrapped section at PPS

Booster aft cap assembly

Dome parts delivered

Raptor 2 engine SN45 delivered

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[44]
27.04.2022 Tent 3: several nosecones worked on; polished

High bay 2 [ex wide bay] work continued, more beams lifted; bridge crane shown

B7 work continued in high bay 1

Starfactory work continued

S21 remains moved to PPS

Road work next to rocket garden continued

Mystery box work continued

New booster transport stand work continued

Field machining equipment arrived at production site "In-Place Machining"

Stairs and other parts delivered

SoLS Pad A work continued, eg on additional structure

B4 with old Raptor 1 engines shown

QD arm overhaul continued; LR11000X moved to it, parts lifted onto it

OLM work continued

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[45]
26.04.2022 SoLS Pad A installation of thrust simulation equipment continued; Rvac thrust simulators and stands near it

OLS tank farm: more plumbing being installed at the CH4 pump site; LOX and LN2 deliveries

Raptor van arrived at Starbase, delivered one new lego themed engine, two trucked away, one missing its head

High bay 2 [wide bay] work continued

S24 fwd dome section (fully tiled) moved from tent 3 to high bay for future stacking; lifted [likely placed on a new stand]

Smooth fwd dome outside dome

B8 fwd section seen in mid bay

High bay 2 [wide bay]; stairs lifted into it

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[46]
25.04.2022 OLM and chopsticks worked on

SoLS Pad A work continued

Structural test stand worked on

OLS tank farm plumbing work continued at pumping area

CH4 deliveries to OLS tank farm

High bay 2 (wide bay) work continued, work platform removed

Starfactory work continued, more beams added

Curved stand parts delivered

B7 disconnected from bridge crane in high bay; moved into the corner

B8 LOX tank worked outside

Groundwork near the Rocket Garden

High bay 1: Work on some supporting beams

S24 nosecone spotted in high bay

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[47]
24.04.2022 SoLS Pad A work continued for preparing testing

QD arm work continued

OLS tank farm work continued, plumbing installed

New transfer tubes for booster spotted

B7 worked on at high bay; transfer tube possibly being repaired; hydraulic power unit shown

Mystery box at production site

Deliveries to production site, unknown parts, dome segments

Work on new booster stand

NSF

Mary

Nic LabPadre

[48]
23.04.2022 B7 worked on in high bay; leaked picture from inside LOX tank shows transfer tube scrunched

New transfer tube for unknown booster delivered

Old cargo door prototype shown

Work on new ship nosecone in tent 3

OLM work continued

SoLS pad A work continued, brown metal part lifted and installed

Chopsticks tested, raised and lowered [vid 24]

NSF

Nic

LabPadre

[49]
22.04.2022 Two smooth? nosecones in tent 3

Scrap dome in front of tents

Booster aft section (sleeved) prepared to flip; later flipped; great views from the inside of aft section with plumbing

New transport stand [again not much shown]

B7 in high bay: chine has been opened up

Road work in front of prdouction site

StarFactory work continued

Wide bay: Work platform lowered

Black Mystery box spotted at production site, connected to a crane

S24 tank section worked on in mid bay

Load spreader disconnected from S24 nosecone

SoLS concrete work

OLS: Work continued on GSE piping

Bystronic laser cutter delivered to production site

Parts for a new stand? delivered

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[50]
21.04.2022 Three new Raptor 2 engines delivered, legp themed; RSN51 identified

FCC document: Wide bay called "High Bay 2"

Booster common dome sleeve moved

Ship load spreader moved at production site

Booster transport stand work continued at launch? site

Concrete work at production site entrance (Gate B2)

S21 at scrap yard; TPS tiles and white blanket torn off

Work on new stand continued

Starfactory production building work continued [name has been confirmed by label spotted on beams]

Grey turbine like parts delivered

SPMT moved weights to productioin site

Three Rvac thrust simulators moved to launch site, offloaded near SoLS Pad A and installed in the pad

SoLS: Berm under construction!

OLM work continued

OLIT: Work on Chopsticks rail

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[51]
20.04.2022 LN2 tanker trucks at PPS, venting

Ground fabrication building shown

Smooth nosecone spotted in tent

B7 worked on in high bay

Starship factory starfactory girders installed

Old cargo door prototype still around at production site

Starship thrust simulator moved to SoLS; fit checks on Pad A; removed again

Grove GMK 1550 boom element delivered

New booster thrust puck delivered

Ship thrust simulator lifted again into Pad A [vid 21]

NSF Cape Update #6:

-Roberts road:

--Hangar X: New Fence splitting the offload area into two parts, one likely for fairing half delivery/refurbishment/roll out; More material for interior

--Road to north paved for increase in activity

--4 OLIT segments prepared, 3rd and 4th segment received parts for central elevator truss; feet for 5th segment prepared; more feet ready

--Starfactory: Construction starting, cut-outs for concretes spread footings visible

--Clearing for high bays continued, access road construction started between bay area and starfactory area

--Retention pond being filled

-Pad 39A:

--Cocnrete work on OLIT base continued, first stage complete; work on the two back walls, that will hold the draw work system; panels removed

--Foundations for the six OLM legs appear to being built up to ground level after earth work last week

--New white tent added in the south; frame for a second tent next to it

--Work on upgrading hydrogen sphere continued


NSF

Nic

LabPadre

[52]
19.04.2022 B7 worked on in high bay, especially aft section

Wide bay work continued [according to new official documents called wide bay 2]

New production tent work continued

Starfactory work continued, first horizontal beam installed

Raptor V2 engine SN42 delivered

Structural test stand QD worked on

OLIT new plumbing lifted by LR11000X

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[53]
18.04.2022 B7 prepared for lifting, transport stand prepared, lifted by LR11000X and placed onto transport stand (alignment pin not used); load spreader and crane disconnected from B7; rolled back to production site (reason yet unknown)

B8 moved within high bay by bridge crane; then moved out of high bay, likely to make place for B7

Construction of new factory building that will replace the production tents (often referred to as "Starfactory") continued with first beams being placed

Dismantling of a container back wall at production site near gate B3

Wide bay work continued

New production tent work continued; first awnings added

B7 moved into high bay

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[54]
17.04.2022 OLM raceway covers installation continued

B7 umbilical disconnected ahead of possibly lifting it off the structural test stand

New mystery structure [spotted yesterday] now delivered to launch site

Nosecone in tent 3 has alignment jig attached [S25?]

B8 aft #4 tank section (4-ring, part of LOX tank) prepared for lifting in front of high bay; lifted and placed on a stand; LOX tank moved within high bay, lifted by bridge crane and stacked onto aft #4 section (LOX tank now 16 rings tall)

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[55]
16.04.2022 Crane counterweighs transported by SPMT

S21 scrapping continued

New tent construction continued

B7 connected to LR11000X

Tank trucks deliveries to OLS tank farm

Rusty mystery structure delivered

Ground work for possible future starfactory shown

Old methane theader tank design for booster spotted at PPS

Nosecone in tent 3 being prepared for aerosurfaces

NSF

Nic

Mary

LabPadre

[56]
15.04.2022 B8 LOX tank stacked: cmn dome and aft #2 sections stacked onto aft #3 section

New booster stand workded on

Wide bay work during the night (welding?)

S21 tank section finally being scrapped

Coil of stainless steel delivered

Work on new tent behind wide bay continued

LR11000X moved to B7, load spreader still attached

B4 transport stand worked on

B7 aft section worked on with an unknown orange part of equipment

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[57]
14.04.2022 PPS earth and concrete work near entrance to rocket garden

B5 stand and aft section worked on

Unknown part transported by SPMT

Wide bay work continued

B8 common dome and aft #2 section otuside high bay (8 rings tall stack)

Old COPV aerocover seen at production site

S24 tank section worked on in mid bay

New flat dome placed on sleeving stand (the third one made overall, according to NSF still a pathfinder); 2-ring sleeve sleeved on dome

New tent going up at production site

Coil of stainless steel moved

B7 work on QD area

B7 transport stand (with alignment pins) placed on two SPMTs

B7 cryo proof test on structural test stand, possibly also hydraulic thrust test; ice formed on both tanks; in the second round, LOX tank got fully frosty

NSF

Nic

LabPadre

[58]
13.04.2022 Nosecone in tent 3 shown

Workers on high bay bar balcony

High bay construction elevator dismantling continued

Beams delivered to production site, as well as other parts, possibly for wide bay

Original cargo door pathfinder (5-ring nc barrel) shown

Mystery parts (curved boxes with SpaceX logo and windows) delivered to production site, unknown purpose, interior yet to be finished

Tanker trucks deliveries to OLS tank farm, some ventings

B7 some sort of white felt near its aft section

Chopsticks worked on, especially on the stabilisation pin arms

B7 ambient proof test (pneumatic test) on structural test stand late night [vid 14]

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[59]
12.04.2022 Tanker truck deliveries to OLS tank farm

B5 worked on at PPS, especially near stand and aft section plumbing

S25 5-ring nosecone barrel section spotted in frotn of tent

New flat dome got rectangular section cut out [pahtfinder?], then moved away (for scrapping); according to NSF it was the second flat dome that was built

New structure beginning to be assembled (rings on pistons?) at build site, unknown purpose

S25 nosecone barrel stiffener removed, then moved into wind break (low bay)

Old cargo door pathfinder (5-ring nosecone barrel) with cut in dispenser hole seen at high bay

S24 nosecone still attached to crane in high bay

Third flat dome shown in front tent

S25 aft section spotted in tent

Wide bay work continued, more beams lifted into place on top level

High bay elevator removal work continued

Hwy 4 work next to production stie continued

Delieveries to production site

Wall building work at production site next to cate B3 continued

B7 ambient pressure test, (inspected by bird), tank farm active; pressure release through all vents at common and fwd dome

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[60]
11.04.2022 OLM work continued, parts lifted onto it

B7 work around QD as preparation for testing

OLS tank farm deliveries by tanker trucks

B4 transport stand worked on

Earth work at SoLS pad B near SN20/S20

Hwy 4 road work next to production site contined

Wide bay work continued

Wall building work continued at production! site with sun pannel installation

NSF Cape update #5:

-Roberts road

--Hangar X: exterior walls to extensions completed, concrete work progressed; northern wall now completely pannelled with glass; delivery area complete with large concrete pad; door possibly for fairing halves

--OLIT progression: third and fourth sections being built [deep dive into this by Zack Golden], concrete foundations for four more sections nearly complete

--Starship Factory: Pile drilling operations likely complete; ground clearing underway for possible high/wide bay

--Retention pond excavations continued on western side

-Pad 39 A:

--Concrete work on OLIT base has begun, still some rebar seen

--Work on old hydrogen storage sphere, possibly for use with LCH4, subcoolers have been installed next to it [2 out of 4!!]

--LOX subcoolers spotted on the opposite side of the complex (where previous starship OLM was planned and partially built in 2019 and removed in October 2020)

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[61]
10.04.2022 Tank trucker deliveries to OLS tank farm

B7 testing preparation work contiuned via work platform and access hole, GSE lines connected to QD plate

Booster methane transfer tube delivered, unloaded

Wide bay work continued

New smaller dome spotted

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[62]
09.04.2022 S24 nosecone attached to high bay bridge crane, stacked onto payload section [nc barrel section]

B7 preparations for testing on structural test stand, hooked up to GSE; work platform erected near it

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

see below
08.04.2022 S24 lifted in high bay by bridge crane [stacking?], later tank section left high bay

S24 nosecone detached from crane in front of ten 3, later moved to high bay

Booster load spreader attached to LR11000X

B7 attached to LR11000X, QD retracted, destacked from OLM and placed onto structural test stand [ex can crusher]

Tracking station tracked the Ax-1 mission [Axiom]

High bay construction elevator removed as a permanent elevator has been installed inside the high bay

S24 worked on in mid bay; payload section [nosecone barrel section] moved to high bay via hwy 4

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[63]
07.04.2022 OLM work continued, new lines added

Hydraulic gantry assembled over structural test stand at OLS to lift it

Launch site wall work continued, new wall panels added

S24 nosecone work continued

Ship transfer tube spotted at launch site

New crane tracks delivered to production site/PPS, old ones moved away

Domes moved to scrap yard [one with new design?]

Wide bay construction work continued

QD arm retracted and chopsticks lifted during a test, rotated at the top

SN20/S20 moved next to SoLS pad B, reason unknown

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[64]
06.04.2022 S24 sections stacked and welded together in high bay [which?]

B7/OLM worked on; LOX tank hatch installed on B7

S20 worked on [small aerocovers removed]

Deliveries to launch site

[B7] Booster transport stand work continued, especially on alignment pin

Launch site wall work continued, see through panels and some beams removed

GSE plumbing removed and lowered from OLIT, new GSE plumbing delivered and lifted on OLIT

Hydraulig gantry parts delivered to launch site [what for?]

Booster header tank loaded onto a truck

Ship thrust puck hoisted (pipes already installed)

Robotic wielder spotted in high bay

Wide bay work continued, more beams lifted, roof construction has started (not on the very top)

Hwy 4 road work next to starbase sign

Ship QD arm disconnect moved back to the launch site, close up showing the details of pins, connections, and cameras on the QD plate

Foundation work at rocket garden

S24 nosecone TPS tiles work continued

Tent 3 S24 fwd dome section

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[65]
05.04.2022 S24 aft section removed from B8 aft section after fit check of stage separation system

Fwd dome section spotted in tent 3, likely for S24 [??]

Raptor engine delivered to production site

S24 LOX tank section moved from mid bay to high bay, attached to crane

Wide bay construction work continued, more beams lifted into place

Booster header tank domes spotted at production site

Booster aft dome sleeve moved out of tent 1; flipped

Booster aft dome with cap moved onto sleeving stand

[B7] transport stand worked on, especially on the alignment pins

Ship QD arm: Ship QD plate and piping attached to LR11000X and removed

Launch site wall building work continued

Chopsticks worked on

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[66]
04.04.2020 Ship aft section moved into tent 3 by a crane (likely S25 aft section)

B7 has been disconnected form LR11000X; briefly hooked to it again and unhooked shortly after; B7 connected to booster QD on OLM

SoLS tank farm LN2 deliveries [Can we expect testing at SoLS to restart soon?]

OLS tank farm: subcoolers active

Alignment pins from B4 transport stand removed and installed on B7 transport stand

LR11000X moved away from OLM and B7

B7 vented from fwd dome vents ahead of cryo proof test

B7 first cryo proof test, both tanks fully frosted up at the nearly same pace (CH4 tank frost reaching the top faster); during the filling process, the cmn dome vents constantly vented for short periods; venting stopped for ~1min, then LOX tank filling continued and reached top after some time; detanking started soon after that; later in the night, RCS cmn dome vents and fwd dome vents depress vented and frost/condensation started to reappear shortly after decreasing fully and final full depress vents

Wide bay construction work continued, more beams lifted; second bridge crane has been installed as well

S24 aft section moved to high bay, and stacked onto B8 fwd section

SPMT rolled down hwy 4

Starship methane transfer tube delivered (with anti-vortex device)

Booster header tank domes delivered to production site

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[67]
03.04.2022 OLS tank farm: GSE piping worked on at CH4 site, LN2 tank vented; heat exchanger moved

Common dome section (Scrap, see vid 04) spotted on a transport stand in front of tent 1

S24 nosecone moved out of tent 3; two-three nosecone barrel sections being worked on in tent 3 with TPS tiles being installed [S25, S26... ?]

Booster header tank spotted in tents

B8 work in high bay continued, weld cleaned while the tank got rotated

Wide bay: Bridge crane lifted into place and installed on girders

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[68]
02.04.2022 Wide bay: Work continued; bridge crane part (white) moved; first bridge crane girder lifted and installed; second bridge crane girder lifted onto the rail and installed, followed by third, SpaceX custom design; fourth girder lifted

B8 common dome section moved in front of high bay, LOX tank vents seen; lifted onto aft #2 section (LOX tank now 8 rings tall)

Raptor engine nr 59 spotted in storage

B7 attached to LR11000X, QD hood on OLM closed, B7 lifted onto OLM by LR11000X (not by chopstics as some have expected, and not on structural test stand as others expected), a lot of engine attachment point hardware visible; chopsticks slightly rotated towards booster

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[69]
01.04.2022 OLIT work continued

Wide bay: More beams lifted into place for roof level; wall work on level 6&7 continued

S24 nosecone TPS tile installation nearing completion

B8 aft tank #2 section (4-ring, no lead-ins) attached to crane and moved into high bay

OLS tank farm LN2 loudspeaker tank vented

B7 work on aft section/transport stand; detached from LR11000X and load spreader (reason unknown)

LR11000X rolled away from B7 towards OLM, Chopsticks turned out of the way

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[70]

March 2022[]

Date Description Source Link
31.03.2022 OLS tank farm deliveries (propellant / LN2)

OLM work continued

B7 rolled out from high bay to launch site during early morning road closure, followed by a flood light car; later attached to LR11000X
B7 work continued around aft section/transport stand ahead of possible lift; according to NSF, the "chines are aerodynamic surfaces that increase the Booster's crossrange when returning to the launch site", they also cover COPVs

SPMT returned to production site

B8 CH4 tank stacking continued in high bay

Part of a new booster transport stand delivered to production site

S24 nosecone TPS tiles work continued

Common dome section placed on sleeving stand (already sleeved with a 1.5 ring sleeve!)

Building work next to high bay continued

NSF update on design changes as part of the continues iterative approach on Starship:

-S20 (first complete heat shield) is functionally out of date as it can only be launched on B4 and possibly B5

-B4 first booster with 29 engines, engine shields, aerocovers, grid fins...; but out of date as well

-Naming conventions for barrel sections: Quint, Quad, Triple, Double, Single (according to number of rings, each 6ft tall)

-Starship (old/new layout): 20 rings + nosecone; aft section (5/4), mid LOX section (4/4), cmn some section (3/4), fwd dome section (4/3), nc barrel section (4/5)

--Aft: ship QD moved from second to third ring, possibly for shorter plumbing or more space for 3 additional Rvac engines; nobs and holes for booster/ship integration reversed: since S22 and B7, holes are on booster (negative side) and nobs on ship (positive side); new aft domes with redesigned thrust puck for Raptor V2

--Mid LOX: same but sits one ring lower

--Common dome section: Methane header tank removed (to nosecone); new main LOX tank vents to be the same as ullage thruster vents on booster, possibly also for attitude control and possibly nosecone RCS thruster

--Fwd dome section: Shortened, giving one ring to nosecone [tank sizes remain the same, as dome is now welded higher]

--Nc barrel: now quint, possibly to facilitate cargo door manufacturing, first one seen on S24, including dispenser mechanism

--Nosecone: 4 to 2 rows of panels; methane header tank to be included; S24 nosecone under construction has two header tank vents and no RCS thrusters

--Domes with flatter design

--Not yet seen but anounced: Fwd flap design, streched tank section, increased raptor engine numbers

-Booster: improvements in order to optimize the dry mass, as well as reduction of landing propellant amount

--Thrust section: B3, B4, B5 had three standard 1.8m/6ft ring; B7 thrust section has four 1.4m/4.5ft rings, stringers now extended all the way down; B7+ will support Raptor 2 engines (vs B4 V1.5 engines)

--Header tanks: B5 had a long tube tank on the side of the LOX tank; B7 has new design that is located in the middle and encloses the transfer tube (coaxial tank); new transfer tubes with plate that has three holes (likely for providing landing LOX for center 3 engines)

--Pressurization lines: B4, B5 had 4 lines for each tank; B7 only two per tank

--Aerosurfaces: B7 has new COPVs arrangement (2 vertical columns instead of horizontal ring); covered by "nominal" sections, forming chines (dual purpose: protect COPVs, additional cross sectional surface area - additional cross range, extra drag and reduced approach velocity

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[71]
30.03.2022 OLS tank farm work continued; wall work continued

Three Raptor V2 engines delivered and moved into a production tent

OLS: work on the new fence building continued

OLM work on booster QD

New nosecone barrel section (5-ring) spotted outside tents

Haas VM-6-High-Performance VMC delivered ("This can be used to machine metal parts on site")

3-ring barrel section moved in front of tent 1

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[72]
29.03.2022 B7 moved inside high bay, now at its entrance

OLM work continued, also on booster QD

OLS tank farm: LOX delivery; work on new tank farm wall continued rapidly, top covers added at the western segment

SPMT power back transported at launch site

Structural test stand (can cursher) work continued at launch site, more parts added

B7 work continued around aft section

S24 payload bay section / nc barrel section near the entrance of tent 3

S24 nosecone work continued on TPS tiles

PPS work on propellant production plant

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[73]
28.03.2022 Ship QD panel worked on on QD arm

OLS tank farm: work behind the wall

Structural test stand worked on at launch site

Zeus (boston dynamics spot dog robot) spotted at launch site

B7 work at fwd dome, as well as around COPV cover

Wide bay work continued

Tent 3: work on a nosecone barrel section

S24 tank section waiting in mid bay; nc barrel section TPS tile installation continued

Construction work outside production site between tent 1 and hwy 4

PPS: Crane counterweight tray and weights loaded onto an SPMT

NSF

Mary

Nic

see below
27.03.2022 OLS tank farm: LOX delivered NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[74]
26.03.2022 Wide bay construction work continued, first additional wall panel for level 7 has been added (likely yesterday)

S24 nosecone TPS tiles got tape around flap

OLS tank farm: loudspeeker tank venting

Launch site fence section got removed (the one at the main entrance with Gate D2 sign)

Yellow and red crane parts transported away from launch site

NSF

Nic

LabPadre

[75]
25.03.2022 OLS tank farm: wall construction progressed rapidly

B4 transport stand alignment pins not engaged

New booster QD plate delivered and unloaded at launch site for booster QD; B7's QD design is different from B4

Structural test stand worked on at launch site

LR11000X moved away from OLM

B7 disconnected from high bay crane, moved out of high bay and rolled back in later, moved out again

B8 fwd tank section #4 moved into high bay (4-ring)

B7 moved back into high bay again

Wide bay work continued, wall panels on level 6 being added

Chopstick rotated south and lowered

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[76]
24.03.2022 B4 lifted off OLM by LR11000X and placed onto transport stand

Wide bay: wall panels installation continued on level 6

S24 nc barrel TPS installation progress shown including cut out for potential cargo door, lifted by a crane and moved; work on nosecone

B4 disconnected from LR11000X crane and moved away towards Landing pad / SoLS [vid 25]

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[77]
23.03.2022 B4 attached to LR11000X ahead of possible lift from OLM; transport stand being prepared; booster QD retracted slowly

OLM: new steel side parts welded to a leg, likely for future plumbing covers

Chopsticks worked on

Launch site: flexible pipes being worked on

S24 nosecone barrel section TPS work contineud, as well as on nosecone in tent 3

Wide bay work continued, construction elevator in use inside wide bay

Air conditioning unit lifted into place at PPS

Dome segments (new design) outside tents on a cart

New booster thrust puck at production site (delivered recently)

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[78]
22.03.2022 S24 nosecone barrel: TPS blankets and its black net covering being workded on, first TPS tiles being added

Booster fwd dome lifted onto sleeving stand [B9/B10/B11?, same as on March 20?], sleeved with flipped fwd dome sleeve (likely the one from March 20, 3-ring) after it rolled out of tent 1 again

B7.1 barrel sleeve "Aft dome barrel assy" (4-ring) moved towards sleeving stand, apparently for a new test tank

Production site concrete work

Wide bay: level 5 and 6 wall panel work continued

Thrust puck for future booster delivered

Booster test stand with hydraulics moved to launch site by two SPMTs (lower part of can crusher), possibly for B4 testing

Booster load spreader bar attached to LR11000X, possibly to lift B4 off OLM; crane moved towards B4

OLS tank farm: new plumbing prepared

Booster transport stand worked on and prepared at launch site (the one with the alignment pins), moved to OLS next to B4 by new SpaceX SPMTs

Chopsticks opened

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[79]
21.03.2022 B7 grid fins infront of S25 mid-LOX barrel section

S24 in mid bay

Booster aft section with header tank spotted in tents [B?]

B7: crew work on platform at cmn dome, chine moved

B4 propellant load test with CH4

NSF

Nic

LabPadre

[80]
20.03.2022 B7: chines installed: aerocovers for the vertical COPVs

New booster fwd dome spotted in tent [B9/B10?]

New ship common dome infront of tents [new desing]

New booster comn dome section moved out of tent 1 (4-ring, sleeved), ullage vents preinstalled [B8/B9?]; attached to flipping jig, flipped

Wide bay: more beams lifted onto top level (roof level), second half of the roof structure beginning to be built

S20 moved away from chopsticks

OLS tank farm: LOX deliveries

New booster fwd dome [B9/B10?] lifted onto sleeving stand

New booster fwd dome sleeve [B9/B10?] moved outside tent 1, prepared for flipping

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[81]
19.03.2022 OLM work continued

OLS tank farm: LOX and LN2 deliveries; GSE piping work continued at landing pad loading area; wall construction continued westwards

Production sit consturction

S24? nosecone barrel section with payload dispenser: white thermal blankets being installed

Scrap ship common dome infront tent 1

Booster header tank lifted [B8/B9?] and moved into tent 2?

QD arm: ship QD retracted from SN20/S20, then arm retracted away from ship ahead of destacking

Starship 4/20: S20 destacked from B4 by chopsticks, road remained open for the first time

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[82]
18.03.2022 Booster header tank still outside tents (for LOX) [B8/B9?]

Wide bay construction work continued: level 5 walls, top level beams

4-ring nosecone barrel section in front of tent 3 as well

Booster COPV aerocover at production site

Starship 4/20 [B4/S20] propellant load testing; OLS tank fram active; unlike a cryo proof test, wher only LN2 is used, here the tanks got filled with propellant (CH4/LOX); B4 LOX and CH4 tanks got frosty, followed by S20 tanks, only partially filled (0.5-2 rings); drone observed the test

SPMT moved around rocket garden / PPS

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[83]
17.03.2022 Starship 4/20 cryo proof test continued

OLS tank farm: some venting from vent stack; work on plumbing infront 5 CH4 tanks; LN2 delivery

Work on one of the tracking dishes near Gate C2

OLM work continued, new metal part has been added on top of the coverings, welding work

Booster header tank outside tents [B8/B9?]

Entrance building work continued behind high bay and Stargate [?]

SpaceX SPMTs being assembled

Booster fwd dome sleeve in a tent

SN8 forward flap spotted at Brownsville Airport being displayed

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPAdre

[84]
16.03.2022 Crane moved into tent 1

Ship aft section flipped (4-ring) [inside visible, new design], moved into tent 2

New flatter down design visiblea again

Wide bay: more preassembled roof beams lifted and installed; z-beams lifted as well

Tracking station: dishes lowered

S22: red tape added on TPS tiles around aft flap

Work on structural test stand at PPS

Launch site: hydraulic rams moved

Cargo door prototype and S24 nosecone still outside tent 3

Ship QD/SN20/S20 work on QD arm

OLM and OLIT work continued

Starship 4/20 [B4, S20] cryo test [with liquid nitrogen], much venting from OLS tank farm (all areas), OLIT vent indicating cryo flow through OLIT, OLM vent, frost on B4 tanks and S20 condensation, first time ship QD active with cryo [vid 17]

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[85]
15.03.2022 SN20/S20 prepared for lifting between chopsticks

OLM work continued, wooden parts removed

Ship QD lines being cleaned

OLS tank farm: work on GSE piping around new CH4 tanks

Red crane parts delivered earlier this month now identified as Liebherr LTM 1300-6.2, at gate A2

Wide bay: New beams for roof level lifted and installed, wall levels being installed up to level 5 (of 11)

New dome design outside tents

SN20/S20 lifted by chopsticks onto B4 for second time, much faster than previously; third full stack; Ship QD arm extended to S20 [cont. vid 16]

NSF Cape update #4:

-Roberts Road:

--Hangar X: Extension roof complete, side walls worked on, loading ramp along the wall under construction (facing parking location); expansion seems to have reached its limit; east side: wall painted black, large door entrance; Falcon 9 transporter spotted

--Water tower: Hooked up to ground pipes and closed off

--Berm being built to separate the Starship yard and the rest of the facility

--Retention pond began to be constructed at the west end of facility

--OLIT: First segment being constructed, 3 columns are up on construction stand, cross beams added; 5th beam ready for second segment; 5th foundation for segment now complete [add: NSF speculation that this would be enough turned out to be incorrect]

--Starship yard/factory: Progress on ground work, especially on pile drilling (holes filled with rebar and concrete); 6 east to west rows of piles (12 per row) have already been completed on northern side; half way done with seventh row; concrete yet missing

-Pad 39 A:

--OLIT base: concrete poured around the base of four support pillars; large crane next to it

--Two propellant tanks (spotted on NSF fleet cam on March 7) now placed at new fuel farm next to the Falcon ramp (old 2019 Starship foundation)

--Hydrogene sphere work continued; potentially for CH4 storage (usable storage capacity: 3218m3, compared to 2395m3 full stack Starship CH4 volume)

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[86]
14.03.2022 SN20/S20 now at chopsticks, chopsticks closed in later

Ship QD extended (although SN20/S20 not yet stacked)

Launch site weather station work continued

Wide bay construction continued: first level 11 beams preassembled and lifted by LR11000 (for final roof level, no wall panels installed yet); followed by second one; more beams added on lower levels for outside support structure

Booster barrel section (3-ring) moved

Deliveries to production site

Production site: Concrete work

New black SPMTs delivered!

S24 nosecone now outside tent!

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[87]
13.03.2022 Chopsticks raised early morning, lowered afterwards

Ship common dome scrap, booster aft section prepared for flipping

Booster aft section (4-ring) flipped; header tank part visible (with three-engine pipe outlets!) [B8/B9?]

OLM work contineud

LN2 delivered to OLS tank farm

GSE piping delivered to OLS tank farm

New booster transport stand shown at launch site

Crew worked on a weather station

SN20/S20 moved away from cryo pad and OLIT

SPMT counterweights adjusted

SN20/S20 moved to chopsticks [vid 14]

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[88]
12.03.2022 B8 stacking started: fwd dome section lifted and stacked on another 3-ring section (LCH4 tank now 6/13 rings)

B4 one grid fin has moved/turned a bit

New building work along launch site wall continued, more beams installed

LR11000X moved towards OLS

QD arm, more parts removed by LR11000X; crane moved away from OLS after that

Unknown parts spotted at launch site

Starship factory: Foundation work next to tent 3 continued, concrete being poured

S24 Nosecone tent 3: TPS tiles installation nearly complete

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[89]
11.03.2022 QD arm: parts of second claw uninstalled as well and lowered by LR11000X

B8 fwd section moved into high bay to start with stacking

B7 work through access hole near the weld

Wide bay: construction continued, wall panels being fixed, some level 5 panels have been installed

S24 still in mid bay

S24 nosecone barrel with payload dispenser: work continued on TPS blanket

LR11000X moved at OLS

Chopsticks connector bar delivered to OLS

Booster transport stand (new one) moved to launch site, concrete pad next to the circular tank; OLIT two beams erected and cross beams installed; new tower pads nearly complete; HangarX building extension towards pond nearly covered; Starship factory foundation work continued

LabPadre Florida update: Water storage near completion at Roberts road

NASA document: Artemis HLS mission plan updted, new images; depot Starship is shown to be 6 rings longer than regular tanker Starship (687m3 extra volume)

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

Scuba

[90]
10.03.2022 B7 CH4 tank section stacked onto LOX section at 12:47 am; grid fins still missing

S25 aft dome spotted, lifted onto sleeving stand; sleeved with 4-ring sleeve [flipped yesterday]; lifted of stand

Wide bay: Staircase consturction behind high bay continued; bracing installed (connection above the future entrance)

Payload bay pathfinder (not same as S24 nosecone barrel section?!)

B9 common dome sleeve (4-ring, RCS/ullage vents upside down) moved out of tent

S24 nosecone barrel section: TPS tile blankets added; another 5-ring section behind it

B9 common dome lifted onto sleeving stand, sleeved with common dome sleeve, lifted off sleeving stand and moved back into tent

Transfer tubes moved to scrapyard

Hwy4 road work continued

OLS, OLIT: rails inspected on movable work platform

QD arm work, one of the claws (stabilization arm) removed and lowered by LR11000X

Beam structure has been erected next to launch site entrance (behind the new entrance building)

SN20/S20 work through access hole, fan used

Work on loudspeaker tank at OLS tank farm

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[91]
09.03.2022 Chopsticks work continued

QD arm work continued

SpaceX LR11000X fitted with new rigging, connected to one of the QD stabilization arms

Booster transport stand (old) moved towards production site

S25 aft dome sleeve prepared for flipping (4-ring), flipped

B4 vented (fwd dome depress vents)

McGregor: Raptor Vac engine test on horizontal test stand for about 0m02s?; first time with water deluge system

NSF

Nic

LabPadre

Cuker

[92]
08.03.2022 Chopsticks tested (went to the top, opened, closed, moved, went down again, accompanied by drone)

B8 common dome section (4-ring) at scrap yard

LOX truck to lunch site

More red Liebherr crane parts delivered

Wide bay work continued on lower levels, wall panels being added, elevator installation continued, stair construction continued behind high bay

Dome sleeving stand modifications continued: New and differently shaped alignment jigs, possibly for differently shaped domes

B6? header tank scrapped

Booster fwd dome worked on at production site outside tents

New booster transport stand underwent testing (pins lifted and lowered by hydraulics)

OLS, OLIT: tower rails being worked on

Road work on hwy4 infront of OLS

Ship common dome section spotted in a tent

New nosecone spotted in tent 3

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[93]
07.03.2022 B7 rotated in high bay

OLM work continued

Road work on hwy4 continued

Potential payload dispenser installed in nosecone barrel section believed to be S24

OLS tank farm: work around CH4 tanks

QD arm moved (retracted away from B4)

Wide bay: stair section lifted into it

B7 in high bay: arrangement of COPVs has changed from a ring around aft section to two vertical columns

Absorbtion columns that left Sanchez 2 weeks ago have arrived at Port Canaveral at 9:42am EST

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

WLAnimal

[94]
06.03.2022 S24 noseceone, fwd dome section, thrust section in tent; S25 common dome section/segment and another nosecone spotted in same tent

5-ring nosecone barrel section work continued

S22 work continued at PPS

Red crane parts delivered to production site

Work on new booster transport stand; old booster transport stand moved outside bay area by SPMT

B8 fwd tank #2 (3-ring) spotted ("goes directly underneath the forward dome section")

Dome cap delivered to production site

Wide bay work continued; installation of a construction lift

B8? fwd dome section spotted

LCH4 delivered to OLS tank farm, as well as LOX

OLM work continued
Deimos oil rig arrived at Port Pascagoula, Mississippi

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[95]
05.03.2022 Booster fwd section spotted near other sections, another one in a tent

B7 aft section with a new design spotted at tent entrance: different QD plate and addition of a header tank!!, rolled out and moved towards high bay

Counterweights moved by SPTM

New booster transport stand still at PPS

Utility work next to Starbase sign / hwy4

S25? common dome section in tent

B7 tank section (which one?) lifted and moved in high bay; LOX section stacked onto thrust section, both tanks now fully stacked

OLM work continued; work on booster QD

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[96]
04.03.2022 Ship cmn and aft dome, booster fwd and cmn dome lying around outside tents

Parts for structural test stand lifted into place

Wide bay: construction continued, more z-beams lifted into place

Dome sleeving stand being modified

B7 grid fins spotted, not painted black (yet?)

Work on GSE7 outside cable

OLM work

SN20/S20 work through access hole

Flexible pipe near methane offloading site at OLS tank farm; CH4 delivery

Parts delivered to OLS

B7 work in high bay

Damaged CH4 tank (truck) towed away (Stabilis)

Florida: First section for OLM at 39-a at KSC spotted![97]

Elon Musk: "SpaceX reprioritized to cyber defense & overcoming signal jamming. Will cause slight delays in Starship & Starlink V2."[98]

McGregor: Raptor 2 engine test on horizontal test stand for about 0m33s?; multiple very bright flashes at the end

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

Cuker

[99]
03.03.2022 Tracking station: one dish used for Starlink 4-9

S22 single TPS tile attached

Wide bay: Work continued (more beams lifted)

LR11000 (Buckner) modifications continued, has now a double jib mast

Ship aft dome with new design spotted along with booster fwd and common dome

Stainless steel tube (possibly methane transfer) spotted

OLS tank farm: work around CH4 site continued; LOX deliveries

LR11000 lifted its boom and jib partially; followed by complete lift later

Masey's Gun Range: First structure (a tent) began construction

SN20/S20 cryo proof test, LOX tank fully filled, followed by CH4 tank (likely fully as well)

NSF

Nic

LabPadre

[100]
02.03.2022 B4 cryo test continued, LOX tank fully filled, CH4 partially, huge depress vents; loudspeaker vertical LN2 vent continued long in the morning; OLIT vented again

Chopsticks lowered

SoLS pad A upgrading work

Booster aft dome sleeve (4-ring) in front of tents, aft dome on sleeving stand, workers wrap up extending pipes for engines with plastic bags; aft dome sleeved [B8/B9?]

S24 nosecone TPS tiles work continued

S22 work at rocket garden/PPS continued around aft flaps

Wide bay work continued (wall panels being added on level 3&4)

Buckner LR11000 upgrade work continued

Ship wfd dome moved away from tents, ship aft dome moved into tents

Booster fwd section near high bay [B8?]

SPMT transported ballast from PPS

LR11000X laid down at 11:25 and gone back up later, reason unknown

Star Factory at Boca Chica: Foundatiion work looking very far in progress; building is expected to be over 300'ooo sq ft by 60' tall and will replace all the large production tents [RGV]

Cape update #3 (NSF):

-Roberts road: Expansion continued, including the area for possible new Starship construction yard; two rusted feet spotted for building and transporting the OLIT segments, first pillar already delivered, toghether with some cross beams; ground pipes built that end near the tower construction area, ending in three concret squares (similar to PPS for data connections); large white tank, possibly for water, added onto circular gravel pad next to tower construction pad; hangar X work continued, roof beams in place, roof beginning to be added, parking space complete; levelling and drilling of holes for future Starship production buildings

-LC39A: Earth work continued near OLIT area, different lines being worked on

McGregor: Raptor 2 engine tests:

-on tripod test stand for about 0m07?s;

-on horizontal test stand for about 0m30s

-on horizontal test stand for about 0m01s

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

RGV

Cuker

[101]
01.03.2022 OLS tank farm: LOX delivery

Booster aft dome, ship common dome and booster fwd dome at tent area

S22 aft flap work continued

Wide bay work continued, more beams lifted to top levels

LR11000 main boom reassembled

Chopsticks moved

B4 cryo test, both tanks frosted up, whole OLS tank farm active; OLIT was venting as well (although ship QD not active) [cont. vid 02]

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[102]

February 2022[]

Date Description Source Link
28.02.2022 S24 tank section [complete?] in high bay; moved to mid bay early morning

Wide bay: level 2-4 wall segments completion continued; more beams lifted into place at the top

LR11000 parts delivered; derrick installed; counterweights loaded onto a SPMT, moved to production site

Booster fwd dome section spotted in a tent

S22 work through fwd hatch continued at PPS

Load spreader that has been used for lifting wide bay segments loaded onto truck for departure

Dirt work outside production site

Ship aft flap waiting to be offloaded at production sit

Booster fwd section moved out of tent

Pedestals delivered

OLM work continued

OLS tank farm: CH4 wall work continued; concrete pumped into forms

Deimos left port of Brownsville for Pascagoula, Mississippi, possibly for transformation work

Florida KSC: First OLIT parts (columns) spotted to be delivered

McGregor: Raptor 2 engine test on horizontal test stand for about 0m10s [captured live as well]

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

Trevor Mahlmann

Cuker

[103]
27.02.2022 Buckner LR11000 modification work underway; complete boom reconfigured

B8 common dome seen

OLS tank farm: Wall work completion continued; CH4 truck waited at production site for delivery

New booster transport stand spotted at PPS; new guiding pins have been installed on both sides

SoLS: compressed nitrogen truck; LN2 delivery

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[104]
26.02.2022 S22 work through access hole

Wide bay: more beams being added

LR11000 boom lowered, possibly for extension, new crane parts moved to production site

OLS tank farm: work at CH4 recondenser, concrete work at the brick and concrete wall that surrounds the CH4 site

NSF

Nic

LabPadre

[105]
25.02.2022 Crane mats removed from under LR11000X

OLS tank farm: Wall work around CH4 tanks continued (briks); LN2 delivery

OLM work continued

Crane parts delivered for LR11000 which is likely to get an upgrade

Wide bay work continued on level 2 and level 3 wall panels

Build rig, likely for domes, delivered

CH4 truck at production site

S24 common dome section stacked and welded on LOX section in high bay

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[106]
24.02.2022 OLS tank farm: Methane tanks delivered yesterday now lifted into place next to the other larger two; third smaller (fifth in total) white horizontal tank moved to OLS tank farm by SPMT, followed by fourth and fifth (total seven); all five smaller CH4 tanks lfted into place

QD arm rapid retractio test at 15:04:30 More new LR11000 parts delivered

Wide bay: fourth corner segment lifted to level 9&10

Cape update #2 (NSF):

-Roberts road: 67 acres large site; Hangar X expansion continued, second expansion started towards ponds; circular pad poured and filled with gravel next to OLIT construction foundations, purpose unclear; six new pad foundations for OLIT construction being worked on, and rusty steel parts spotted for building the segments; large rectangular pad now levelled for proposed 32000 ft2 facility for Starship construction (192000 ft2 expansion also proposed in phase 2), piles prepared for foundation

-LC39A: 4 large propellant tanks delivered for Starship pad, last week they were at the turn basin; no work on mobile service tower yet for Falcon payload integration; possible cut-outs in liquid hydrogen sphere; some earth work near future OLM pad

-LC49: No work yet, environmental review in progress

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[107]
23.02.2022 S22 wor continued (especially TPS tiles) during the night

OLS tank farm work continued (eg. around new CH4 foundations, concrete work beginning at 02:28 am); LN2 and CH4 deliveries

LR11000X crane moved towards OLS; parts delivered; Two long white horizontal methane (CH4) tanks moved from PPS to OLS

OLIT and chopsticks work continued; as well as on OLM

S24? nosecone TPS tiles work continued in tent 3

Wide bay: Fourth and last segment of level 9&10(5) connected to LR11000, disconnected again; more beams lifted

SN15, S22 and SN16 at rocket garden

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[108]
22.02.2022 Booster transport stand moved to build site on SPMT

LN2 delivery to OLS tank farm

OLS tank farm: wall construction work continued around CH4 tanks

OLS, IT (OLIT): work on movable platforms

Wide bay: more beams and parts delivered

New crane parts for LR11000 (Buckner owned crane, possibly reconfiguration)

S22 TPS tile work on aft flap at PPS, received aft aerocaps

New ship fwd flap delivered to production site

Ship nosecone barrel section assembled in high bay

S24 nosecone TPS tile work continued in tent 3

Bridge crane hook blocks mixed with some LR11000 parts

SN20/S20 and OLS tank farm cryo proof test, CH4 heat exchangers frosty, as well as LOX and partly CH4 tanks on Ship

McGregor: Two Raptor 2 engine tests on tripod test stand for about 0m09s and one for about 0m2.5s

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

Cuker

[109]
21.02.2022 LOX deliveries continued

S24 nosecone work continued, especially on TPS tiles

B6 test tank disconnected

Transport stand moved at PPS by SPMT

Nosecone barrel section moved outside tent 3, possibly for a new cargo door prototype

4-ring section outside high bay; moved into high bay

Booster methane transfer tube delivered; new transfer tube design than previously seen on other boosters

Pedestals delivered to build site

Wide bay work on lower levels; LR11000 rstill attached to third top level segment; new beams delivered

S24 nosecone in tent 3 TPS tile work continued; a ship thrust section next to it

OLS: earth work continued for CH4 extension

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[110]
20.02.2022 Wide bay: Second corner segment of level 9/10 lifted by LR11000 and installed, rigging uninstalled; connected to third segment, lifted

S22 outside high bay; moved to rocket garden (PPS)

LCH4 deliveries to OLS tank farm

OLM work continued

B8 common doem section moved out of high bay (destacked, likely to be scrapped [see: [111]])

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[112]
19.02.2022 Chopstick test continued; lowered later that day

B8 common dome section lifted in high bay and stacked

OLS tank farm work continued; concrete work next to CH4 tanks (completing new foundations for new CH4 tanks); vertical cryogenic process pump installed at LOX side of OLS tank farm, more have been delivered

LN2 deliveries to OLS tank farm

Ship flap deliviered to build site

S22 moved out of high bay; flap installed; moved into high bay and out again

B6 test tank lifted at PPS

Wide bay: Staircase construction continued behind high bay

LNG (Liquid natural gas) purification stack removed from Boca Chica

Entrance building behind high bay construction continued, roof added

Booster aft caps spotted on a stand

Absorbtion column (second one) left Starbase at 09:02

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[113]
18.02.2022 B4 cryo proof testing on OLM, LOX tank fully filled (frosty); methane subcoolers frosted up

B8 stacking began in high bay; 4-ring section lifted by bridge crane; aft tank #2 (4-ring section) moved into high bay, lifted and stacked; B8 common dome section (4-ring with ullage vents below stringers) outside high bay

Wide bay: second level 9/10(5) corner segment attached to LR11000; more beams delivered

LCH4 deliveries continued

First of several smaller LCH4 tanks moved from PPS to OLS tank farm [looks like half]

QD arm moved away from B4 (retracted)

First absorbtion column left Starbase at 9:35am

Chopsticks raised to the top of OLIT

McGregor: Raptor 2 engine test on horizontal test stand for about 1m42s

McGregor: Raptor 2 engine test on tripod test stand, duration unknown, only picture available

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

Cuker

Cuker

[114]
17.02.2022 OLS tank farm: LCH4 (liquid methane) deliveries; venting

OLM work continued; most of the gap covers have been painted grey as well

Ship section (4-ring) test fit with a booster fwd section, possibly B8 and S24; then removed again; another fit check followed

Wide bay: First segment of level 9/10(5) lifted by LR11000 and installed, there's no outside supporting structure on level 10 as this is going to be the top level; crane detached from segment; second segment attached to LR11000

B8 aft #2 section (4-ring) spotted outside high bay; being cleaned

Ship load spreader moved at production site

S22 has been disconnected from high bay bridge crane

SN20/S20 cryo proof test at OLS cryo pad; full frost on LOX tank; venting from engine chill vents

Vertical LN2 tank near bunker now called heat exchanger by NSF [the loudspeaker tank]; vented

S24 nosecone TPS tiles installation continued in tent 3 [nosecone shown previous vids also S24!]

Entry building next to high bay: Sidings installed

Mid bay: Maintenance work on roof

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[115]
16.02.2022 SN20/S20: transport stand QD connected to S20; cryo proof test on OLS cryo pad, frost on both tanks, engine chill vents inside flaps; possibly testing the full OLS tank farm system including LCH4 side

S22 welding work continued, still connected to high bay crane

Wide bay construction work continued, wall panels added to level 9/10(5) segments; first connected to LR11000

B7 [?] aft section (4-ring) spotted [possibly the number is B9, difficult to read]

B2.1 and BN2.1 next to each other at PPS

Foundation work next to S16 possibly for another display/storage pad [add: for S22]

Nosecone in tent 3: TPS tiles applied; booster fwd dome section outside the tent

S24 thrust section hooked to crane inside tent 3

S25 common dome section spotted

FCC: approved SpaceX for vehicle communications for orbital test flight

McGregor: Raptor 2 engine test on horizontal test stand for about 0m10s; loud sonic-like boom at the start

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Cuker

[116]
15.02.2022 SN20/S20 moved away from chopsticks to its cryo stand at south of the OLS tank farm

OLS tank farm: LCH4 (red label) deliveries continued, as well as LN2 (blue/green) and LOX (yellow)

S22 nosecone (ex S21) welded to its tank section

QD arm plumbing work continued

Wathervane and anemometer (wind speed measurement) on Starhopper

LR11000 lowered near wide bay for jib extension (for lifting final wide bay segments); raised again

S21 tanks section work remains paused

Wide bay level 9/10 segements preassembly continued, first wall panels being added; last parts of two wide bay bridge cranes have been spotted

S25 nosecone barrel section spotted (5-ring)

B8 aft #2 and aft #3 sections spotted (4-ring)

Unknown parts spotted at production site (small diameter tubes?)

B2.1 and B6 test tanks, as well as cargo door pathfinder shown

S24 mid LOX section (4-rings with tiles) and common dome section (with tiles) and an unknown 4-ring sleeve (untiled) seen infront tents

Entrance building next to (behind) high bay work continued

"Nominal segments" delivered, yet unknown purpose

Ship QD arm venting spotted at 19:47:10

Cape Update NSF #1 [NSF planning weekly updates from now on, covering not only SpaceX]:

-Roberts Road Operations Area: Hangar X used for storage and refurbishment of Falcon 9 boosters; Hangar X is currently undergoing an extension; large amount of land being cleared as well as foundations prepared - likely for a new Starship build site 320'000 ft2 or 29'728 m2 building proposed; loading dock construction, as well as a circular structure with 9m diameter, possibly a foundation; 12 square concrete pads with the same layout at PPS for launch tower segments construction (3 segments at a time); road extension north towards Schwartz Rd, possibly for Falcon/Starship transportation

-Kennedy Space Center, LC-39A: Holes visible in an old spherical liquid hydrogen tank, possibly for LCH4; 4 horizontal LCH4 tanks visible below it (bought in 2019); yellow piling crane dismantled, foundation work for Starship launch pad possibly complete

-Cidco Road Facility: Today likely part of heat shield production process (not to be confused with bakery)

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Starship Gazer

[117]
14.02.2022 Polaris program news: Jared Isaacman scheduled two flights on Crew Dragon but also one on Crewed Starship

OLS tank farm: First time venting from "mystery brown tank" at methane side

Starship 4/22: SN20/S20 destacked from B4 by chopsticks during road closure (RC 10:27am, pad cleared 10:52am, road opened 2:01pm, QD arm back into position at 2:15 8:09pm detached from chopsticks); some OLS tank farm ventig ahead of destacking and ship transport stand moved into position; ship QD arm retracted for operation S21 and S22: S22 tank section moved to high bay; S21 nosecone reassigned to S22; nosecone lifted and stacked onto S22 tank section in high bay

Wide bay: Work on level 9/10(5) segments (all) continued

S25 fwd dome sleeve outside tents (3-ring)

FAA: New target date for issuing final PEA is March 28

McGregor: Raptor 2 engine test on tripod test stand for about 0m05s; smooth quieter sound

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FAA

Cuker

[118]
13.02.2022 OLM work, some scaffolding reinstalled after presentation

OLS tank farm: First methane (LCH4, red truck sign) delivery! In total three trucks via landing pad

Controlled access area sign: Pre requirements: "FR clothing, 4-Gas monitor, hard hat, safety glasses, safety work shoes. Pad site work permit is required for all work in orbital tank farm"

Ship common dome [S24?] flipped (4-ring, access hole at top ring), moved into tent 1

Deliveries to production site (wrapped up)

B7 methane section moved from high by into mid bay, LOX section moved inside high bay, relocated

4-ring section moved into tent 2

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[119]
12.02.2022 Workers on QD arm

OLM/B4 work on QD

Booster transport stand next to SoLS pad B

Jared Isaacman's Alpha Jet flew over Boca Chica

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[120]
11.02.2022 Nosecone, ship fwd dome and nc barel section seen in tent 3

Wide bay: Wall panels continued to being added; level 3&4 nearly complete, some still missing on level 2; more beams added [add: z-girder according to RGV]; assembly of two level 9&10/5 corner segments continued (other two begun as well [vid 12]); more staircase assembly work behind high bay

Bigge LR1300 crane lowered in front wide bay

S22 tank section: work platform added at fwd dome section ahead of potential nosecone stacking

New building at the side/behind high bay work continued, taking form; likely to be some sort of entrance building from parking space

Chopsticks closed and lifted towards SN20/S20 lifting points; not yet attached

Jared Isaacman's Alpha Jet flew over starbase Boca Chica

OLS tank farm: Cryo proof test [see SN20 for timeline]

McGregor: Three Raptor 2 engine tests:

-horizontal test stand, duration unknown

-tripod test stand, for about 0m05s

-tripod test stand, for about 0m04s?

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Jack

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Cuker

[121]
10.02.2022 SN20/S20 stacking operations by chopsticks; second full starship stack

Ship QD extended and attached to SN20/S20

Work around S20/B4 interface; chopsticks stabilization arms removed from S20

Landing pad: Workers prepared stage and equipment for Elon Musk's Starship presentation

Chopsticks disconnected from SN20/S20 and opened up [seen in vid 11]

Elon Musk Starship presentation

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Jack

LabPadre

[122]
09.02.2022 Intermittent RC for today from 1am to 9:30am

SN20/S20 has moved between the chopsticks; chopsticks moved up to lifting points, later lowered again; S20 opened aft flaps (fwd flaps already opened)

QD arm work continued

OLS tank farm vertical LN2 tank venting

SoLS tank farm unusual venting from black tanks

RSN27 (Raptor 1) and RSN88 (Raptor 1.5) in tents

B9 comm dome (4-rings with ullage vents, stringers (less than one ring high) spotted outside tents

Wide bay work continued

Smooth nosecone (the one outside tent 3) being scrapped

SN20/S20 stacking operations by chopsticks [vid 10]

McGregor: Raptor 2 engine test on tripod test stand for about 0m51s; smooth sound

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Nic

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Cuker

[123]
08.02.2022 LR11000X crane rotated

QD arm: curved part lowered down by LR11000X; preparation work continued

OLIT scaffolding being removed, so chopsticks could move

B4 grabbed by QD arm claws; work on the claws connectors

SN20/S20 work on QD; took them very long to disconnect the ship from the stand QD

Chopsticks: Scaffolding being removed

Excavator trying to remove water from landing pad near entrance

B6 test tank moved at PPS by SPMT

B2.1 test tank moved at PPS

Wide bay: LR11000 still connected to last level 7&8 segment, work on several areas continued

S22 work continued in mid bay; aft flap aerocover moved into mid bay

New tent spotted in tent 3

Berm tunnel on landing pad painted black, likely to prepare for presentation

SN20/S20 moved into position for stacking

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Nic

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[124]
07.02.2022 B4 disconnected from LR11000X load spreader 2:54 am

SPMT Coupler lifted; one of the two SPMTs moved away from under the B4 transport stand; stand moved away

New launch site fence painting work continued

QD arm work continued

OLIT work continued on movable work platforms

OLM/B4: booster QD work

Wide bay: last level 2 wall panels being installed; beams delivered

Ship transfer tube with anti-vortex device delivered ("The anti-vortex device prevents methane from cavitating and damaging Raptor engines")

5-ring nosecone barrel section scrapped

Long pipe lifted inside the high bay

Coil of stainless steel delivered

COPVs and potential vehicle parts delivered

OLS tank farm: work platforms erected around the the two horizontal large CH4 tanks, possibly for building a wall; insulated GSE pipe moved on landing pad

McGregor: Raptor 2 engine test on tripod test stand for about 1m18s; Mach Diamonds visible, started with yellow and green exhaust

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Cuker

[125]
06.02.2022 B4 work inside LOX tank; hatch closed at 5:30am

Wide bay: Fourth corner section of level 7&8/4 lifted at 8:20 am and installed

B4 prepared for lifting (ropes attached), lifted off transport stand and onto OLM for the fourth time, by LR11000X without the help of the chopsticks; transport stand removed

B4 secured on OLM, booster QD connected [great closeup]

Ship QD arm work continued; rotated away from B4 after stacking

Bridge crane girder delivered to production site, possibly for new wide bay

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Nic

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[126]
05.02.2022 B4 unhooked from LR11000X at 9:56am

Earth work between OLS tank farm and landing pad continued

OLM work continued

LR11000X moved towards OLS, load spreader lowered and unhooked

Crane load test bag storage boxes shown

Road work on hwy 4 near launch site continued

GSE4 scrapping continued

B4 moved slightly with transport stand

Two jets owned by Jared Isaacman (from Inspiration 4) flew over starbase several times

Wide bay: more beams lifted into place; more beams, likely for final level 9&10 (5), delivered; stair assembly continued next to high bay

Ship aft section flipped (4-ring)

Smooth nosecone with lifting jigs outside tent 3

B7 work on fwd section (still attached to bridge crane)

Chopsticks raised and lowered again; moved out of the way

B4 moved to OLS after LR11000X on an SPMT (the one from yesterday); attached

OLIT: work on rails via movable work platforms "window washers"

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[127]
04.02.2022 Testing at OLS tank farm (possibly vertical CH4 tanks): road closure: road closed at around 6:52am; dish has been lowered; pad clear 1:37 pm; at the end a bit venting from the small vertical LN2 tank (with loudspeakers); road opened at 4:01pm

Power outages at shipyard in the morning

Nosecone moved in tent 3

B8 LCH4 sump next to transfer tube

Work on the building like structure (with redish beams) next to high bay continued

High bay: workers using the high bay balcony

Crane load test bag storage boxes shown

OLS tank farm: LN2 deliveries

Wide bay beams delivered

SPMT delivered ballast to launch site, possibly for B4 transport

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[128]
03.02.2022 B3 methane manifold lying around at launch site

GSE4 stand moved to production site by SPMT

Wide bay third segment of level 7&8 still attached to LR11000

PPS: Ship leg skirt with can crusher top shown close up; work on the bottom part of the structural test stand; trench work near booster 5

B8 LCH4 tank sump [connecting the main LCH4 tank with the transfer tube/downcomer] delivered to production site

High bay load spreader connected to B7 methane tank section (no grid fins installed yet to fwd section)

Beams assembled next to high bay forming the framework of a small building

SpaceX cat spotted

B5 at PPS: hydraulic power unit removed

Elon Musk announced Starship presentation with full stack on Thursday, February 10th, 8pm CT (2am UTC)

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[129]
02.02.2022 Can crusher top (top of structural test stand) put on aft skirt at PPS

OLM work continued; gaps between the shieldings covered

LR11000X moved to B4, load spreader picked up, hooked up

B4 engine bells have been painted grey [not today]

OLS tank farm work at the vertical CH4 tanks; earth work continued; consumables delivered

GSE4 remains (aft dome) removed from stand, scrapping continued

Starhopper maintenace work

Wide bay work on lower levels continued; some small wall panels installed

PPS: Earth work next to SN15 and SN16

S22 tank section work in mid bay continued, raceway has been installed, some of the TPS tile covering visible; work through acces hole

Tiles applied on a barrel section in a tent

B7 methane section has moved in high bay

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[130]
01.02.2022 S22 raceway (preassembled) lifted into mid bay for installation, installed; work through access hole

Wide bay construction continued; LR11000 detached from second level 7&8 segment, attached to third segment, lifted at 2:35pm and installed; workers climbing on beams

Old ship leg skirt (2-ring) lifted onto a transport stand at PPS

B7: jig has been installed on its side

Domes cut up at scrapyard

Sleeving stand worked on

Dirt work continued at launch site

B4 grid fins unstrapped

FAA: EA is now at 2 out of 5, endangered species act consultation was finished on 31 January 2022 [cms.permits]

Roberts road update: OLIT assembly fixture pieces spotted, along with new foundations for assembling the OLIT sections

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The Denks, Farrielle

[131]

January 2022[]

Date Description Source Link
31.01.2022 Chopsticks: water bags removed

B3 some remnants still lying around

OLM work continued

Crane ballast and counterweight cradle moved by SPMT

B8? fwd dome section/segment spotted in tent

S24? noseceone (smooth) spotted in tent 3; fwd flap mounting jig attached

S22 flap attachment jigs installed

Wide bay: installation of small vertical cross beams

B4 raptor nozzles have been painted grey [RGV]

RC for today canceled

New RCs for February 3-7 (10am-10pm), February 4 (6am-4pm)

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RGV

[132]
30.01.2022 Ship aft section from yesterday removed from sleeving stand

Cargo door prototype still next to smooth nosecone

High bay bar looking finished from outside; work platforms being removed

Ship aft skirt (2-ring) spotted

OLM work continued

Crane water bags loaded onto chopsticks via cross bar

Chopsticks load testing: raised slightly, bags filled water, chopsticks lifted about 1/3 of tower and lowered again

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[133]
29.01.2022 B4 work on an aerocover

B8 common dome section flipped at 10:57am Launch site wall construction work continued

OLM: Booster QD work continued

OLS tank farm: LN2 deliveries

Crane ballast bags for chopsticks moved at launch site

Wide bay: First section of level 7&8 (4) lifted by LR11000 at 10:00am and installed, work platforms have been installed on top of level 6; LR11000 attached to second segment, lifted at 3:27pm and installled

Ship aft barrel [S22, S24?] spotted outside tents, ship QD panel has moved upwards by one ring

Crane prepared for flipping rig

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[134]
28.01.2022 S21 production appearing to have paused

LR11000 attached to first segment of level 7&8(4) of wide bay

Crane detached from nosecone infront of tent 3

Tracking site: one dish pointed towards launch site

OLS tank farm venting: both subcooler areas, near SN20/S20 stand, south berm; OLM vented for a long time (vent below QD lines); subcoolers frosted up after testing

McGregor: Raptor 2 engine test on vertical tripod test stand for the first time, for about 0m40s; mach diamonds visible

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Cuker

[135]
27.01.2022 OLS: Excavators work around SN20/S20 base

OLS: GSE piping readied on carts, laid out before being buried; OLM work continued

SoLS: concrete work around pad B

OLS tank farm: cryo deliveries; work on horizontal LCH4 tanks

Ship QD work continued, lines and cables being installed, work on the QD plate and lines

Chopsticks work on the downward extensions

OLS, IT: welding work, work on platform that moves up and down column

B7 moved moved around in the high bay

Nosecone hooked to crane outside tent 3

High bay rooftop bar work continued

13 engine booster aft cap aka "thrust puck" infront of tents

Odd shaped tank spotted in an earlier video speculated to potentially be a new booster header tank design (dome with smalle top ring)

Booster fwd section in production tent

S21 outside mid bay

Wide bay: stair section (produced next to high bay) lowered into it

New RCs for January 31 - February 2 (10am-10pm)

S22 disconnected from crane in mid bay at 20:03

NASA Aerospace Saety Advisory Panel: SpaceX provided the agency with "an integrated master schedule" on HLS Starship development this month. Also gave a "good understanding of some of the challenges" the company is having with Raptor engine production. NASA conducted some site visits to Boca Chica and Hawthorne. Landing technologies accuracy /stability / hazard avoicance identified as top risk to HLS Starship; mitigations include the fact that there will be uncrewed test landings [Sheetz]

McGregor: Raptor 2 engine test on horizontal test stand for about 0m25s; multiple very bright flashes at the end

McGregor: Raptor 2 engine test on vertical test stand for about 0m09s; green flash at the end; similar to test on January 14th

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Cuker

Cuker

Sheetz

[136]
26,01.2022 Smooth nosecone attached to crane outside tents, next to cargo door prototype

Booster fwd dome lifted onto sleeving stand; dome cleaned [?]; 3-ring sleeve with 2-ring stringers moved out of tent

Wide bay work continued; preassembly of level 7&8 under way

S22 tank section in mid bay (now full height, 16 rings)

Booster [B8] fwd dome sleeve rolled out of tent 1 again after being rolled back in; attached to crane, lifted and flipped; attached to another crane, sleeved

OLM work continued

OLS tank farm: klemm drill rig used again

OLS, IT; Ship QD arm's claw tested

SN20/S20 work around and on quick disconnect

Chopsticks work continued, white part has been added to lower extensions

Standard TFR renewed for February

RC for January 27-28 canceled

McGregor: Raptor 2 engine test on horizontal test stand for about 2m05s

McGregor: Raptor 2 engine test on horizontal test stand for about 1m45s

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Cuker

Cuker

[137]
25.01.2022 OLS IT, OLM and Chopsticks worked on; IT with scaffolding on rail columns, working on rails

B4 work continued

Earth work on SoLS, near pad

B3 remains cut into smaller sections

PPS: Work on destillery tower

B2.1 connected to crane for lifting; lifted from structural test stand (lower part of can crusher)

Wide bay: more beams added

Unusual tank structure (dome-like with a small top ring) spotted in tents

Booster common dome and its sleeve next to sleeving stand

S22 thrust section (5-ring with lead-ins) spotted in mid bay

RC for tomorrow canceled

McGregor: Raptor 2 engine test on horizontal test stand for about 2m25s; longest yet

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Cuker

[138]
24.01.2022 McGregor: Raptor 2 engine test on horizontal test stand for about 1m54s; dense fog, very loud

Ship and booster stabilization arms folded and extended from 11:36pm to midnight

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23.01.2022 OLM work continued

OLS IT work continued

SN20/S20 rigging and LR11000X disconnected; moved next to OLM

B7 CH4 section being welded by a robotic welder in high bay

Raptor 2 sighted for first time; testing started [139]

RC for January 24-25 canceled

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[140]
22.01.2022 Wide bay construction work continued, beams added

S22 thrust section moved from high bay into mid bay (moved in and out several times)

B7 aft tank section #4 moved near high bay [?]

B7 LCH4 section stacked on another 4-ring section at 1:30am, now 13 out of 13 rings tall

Crane rigging from LR11000X detached and reattached from/to SN20/S20

SN20/S20 disconnected (8:19am) and reconnected to LR11000X at 10:31am, lifted from pad B on to transport stand with QD at 11:42-57am

OLS IT work continued

Ship QD worked on

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[141]
21.01.2022 McGregor: Raptor 2 engine test at ?:?? pm on horizontal test stand for about 1m58s

McGregor: Raptor 2 engine test at ?:?? pm on vertical test stand for about 1m10s

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20.01.2022 LOX deliveries to OLS tank farm

SN20/S20 still hooked to LR11000X on Pad B; transport stand next to it

GSE4 remains still laying around

Berm removal continued

Ship nosecone barrel section in high bay

S21 tank section still outside mid bay

Oilfield workers and equipment from FESCO arrived at Boca Chica

B2.1 work on outside

Earth and concrete work behind high bay and wide bay looks like foundation for some new building/construction

New RCs for January 26-27 (10am-10pm) and 28 (6am-4pm)

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[142]
19.01.2022 Ship QD transport stand positioned next to S20/SN20 at 9:37am

Production tent moving continued

High bay rooftop bar work continued

Single 3.6mm ring moved into high bay

Smooth nosecones in tent 3; first one with TPS pins [Randolph]

Ship common dome spotted

Booster fwd dome moved

High bay: ship nosecone barrel section attached to crane (3.6mm!)

Smooth nosecone moved out of tent 3, next to S22 nc barrel section (cargo door prototype)

Wide bay work continued on all current levels; assembly of level 7&8 has begun

GSE4 remains at launch site

OLM work continued

Chopsticks worked on

Concrete forms constructed at launch site

Perimeter fence being welded at launch site

Cryogenic deliveries to OLS tank farm

RCs for January 20 and 21 canceled

Elon Musk catching simulation video on Twitter

McGregor: Raptor 2 engine test at ?:?? pm on horizontal test stand for about 1m46s; throttling of engine

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Cuker

[143]
18.01.2022 Chopsticks worked on

Commodities delivered to OLS tank farm

GSE4 test tank cryo proof tested to failure (popping)

Wide bay construction work continued on lower levels; concrete work behind wide bay

S22 nosecone barrel section (5-ring) as payload door prototype closeup; work continued, more of the door has been cut

High bay rooftop bar work continued

B7 CH4 section stacked on a 3-ring section; now 9 of 13 rings tall

RC for tomorrow canceled

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Randolph

[144]
17.01.2022 LR11000X moved towards SN20/S20

SN20/S20 lifting squid attached; work on QD area on Pad B (disconnected from GSE connections); connected to LR11000X

OLS, IT: Roof installation has begun

OLM: Painting work

B4 work on QD area; aerocover for QD panel installed

Concrete mixer moved by crane at OLS tank farm

Wide bay construction work continued; cross beams added for level 5&6

Concrete work behind wide bay

B7 fwd section #3 (3-ring) in high bay; stacked, now 6/13 rings tall

S21 tank section moved out of mid bay once again

Nosecone scrapping work continued

Tent moved at production site (again?)

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[145]
16,01.2022 B7 Ch4 tank sections ready for stacking

OLS tank farm work, parts lifted

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[146]
15.01.2022 Wide bay: 4th corner segment of level 5&6 has been lifted

LR11000X turned

OLS tank farm: Klemm KR702-2R Drill rig in action

B7 3-ring CH4 tank section (with lead-ins) and fwd dome section moved into high bay

OLM QD: several full speed hood tests (05:21am

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[147]
14.01.2022 OLS tank farm: Large number of trucks delivered LOX/LN2; some venting

Ship QD work continued

Berm removal continue

B4 work on engine section (work on aerocovers): engines have received side covers; three aerocovers are now installed

B7 fwd dome section (sleeved) spotted outside highbay

Wide bay: work continued; level 7&8 preassembly has begun; LR11000 disconnected from segment; fourth section lifted at 3:15pm and installed

Load spreader moved away from production site

Crane connected to a 2-ring leg skirt

Crane with huge load spreader (delivered on January 09) relocating a tent at production site (the one next to tent 3)

McGregor: Raptor 2 engine test at ?:?? pm on vertical test stand for about 0m26s; green flash at shut off

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Cuker

[148]
13.01.2022 B2.1 work through access hole

SoLS Pad A: Booster adaptor removed Wide bay: third level 5&6 (3) segment attached to crane and lifted; more beams added

Unused nosecone attached to crane, scrapped, cut in half

Groundwork behind high and wide bays continued

B4 work continued; first aerocovers finally being added

B3 engine section removed from Pad A

Chopsticks: Beam and water bags remvoed

RC for tomorrow canceled

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[149]
12.01.2022 Wide bay: Preassembly of remaining level 5&6 segments continued

LR11000 ("Buucky") lifted and lowereed again; raised again

Parts for a construction elevator delivered

B2.1 test stand cap removed

Mobile offices delivered to production site

Choptsticks: worked on; ballast bags filled with water (canflex crane test water bags for 100 tons); tested (moved upwards a bit; sideways as well)

Berm removal continued

LN2 and LOX deliveries to OLS tank farm

B3 scrapping continued

B4 covers worked on

B7 downcomer installed into LOX section beginning at around 19:55

RC for tomorrow canceled

New RCs for January 18-20 (10am-10pm)

McGregor: Raptor 2 engine test at 8:43 pm on vertical test stand for about 1m20s

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Cuker

[150]
11.01.2022 Wide bay: ramaining two level 5&6 segments preassembly continued; cross beams added on level 5&6

Hydraulic rams loaded onto truck

Booster fwd dome sleeve and dome infront of tents

B3 scrapping continued

B2.1 hatch opened by force

Ship aft flap with tiles waitung for installation

LR11000 lowered boom at production site

PPS: new structure (black stand?) spotted

Chopsticks: Cross bar with ballast bags (re-)attached; moved to the top (not filled, fastest yet); drone inspected; moved down

OLS, IT (OLIT): workers started adding roof tiles

Tank farm/launch pad berm continued to be removed

Ship QD: grab arms moved; full arm moved

B4 work continued around QD area

GSE4 test tank worked on

SN20/S20 work continued

RC for tomorrow canceled

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[151]
10.01.2022 Wide bay: LR11000 still connected to corner segment; work other two segments of level 5&6

Crane work at production site

Ship stand with disconnect moved to launch site

OLS tank farm/landing pad berm continued to be removed

LN2 and LOX deliveries to OLS tank farm

B3 scrapping continued

Chopsticks tested: fastes move yet (stayed relatively low)

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[152]
09.01.2022 Crane weights transported on SPMT

Mystery column still at production site

Leg skirt barrel segment spotted in tent

S22 5-ring nosecone barrel; possibly payload door prototype

S24 common dome (4-ring, with new types of lead-ins) spotted

Load spreader delivered

OLM work continued; raptor disconnect vent [?] tested twice

Chopsticks work continued; bar lifted onto it to connect both arms, installed; chopsticks tested; rose very slowly to the top; arm movement on the top; slowly lowered down again

Ship QD arm work continued; tested (extended and retracted)

B3 scrapping continued

SN20/S20 worked on

McGregor: Raptor 2 engine test at 2:00 pm on horizontal test stand for about 0m40s

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Cuker

[153]
08.01.2022 Ship QD and chopsticks being tested [see below]

OLS/landing pad earth work continued

Nilgai spotted

Wide bay work continued

B2.1 test tank: Ropes continued to being disconnected from structural test stand

B3 LOX section scrapping began on pad A; tank section cut off from aft section an lifted away; scrapping of tank section continued

OLM: Work on booster QD

Booster fwd dome outside tents

B7 rotated in tent

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[154]
07.01.2022 OLM work continued with last shieldings continued to being added

Power bay: Stair added

OLS/landing pad berm continued to be removed

Ship transport stand and ballast transported to production site

Earth work behind high and wide bay continued (levelling)

Wide bay: New beams delivered; beams added between corner sections of level 5&6, preassembly of level 5&6, as well as of 7&8 continued

B7 aft LOX tank segment #5 (4-ring) moved into high bay

B2.1 test tank: ropes have been detached from lower attachment points; crews removing one of the ropes

OLS tank farm testing with activity from CH4 subcoolers and LN2 tanks; green blinking lights spotted [vid 08]

LR11000X moved towards B3 and attached to it [vid 08]

Chopsticks extensively tested, especially horizontal arm movement; observed by a SpaceX drone [vid 08]

Ship QD arm movement tested [vid 08]

B7 LOX tank section lifted in high bay; stacked onto another LOX tank section (now 20 out of 23 rings tall) [vid 08]

B3 attached to LR11000X at 8:53pm

McGregor: Raptor 2 engine test at 7:19 pm on horizontal test stand for about 0m34sec

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

Cuker

[155]
06.01.2022 New RCs for January 12 (10am-8pm), 13-14 (6am-4pm)

B4 attached to LR11000X

OLS/landing pad berm earth continued to be removed

Wall construction between landing pad and hwy 4 continued

SoLS: Ground repair work began near pad B

OLM: Awning/shieldings added

Chopsticks work continued Wide bay: Second corner segment of level 5&6 lifted by LR11000 and installed

Work on ship QD: New panels added, some curved (soft?) plates added (bumpers)

LOX and LN2 deliveries to OLS tank farm

SN20/S20 work on fwd flaps

B4 work through acces hole

Construction elevator moved away from launch site

Wide bay: Work continued, second corner segment for level 5&6 lifted by LR11000 and installled

Foundation work next to stargate building

High bay rooftop bar work continued

S24 mid LOX section has tiles attached

New ship section spotted outside tents (4-ring, no lead-ins)

New RCs for January 12 (10am-10pm) and 13-14 (6am-4pm)

McGregor: Raptor 2 engine test at ?:?? pm on vertical test stand for about 1m00sec

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

Cuker

[156]
05.01.2022 Fast booster QD retraction test at 12:55 am, another one, fastest yet, at 4:16 pm

Chopsticks work continued

Wide bay: First segment of level 5&6 lifted slowly, put down again, LR11000 moved forward into the bay, lifted and installed; work on finishing level 2 continued

Earth work south-west of wide bay

SN2 lifted from concrete stand at production site, lowered onto transport stand, moved to PPS

5-ring nosecone barrel section at scrap yard; scrapped flaps spotted

Rotating fabrication mount from tent 2 moved ("These spin a barrel section so a robotic welder can access the seam between two rings")

B4 work continued

OLM awning installation continued, one has a hole; some other work

GSE4 worked on

OLS tank farm venting next to horizontal CH4 tanks and CH4 subcoolers

NSF

Mary

Nic LabPadre

[157]
04.01.2022 Wide bay construction work continued with cross beams and wall plates being added; more beams delivered;

Chopsticks (Mechazilla) tested

Possible cargo door pathfinder shown

B4 work continued on several areas

Fence with semi-transparent plates being added between landing pad and hwy 4

LN2 delivery to OLS tank farm

OLS bearm towards landing pad being removed

OLM work continued, first three awnings installed to protect pipes equipment on the side of the OLT

Chopsticks work; testesd very slowly: risen up several meters, right arm opened up, left arm tested, moved down, rose again, arms tested in several angles, moved down to original position [per part vid 05]

PLS, IT scaffolding continued to be removed

McGregor: Raptor 2 engine test at 8:53 pm on horizontal test stand for about 1m32sec

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

Cuker

[158]
03.01.2022 LOX and LN2 deliveres to launch site

SN20/S20 Tiles being removed again at the nosecone lift points after the static fire

OLS, IT: Scaffold continued to being removed

OLS berm: earth work continued; some earth being removed

Booster QD on OLM: Insulation being wrapped around main QD pipes

"Dog house" covers have been painted grey

Wide bay: LR11000 connected to first level 5&6 corner segment; work on lower levels continued

S24 common dome sleeve waiting to be sleeved; load spreader attached to S24 common dome, lifted onto sleeving stand; no header tank installed, Elon Musk confirmed that CH4 header tank would be moved to nosecone [!]; load spreader connected to common dome sleeve, sleeved on dome

Stair construction near high bay continued

Deliveries (bround half rings, McDonough machine)

Chopsticks work continued

LR11000X moved to landing pad and attached to B4 via loadspreader

Elon Musk: "Raptor 2 now operates routinely at 300 bar main chamber pressure"

SN20/S20 Liftting points reinstalled

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[159]
02.01.2022 Ship QD arm still waiting for its completion

B4 on landing pad

Minor work began again

Wind damage at Tent 1 (roll-up door)

Chopsticks short move upwards

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[160]
01.01.2022

2021[]

December 2021[]

Date Description Source Link
31.12.2021 Scaffolding continued being removed from OLS, IT

Standard TFR up to 10000 feet renewed for January 2022

30.12.2021 OLM work continued

B4 prepared for lifting; QD disconnected (retracted and hatch closed); lifted by LR11000X and lowered onto a transport stand (engines spotted: RB28, RB29, RB30, RB 31, RB32, RB13, RB16, RB12, ... RB33, RB14, RB4, RB20, RB5, RB7, RB??, RB28); secured on stand

Wide bay construction work continued

Nosecone at production site with orange line markings

S24 common dome spotted

Unknown covers/"dog house" structures painted grey at production site

Load spreader and LR11000X disconnected from B4; B4 moved towards landing pad

OLS, IT: Scaffolding being removed

New RCs for January 4-6 (10am-6pm)

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[161]
29.12.2021 SN20/S20 venting early morning

B4 hooked to LR11000X

OLM work

SN20/S20 flaps tested

SN20/S20 Static fire #4 and scrubbed attempt

RC for today extendet until 8pm

S21 tank section moved into mid bay (again)

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[162]
28.12.2021 SN20/S20 Scrubbed static fire attempt

S21 nosecone still being worked on, S22 nc barrel section (5-rings) infront of it

Wide bay construction continued

LN2 deliveries to SoLS tank farm

Tent 3 nosecone work continued

Fabrication stand moved

S21 tank section still waiting outside mid bay

Stair assembly next to high bay continued

B7 fwd tank #3 section (3-ring) spotted; cmn dome barrel without dome

Two unknown "dog houses" or covers still at production site

OLM work continued

B4/OLM igniter test #5?

Alert notice issued for SN20/S20 static fire attempt

FAA: PEA issuing delayed until February 28

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[163]
27.12.2021 B7 aft #4 ring barrel (4-ring with lead-ins) lifted into high bay and stacked with LOX section; now 16 out of 23 rings tall

Wide bay: Parts and beams delivered; construction work continued (preassembly of level 5&6 uner way)

Coil of stainless steel delivered

Ship mid-LOX tank section spotted in tent

LR11000X moved towards B4/OLM

OLM work continued

LN2 delivered to OLS tank farm

Alert notice and NOTMAR issued for SN20/S20 static fire attempt

B4/OLM two ignitor tests [vid 28]

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[164]
26.12.2021
25.12.2021
24.12.2021
23.12.2021 Work on nosecones in tent 3 continued (one with old design, one with new design)

S21 tank section still waiting outside high bay, possibly being scrapped

Wide bay: Level 5&6 preassembly continued

B7 in high bay 12 rings tall [B7 according to NSF]

OLM work continued

SN20/S20 TPS tiles placed over the crane attach points "this could be for a full up test of the heat shield during a static fire" [NSF]

LN2 delivery to OLS tank farm

Stair assembly continued next to high bay (not clear if for high bay)

S22 nosecone barrel section (5-ring) [cf. Dec 19] in windbreak "It looks like this could be repurposed for another cargo door pathfinder"

B4/OLM igniter tests at 19:49 and 22:27

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[165]
22.12.2021 B4 cryo proof test #3

[B7/B8?] fwd section lifted off sleeving stand, moved into tent 1

Coil of stainless steel delivered

Highbay stair assembly continued

Wide bay: level 5&6 first corner section preassembly on its way

Deliveries to production site: beams and flexible pipes

[B7/B8?] section lifted into high bay for stacking (4-ring with lead-ins)

[B7/B8?] 8-ring tank section (LOX and cmn dome) lifted by bridge crane; stacked onto the 4-ring section [add: B7]

S21 tank section moved out of mid bay once again; crane attached, lifted off transport stand near high bay

Stand moved to production site by SPMT

Nosecone [pathfinder] with new design now being scrapped

S21 nosecone moved out of high bay, tank section unhooked from crane after being placed on a shorter stand

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[166]
21.12.2021 Piling work has already begun at Pad 39, pad and earth work [WAI]

Roberts Road (Florida based facility used in 2020, together with cidco rd): more area cleared, work on building extension work continued; LC49 proposed according to NASA [WAI]

B4 cryo proof test #2

Chopsticks work

B7/B8 stacking in high bay began [add: B7]

Work outside high bay: Staircase construction

Wide bay work continued

B2.1 test tank in structural test stand: closeup

Ship fwd section moved (3-ring, sleeved)

B7/B8 aft dome section sleeved (4-ring segement, 2 rings stiffeners; smaller rings [???]; 33 engines) and lifted from sleeving stand; 3-ring booster fwd dome sleeve with 2-rings stiffeners infront of it

Booster fwd dome attached to crane, lifted onto sleeving stand [likely B7/B8], sleeved with the 3-ring booster fwd dome sleeve

The new booster thrust puck stored outside tents

RC extended until 8pm

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[167]
20.12.2021 B4 scrubbed testing

B2.1 all ropes connected to hydraulic pistons at the structural test stand

Booster common dome moved into mid bay (4-ring with lead-ins and stiffeners)

High bay: construction work outside, beams erected, possibly for an elevator [?]

S21 nosecone in

Ship nosecone barrel section (5-rings!!) [S22/S23/S24?]

Wide bay construction continued; level 2 wall covers continued to be added; work on completing beam structure on level 3&4

LN2 storage tank lifted and positioned at PPS

33 Raptor thrust/aft dome lifted onto sleeving stand [B7/B8] [add: B7]

LN2 delivery to OLS tank farm

OLS tank farm work continued: red and orange parts lifted into place

OLM work continued

Chopsticks work continued

Work and painting on a fence at landing pad

Booster dommon dome section spotted in high bay [add B7]

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

Below
19.12.2021 S21 tank section moved into high bay; moved back into mid bay later that day [???] NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[168]
18.12.2021 Black pillars still at production site

Wide bay: Fourth level 3&4 corner segment attached an lifted by LR11000 and installed

Booster fwd section in front tents

Ship section spotted in high bay (nc barrel sectoin from yesterday?)

B2.1 work continued

Delivery if metal parts to launch site [SL-04, LN-2]

SN20/S20 work at engine section

Drilling rig working at the OLS tank farm

Chopsticks work continued

Purging of CH4 buffer tank

Raptor 2.0 engine test in McGregor on a horizontal test stand [Adam Cuker, confirmed by Elon Musk]

S21 moved into high bay at around 7pm

B2.1 stress tested; Remedios road closed

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[169]
17.12.2021 Rocket garden at PPS: B5, BN2.1, B2.1, SN15, B6, SN16

B2.1 work continued

Sheriff at Remedios ave

B4 cryo proof test on OLM

PBI crane lowered and rose again near wide bay

Wide bay work continued; beams added between the newly added segments, finishing work on fourth corner segment of level 3&4 on ground

Nosecone barrel section in high bay

Booster methane sump delivered

S21 rolled out of mid bay; tiles not completely added, some broken or missing; aft flap mounting rig not yet installed; work platfrm on top has been removed some time ago

S22 inside mid bay at least 10 rings tall

SN15 aft flap inner skin has been removed

SN20/S20 work in engine section

Todays RC extdended until 5pm

Elon Musk tweets; video of B4 gimbal test (center engines)

McGregor: Raptor 2 engine test at 5:33 pm on horizontal test stand for about 2m24sec

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

Cuker

[170]
16.12.2021 Wide bay: second corner segment of level 3&4 lifted by LR11000 and installed and later disconnected; beams added between the two corner segments; third corner segment attached to LR11000 and lifted later

Nosecone cage (max Q test rig) moved by two SPMTs

SN15 work on one aft flap

B2.1 work continued; ropes lowered ("These are likely to be used to pull down the cap while the tank is filled and pressurized")

B6 work continued

Tall black stand? (column/pole) spotted at the production site

LR11000X lifted load spreader

SN20/S20 work on engine section, parts added [heat shields for Raptors?]

B4 remained connected to QD; work on a cover attached to aft section

QD arm work continued

Booster thrust puck accidentally delivered to launch site (third one for 13 inner engines), possibly for B9?; developed since first one spotted in early October (recesses bigger, [171]structural weaving increased - less weight) [WAI]

MaxQ testing cage moved to PPS/Sanchez site

Todays RC canceled

New RCs for Dec 23, 27-30 (10am-6pm)

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[172]
15.12.2021 McGregor: Raptor engine test at 8:43 pm

Starhopper (SH) marine radar removed, new antenna mounted

Chopsticks work continued, cables attached near the hydraulic piston; later the green cables and piston has been removed; wires fed into the chopsticks

OLS tank farm: vertical LN2 tank venting, venting from a GSE equipment between GSE2 and GSE7

SN20/S20 work at the ex attach points

B4 still attached to LR11000X; OLM and B4 work continued; later detached from crane

Concrete work between launch site and hwy 4 continued; I beams added, likely for a new wall

Wide bay: level 3&4 section moved by LR11000

Single ring moved to scrapyard

B6 test tank moved to PPS, moved next to SN15, SN16, B5

Lines installed on the structural test stand (for B2.1)

NASA is preparing to conduct environmental assessments to develop a proposed new launch site, LC49, at Kennedy Space Center [NASA]

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

Cuker

[173]
14.12.2021 LR11000 disconnected from wide bay segment that has been installed yesterday; hooked to another corner segemtn of level 3&4 that has been finished; screws tightened; new beams delivered

S21 nosecone work continued infront of high bay, some tape has been removed

Structural test stand cap lifted onto B2.1 test tank (the one with the tank like top, has some heavy orange ropes on it, "can crusher cap")

Grinders used on one of SN15s aft flap

S24 common dome spotted (4-ring! instead of 3-ring!!)

OLM work continued, booster QD hood closed; later opened and likely connected to B4, work around QD

B4 work on OLM continued; ship QD arm likely to hold on booster

SN20/S20 some tiles are brown; cable attached on lower section onto TPS tiles; attach points being removed!; work at engine section

OLS tank farm LN2 tank venting (GSE1), some venting from detanked CH4 buffer tanks; LN2 deliveries

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[174]
13.12.2021 OLM: welding work

B4 work on aft section (QD plate) ahead of lifting

B4 lifted onto OLM by LR11000X and installed carefully (engines spotted: RB28, RB29, RB30, RB31, RB32, RB13, RB16, RB12, RB18, RB15, RB17, RB3, RB6 RB33, RB14, RB4, RB20, RB5, RB7); all holddown clamps extended one by one manually; RB engine disconnect spotted

Booster stand moved away

Concrete forms prepared at launch site north of landing pad

SN20/S20 two red/orange boxes installed

Work on a funny looking structure at production site

S21 nosecone section moved towards high bay, tiles work continued

Wide bay: finished corner segment of level 3&4 lifted by LR11000 and installed

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

Marcus House

[175]
12.12.2021 Ship fwd dome lifted on sleeving stand

Booster aft dome sleeve in front tents

B6 test tank worked on in high bay

B2.1 work continued: strenghtening? ring added around the lower part of the test tank

OLM: Scaffolding staircase removed as the fix staircase has been finished (the top part is a spiral staircase); much work

Hydraulic piston still hanging loose from Chopstick extension

Compressed nitrogen trailer at landing pad

OLS a lot of venting south of tank farm berm

LR11000X moved towards OLM

B4 moved towards OLM, likely to be lifted soon

OLS tank farm: testing [?], some venting from around the LOX subcoolers

B4 connected to LR11000X late in the night

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[176]
11.12.2021 Pad work infront of OLS tank farm continued: concrete poured

B4 unhooked from load spreader (without having moved), LR11000X moved

OLM: Booster QD work continued

OLS, IT: Ship QD work continued

SN20/S20 Work on a cover above QD; nosecone hatch closed

S21 nosecone work continued, horizontal beam added between nc and nc barrel section

Work on the two LN2 storage tanks at PPS

SoLS pad Ship QD at PPS

Wide bay level 3&4 work continued

B2.1 work continued at PPS

Nosecone with TPS attachment point in tents 3

Ship aft aerocover moved

Hwy4 roadwork between launch and production site continued (since several weeks major work)

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[177]
10.12.2021 OLS, IT: More pipes lifted into place

OLS tank farm: Earth and concrete work continued

B4 still hooked to LR11000X, not moved yet

Transport stand parts delivered moved from launch site

SPMT with heavy counterweights moved to launch site

Barrel section infront of tent 3 (the one hooked to crane) is S22 thrust section

B6 test tank moved into high bay

B2.1 work continued

Wide bay construction work continued

New RCs for December 15-16 (10am-6pm) and 17 (8am-2pm)

OLM: New lights have been installed; QD tested (hood retracted, QD moved foreward)

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[178]
09.12.2021 OLS tank farm: venting from horizontal CH4 buffer tank and vertical LN2 tank; work on the LN2 tank; work on concrete pad; multistage pump prepared and lifted into place near LOX subcoolers (into the ground?); LN2 delivery

Chopsticks work continued, new part (hydraulics?) added at the downward facing stabilisation extension

SN20/S20 work on engine section and through access hole

OLM work continued

S21 nosecone TPS tiles work continued

Barrel section with lead-ins (the same from yesterday) still hooked to crane outside tent 3

SN23 (S23) nosecone hooked to crane outside tents [not the same as the scrap nosecone from previous days?]

Booster aerocover spotted at production site

Wide bay construction work continued

B6 test tank work continued

RC for december 13 canceled

Ship QD (likely for suborbital pad) spotted near the starbase sign (RGV)

FCC application for radio communications with Ship and Booster for the orbital flight test granted for the requested window from 20 December 2021 until 1 March 2021; Purpose: "Experimental orbital demo and recovery test of the Starship test vehicle..."

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[179]
08.12.2021 Ship aft section out of tents (hooked to crane), as well as scrap dome

B6 test tank work near wide bay construction site

Wide bay work continued; panels being installed on level 3&4 (preassembly)

S21 nosecone TPS tiles work continued

B5 unhooked from bridge crane; B5 moved out of high bay to the booster display stand recently constructed (located at PPS next to SN15 and SN16; engine production is confirmed to be slower than booster productin, so either B5 is being retired or on a waiting position)

B2.1 work at PPS

Scrap nosecone (the one with fewer panels) again spotted outside tent 3

OLM work continued

B4 connected to load spreader [not two days ago?], work on COPVs

SN20/S20 flaps still remained open

LN2 delivered to SoLS

RC for December 10 canceled

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[180]
07.12.2021 Booster QD hood lifted onto OLM and installation began

OLM work continued

OLS, IT work continued

Earth work infront of OLS tank farm

B4 work continued

Delivery of some part wrapped in blue cover

SN20/S20 work through access hole

LN2 delivered to SoLS tank farm

Wide bay work continued

Dome delivered to production site

B2.1 is back at PPS

S21 tank section work in mid bay through access hole

S21 nosecone TPS tiles work continued

B6 common dome section with lead-ins hooked to crane; booster fwd dome section spotted near it, also attached to crane; both later detached from crane; fwd dome attachedto another crane, stacked onto B6 common dome; B6 apparently now a test tank with B6 common dome and a booster forward dome

RC for December 8 and 9 canceled

New intermittent RC for December 8 (9.30am-11.30am)

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[181]
06.12.2021 Wide bay construction work continued: panels added on level 1, level 3&4 cross wall segments nearly fully added

Liquid nitrogen tank delivered to the PPS

S22 fwd dome section lifted into mid bay

Wide bay beams and parts delivered

Electrical equipment delivered (ABB)

B2.1 prepared for rolling back, then rolled back to production site

OLS tank farm GSE1 venting again

OLM construction work continued, especially on QD

LR11000X moved

OLS, IT work continued

SN20/S20 work on engine section

Booster QD hood has been delivered to launch site last night

B4 connected to LR11000X

RC for December 7 canceled; as well as todays

New RCs for December 10 (8am-2pm) and 13, 14 (10am-6pm)

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[182]
05.12.2021 OLM work continued, especially on booster QD and lower exterior pipes

Chopsticks work continued

OLS tank farm work on pipe insulation

B2.1 prepared to move, SPMT moved towards test tank

Outriggers removed from LR11000X, moved to the production site

Ship leg skirt and fwd dome seen infront tents

Booster fwd dome section infront of tents, as well as barrel sections

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[183]
04.12.2021 B5 hooked to bridge crane again; has all the aft section hardware installed already, but no covers yet installed

Nosecone with old design spotted in tent 3 with flap attachment rig installed

Booster barrel section moved into tent

S22 fwd dome section moved into tent

Earthwork at the PPS

Wide bay level 3&4 preassembly work as well as level 1&2 panels continued to be added

SN20/S20 work on extended flaps; fuelling adapter closeup; engine section worked on

B4 work on aft section continued

Concrete work at west side of the OLS tank farm

OLM work continued (NSF calls it OLP) as well as work on chopsticks

Booster load spreader moved to launch site, unloaded by LR11000X (LabPadre name: Marvin) (first job since crane was built)

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[184]
03.12.2021 SN20/S20 fwd and aft flaps have been opened (Starship Gazer)

Work on a steel cable roll near SN16; thrust rams for Rvac engine thrust simulation spotted at PPS

Platform raised at PPS, Grove crane moved Panels being added to wide bay (RGV); level 3&4 work continued (preassembly); more beams delivered

Nosecone test stand (cage/rig) moved to scrapyard on two SPMTs

Delivery of a red/black structure to production site "343 ton cap"

S21 Nosecone TPS tiles work contineud

S22 fwd dome section shown outside tents

B2.1 Cryo Proof Test

GSE1/Shell5 venting; as well as GSE on OLS tank farm

LN2 delivery to OLS tank farm

OLS, IT: Ship QD work continued; also from the new offloading area at the old landing pad

Insulated pipe moved around near GSE5 at launch site

LC-39A at Cape Canaveral Kennedy Space Center: Work has begun with the Starship mount being dismantled (spotted on satellite pic by Harry Stranger); Elon Musk confirmed that "Construction of Starship orbital launch pad at the Cape has begun"[185] and that it "Will have similar, but improved, ground systems & tower to Starbase"[186].

B5 rolled out of highbay for a few minutes before rolling back in again

B4: Aerocovers for both hydraulic power units were installed

NSF

LabPadre

[187]
02.12.2021 SN20/S20 fwd and aft flaps tested and opened at 12:40

RC for today extended until 10pm

Unfinished domes spotted outside the tents

S22 fwd dome section spotted infront of tents

Wide bay construction work continued

S21 nosecone TPS tiles work continued

Work on a new structure infront of tents (looks like a hood; for Ship QD?)

Wide bay beams delivered to PPS/Production site

B2.1 cryo proof test

B5 unhooked from gantry crane in high bay

B4 raceway cover continued to be added (Kevin Randolph)

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[188]
01.12.2021 OLS: South berm work continued; work on chopsticks

LOX delivered to the OLS tank farm

B4 COPV covers being installed

GSE4 test tank moved south

Wide bay work continued (level 1&2 vertical beams, level 3&4 preassembly)

S21 nosecone TPS tiles, red tape added

High bay rooftop bar work continued

Scrap smooth nosecone shown

Booster cmn dome section/sleeve shown in a tent

SN20/S20 aborted static fire attempt

SN20/S20 header tank test

B2.1 cryo proof test, possibly also puck shucking; the first time OLS tank farm was used for testing

New RCs for December 7-9 (10am-6pm)

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[189]

November 2021[]

Date Description Source Link
30.11.2021 S21 LOX header tank downcomer lifted into mid bay for installation in S21 (the_denks)

RC for today canceled

OLM: Insulation added to pipes, meaning that they have been certified and ready to use

Prototype nosecone made with fewer panels now for scrap Wide bay beams assembly for level 3&4 continued; level 1&2 installation of small vertical beams continued; progress after some sort of a pause

Dome moved to scrapyard

SN20/S20 work on TPS tiles; all tiles have been replaced or repaired except those near the header tank vent; work on the engine section

S21 nosecone TPS tiles work continued

Chopsticks work continued

OLS tank farm work con GSE piping continued

B4 work near COPVs, raceway covers continued to be installed

SN20/S20 aft section work continued

GSE4 test tank moved southwards on landing pad (Starship Gazer)

Booster display stand under construction next to SN15 and SN16 at PPS (to the south west, RGV)

S23 nosecone (next generation) spotted by Starship Gazer

Alert notice for SN20/S20 static fire attempt isssued to residents; as well as NOTMAR posted

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[190]
29.11.2021 RC for today canceled

New RCs for December 2, 6 (10am-6pm) and December 3 (6am-12pm)

OLM and chopsticks work continued OLS, IT; NE upper column now also with scaffolding installed

SPMT moved to SoLS; parts moved to landing pad near GSE4; then went to production site

Earth work at landing pad

LN2 delivery to SoLS

Wide bay construction continued; small vertical beam installation began

S21 tank section work in mid bay continued

S21 nosecone TPS tiles: new tapes added

Booster common dome section (sleeve?) spotted in a tent

S22 fwd dome section (sleeve?) spotted

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[191]
28.11.2021 Launch site: pipes delivered, likely to OLS tank farm

B4 work near the COPVs

LN2 delivery to OLS tank farm; cone-like shaped item delivered

S21 nosecone TPS tiles work continued

Booster QD hood work continued at production site

Scrap fwd dome spotted

SN20/S20 work near aft flaps

OLS, IT: NW upper column scaffolding installed

Chopsticks work continued

Ship fwd dome spotted infront of tents

B6 common dome section hooked to flipping jig and flipped; methane transfer pipe appears to be plugged [?]

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[192]
27.11.2021 SN20/S20 work continued through access hatch and on engine section

OLS tank farm work on pipe insulation

OLM work continued

B4 work continued

OLS, IT: upper SE column part fully covered with scaffolding

S21 aft flap alignment jig fully installed on one side (other side not visible)

Booster quick disconnect (QD) hood at launch site painted black

S21 nosecone TPS tiles work continued, especially around flap; label spotted: "Attention do not move flap"

Flip rig attached to a crane infornt of production tents

Booster common dome section flipped [likely B7?]

Standard TFR renewed for December (still 10000ft)

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Mary

Nic

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[193]
26.11.2021 Fwd dome spotted outside tents

OLM venting spotted again; announced on loudspeakers

Barrel section moved

LN2 delivered to OLS tank farm

OLS tank farm work continued on GSE pipes

Helium delivered

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[194]
25.11.2021 Thanksgiving in US - not much work
24.11.2021 S24 common dome sleeve? spotted

OLM work continued

Concrete work between OLS tank farm and hwy 4

OLS tank farm: GSE plumbing being insulated, berm work continued

B4 work on engines, raceway cover and aft section continued

S21 nosecone TPS tiles work continued; some tape removed

S21 tank section in mid bay worked on

Raptor gimbal joints spotted

S22 stacking has begun in mid bay; cmn dome section identified; next to S21

Ship flap delivered; aft flap aerocovers spotted at the production site

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[195]
23.11.2021 Ship fwd dome still outside tent; new jig next to it [S23?]

S21 nosecone TPS tiles work continued; many tapes around the flap

Wide bay work continued; Bigge crane has been lowered, now lifted again; several beam parts being assembled on ground; many more beams delivered

Ship [S22?] fwd dome section with many TPS tiles worked on

S21 tank section work in mid bay continued

Ship QD mechanism (star-shaped adapter and pipes) installed onto the QD arm

Chopsticks work continued

B4 work on some areocovers

Concrete torn up at OLS; earth work; rebar tied for new pad

OLS tank farm: inspection?

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[196]
22.11.2021 OLM work continued; Booster QD extended; welding on circumfering pipe

Chopsticks worked on

Landing pad: parts relocated

LN2 deliveries to OLS tank farm and SoLS tank farm

SN20/S20 work on cables leading to raceway continued as well as on engine section

Wide bay work continued (third level installation hasn't begun yet); beams on ground being worked on

Rebar laid near high bay [?]

Work on booster QD hood at production site

S21 tank section worked on in mid bay

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[197]
21.11.2021 OLM work continued; gas vented (likely Nitrogen used to purge GSE plumbing)

Earth work near landing pad

SN20/S20 work on engine section continue

S21 nosecone work on TPS tiles continue, more tapes added

Booster common dome sleeved [B6?]; second booster common dome sleeve moved near it

B5 work continued

Booster quick disconnect (QD) hood for OLM spotted, which will shield the booster QD from the exhaust plume

Ship quick disconnect (QD) spotted

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[198]
20.11.2021 LN2 delivered to OLS tank farm

OLS tank farm: Work on connection the new horizontal CH4 tanks to tank farm continued

SN20/S20 and B4 (inspection) work

OLM work continued

Wide bay work continued; some beams being preassembled before lifting

Nosecone moved inside tent 3; nosecone barrel section with therman blankets spotted

S21 nosecone work continued, more tapes added

Booster common dome now on sleeving stand

B5 welding of the two sections

New Starship segment [S22?] spotted next to S21

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[199]
19.11.2021 Ship fwd dome and booster cmn dome in front of tents

S21 nosecone TPS tiles inspected

Aerocovers staged for installation on S21; some tiles on it

B5 LOX tank lifted onto a transport stand

SN20/S20 work around cabling on aft section

LOX delivered to SoLS tank farm

OLS, IT: winch jutty received side walls for protection

OLM and IT work continued (also on chopsticks)

Road work at the entrance to the OLS tank farm

OLS tank farm: New black boxes installed near the orange and red pistons

Deliveries to production site

S21 nosecone green tape affixed; aft section prepared for aft fin installation

B5 methane tank section load spreader attached lifted by bridge crane and stacked onto LOX section (final stacking)

Wide bay construction work continued

SN20/S20 fwd and aft flaps tested

New RCs for 29 November - 1 December (10am-6pm)

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[200]
18.11.2021 OLM work continued; work on a new circumfering pipe

LOX delivery to OLS tank farm

Wide bay beams accidentally delivered to launch site

QD arm work continued

SN20/S20 aft section work continued

B4 preparation work around aft section continued

LN2 delivered to SoLS tank farm

Concrete torn up between OLS tank farm tanks and Hwy4

B5 methane section moved in high bay

More wide bay beams delivered to production site

Scrap stainless steel sheets shown

S21 tank section worked on in mid bay

S22 cmn dome lifted into mid bay

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[201]
17.11.2021 Elon Musk Presentation

S21 nosecone construction and TPS tiles work continued

S22 cmn dome work continued; extra vent with strange nozzle added (Potentially for a new thruster configuration?)

Wide bay construction work continued; more beams delivered

S21 work in mid bay continued

Fwd dome caps spotted

Deliveries to production site (some sort of pistons, new I-beams for wide bay)

OLM work continued

B4 inspection work

SN20/S20 work at engine area

Earth work at the launch site continued

OLS, IT: Some scaffolding removed

Elon Musk announced significant update for engine, basically a new engine: "A complete design overhaul is necessary for the engine that can actually make life multiplanetary. It won't be called Raptor."

RCs for November 18-19 canceled

Elon Musk presentation [see article]

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Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[202]
16.11.2021 RC for November 17 canceled

OLM work continued

Chopsticks work continued

LOX deliveries to OLS tank farm continued

Section of flexible pipe spotted at OLS tank farm

Landing pad has received piping from OLS tank farm, possibly for more fuelling truck adapters

Landing pad/hwy4 berm removal continued

LN2 delivered to SoLS tank farm

Wide bay construction continued

Work on high bay construction elevator

S22 cmn dome section shown (3-ring, TPS tiles, lead-ins)

S21 nosecone TPS tiles worked on

Booster methane manifold spotted

Parts inventory at the production site shown

Unknown tubular part still at the production site, first spotted on September 19

Dome knuckle panels spotted

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[203]
15.11.2021 FAA estimate: Environmental Review and permitting process would be completed by December 31; Transcripts from public hearings posted

COPVs loaded onto a flatbed

Wide bay construction work continued

Small pipes and rebar delivered to production site; as well as several trucks with beams [possibly for wide bay]

B5 scaffolding installed at the top of LOX section in prepartion of stacking; transport stand moved into high bay

SPMTs moved crane mats away from launch site

Chopsticks worked on

OLM work continued in several areas (plumbing, wiring, QD, stairs)

Berm between landing pad and hwy 4 began to be removed

SN20/S20 aft flaps tested

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[204]
14.11.2021 OLS, IT: Work continued (rails, piping on QD arm)

Wide bay: work on LR11000 boom top

S21: new black plate spotted on the hull, just left above the QD area

Nosecones with the new design (single segments) spotted in tent 3

B7 "fwd dome stiffened barrel" 3-ring sleeve spotted

COPV aerocover moved

Booster aerocover (for COPV's) frame spotted

OLM: Work on new permanent staircase began (behind one pillar)

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[205]
13.11.2021 B6 aft section (sleeved?) shown, work on it

Booster aft tank #5 spotted [Label looks like B7]

S21 nosecone work continued

-Y FWD aero cover delivered (-Y is the ship's starboard side)

Stair sections being stacked in high bay

Grove GRT8100 moved

Ship fwd dome sleeve with thermal blankets spotted in tent

SN20/S20 work in engine area

OLS tank farm: Daily LOX deliveries continued

Chopsticks work continued

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[206]
12.11.2021 SN20/S20 Perburner test and Static Fire #3 (first one with all six engines, more tiles lost)

B2.1 on structural test stand ("cancrusher", closeup of thrust test setup) and GSE4 moved from PPS to launch site

NSF introduced new channelcam

S21 nosecone TPS tiles worked on

RCs for November 15-16 canceled

New RCs for November 17-18, 22-23 (10am-6pm) and November 19 (6am-12pm)

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[207]
11.11.2021 S21 nosecone work continued

S23 aft dome sleeve (3-ring) spotted

B6 fwd dome sleeve hooked to crane, lifted and sleeved with fwd dome

S21 in mid bay: preparation work for aft fin installation

LR11000-P1300: according to NSF, both the boom and the jib have been extended by 6 meters

BN2.1, GSE4, B2.1 and SN15 shown at PPS; workers prepared concrete forms at PPS near them

OLS tank farm: Berm extension work continued

QD arm work continued

Cable supply reel for chopsticks not yet unspooled fully

Wide bay work continued; LR11000 is inside it

Alert notice delivered to residence for possible SN20/S20 static fire on 12 November

"Elon Musk will give a 30mins Starship presentation to the 1st Space Studies Board / Board on Physics and Astronomy" on 17 November 2021, 6pm EST

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[208]
10.11.2021 OLS work continued at several areas (as always)

OLS tank farm: new equipment delivered

B4 COPV Covers installation finally began

Berry crane, Grove GMK 6350L, left launch site, drove to production site

SoLS tank farm venting

LOX deliveries to OLS tank farm continued

OLM work on booster QD

OLS, IT: work on QD arm

Ship aft dome sleeve (3-rings, lead-ins, TPS tile attachment points) moved at production site

Wide bay work continued

B2.1 work continued

B5 work in high bay continued

S21 nosecone TPS tiles worked on

RC for November 11 canceled

RC for today canceled

New RCs for November 16-18 (10am-6pm)

New RC for November 12 (6am-2pm)

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[209]
09.11.2021 B5 thrust section lifted in high bay

S21 nosecone disconnected from crane; work continued

Two forward domes and a booster fwd sleeve (B6, yesterday) at the production site: as well as a Ship common dome and a aft sleeve and two pipes for methane transfer tube

LR11000 (Buckner) assembly at production site near wide bay

Grove GJMK7550 crane moved

Grey crane part delivered to production site as an addition to the old LR11000 crane (extension of the jib)

Grove, Manitowoc RT 9130E-2 crane drove to PPS

Wide bay construction work continued

LR11000 lifted its boom at the production site

Main cable reeving for chopsticks continued; reached draw works but spool has not yet been unwound completely

B4 work at the fwd section

SN20/S20 work at aft section

Apollo robot dog from Boston Dynamics spotted; new arm and SpaceX themed paint

OLS berm werk continued

OLS, IT plumbing lifted

B5 LOX section stacked on thrust/aft section

NOTMAR posted for November 10, Alert notice issued for potential SN20/S20 static fire

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Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[210]
08.11.2021 Main steel cable installation began (unloading from the spool, pulled through the system by the pulling cable)

LR11000 with disassembled boom and counterweights moved to production site

LR11000-X moved; lifted other crane parts on truck (likely for the other LR11000)

OLS Tank farm: hose removed from a shell

Container wall construction at the production site

B5 work in high bay continued

B6 fwd sleeve shown (3-rings, vertical stiffeners, holes for grid fins)

Wide bay construction work continued; first two levels nearing completion

S21 nosecone welding work; nosecone still attached to crane

New robot arm delivered

Crew dragon Endeavour reentry visible over Starbase

RC for November 9 canceled

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[211]
07.11.2021 LR11000 disassembly continued; parts moved to production site

S21 in mid bay now 16 rings tall; stacking of tank section complete

Fwd dome sleeve with TPS mounts spotted inside tent 3 (4-rings with lead-ins)

S21 nosecone stacked on nosecone barrel section; TPS tile rows on nosecone are labelled

OLM work continued

Chopsticks: Cable reeving began. Small help cable pulls up the pilote rope that will then pull the main cable through the system.

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[212]
06.11.2021 Two Raptor engines with Spongebob drawings delivered to launch site RC78, RC79?

Wide bay construction work continued

S21 nosecone prepared for lifting, attached to crane

LR11000-X moved

SN20/S20 aft section work continued

OLS, IT: Work continued on the rails for the catch arms; Chopsticks work continued

LR11000 boom lowered, disassembly began, counterweights removed

LR11350 disassembly continued

Unknown Raptor engine delivered to launch site

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[213]
05.11.2021 SN20/S20 equalized pressure by venting ambient air; work on it continued

LR11000-X assembly finished; counterweights added; boom and jib lifted

Raptor engines delivered to launch site (unknown number)

OLM elevator completely removed Wide bay construction work continued

Stair sections lifted in high bay

S21 engine section (5-rings, with lead-ins) moved to mid bay; lifted into mid bay

New RCs for November 11, 15 (10am-6pm), 12 (6am-12pm)

LR111350 disassembly continued; cabin and engine sections left launch site

RC58 delivered to launch site

NOTMAR issued for November 09

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[214]
04.11.2021 Windy, rainy weather

LN2 and LOX deliveries to OLS tank farm

LR11000-X assembly continued

B4 aft section work continued

Dump trucks off LBJ boulevard

S22 nosecone barrel section; 5 rings tall and 3.6 mm steel according to label!!

Blue Origin lost lawsuit against NASA over HLS lunar lander contract with SpaceX

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[215]
03.11.2021 B7? fwd tank #2 spotted

Wide bay construction work continued; more vertical beams (likely for wall attachment) added; first outwards facing beams for (similar to high bay) added

Black booster stand (the one with triangles) shown off Rocket Rd

B2.1 work continued near gate A3 (NSF confirms the other one to be BN2.1)

LR11000-X more parts delivered; assembly continued

RC74 delivered to launch site and unloaded; prepared for installation on B4

LR11350 more parts left launch site

SN20/S20 work on TPS tiles near aft flap

Chopsticks: More conducts installed

QD arm: piece lowered onto it

OLM elevator disassembly began, work looking to slowly conclude

Container wass construction at launch site

B4 work on fwd section

RC for November 04 canceled

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Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[216]
02.11.2021 Crane moved back to production site

LR11000-X more parts (counterweights, boom and jib sections) delivered to launch site and unloaded; stacking continued

B4 fwd section worked on

OLS, IT and chopsticks work continued

PPS: More sidings added to staircase segment: two segments moved from PPS to high bay area by SPMT

Starship aft flap aerocover spotted

Booster fwd section outside the tents

Wide bay construction: More beams added

B2.1 testing preparations continued

S21 work in mid bay continued; work platform erected

Raptor engine spotted in scrapyard (unknown SN)

S22 mid-LOX section still outside tents, no TPS tiles attached yet

RC for November 03 canceled

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Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[217]
01.11.2021 RC for today canceled

B2.1 preparation work for testing continued at PPS

Wide bay construction work continued; more beams delivered

PPS: Staircase work continued

S22 common dome section (sleeved, with methane header tank and lead-ins) spotted

S22 mid-LOX section (4-rings): thermal blanketing attached

Chopsticks work continued; linear actuators visible

OLS, IT: Work on chopstick rails

OLM work continued; control panel "COPV load" shown

LR11350 disassembly continued

LR11000 cleaned

FAA environmental review public comment phase now closed

RC for November 02 canceled

New RCs for November 2-4 (10am-6pm) and November 8-10 (10am-6pm)

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Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[218]

October 2021[]

Date Description Source Link
31.10.2021 LR11350 disassembly continued

B4 work continued

Chopsticks work continued

More pipes lifted and installed on OLS, IT

LOX deliveries to OLS tank farm; 50th delivery truck of LOX

Launch site delivery turned around and unloaded at PPS "Atlas Copco"

SN20/S20 work continued, especially in engine area

B2.1 work continued at PPS, work through access hole

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[219]
30.10.2021 LR11000-X more parts delivered to launch site, ballast unloaded from a truck; assembly continued

Common dome outside tents

S21 nosecone work continued

Unknown Raptor engine moved into tent

S22 mid LOX section spotted outside tent 1

B2.1 work on booster test stand continued

LR11350 "Frankencrane/Kong" disassembly of boom

B4 work on Raptor engines shield (TPS) looks complete [?]

Chopsticks work continued

QD arm work continued

SN20/S20 work around engines continued; all engines have been installed (RVac5, RVac6, RVac7, RC81, RC?, RC?)

S22? aft dome section flipped

R57 delivered to launch site

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[220]
29.10.2021 New LR11000 parts in SpaceX custom design delivered to the launch site [to be called LR11000-X on this wiki or some suggested the community name BBC for "big black crane"]

Assembly of LR11000-X began

OLM work continued

Chopsticks work continued, downward facing extension on both arms added

Perlite expansion furnaces shown

Plumbing work on horizontal CH4 tanks at OLS tank farm continued

B4 aft section work continued

SN20/S20 Rvac6 installed, Rvac7 waiting for installation; later Rvac7 installed as well

Wide bay construction picking up the pace, more beams lifted into place

B2.1 work on test stand continued

Booster fwd sleeve and fwd dome infront of tents

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[221]
28.10.2021 Chopsticks have swung for the first time after the actuators have been installed

Wide bay beams unloaded; at least 5 beams now errected

Nosecone in the scrapyard sliced into pieces

Chopsticks work continued

B4 work continued near common and forward dome, as well as on aft section

SN20/S20 work at engine section continued

Booster test stand has raptor gimbal joints which will attach to B2.1 on each of its RC mounting point

Work on a tent entrance

Hwy4 repair work at production site

Crane mats delivered to production site

B2.1 moved towards booster test stand at PPS by SPMT, lifted and removed from transport stand, lowered onto booster test stand

4-ring barrel section moved to scrap yard

Wide bay construction: more beams lifted, cross-beams began to be added

Rvac6 (label: "SN6")and Rvac7 (label: RV7") moved form production site to SN20/S20 at the launch site; Rvac6 lifted into aft section for first fit check, lowered again

RC for October 29 canceled

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[222]
27.10.2021 OLM and OLS, IT work continued

Perlite sacks at OLS tank farm for further insulation

RB33 delivered to launch site [for B4]

B4 Raptor heat shield work continued, the big aerocovers now next to it [RGV]

S21 work continued in mid bay

Booster fwd dome section outside tents [sleeved?]

B5 work in high bay continued

LR11350 ballast lowered; boom lowered later, potentially for the last time

Raptor gimbal joints lifted into booster test stand; these are mounted to hydraulic cylinders which simulate Raptor engine thrust

Wide bay beams continued to be delivered

Standard TFR renewed for November, still 10000ft

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[223]
26.10.2021 RC for today canceled

Booster fwd section spotted outside tents [label B4/B6 fwd dome??] PPS staircase assembly continued

B2.1 test tank work continued

"Dump truck pulls stuck truck carrying crane parts free"

Ship thrust simulator: parts removed

Booster test stand work at PPS

S21 in mid bay at least 7-8 rings tall, work through hatch; mass simulator plate installed

Wide bay construction work continued, new parts (beams) delivered

Crane parts stored at the PPS, some crane parts loaded onto a truck and left boca chica

LN2 truck at PPS

S21 nosecone TPS tiles work continued

Many flatbed trucks waited at Starbase sign

SN20/S20 has now 3 SL and one Rvac engine installed

Chopstick hydraulic actuator lifted for a fit check and lowered back down later

OLS, IT work continued; some crews working at the top of the tower

B4: Insulating foam added around the COPVs and QD plate; work on raptor heat shield (TPS) continued; work con raceway

Crane parts and chopstick stand structure left launch site

OLS tank farm: LOX heat exchangers tested, first venting

RC for October 28 canceled

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[224]
25.10.2021 OLS tank farm: LOX deliveries (some from Sanchez site/PPS); Perlite expansion furnaces and hoppers shown in video for first time

SN20/S20 work in engine area continued

B4 work continued

OLS, IT work continued in several areas; cable track (the travelling cable for chopsticks) attache to upper right carriage arm

B6 aft dome on sleeving stand, ready for sleeving

Methane transfer tube for booster moved

Crane rigged for wide bay beams (yellow bigge crane)

Wide bay: more beams lifted

Ship [S22/23?] leg skirt spotted in tent 3, a cutout is visible for the quick disconnect plate

B2.1: parts added to grid fin cutouts

S21 work in mid bay

Chopsticks support structure moved away from launch site

New RCs for October 28 (10am-6pm), 29 (6am-12pm), November 1 (10am-6pm)

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[225]
24.10.2021 Booster aft dome lowered onto sleeving stand [B6/B7?]

B2.1 work continued

Chopsticks/Carriage: Large pulley attached (diameter at least as big as a human)

LOX delivered to OLS tank farm

OLS tank farm: piping work towards horizontal tanks continued; now three different pipes visible

SN20/S20 work continued, aft section and in engine area

B4 work continued; TPS installation for Raptor engines continued; some work around COPVs

PPS: Staircase segments assembly continued

S21 nosecone rolled out of tent 3, at least 3 nosecone still inside

Ship fwd dome with label

B9 thrust puck delivered and unloaded, this is the first one for 13 engines (10+3) instead of only 9

Booster methane transfer tube (downcomer) delivered (two parts) [add Dec: not first one; first one see early Oct, likely for B7/B8]

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[226]
23.10.2021 HLS nosecone began to be scrapped; lowest rings cut off

B2.1 (not same as BN2.1) work continued

RB32 delivered to production site

Ship aft dome sleeve infront of tents

S21 nosecone and nc barrel section still missing some few tiles

Wide bay construction work has continued

B4 and SN20/S20 worked on

Chopsticks/carriage: some minor work

QD arm moved towards tower

Two raptor engines loaded onto truck, likely back to McGregor; on identified as RB2

Catch arms carriage travelling block installed and disconnected from crane (7.49pm)

S21 fwd section stacked on common dome section in mid bay

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[227]
22.10.2021 Two Raptor engines delivered to launch site; some left

PPS work on staircase sections continued

Booster aft tank#5 and #3 spotted [B6?, signs look like B4 and B5]

B2.1 work continued

3-ring barrel section outside tent 1

Two RC and one RB engine loaded onto raptor van

B4 work on aft section and engines continued; start of thermal protective cover installation

Plumbing work to new horizontal CH4 tanks at OLS tank farm continued

LR11350 disconnected from chopsticks/carriage which now sit on a jut like part that sticks out from the tower column

PPS: two more staircase segments loaded onto SPMT

Wide bay: first sturctural beam lifted

NASA worm logo removed from HLS mock up

SN20/S20 three RC installed late in the eventing/early next morning

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[228]
21.10.2021 Delivery to SoLS tank farm (LN2 tanker)

SN20/S20 work continued

Plumbing attached to new horizontal taks at OLS tank farm

Grove GMK6300L-1 crane (Berry) moved to launch site

B4 work at top continued, as well as in the engine sections (new thermal protection)

Red support structure for chopsticks/carriage disassembled

LR11000 moved from OLS tank farm to landing pad

B2.1 work continued

Wide bay: beams prepared/rigged for assembly

S21 fwd dome section work

B5 aft tank #5 (LOX section, 4-rings, no lead-ins) moved

Header tank panels spotted at the production site

High bay rooftop bar work continued

Raptor 2 engine factory contstruction progress at McGregro [Reagan Beck]

SN20/S20 Static fire #1 (Rvac5) and #2 (Rvac5 and SL raptor)[229], at least 8 tiles lost during fires [see vid 22]

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[230]
20.10.2021 Alert notice for today issued, but RC for today canceled

OLS, IT: Single skate removed and reinstalled Carriage arms opened for installation on OLS, IT [unclear when]

Chopsticks/carriage lifted from red structure by LR11350, crane rotated; lowered to correct height, installation on OLS, IT began

B4 new framing around the Raptor engines, possibly part of the new thermal protection system mentioned by Elon Musk

B2.1 work continued

Another hydraulic actuator moved to launch site, possibly for chopsticks

Two stair sections moved from PPS next to high bay

Wide bay construction; beam attached to white/blue Atlas crane (PBI)

NOTMAR for October 21 issued

FAA second public hearing for environmental assessment draft

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[231]
19.10.2021 Evaporator at SoLS tank farm in action after SN20/S20 test

New dome on sleeving stand

B2.1 work through hatch outside mid bay

SN16 work/inspection at hatch

S21 nosecone and nc barrel section look nearly ready

Chopsticks and carriage rigged for a test lift; lifted and rigging adjusted for balance

SN20/S20 work around/in aft section

Hydraulic actuator delivered to launch site "rod side proofed, smile"

B4 work on raceway

CH4 horizontal tank (the second one) and cryo tank shell #7 (final one) rolled out to OLS tank farm

Work on GSE2 befor covering it

New RCs for October 21 (5pm-12am), 25, 26 (10am-6pm)

Alert notice issued, but later RC for tonight canceled

NOTMAR issued for SF on October 20

Shell #7 attached to LR11000 and lifted over GSE2 at OLS tank farm; the 8 tanks now complete

NSF

Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[232]
18.10.2021 LR11350 rotated towards carriage/chopsticks

Alert notice issued to Boca Chica residents for possible SN20/S20 static fire today between 4pm-1am (later corrected to 5pm-midnight); NOTMAR issued

Cryo tank shell #8 CH4 [according to label] moved from PPS to OLS tank farm (9:37-10:41), bumpers installed on the bottom inside of the shell, attached to LR11000, lifted and put over GSE8 on the most south western position

New intermittent RC for October 19 (9:30-11:30am)

OLS tank farm work continued, especially on newly delivered horizontal tank

Ship aft dome sleeved [S22?], then removed from sleeving stand

Large methane tank at PPS cleaned

PPS: Staircase work continued

PBI Manitowoc 12000 being readied at the new wide bay area, another white-blue crane already there

Raptor gimbal joints spotted

Rigging work for chopsticks/carriage; attached to LR11350

B4 work continued on its top; hydraulic power unit sled wrapped in plastic, possibly in preparation for installing aerocover

OLS tank farm: venting from ground pipes

SN20/S20 preburner test of Rvac5, vents around nosecone! [vid 19]

SN20/S20 no big apparent damage to TPS, most tiles missing were missing before test [vid19]

FAA first public hearing for environmental assessment draft

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Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[233]
17.10.2021 LR11350 detached from chopsticks

Crane detached from S21 nosecone barrel section

B5 construction in high bay continued

Yellow grove crane RT915OE moved to PPS

Several LOX (yellow label) and LN2 (green label) trucks at PPS

LR11000 moved back to OLS tank farm after having lifted one catch arm to the carriage

Perlite delivered to OLS tank farm

OLS, IT: Carriage linear bearing "skate" lifted onto the tower, reinstallation began; they allow the carriage anch chopsticks to move up and down the tower; likely all skates installed this day; cable carrier [?] installed as well; a wheel spotted below the QD arm [when installed?]

Carriage welding work

B4 work continued in several areas

SN20/S20 work in skirt area

LR11350 more crane counterweights added

One of the two large tanks (for LCH4) moved from PPS to OLS tank farm

LR11000 lifted crew in a basket

OLS tank farm: First ever LOX delivery; at least 4 tankers

SN20/S20 work through upper hatch

Cocoa facility: Mk2 nosecone being dismantled

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16.10.2021 Starbase driving tour

The chopsticks are now fully attached to LR11350 only

Grove crane delivered to launch site

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15.10.2021 B2.1 [?] hybrid test tank still outside mid bay

Forward dome caps delivered; "NIPPON STEEL Stainless Steel Corporation, Yawata, made in Japan"

Raptor engines that have been moved to production site yesterday were now loaded onto raptor van (RC62, RC72, RC74)

Methane transfer tubes "downcomers" delivered (two)

OLS tank farm work continued

CH4 boil-off buffer (horizontal storage tank at OLS tank farm) constantly venting (likely LN2); "CH4 boiloff goes into buffer tanks, gets slowly condensed in Blu, goes back into buffer tanks, and returns to main storage tanks once depressurized." [The_Denks]

B4 work continued in different areas

SN20/S20 work under aft skirt continued, as well as through top hatch

Wide bay foundation work continued, many I beams ready and moved around

PPS: Booster thrust simulator work continued

Barrel section moved into tent 1

Shift aft dome outside tents

New intermittent RC for October 18 (9.30-11.30am)

LR11000 detached from second catch arm

Two Raptor engines delivered to launch site

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14.10.2021 S22 comm dome sleeve (3-rings) outside of tents

Starship aft dome in a tent [S22?]

Barrel section with TPS tiles attachment points moved around

S21 nosecone and nc barrel section TPS installation continued

I beams unloaded from a flatbed near wide bay foundation

PPS: crane attached to a booster transport stand

New Starship thrust puck spotted at production site

PPS: Work on stairs continued

Manitowoc 12000 crane rolled back to production site

OLM work continued

Plate compactor lifted onto berm (near the tunnel)

Raptor engines removed from B4, 5 engines visible

More perlite sacks delivered to OLS tank farm; work on OLS tank farm piping continued

SN20/S20 work inside aft skirt continued

Booster thrust puck spotted at the ground tracking station

Yellow triangular shaped structure and pipes delivered to production site

RC62, RC72, RC74 moved back to production site

SN20/S20 scrubbed static fire attempt

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13.10.2021 Overpressure notice for today's SN20/S20 static fire attempt issued

B5 first grid fin installed during night; a second one was installed later Assembly of catch/stack arms "chopsticks" and carriage continued

OLS tank farm: work on the pad north of GSE tanks; work on piping continued

Perlite delivered and unloaded at OLS tank farm; "Perlite is an insulating layer between the cryo shell and GSE tank". Kilns at the OLS tank farm expand the material into low density insulation

SN20/S20 work in the aft skirt area ahead of potential static fire

Grove GMK7550 counterweights moved to production site

RC for today cancelled, SN20/S20 static fire NET Thursday

Hybrid test tank moved out of mid bay, NSF calls it B2.1 [confusing]

S21 fwd section in tent 3 TPS tiles installed [also see yesterday]

COPV covers for booster aft section at production site

Header tank panels spotted at production site

Pulley cable spool lifted on to OLS, IT and installed to dead anchor

New RCs for October 18-20 (5pm-12am)

Todays RC cancelled

NOTMAR posted for October 14 for potential SN20/S20 static fire; Alert notice issued

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12.10.2021 Both catching arms installed, main pin fully lowered at about 2:16 am

Raptor engines moved from launch to production site

B5 stacking continued; CH4 tank now 13 rings tall and thus completely stacked

S21 nosecone TPS work continued

S21? nosecone barrel section (the one that has been standing there since a long time) TPS installation

RB11 and RB27 loaded onto raptor van at production site

Tent 3: 4-ring barrel section with a lot of TPS tiles attached [vid 13 labelled S21 fwd section]

Wide bay foundation work continued; new blue crane on the site

Chopstick work continued

Dirt moved around at launch site, possibly for a berm?

B4 work on aft section

SN20/S20 work continued on aft section, Rvac5 installation completed

B5 first grid fin installed

NOTMAR posted for October 13 (5pm-12am)

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11.10.2021 Second chopstick (catch/stack arm) moved from its construction area on the landing pad towards the OLS

More Raptor engines removed from B4, eg RB27 visible; furthermore RB11 and RC79 and another with invisible SN

Wide bay foundation work continued

More high bay windows ready for installation

S21 nosecone TPS tiles installation has progressed

3-ring barrel section near sleeving stand

Booster aft section with installed COPVs spotted in a fabrication tent [B6?]

Braided hose delivered to production site

S22 [sic! it's S21] in mid bay likely 6-7 rings tall

Catch/stack arm "chopstick" #2 attached to LR11000, lifted and rotated, moved into position next to the first arm on the red structure for installation on carriage system ahead of lifting on tower

Rigging on cables between arm 1 and LR11350 adjusted in order to level it

Two out of likely 12 skates/linear bearing lifted to OLS, IT (column facing the OLM); the carriage will be installed on them; they will allow the carriage to slide up and down the tower

Rvac5 engine installed on SN20/S20

SoLS/landing pad earth and concrete work continued

16:42:29 the second skate fell down from the tower; scaffolding damaged

RC for October 12 cancelled

NASA document: explaining how they intend to use the WB-57 aircraft for monitoring Starship re-entry, they target a reentry observation opportunity near March 2022

Chopsticks moved into position inside carriage near midnight

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10.10.2021 Raptors delivered to launch site (Rvac and Sea level/RC)

Rvac6 spotted in a production tent

PPS: Staircase production continued

S22 common dome section in tent 1 (3-ring)

Single ring in front of tent (the one with a hole spotted last week)

Ring section collapsed in high winds

Green crane parts? delivered to production site, origin unknown

Cable carrier moved to launch site; possibly for the chopsticks "as it allows cables to neatly connect to moving parts", "provides power, data and hydraulics to the catching arms"

OLS tank farm work continued, especially on piping

Chopsticks: both arms will be attached with the same pin; second arm moved towards carriage

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09.10.2021 B5 stacking continued; 3 out of 3 sections stacked

OLS tank farm: more plumbing installed near GSE2; new equipment delivered that looks like the one that has been installed yesterday

Catch/stack arms "Chopsticks" prepared to lifted, moved under LR11350 and attached to it; lifted and flipped/rotated into correct position; lowered adjacent to carriage system

OLS, IT work continued

More Raptor engines loaded onto truck

LR11000 crane began to move away from OLS tank farm, towards landing pad, likely to help with chopstick installation

Barrel section with TPS tiles (some empty spots) (3-rings with lead-ins) hooked to crane in front of mid bay, possibly for S21?; another 4-ring section in front of mid bay

Stand moved around at production site

Wide bay foundation work continued

S22 cmn dome section seen

S21 common dome moved into mid bay

Steel cladding added to a container wall

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08.10.2021 S21 nosecone TPS heat shield tiles installation continued, red tape added to the top, some tape on the flap TPS tiles

Starship aerocover spotted, likely for aft flap

Deliveries to production site

High bay rooftop bar work continued

Ground fabrication building expansion work continued

Wide bay foundation work continued, pins/points for columns spotted

Starship thrust simulator with six hydraulic rams at PPS?

PPS: Ship aft skirt test article worked on again

OLS tank farm: New equipment lifted into place near the eastern LOX subcoolers; welding work on some pipes

Raptor engines loaded onto truck at launch site, RC58, RB26 visible; at least to other on pad

Crane basket moved at production site

Earth work at the launch site

OLS, IT: QD arm operational under own power for the first time

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07.10.2021 LR11350 disconnected from carriage system on red stand; work on it continued

Loadspreader attached to LR11000

Catch/stack arms "Chopsticks" work continued

LN2? delivered to OLS tank farm

OLS tank farm: work on/around the ground piping

GSE8 tank rolled out to OLS tank farm, attached to LR11000 crane, lifted and placed onto final empty stand at the most south-western slot; only two shells now remaining to be rolled out

Pin (likely at the connection point to the chopsticks) placed into carriage for fit check, then removed

OLS, IT: work continued, more pipes lifted into place

Concrete forms for new wide bay delivered

PPS: funny looking black tank rolled around

SN2 shown behind scrapyard

S21 nosecone work continued; progress on TPS installation marginal; as well as on barrel section

New ship fwd dome on sleeving stand [the one seen on October 5?]

Work on high bay rooftob (bar) continued

Wide bay foundation work continued

SPMT spreader bars moved to build site

RC for October 11 cancelled

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06.10.2021 New booster thrust puck for 13 engines [B5/B6?] lifted from truck

S22 cmn dome being worked on on the sleeving stand

B5? grid fin moved into tent 1

Booster thrust puck moved out of tent 2, then moved back into the tent again

Ship aft dome moved into tent 3

S22 cmn "comm" dome sleeve (3-ring) placed on a stand

B5 fwd section stacked in high bay (currently 6 rings?)

Second huge propellant storage tank delivered to PPS

S22 cmn dome section sleeved

Single ring section outside tents (near fwd dome), hole cut into the side

Delivery of different parts to production site

B5 fwd CH4 tank section now likely 9 rings tall; more sections ready

Wide bay foundation work continued

PPS: Stair enclosing work continued

OLM work continued

OLS, IT: welding work

Carriage system for chopsticks attached to LR11350, then lifted and flipped to a vertical position; then lifted higer, crane moved forward and the carriage system was placed on the red stand/hurdle structure [great closeup]

RCs for October 7 and 8 cancelled, new RCs for OCtober 12-14 (5pm-12am) and for October 7 (11am-1pm)

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05.10.2021 OLS tank farm: Work on GSE2 and ground piping continued; grey horizontal tank lowered into place behind the west LOX subcoolers (near the white tanks that have been added recently)

OLM work continued, painting

OLS, IT work continued, including on the QD arm (there is a work platform on the arm)

B4 work continued, especially around the aft section with the QD ports and COPVs

Concrete poured south of landing site

New red structure (two big "hurdles") assembled between OLM and OLS tank farm bunker, look like a temporary structure; a tall one and a smaller one

LN2 delivered to SoLS tank farm

Booster thrust puck with old 9 engine design shown

PPS: Stair construction continued with walls beginning to be added

PPS: Concrete work

Wide bay work continued with concrete poured into place for foundation

Barrel section near tent disconnected from a crane

B5 fwd #4 section spotted (4-ring with lead-ins)

B6 fwd #2 section spotted (3-ring "triple stack")

B6 aft #5 section spotted (4-ring, "4.0mm")

S22 cmn dome on sleeving stand; a fwd dome in front of it

B5 grid fins shown

High bay work continued with more windows being lifted and installed

Mid bay: Hybrid booster-ship tank construction continued; B fwd section and B aft sleeve with S thrust puck

Booster fwd section spotted in a tent [B5/B6?]

Heat exchanger place next to ground fabrication building

Nosecone [S21?] work in tent 3 continued, TPS tiles being attached

Steel cladding added to a container wall

Huge Liquid Methane tank delivered to Starbase on two SPMTs led by a truck, accompanied by a small convoy; power lines had to be removed in order to let it pass [to PPS]

Booster [B5/B6?] thrust puck with 13 engine mounts delivered for booster with new 33 engine design (3, 10, 20 vs 1, 8, 20)

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04.10.2021 Deliveries to production site

B5? fwd section prepared for stacking, attached to crane

Ground fabrication building addition worked on

High bay rooftop bar work continued

Booster thrust simulation stand work at PPS, possibly preparing transport

Booster 3-ring fwd section [thought to be B5?] stacked on the booster sleeve with ship thrust puck for unknown reason

OLM work continued, especially around booster QD system

OLS, IT: work continued; work on the possible carriage system rails

B4 work continued; workers on top of the fwd dome; work on one of the long pipes (tightening screws); inspection

OLS tank farm: work via crane basket lifted by LR11000

The small diameter tank in high bay could be, together with the 33? hole ring segment, part of a "header tank" or separate tank for the booster that would be used for boost back and landing due to slosh (WAI)

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03.10.2021 Two large crates loaded onto truck

OLM work continued

LR11350 crane shortened; later raised in the new configuration without jib but still with power boom

OLS tank farm: work at the top of GSE2 tank continued

SN20/S20 work in aft section

B4 worked on in several areas with man lift goint up to the top, orange "AVI" bags near the top of the line

Catch/stack arms "chopsticks" and carriage system work continued

LN2 delivered to SoLS tank farm

GSE8 still waiting infront mid bay for roll out

LR11000 disconnected from Shell #3

SN20/S20 aft flaps opened during flap test [vid 04]

OLS, IT: welding work [vid 04]

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02.10.2021 Booster thrust sleeve (3-ring) with ship thrust puck spotted, unclear use

New Liebherr LTR1220 crane spotted at production site

Concrete forms used for wider high bay/wide bay shown

Tubular part first spotted on September 19 still at production site

S21 4-ring section in mid bay waiting for stacking to begin

Fwd dome spotted inside tent 1

Delivery of a cabin and a ring segment with 33 holes

PPS: currently seven stair segments nearing completion

Rigging attached to a crane (GTC-900 Mantis)

OLM work continued

B4 work continued with man lifts up to the top; work on the center lines

OLS tank farm: Shell #3 lifted by LR11000 and placed over GSE6; the most southwestern stand now empty for GSE8; work on GSE2 strengtheners continued

Booster thrust puck delivered [B5?, B6?]

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01.10.2021 SN20/S20 venting

LR11350 disassembly continued

SN20/S20 thrust ram removed from engine section/pad B

RB29, RB30, RC80 engines delivered to production site and unloaded

Ship fwd section spotted infront of tents (4-ring)

Catch/stack arms "chopsticks" and carriage system work continued

OLS tank farm: Work inside shells #5 and #6 [?]

Ship [S21?] cmn dome with TPS tiles attachment points and CH4 header tank spotted

S21 nosecone work continued, second aft flap installed

Crane counterweights delivered to production site

RC for October 4 cancelled

New RCs for October 2 (12.01-1am, intermittent), 07 (5pm-12am), 08 (6-12pm), 11 (5pm-12am)

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September 2021[]

Date Description Source Link
30.09.2021 OLS, IT work continued

OLM work continued

LN2 delivery to OLS tank farm

OLS tank farm: GSE2 tank work continued; work in shell #5

LR11350 "Frankencrane/Bluto" lowered; likely needed for a bridge installation somewhere else

Insulated piping delivered to launch site "DXS1 cryoproof XC, Orbital"

Dog walking around

Bearings installed to Catch/stack arms "chopsticks" for transport; lines/pipes installed to carriage system

B4 work around the skirt area continued and hull

PPS: Stair work continued

B5 fwd dome section moved into high bay

B5 grid fins ready for installation

S21 nosecone and nosecone barrel section TPS tiles installation; first fwd flap installted to nosecone

B6 cmn dome section (3-ring with stiffeners and hole) spotted

RC for today cancelled

FAA: Public comment period for environmental assessment extended to November 1, Public hearing moved to October 18 and 20 at 5pm

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29.09.2021 New RCs for September 30 (5pm-12am), October 1 (6am-12pm), October 4 (5pm-12am)

OLM work continued; it is suggested that the OL platform includes a system of 20 QD systems that will absorb the outer booster engine chill so the cold vents don't damage the hold down clamps and other structures

OLS tank farm: Ventilation hose coming out of Shell #5, workers inside

Catch/stack arms "Chopsticks" and carriage system work continued

SN20/S20 work continued ahead of testing

LOX delivery to SoLS tank farm

LN2 delivery to OLS tank farm

Shipping container painted black

B5? fwd section (3-rings with stiffeners) outside high bay

Large black pipe outside high bay

Barrel section (3-rings with lead-ins) moved out of high bay

Concrete trucks at PPS

S21 Nosecone TPS tiles installation continued inside tent 3

B5 cmn dome section worked on in high bay; LOX section is hooked to bridge crane

High bay rooftop work continued

New barrel section with tile attachment points spotted

Work on structure behind mid bay continued

SN20/S20 cryo proof test

New future ship/booster test stand foundation spotted near the current location of B4

B5: Two grid fins spotted

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28.09.2021 S21 nosecone TPS tiles installation continued

3 Raptor engines loaded onto truck (two gimbaling, one fix)

Wide high bay "Wide bay" foundation work continued; concrete poured

Work on the five stairs at PPS continued

Cement truck cleaned at cleaning facility

Toy trucks spotted on flatbed

OLM construction continued

RCs for today and September 29 changed to 3pm-12am

SN20/S20 testing scrubbed

Michael Sheetz: SpaceX is working with Dr. Saul Perlmutter at UC Berkeley on a space based telescope that would be launched by Starship. They could launch satellites that have 10 times the resolution of the Hubble.

RC for today canceled

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27.09.2021 Crew raised in a basket over cryo shells at OLS tank farm

LR11000 still attached to shell #3 at OLS tank farm

OLM work continued

OLS tank farm: LN2 delivery continued; Shell #1 huge venting

B4 work at upper LOX tank

OLM work continued

SN20/S20 prepared for testing; thrust simulator has been installed earlier; work around the quick disconnect fitting

Catch/stack arms work continued

High bay glass panel installation and rooftop work continued

Wide high bay foundation work continued

Rig moved

Possible methane transfer tube "downcomer" delivered

Barrel section with lead-ins [S21?] spotted in mid bay

Welding robot delivered

SN20/S20 pneumatic (ambient) proof test (some TPS tiles lost) and cryo proof test

10000ft TFR extended for October

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26.09.2021 S21 aft section outside tents (5 rings and lead-ins; thrust and skirt sections)

S21 nosecone TPS installation continued

B5 fwd #4 section (4-ring and lead-ins) spotted

S21 cmn "comm" dome section (3-ring) spotted; previously slated for S22

Catch/stack arms "chopsticks" and carriage system work continued

LN2 deliveries to OLS tank farm continued

B4 rolled away from OLM

SN20/S20 worked on

LOX delivery to SoLS tank farm

High bay: more class panels installed at rooftop bar

LR11000 detached from Shell #5 at OLS tank farm; attached to Shell #3

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25.09.2021 Grove GMK 7550 crane moved to launch site; extra parts on SPMT

PPS: stair production continued

Dome sleeving stand hooked to crane

Methane header tank outside tents for weeks now

GSE8 seems to be more or less ready for roll out

LR11350 and load spreader attached to B4

Two horizontal white tanks transported to OLS by two SPMTs; installed at OLS tank farm, south from GSE tanks and shells

B5? fwd section inside production tent spotted, with stringers (vertical supports)

Catch/stack arms work continued

B4 lifted off from the OLM/pad by LR11350, likely not to damage the booster during installation of catch/stack arms on OLS, IT; carefully placed onto booster stand

Common dome section flipped [?]

LR11350 detached from B4

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24.09.2021 S21 barrel sections with TPS tiles attachement in progress spotted

Blue booster COPV cover [B4/B5?] spotted

Thrust puck shucker (center engine thrust simulator) rolled out to launch site

B4 workers at the top

RC for today cancelled

Booster stand rolled out to launch site for B4

Cryo tank shell #5 lifted at 10.35am and put over GSE1 by LR11000; touched ground at 11.15am

RC for Monday changed to 3pm-12am

S21 nosecone TPS installation continued in tent

RVac puck shucking equipment for SN20/S20 returned to launch site, installed under Ship on test stand B, with center engine thrust pucker

LR11350 lifted a loadspreader towards B4 ahead of destacking from OLM

Catch/stack arms "Chopsticks" and carriage work contineud

Large pipe spotted infront of high bay [B5 downcomer?]

A small diameter tank spotted in high bay next to B5

B5 lifted in high bay to facilitate further stacking operations [vid 25]

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23.09.2021 SN20/S20: cryo pipes installed to test stand [?]

S21 fwd dome sleeved

S21 fwd flaps spotted

S21 4-ring barrel section with TPS blankets spotted

OLM work continued, more venting from GSE5/#1

QD arm extension lifted by LR11350 and installed on OLS, IT by 12.30 pm

Catch/stack arms and carriage system work continued

PPS: stair construction continued

Deliveries at production site

Foundation work for wide high bay continued, rebar laid

LN2 deliveries from PPS to OLS tank farm

PPS: Crane attached to the center engine thrust simulator, which uses hydraulic rams to simulate Raptor engine thrust during proof tests

SN17 aft dome scrapping continued

Cryo tank shell #5 lifted to remove the SPMTs; SPMTs moved back to production site

OLS tank farm: Cryo test at around 9.20 pm

QD arm extension unhooked from LR11350

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22.09.2021 GSE8 rolled out of mid bay

RC for today cancelled

New RCs for 27-29 September (5-11pm)

S21 fwd dome on sleeving stand, 4-ring barrel section connected to crane

LN2 deliveries to OLS tank farm continued

OLS tank farm venting: testing for first time; GSE5/#1 (LOX) tank tested with nitrogen (cryo proof test?)

Deliveries to launch site

Catch/stack arms work continued

OLM: flexible feeding pipes installed to quick disconnect system

SN17 aft dome scrapping continued: dome cut out

Foundation work for wider high bay continued

PPS: nitrogen production for OLS tank farm [?]

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21.09.2021 S21 nosecone receiving thermal blankets ahead of TPS tile installation

S21 mid LOX section with lead-ins and a lot of TPS tiles installed spotted

QD arm extension attached to LR11350 and another crane and flipped upright

Many deliveries to launch site: red steel parts and helium

Unused nosecone next to scrapyard likely to be scrapped

B4/B5/B6?? fwd dome sleeve spotted (3-ring with strengthening/enforcement)

B4/B5/B6?? aft tank #3 segment spotted (4-ring)

Delivery of some red equipment to production site

Black pipe sticking out of high bay

The columns wrapped in blue sheets now called "industrial columns for chemical processes" [the ones delivered on and around July 19th?]

PPS: stairs being built within grey T-bar structure; at least four under construction

CH4 delivery to propellant plant (PPS)

Stormy weather arrived

Catch/stack arms and carriage system work continued as rainfall began

SoLS work; all available space used for storage and work

SN17 thrust section at scrap yard, not looking very good

GSE5 LOX tank venting; likely cryo proof test performed with LN2

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20.09.2021 More LN2 deliveries for OLS tank farm

New intermittent RC for today (9-10:30am) QD arm extension moved to launch site, arrived at 9:50 am

Load spreader from LR11000 attached to cryo tank shell #5 at 10:40am (will be lifted over GSE1)

RC for September 21 cancelled

GSE1 bottom hatch closed as well and scaffolding removed

Catch/stack arms and carriage system work continued; parts painted black

Red blocks with cross beams delivered to launch site

GSE4 modifications continued

Unused nosecone at production site, some TPS tiles have been installed

Foundation work for new wider high bay continued, SN17 aft section (with thrust dome & thrust puck from inside) visible at scrapyard

GSE8 still in mid bay, reaedy to roll out soon, pipes have been installed

Fwd flap aerocover with TPS tiles attachment points visible spotted; different types of pins/points: some with a round head, some with a pointed head

Unknown, long rusty tube remained at production site

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19.09.2021 OLS tank farm: LN2 (liquid nitrogen) delivered!! [at least three trucks], cryo fluid moved through the pipes

OLS tank farm: GSE2 work continued

B4: RC67 continued to be removed (raptor installation platform has been used for first time); returned to production site

Catch/stack arms and their carriage system work continued

RC64 delivered to launch site; installed on B4 via installation platform and Tesco Hi-Lift later (11.25am)

SN20/S20 work under aft section

Nosecone with TPS attachment points in tent 3

Unknown strcuture (some sort of long pipe) spotted infront of high bay

Remedios Rd still closed [?]

Rvac engine moved at production site

Ship cmn dome still on sleeving stand

Rvac and another Raptor engine moved back to launch site

OLM: cryo hose attached as part of QD system

B5 stacking continued, now 20 rings tall LOX section

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18.09.2021 Concrete poured for new wider high bay

SN17 thrust dome section being scrapped

GSE4 had a smaller grey vertical tank attached to its side

Ship [S21?] aerocover delivered

B5 stacking continued; 16 rings tall and a new 4-ring segment prepared in high bay

Ship cmn dome on sleeving stand

OLS tank farm: GSE1 and GSE2 work continued

OLM work continued

Catch/stack arms "chopsticks" work continued

SPMT arrived at launch site

Starship 4-ring barrel section spotted with TPS mounts and white covering [what's the name for it?]

B4: Raptor engine RC67 removed

Temporary RC of Remedios Rd due to "small tank testing" from 12pm to 12am [vid 19]

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17.09.2021 B5 fwd dome moved into production tent; stacking of LOX section continued, now 16 rings tall

Methane transfer tube [S21?]delivered to production site (downcomer)

Cryo tank shell #5 rolled to the launch site [according to label slated for GSE1, LN2]

Possible raptor installation platform (stair tower) rolled out to launch site together with shell #5

OLS, IT: hardware lowered from the top of the tower; LR11350 auxiliary hoist seems to be operational again

OLM work continued

Catch/stack arms (chopstick) and carriage work continued; big rail installed on one of the arms

Possible QD arm extension work continued; more lines and cables have been installed

Two new stair towers under construction at PPS?

GSE4 work at PPS continued; likely new adapters installed on the top of the dome

SN20/S20 work continued (access hatch open, work inside)

FAA: draft environment assessment for starship/superheavy launches from Starbase. Public comment period ends at October 18

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16.09.2021 Possible QD arm extension work continued

High bay rooftop bar construction continued

Grove RT 913 OE-2 crane moved down hwy4

B5 stacking in high bay; now at least 12 rings [?] tall LOX section

Deliveries to production site; aerocovers for new Starship delivered [S21?]

B4 and OLM intense work continued

3-ring barrel section moved outside the tents

New grey T-bar structure with stairs assembled at PPS

Lift placed into a 4-ring barrel section

Foundation work for wider high bay continued

Nosecone with TPS tile attachment points spotted inside tent 3

GSE8 work in mid bay continued

GSE8 unused fwd dome (2-ring and scrapped dome) moved outside on a stand (it was seen inside the tent at the beginning of the month)

Roll of steel cable delivered

SN20/S20 work inside the aft section

OLS tank farm: GSE1 hatch closed [actually earlier], GSE2 hatch closed too

Catch/stack arms (incl carriage) work continued

New intermittent RC for September 17 (9.30-11.30am)

SpaceX McGregor: Now 5 Raptor test stand bays available; foundations for new Raptor 2 factory spotted

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Nic

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[265]
15.09.2021 Deliveries to production site

OLM work continued

OLS, IT work continued (as every day; a lot of pipes have been installed)

B4 prepared for testing

OLS tank farm: some work on GSE bunker

Catch/stack arms work continued; third and fourth carriage system extension has been added

SN20/S20 work continued; manlifts up at access hatch; TPS work continued as well, some markings and missing tiles in the aft area; Raptor engine installation

B5 stacking in high bay continued; now apparently 12 rings tall

Possible QD arm extension work continued

PPS: GSE4 test tank worked on at the top

Foundation work for new wider high bay continued; much rebar and concrete plates prepared

New nosecones spotted in tent 3

GSE8 now fully stacked in mid bay, pipe installation continued

RC for September 17 canceled

New RCs for September 22, 23 (5-11pm), 24 (6am-9pm)

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Nic

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[266]
14.09.2021 SN20/S20 hatch opened for work; TPS tiles looking nearly fully repaired

LR11350 crane worked on, taking advantage of the storm; lifted again later

Carriage system for "Chopsticks" (stack/catch arms) work continued

Coil of stainless steel delivered

Possible QD arm extension work continued, other side received some sort of cap (instead of adapter) as well

Ground fabrication building expansion work continued

GSE8 tank aft dome section (dome+3-ring sleeve) flipped

B5 stacking in high bay seems to have continued (another LOX tank section?)

GSE8 tank in mid bay: more pipes installed

Foundation work for new wider high bay continued

Barrel section with TPS tile attachment points in scrapyard

B5 fwd tank section #2 (3-ring stack) infront of tents

GSE8 aft section moved towards mid bay; later hooked to crane outside mid bay and lifted into it for final stacking

S21 (potentially?) cmn dome and a methane header tank spotted

S21 cmn dome sleeve (4-ring section) spotted

B5 fwd dome sleeve moved (with dome)

S21? cmn dome has been placed on sleeving stand

OLS tank farm: GSE1 access hatch closed after 4 month of work

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Nic

LabPadre

[267]
13.09.2021 Tropical storm Nicholas impacted Boca Chica

RC for public saftey during storm

LR11350 has been lowered, possibly to anticipated high winds [but not LR11000]

Booster transport stand shown in vid

Barrel sections at production site: some are likely for B5

Possible QD arm extension work continued, adapter [?] added on one side

B5 cmn dome section and aft #2 section stacked in high bay by bridge crane; now likely 8 rings tall [actually already yesterday]

Robot inspected a barrel section in a tent

OLS tank farm: work continued; GSE1 and GSE2 access hatches still open

New RCs for September 17 (6am-12pm), 20, 21 (5-11pm)

New intermittent RC for September 14 (3-5pm)

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Nic

LabPadre

[268]
12.09.2021 Catch/stacking arm work continued overnight and during the day

OLS, IT: work continued overnight

B5 thrust dome sleeve flipped at 2:01am

B5 fwd section now sleeved, put on a stand

The extended arms (U+L shapes) now being called carriage system by NSF; according to NSF, the chopsticks will be attached to the carriage

Possible QD arm extension work continued, more lines installed, together with some pneumatics

B6 cmn dome sleeve spotted (4-ring section)

Old nosecone spotted outside of tents, may be scrapped soon

B4 and OLM work continued, QD system has been retracted

SN20/S20 TPS tiles work continued; hatch was closed

B5 cmn dome section and aft #2 section stacked in high bay by bridge crane; now 8 rings tall

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Nic LabPadre

[269]
11.09.2021 B5 fwd dome sleeved with 3-ring (enforced) section

Robotic welders spotted on a flatbed

Possible QD arm extension work continued; many lines and pipes have now been installed on it

Raptor engines [Big chongus and FULL SEND] delivered to production site

GSE8 work in mid bay continued

Foundation work for new wider high bay continued

Work on nosecones in tent 3

Loadspreader moved down Remedios ave

SN20/S20 work on TPS tiles seems quite complete by now, a few missing on the top of the nosecone, especially around the crane attachment points

Scaffolding stored and staged at launch site

New claw arms spotted, yet unclear if these are for catch system or QD arm [u-shaped pieces added to one of the L-shaped structures near the catch arms]

Work on stack/catch arms continued

S22 cmn dome sleeve has apparently been spotted [L2?]

B4 and LR11350 detached

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Nic

LabPadre

Marcus House

[270]
10.09.2021 Rvac engine arrived at launch site at 1:36 am; fitted on SN20/S20 at 4:22 am

Liquid nitrogen truck at PPS again

Foundation and earth work (excavations) for new wider high bay continued

SN6 aft dome scrapping continued

GSE8 work in mid bay continued; hooked to crane; outside pipes still to be installed

Possible QD arm extension work continued

B5 fwd dome sleeve flipped at 9:16 am

B5 fwd dome placed on sleeving stand [B5 fwd dome sleeve right behind the yellow crane in the video]

B5 cmn dome moved into high bay

OLS, tank farm: GSE cryo tank shell #6 lifted at 9:54 am, placed over GSE7 at 10:47 am; red protective balloons used during stacking process

B4 and OLM work continued

Unknown equipment left launch site

SPMT with a black ring at the OLS tank farm

4th perlite kiln delivered to launch site

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Stephen

LabPadre

[271]
09.09.2021 Liquid nitrogen delivery to PPS continued (at the PPS, there are two big and one smaller horizontal white tank next to the refinery)

PPS: Work on prop prod plant continued; also, new storage areas are being built under the solar panels next to hwy4

Foundation work for new wider high bay continued; rebar being laid and concrete poured; in the background SN6 aft dome (4-ring barrel section with dome) lied around and being scrapped, looking very damaged

SN2 work being done (was a test tank, now acting as a water tank)

Possible QD arm extension work continued

OLS tank farm: work on GSE1, GSE2 and GSE7, where LR11000 lifted a work platform

Catch and stack arms work continued

B4 and OLM work continued

OLM; earlier this month, brackets have been attached to a leg of the OLM, similar brackets on another leg were used for water pipes

GSE pipes lifted into place at launch site near landing pad [?], pieces of insulated pipes being connected

OLM: Quick disconnect extended towards booster at 10:11 am

RC for September 10 canceled

New intermittent RC for September 13 (9-11am)

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Stephen

Nic

[272]
08.09.2021 SN20/S20 damaged TPS tiles replacement continued, most marked tiles have been replaced or repaired; work in the engine bay

Catch/stack arm work continued; pneumatic or hydraulic lines have been installed (they will likely control small actuators along the arm)

Foundation work for new wider high bay continued

Liquid nitrogen transfer at PPS

GSE8 work in mid bay continued

Work on possible QD arm extension continued

B4 lifted onto OLM/platform by LR11350 (following outer engines identified: RB12, RB18, RB15, RB17, RB3, RB6, RB2 RB27?, RB4, RB20, RB5, RB9, [RB25?, RB26?], RB19, RB21, RB24, RB11, RB12); touch down at around 11:52 am; secured onto platform

OLS tank farm: GSE7 work through work platform lifted by LR11000

OLS, IT: tower work continued at several points

SN20/S20 work continued in several areas

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Nic

LabPadre

[273]
07.09.2021 B5 aft dome sleeved early in the morning

B4 was removed from bridge crane in high bay at 1:02 am

B4 rolled back to launch site; (roll out started at 8:04 am, hwy4 at 8:18, arrived at launch site at 9:34 am)all 29 Raptor engines appear to have been installed; but there are no thermal insulation coverings around the engines

B4 hooked to LR11350 crane

GSE8 fwd dome (sleeved) hooked to crane; moved to mid bay and stacked onto the rest of the current stack

OLM work continued

SN20/S20 work on TPS tiles continued; coloured labels slowly getting less

Foundation/earth work for new wider high bay continued

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Nic

LabPadre

[274]
06.09.2021 Work on Raptor engine at launch site ahead of installation on SN20/S20

SN20/S20 work near/through access hatch

Booster [B5?] aft dome ready for sleeving on the stand

Barrel sections with TPS tiles attachment studs spotted

Possible QD arm extionson work continued

B4 work in high bay continued

SPMT moved towards high bay/B4 for transporting it to launch site later

Cryo tanker truck at PPS; venting from the huge horizontal tanks

B5 aft dome barrel section ready for sleeving; flipped at 2:47 pm

GSE8 in mid bay

Foundation/earth work for new, wider high bay continued

SN20/S20 Raptor engines being installed (RSL); work on TPS tiles continued, now blue and turquoise markings appeared

Catch arm work continued

OLS tank farm: GSE1 work continued (this tank will hold liquid nitrogen, LN2)

Engine driven welders loaded onto a truck

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Stephen

LabPadre

[275]
05.09.2021 SN20/S20 work under skirt ahead of Raptor installation

SN20/S20 TPS tiles replacement continued

Catch arm work continued

Delivery of huge brown pipes at production site

B5? dome section (4-ring) prepared for flipping

B4 work in high bay continued

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Stephen

LabPadre

[276]
04.09.2021 SN20/S20 work on aft section (manlifts going up under skirt) continued as well as on TPS tiles; more work through the access port

Catch arm work continued

OLM work continued

Compressed gas tube moved into position at OLS tank farm (bunker area) (typically used for helium or nitrogen storage)

OLS tank farm: GSE tank work continued (on GSE1)

Foundation/earth work for new "wider" high bay continued

Old flap storage shown, likely a flap for SN17 spotted

Raptor engine unhooked in one of the tents

QD arm extension work continued

B4 work at its aft area in high bay

OLS, IT: work continued

3 Raptor center engines delivered to production [sic!, launch] site [vid 05]; identified as RSN73, RSN78, RSN69

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Nic

LabPadre

[277]
03.09.2021 SN20/S20 work continued

OLM/platform work continued

B4 work in high bay continued

Cryo tank shell #6 rolled out to OLS tank farm (to be put over GSE7) and arrived at 9:38 am, now three remaining shells at PPS; load spreader and LR11000 attached to shell #6 at around 10:30 am

Barrel section with access port spotted in a tent

Foundation and earth work for new "wider" high bay continued

Delivery to production site

The possible QD arm extension begins to take shape, seems to get some sort of gripping mechanism, likely to stabilise the booster/ship on the launch pad

Unknown fwd dome spotted, parts of top appear to have been cut off

New intermittent RC for September 10 (9:30-11:30am)

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Nic

LabPadre

[278]
02.09.2021 OLM work continued during the night; a lot of welding

SN20/S20 TPS tiles work continued

Barrel section with unusual reinforcment on middle ring (3-ring with lead-ins) spotted in tent

New structure possibly for QD arm extension (or catch arm segment) worked on

B5? aft dome spotted

GSE8 fwd dome put on sleeving stand and later sleeved with a 2-ring barrel section

B4 still in high bay, work looks rather finished

Cryo tank shell #7 unhooked from yellow crane, now ready for transport

New high structure being built at production site; it could be a Raptor installation platform

LTM 1350-6.1 packed up for return after it helped installation of QD-arm on OLS, IT

Foundation/earth work for new "wider" high bay continued

GSE8 tank now identified in mid bay

Tent 3: nosecone in production with an aerocover, this might be a test as usually the flap is installed first

QD arm work on OLS, IT continued

SN20/S20 prepared for upcoming cryo tests

Catch arms (also used for stacking Starship) work continued

New intermittent RC for September 7 (7:30-11:30am)

OLS tank farm: GSE cryo shell #1 (most north-eastern) fully filled with Perlite insulation, lines removed [????]

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Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[279]
01.09.2021 GSE7 has been placed next to GSE2 by LR11000; later crane was detached at 10:30 am

OLS tank farm: work on LOX subcoolers continued; piping

Catch arms work continued; one of them has been flipped onto its side ahead of installation

OLS, IT work continued (as every day)

OLM work continued

Possible QD arm extension work continued

Foundation work for new wide high bay continued

Stainless steel ring moved to scrapyard

B5 [?] common dome sleeved (4-ring)

New intermittent RC for September 3 (7:30-10:30am)

RC for September 2 canceled

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Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[280]

August 2021[]

Date Description Source Link
31.08.2021 SN20/S20 still awaiting testing on Pad A; work on TPS tiles continued

Catch arm work continued; one catch arm has been flipped at 2 pm

OLS tank farm: GSE1 work continued

Plumbing work near the LOX subcoolers (grey horizontal tanks)

GSE4 test tank rolled back to production site; to PPS

QD arm installation continued

GSE7 rolled out to OLS, arrived at OLS tank farm at 10:27 am; load spreader attached (by LR11000) at 12:59 pm; GSE7 lifted at 3:57 pm, touched down at 5 pm next to GSE2

B4 work continued near interstage and grid fins

Tent assembly continued

Concrete placing boom infront of OLM;

OLM booster quick disconnect

New intermittent RC for September 2 (3-5pm)

RC for September 1 cancelled

Standard TFR renewed, higher than previous (10000ft), ending on September 31

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Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[281]
30.08.2021 OLS Tank farm: work around the base

OLS, IT: QD arm installation continued

Cach arm work continues (Also called the chostick arm, chopsticks or catch & stack arm)

OLM: work on QD equipment

LTM 1350-6.1 soon ready

B4 work in high bay continued

Beams delivered to production site

GSE7 work looking finished

New tent under construction [!] (north of where they're building the new high bay)

QD arm extension being worked on

New intermittent RC for September 1 (8am-12pm)

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Nic

LabPadre

[282]
29.08.2021 QD arm lifted by LR11350 and installed on segment #5 of OLS, IT; attachment points are on the upper cross beam of segment #4 and middle cross beam of segment #5

Catch arm work continued, some welding

SN20/S20 work continued

Unknown items delivered to production site

GSE7 tank work outside mid bay continued

B4 work in high bay continued; engine RB5 moved into high bay for installation

Work on QD arm continued; detached from LR11350 at 3.45 pm; later first actuation test started at 5.25 pm

OLM construction work continued

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Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[283]
28.08.2021 New intermittent RC added for August 31 (8am-12pm)

New structure at production site; looking like the QD for OLM [?] GSE7 tank work outside of mid bay; nearly all pipes have been installed now

B4 Raptor engines continued to be added

OLS tank farm: Work continued, work on GSE1

Hwy4 work in front of launch site [new slope grading?]

Catch arm work continued

QD arm, now fully painted black, prepared for lifting onto OLS, IT; work on the arm's hinge area; later the arm was moved towards LR11350, hooked to crane, lifted above ground and reoriented

SN20/S20 work on TPS tiles continued

New LTM 1350-6.1 crane configuration changed

Inspiration4 astronauts flew low over Starbase

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Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[284]
27.08.2021 S21 aft dome section (3-ring and dome) flipped infront of tents; inside of dome clearly visible

LTM 1350-6.1 raised its jib; now higher than LR11000 [?]

B4 work, especially at the aft section, continued in high bay; RB2, RB27 and RB4 spotted on B4; also some center Raptor [RC] engines have been spotted outside high bay

S21 nosecone barrel section moved; a label on it indicates that it is made of 3.6mm steel [!!!!]

Booster inner engine thrust simulater (Triangle-stand) work has continued; same stand was used for BN2.1 testing, as well as part of the nosecone test rig (new info according to NSF)

Pipe stands delivered to production site

SN15 and the moon shown

GSE7 in mid bay; unknown 6-ring section right to it [GSE8?, S21?, B5?]

Nosecones being worked on in tent 3

GSE7 rolled out of mid bay

OLS, IT: scaffolding lowered by LR11350; QD arm actuator installed at 5.30 pm

OLM work continued

Catch arm work continued

QD arm work continued, being painted black; later moved towards OLS, IT

SN20/S20 work continued

Hwy4 work continued; "Manual Checkout Cart" arrived at launch site

Mobile crane form Bigge moved to launch site

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Mary

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Austin Barnard

[285]
26.08.2021 S21 aft section (3-ring sleeve with dome) on stand, not yet flipped

OLM work continued; Quick disconnect for booster installed (for loading propellant into booster) [the structure spotted on August 19 and 21?]

OLS tank farm: more pipes added around propellant subcoolers (the grey horizontal tanks)

Catch arm work continued

QD arm work continued

New black steel structure delivered to build site

New wider high bay: Earth work continued for foundation

New smooth nosecone work in tent 3 continued

B4 work in high bay continued

SN20/S20 work continued

Cryo tank shell #3 disconnected from LR11000

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Mary

Nic

LabPadre

[286]
25.08.2021 New intermittent RC for August 26 (9.30-11.30 am)

New 4-ring barrel section spotted made of 3.6mm steel (0.36mm less?)

B4 work continued; aerocover truss added on external COPVs, aerocovers will mount to these and protect the COPVs from aerodynamic forces during flight

B4 Raptor installation continued; RB4 spotted

According to NSF, the new smooth nosecone is made of 2 rows of strech formed steel, whereas previous cones were made of 3 rows of stamped steel

Two 4-ring barrel sections with lead-ins outside production tents

OLM work continued

OLS, IT: Stairs removed by LR11350

OLS tank farm: GSE1 work continued

Catch arm contstruction proceeded; use of truss section unclear

QD arm work continued

SN20/S20 TPS tiles work continued, still a lot of red labels; new red labels added near aft flap

GSE4 test tank cryogenic proof test; According to NSF, the reason was to validate construction methods used for the OLS tank farm

OLM: Booster quick disconnect delivered to launch site and lifted onto OLM

Unknown 4-ring section lifted into mid bay at 11:05 pm [GSE8?, S21?, B5?]

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Mary

LabPadre

[287]
24.08.2021 GSE8 fwd dome on sleeving stand; sleeved with 3-ring section

B4 work in high bay continued

New structures delivered this week (with black beems) still at production site

Coil of stainless steel delivered

Raptor engines prepared for roll out to OLS

Insulated plumbing loaded for transport to OLS

S21 nosecone barrel section (seen already yesterday, 4-ring) in tent 3 spotted

Work on new wider high bay "super hb" foundation continued

Work on new smooth nosecone continued

Triangle-stand now called "Booster inner engine thrust simulator" by NSF

GSE7 in mid bay, pipes partly attached

New ship or tank section with lead-ins spotted in mid bay [GSE8 or S21??]

Pipes delivered to production site

OLM work continued

OLS, IT: work continued, more pipes being added; "The concrete fill pipe has been extended to columns of section 2 of the OLIt meaning Section 1 columns are now filled with concrete"

OLS tank farm: work on GSE1 continued through upper access hole

Catch arm work continued

QD arm work continued, more pipes installeed

Raptor installation on B4 in high bay continued; RB26, RB6, RB27 spotted

Circumhorizontal arc over Boca Chica

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Mary

LabPadre

spoilt-sport

[288]
23.08.2021 GSE4 [test tank?] rolled out to launch site, arrived at 10.23 am

RC for August 24 canceled

OLS, IT: Work continued

QD arm work continued

Catch arm work continued

OLM work continued

New structures spotted at production site

New orange production robots delivered to production site

Tent 3: 3 nosecones and one barrel section visible

PPS: Cryo tank shell #7 still attached to crane, looks more or less finished

GSE4 test tank [?] rolled out to launch site; towards SoLS Pad A

SN20/S20 TPS tiles work continued

Three Raptor engines delivered in front of high bay; RB17 and RB20 spotted; engines likely began to be installed

Smooth new nosecone section still missing a piece

RC for August 24 canceled

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Mary

LabPadre

[289]
22.08.2021 OLM welding work

Cryo tank shell #3 remained attached to LR11000

Catch arm work continued; a lot of scaffolding around it

SN20/S20 still with a lot of labels on TPS tiles

QD arm work continued; more feeding pipes installed

GSE7 apparently fully stacked in mid bay

Black painted triangle-stand now called "Thrust sim stand" by NSF; work on it continued

Ring section spotted, marked "Not for flight use*

Smooth nosecone work continued

OLS, IT: work continued; QD arm hinges visible

S21 fwd flap "flap py - studded" arrived at tent 4

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Mary

LabPadre

[290]
21.08.2021 B5 aft dome booster section spotted (3-ring)

New black structure at build site [see vid 19]

Nosecone section outside tent 2 (lowest nc ring)

More concrete torn out for new wider high bay foundation

New "smooth" nosecone spotted with fewer panels spotted

GSE7 attached to crane in mid bay

SpaceX cat spotted

OLS, IT work continued; possible QD arm attachment point spotted on the south-west side, left of OLM [RGV] on segment #5

Catch arm work continued

B5? fwd tank #2 booster section (3-ring with lead -ins) spotted

Plumbing transported from build site to OLS

QD and catch arm work continued

LR11000 and load spreader attached to cryo tank shell #3 at most southwestern position; to be lifted over GSE6

B6? thrust puck spotted

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Mary

LabPadre

RGV

[291]
20.08.2021 S21 sleeved aft section lifted off from sleeving stand

Small GSE tank stacked with GSE4 aft section (3-ring and dome) and GSE4 fwd section (1-ring and dome); purpose unknown

Concrete north of high bay broken up, presumably for new wider high bay ("Super high bay")

Work on triangle-stand continued

Aditional parts lowered into 4-ring stack at PPS

Work on grey circular booster test stand continued

New stand (simple, black, circular) constructed

OLM work continued; water deluge nozzles spotted between hold down clamps of OL platform [RGV]

QD arm strengthened; line boring a quick disconnect arm hinge

Catch arm work continued

LR11000 moved to OLS tank farm

OLS, IT: work continued

OLS tank farm: new equipment/pipes installed

RB24 engine delivered

Small GSE tank work continued

New intermittent RC for August 23 (9-11.30am)

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Mary

LabPadre

RGV

[292]
19.08.2021 I-Beam transported at build site

S21 aft dome sleeve (3-ring) spotted

GSE4 aft section on a stand (sleeved with dome, 3-ring, with lead-ins)

Work on triangle-stand continued, painted black

Two raptor engines delivered [RC]

B4 work in high bay continued

Catch arm work continued, more upwards facing pipes attached; work on catching mechanism

QD arm work continued; readied for installation on OLS, IT

OLM work

OLS tank farm: pipe work

SN20/S20 still attached to LR11000, still a lot of green and red labels on TPS tiles

S21 aft dome prepared for lifting; lifted on stand; sleeved with 3-ring aft stack

New structure with black beams at the build site

SN20/S20 disconnected from LR11000 at 3.08 pm

Cryo delivery (nitrogen) to OLS tank farm at 3.40 pm

Outline of new high bay visible [RGV]

Jib pieces for LTM1250 crane delivered

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Mary

LabPadre

RGV

[293]
18.08.2021 RCs for August 19 and 20 canceled

At least two Rvac engines that were installed on SN20/S20 left Boca Chica

Musk: fwd flap design error and changes announced

B4 work in high bay continued

Starship aft section moved (3-ring); will be used for fit test on a stand; moved to PPS

Stand mounting points prepared at PPS

Aft section lifted and placed onto stand at PPS [stand next to the stand with yellow railings]

OLM work continued

SN20/S20 still hooked to LR11000

Work on black catching arm continued

OLS, IT; pipes continued to be installed along the outside of the tower; grey metal extension on segment #1 has been added again

QD arm work continued [the yellow/black arm]

BN3/B3 LOX tank still on pad A

New RCs for August 24-26 (5-11pm)

3.6mm 304L stainless steel delivered

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Mary

LabPadre

[294]
17.08.2021 OLM work continued

LR11000 moved from SoLS pad A to pad B

B3 dismantling work continued

SN20/S20 prepared for move to SoLS pad B for testing (ambient and cryo proof/pressure testings expected); work through access hole

Catching arm for OLS, IT continued

QD arm work continued

GSE2 being worked on

High bay bar work continued

B4 work continued in high bay, external box has been added [?]

B5 aft dome sleeve (3-ring) spotted

New trinagle stand structure continued to be worked on

SN20/S20 moved towards pad B; lifted onto the pad by LR11000 (6:13pm)

Berm extension and berm tunnel spotted; possibly on the south side of OLS tank farm [RGV]

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Mary

LabPadre

RGV

[295]
16.08.2021 B3 LOX tank attached to LR11000 for further scrapping

Work on triangle-stand continued

Possible inner booster thrust simulator at PPS [the one from Pad B???]; moved towards triangle-stand

PPS: Booster thrust sim [grey circular structure] attachment clamps installed

Unknown structure [black stand with yellow railing] loaded onto SPMT at PPS; moved around

GSE tank dome outside tents

B4 work in high bay continued

SN20/S20 work on raceway (electrical wiring) continued

Work on possible booster catch arm and QD arm continued; insulated plumbing installed at QD arm

Pipe delivered to launch site

Todays RC canceled

Tomorrows RC canceled

OLS, IT: Cryo pipe installation has begun

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Mary

LabPadre

[296]
15.08.2021 BN3/B3 scrapping continued; CH4 tank further cut into parts

SoLS pad B work continued

QD arm work continued

Catch arm (black pipes) continued to be worked on, especially on upwards facing arm

GSE1 and GSE2 still have scaffolding going up to access hole as well as internal ventilation

OLM work continued, now completely painted grey

PPS: Cryo tank shell work continued

B4 work in highbay continued; dents have appeared and disappeared again as the booster expands and contracts (normal)

OLS, IT: Exterior cladding beginning to be added on segments #1 and #2

SN20/S20: TPS tiles work continued; also some work on external wiring

SN20/S20 work continued during the night [vid 16]

OLM and OLIT work continued during the night [vid 16]

Catching arm work continued; mounting points added [vid 16]

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Mary

LabPadre

[297]
14.08.2021 BN3/B3 attached to LR1100 with spreader bar

GSE aft dome spotted (3-ring with dome); GSE8?

B4 work continued in high bay

Stand with triangles work continued at PPS

GSE7 nearing completion in mid bay; more pipes have been attached

Booster thrust simulator: more parts added

QD arm work continued

Lift and catching arm work continued

BN3/B3 began to be scrapped; cut in half; upper segment lowered

OLS tank farm: more pipes attached for horizontal tanks

OLM/table work continued

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Mary

LabPadre

[298]
13.08.2021 PPS: Cryo tank shell #7 work progressed; stacking complete

B4 work in high bay continued

SN20/S20 prepared for roll out

S21 aft dome moved into production tent

QD arm work continued; some propellant seem to have been installed

Tower arm (catch arm) work continued

OLS, IT: New parts lifted; taken down again; new pipes at segment #1 installed; scaffolding continued to be removed

OLM/table work continued

SoLS Pad B thrust ram removed (without being used), moved to build site at 12:47am SN20/S20 a lot of TPS tiles removed from nosecone barrel section

SN20/S20 moved back to launch site; arrived at 11:57am

Boom lifts moved to launch site

GSE6 lifted by LR11000 and placed west to GSE3/Shell#4

Coil of stainless steel delivered

Diverse deliveries to the build site

FCC report for Starlink operation for ground testing on Starship

LR11000 moved towards pad A

OLS, IT: Scaffolding installed for QD arm installation

New RCs: Intermittent RC for Aug 16 (9am-1pm); RC for Aug 18&19 (5-11pm); RC for Aug 20 (6am-12pm)

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Mary

LabPadre

[299]
12.08.2021 SN20/S20 TPS tiles inspection/repair work continued; blue markings "E1", "E2" seen

S21 aft dome spotted

S21 legskirt spotted (2-ring); label still "SN"

OLS; work on QD arm and tower arm continued

Work on potential booster test stand with triangles continued

SN20/S20 TPS tile replacement began

B4 work in high bay

OLM work continued; a work lift has been installed [day unclear]

OLS, IT; scaffolding being removed

B4 Raptor engine removal continued

Grove GMK5275 crane arrived in Boca Chica

Liebherr crane parts arrived [?]

New intermittent RC for August 13 (9.30am-12pm)

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[300]
11.08.2021 B4 rolled back to build site on two SPMTs; during the transport, the booster was kept pressurized; moved into high bay

GSE6 rolled out to the OLS tank farm; both met near the road block

SN20/S20 moved out of the high bay to prepare it for B4; positioned outside mid bay

Methane transfer tubes (downcomers) delivered to build site

Two Raptor eninges loaded onto Raptor van

Potential booster test stand with triangles work continued; purpose yet unknown; more plates added

Booster thrust ram/simulation (grey circular structure) work continued

Caged ladder moved around

SN20/S20 work on TPS tiles continued (labels)

GSE7 aft dome sleeve (3-ring) spotted

B4 Raptor engines began to be removed

OLS tank farm: Cryo shell #4 lifted with LR11000, placed over GSE3 at 1:50pm (southeastern location)

GSE6 hooked to LR11000

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[301]
10.08.2021 B4 prepared to be lifted from OLM

B4 removed from OLM at 7:45 am by LR11350; detached from crane/load spreader at 3:06 pm

SN20/S20 more colored labels attached to TPS tiles

PPS: Cryo tank shell #7 stacking continued

B5 comm dome sleeve (4-ring stack) and fwd tank #2 (3-ring stack with lead-ins) spotted

Top platform added to circular structure with triangles

OLS tank farm: work on GSE1 and GSE2 continued

Work on black pipe structure (tower arm) and yellow pipe stucture (quick disonnect arm, confirmed) continued

Stainless steel roll delivered

GSE8 fwd dome stack #2 spotted [GSE8 will replace the scrapped GSE4)

New intermittent RC for August 11 (7am-12pm)

GOA's decision deniying the HLS protests by Bluo Origin and Dynetics released; confirming SpaceX's concept of operations, involving 16 total launches each 12 days apart and three different categories of Starship (HLS lander, tanker, undisclosed variant [DELETED])

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Mary

LabPadre

[302]
09.08.2021 SN20/S20 more TPS tiles marked

Cryo tank shell #4 LOX rolled out to launch site; SpaceX label: "Outer Shell#4 LOX"; slated for most southeastern GSE tank [GSE3, see August 06]; load spreader and LR11000 attached to the shell

GSE2 work continued

Weather balloon released near production site

PPS: huge tanks still packed in blue plastic

New intermittent RC for August 10 (7am-12pm); later canceled

BN2.1 placed on a concrete stand at PPS

NSF

Mary

Jack

LabPadre

[303]
08.08.2021 B4 work for preparing to remove it from OLM

B4 attached to LR11350

OLM legs are being painted grey

SN20/S20 colored labels attached to TPS tiles, likely to indicate damage that needs repairs

Deck installed on possible raptor installation platform

PPS: Cryo tank shell stacking continued on shell #7 (likely final shell)

BN2.1 inspection work

Hydraulic rams installed on a new potential raptor thrust sim

GSE7 fwd tank section ready to be stacked on aft section; hooked to crane in mid bay; later both parts were stacked together; now likely full hight

Work on new stand like structure with triangles continued

Work on black/yellow structure continued; now NSF calles is the "quick disconnect arm" which "will load propellant into Starship prior to launch"

OLS tank farm continued to be worked on

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

07.08.2021 GSE7 in mid bay, outside pipes apparently already installed

GSE6 still at production site [!]

Work on a test stand like structure at PPS

New parts delivered to production/build site; some parts from McGregor arrived

Lower bulkhead for Superheavy booster spotted [B5?]

S21 nosecone spotted in tent 3

PPS: Cryo tank shell construction continued: shells #3-6 likely complete; shell #7 likely more than 10 rings tall

SN20/S20 Rvac engines removed and moved around

SN20/S20 Sea level raptor engines removed

B4 reattached to LR11350

Work on black and yellow pipe structures continued

GSE? section (6-rings) attached to crane/load spreader

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Mary

LabPadre

[304]
06.08.2021 SN20/S20 more TPS tiles installed

OLS, IT; OLM; OLS tank farm work continued

SN20/S20 stacked onto B4 by LR11350, fully assembled rocket for the first time ever!!

SN20/S20 removed from B4 by LR11350 after first fit check for final construction, touch-down at 9:45 am

SN20/S20 moved back to build site; into high bay; hooked to bridge crane

Time for today's RC changed to 11.30am-2pm

GSE3[?] lifted over the tank farm and lowered onto OLS tank farm foundation; placed at the most southeastern foundation

GSE3[?] detached from load spreader after being lifted into place by LR11000

Musk: different new information

New intermittent RC for August 09 (7am-12pm)

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[305]
05.08.2021 SN20/S20 and GSE6 [NSF]/GSE3 [LP] rolled out to OLS [apparently it was GSE3, vid 07]

Black and yellow tubular structures continued to be worked on

GSE5 sleeved with a cryo shell [the one in north-eastern position]

B4 detached from LR11350

SN20/S20 attached to LR11350

New intermittent RC for August 06 (9.30am-12pm)

SN20/S20 lift scrubbed due to high winds

NSF

Mary

Jack

LabPadre

Musk

[306]
04.08.2021 SN20/S20 nosecone lifted into high bay; stacked at 4:11 am

B4 CH4 tank condensation at 3am

B4 attached to LR11350 load spreader

B4: GSE hoses detached ahead of lifting

B4 lifted onto OLM by LR11350 in a very careful manoeuvre

Musk: Mechzilla (OLIT) not yet ready, but for future rockets

SN20/S20 unhooked from bridge crane, now fully assembled!

NSF

Mary

Jack

LabPadre

[307]
03.08.2021 Standard TFR renewed for covering ground testing such as cryogenic and staic fire tests (5000ft, until August 31)

Work on SoLS pad B continued with some welding

SN20/S20 work continued outside high bay

B4 detached from high bay bridge crane

New intermittent RC for today (9:30am-3pm)

B4 roll out to OLS, near OLM

Musk infos about catch mechanism on OLS IT

FCC/Starlink update [Sheetz]: up to 400 satellites per launch on Starship (vs 60 per Falcon 9)

RV5 and another RVac engine moved towards Starship SN20/S20 likely for a fit check

SN20/S20 moved into high bay ahead of nosecone stacking

OLM work continued

New intermittent RC for August 05 (6:30-9am) canceled

Everyday Astronaut interview with Elon Musk

SN20/S20 nosecone moved and stopped just outside lowbay, more TPS tiles added; later moved to high bay for stacking as well

SN20/S20: all six Raptor engines (3SL, 3Rvac) have been installed [Musk]

NSF

Mary, Jack

LabPadre

E. Musk

[308]
02.08.2021 RC74,64, RCxx, RCxx, RCxx, RC65, RB22 installed on B4

B4 work in high bay continued on mating the two halves

B4 had 29 Raptor engines installed in just one night

SN20/S20 nosecone: TPS tiles installation continued

SN20/S20 rolled out of mid bay, nearly fully covered with TPS tiles on one site (still some needed near the section welds)

SN20/S20 aft flap installed (with TPS tiles)

GSE3, GSE6 work continued

Stainless steel coil delivered

PPS: [not launch site] concrete poured

OLS tank farm: Work on GSE1 and GSE2 continued

LR11000 and LR11350 detached from OLM platform

LR11000 moved back to OLS tank farm

OLM welding work

Yellow pipe structure growed

Blcack pipe structure welding work continued

SN20/S20 second fwd flap installed, second aft flap installed

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[309]
01.08.2021 B4 more grid fins installed

Fit check of B4 on OLM NET Tuesday [Musk]

Black tubular structure work continued

Yellow pipe/tubular structure work continued

OLM: work on attaching the platform on the legs

GSE2 work continued

BN3/B3 still on pad A, plans unclear

RB engines arrived from (RB17, RB18, RB9, RB21, RB22)

S20/SN20: first forward flap attached to nosecone; smaller sice visible; work on the TPS tiles installation continued

Stainless steel coils delivered

GSE3 and GSE6 work at production site continued

New pipes for black tubular structure arrived

RB

B4 LOX tank moved in high bay and work platform installed ahead of final stacking

B4 CH4 tank lifted by high bay crane and stacked onto LOX section; final stacking; met at 4:37 pm

B4 Raptor engines roll out in this order [where?]: RB7, RB2, RB3, RB15, RBxx, RBxx, RB9, RB21, RB19, RB18, RB4, RB6, RC74, RC79, RC58, RB8, RB11, RB14, RB20

B4 raptors installed late night: RB7, RB2, RB3 pictured; at least 14 Raptors already installed as of 1:20 am of August 02 [?!]

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[310]

July 2021[]

Date Description Source Link
31.07.2021 SN20/S20 nosecone stacked onto barrel section at wind break; quadratic TPS heat shield tiles spotted near the flap attachment rig; lead-ins removed after the two parts have been welded together

More black tubular structures delivered (see July 20, 24, 27, 29)

Yellow pipe structure work continued, now getting higher; could be a lift sliding up and down the OLS IT

GSE6 work at build site continued

Plating from booster thrust simulator mount at PPS removed

SN20/S20 tank section work in mid bay continued

Rvac engine delivered (after another delivery last night, at least three on site now, fourth wasn't unloaded yet)

OL platform / table lifted by LR11350 and LR11000 onto OLM legs!!, touchdown at 1:46 pm

The OL platform has 20 hold down clamps installed

Several more Raptor engine deliveries

Musk: Possibly steering away from traditional grid fins in the future to something with more drag

Musk: OL platform weighs 370 tons

SN20/S20 first aft flap installed in mid bay

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[311]
30.07.2021 Yellow pipe structure work continued; getting really huge

Black pipe structure attached to crane

OLM preparation work continued; work at the base of its legs

LR11000 crane moved towards OLS, IT/landing pad after shortly leaving the OLS onto hwy 4

PPS: Cryo tank shell construction continued with shell #6 looking nearly complete (some 2-3 rings short) but still attached to crane; shell #7 stacking began with first section (dome+ring) stacked onto another section

New brick building behind mid bay

B4 thrust section /aft dome section (3-ring with lead-ins) moved into high bay; stacked with LOX section later

SN20/S20 nosecone: TPS tiles being installed; aft flaps moved near tents

B4 stacking continued in high bay, methane tank section looks to be complete (13 rings) and LOX tank as well

Ship aerocover unloaded (SN20?)

New container wall being built at launch site

B4? grid fins spotted

B4 methane tank moved out of high bay; moved back later

B4 grid fins installation on methane tank section began

NASA/GAO: Denies BO and Dynetics protests of HLS contract awarded to SpaceX

New intermittent RC for Monday, August 02 (3-7pm)

WAI/RGV: Work on new pads and concrete foundations at OLS with rebar laid (near landing pad, at OLS tank farm and staging area, terminal for trucks for fuel delivery, around/north of OLM)[312]

LR11350 and LR11000 moved into position for OL platform lift [vid 31]

B4 first grid fin installed on upper methane tank section [vid 31]; apparently they can't fold (confirmed by Elon Musk)

Rvac engine delivered [vid 31]

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

Michael Sheetz

WAI/RGV

[313]
29.07.2021 B4 fwd #4 section ready for stackign (4-ring with lead-ins)

Nosecone with blankets and TPS tiles rolled outside tent (likely for SN20/S20)

GSE5 has been detached from LR11000

OLM readied for installation of OL platform (table) with scaffolding being installed

LR11350 disconnected from IT, stacking of the tower appears to be complete

OLS: concrete work

New Raptor engines arrived at launch site

SN20/S20 aft flap installation rig moved inside mid bay and affixed to the ship for flap installation

Work on GSE3 and GSE6 continued at production site

Concrete forms placed in a circular stand like shape at the build site

Work on grey circular structure continued at PPS

B4 methane tank stacking continued with top 9-ring stack (fwd) stacked onto another section (fwd #4), methane tank section looks completed now

Another black pipe structure delivered to OLS (see July 20, 24, 27)

Grate lifted onto OLS, IT by LR11350

Fwd flap delivered to build site (SN20?)

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Mary

LabPadre

[314]
28.07.2021 OLS, IT: Segment #9 with a winch wheel lifted by the LR11350 crane with an American flag after a huge winch extenseion has been added instead of a fourth column; slowly lowered onto segment #8

GSE5 transported to OLS by two SPMTs

OL platform transported to OLS by two SPMTs after some scaffolding has been added on it

GSE2 detached from LR11000

GSE5 lifted into place at OLS tank farm by LR11000 right to the east of GSE1

Two RBoost and two SL Raptors have been delivered

B4 thurst dome has been flipped

B4 methane tank stacking: 6-ring fwd section attached to high bay crane and stacked to another 3-ring stack (now 9 rings tall)

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[315]
27.07.2021 B4 methane transfer tube "downcomer" installed early in the morning

OLS, IT: Work on segment #9 continued, with an intermediate floor and black winch wheels being installed (5th pulley has been installed); later LR11350 and load spreader attached to the segment

Gravel delivery to OLS

OLS: work on yellow pipe structure continued

More large black pipes arrived at launch site (see July 24, July 20)

PPS: work on cryo tank shell #6 continued, now likely full height

OL platform work continued, some parts have been painted

Raptor engines delivered to build site (likely those earlier removed from BN3/B3)

GSE3 and GSE6 now again labelled as those being place more north

GSE5 moved

GSE2 work continued

B4 LOX tank section inside high bay ahead of stacking

New intermittent RC for Wednesday, July 28 (9-11am)

BN3/B3: GSE pipes for fuelling disconnected

WAI internal SpaceX info: B4/S20 [SN20] ready on OLM by August 5th as internal goal![316]

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

WAI

[317]
26.07.2021 B4 stacked with fwd 5 section (4-ring), now 20 rings tall (~37m) at 12:50 am

B4/B5? downcomer pipe spotted

OLS, IT: Segment #9 third and fourth pulley installed

SpaceX: 100th build of a Raptor engine complete (RB16)

GSE3? work continued [isn't this GSE5]

Work inside GS*3

Test nosecone used in the cargo bay pathfinder scrapped

Work on a transport stand at PPS

OL platform work continued, more parts delivered

Stainless steel roll delivered

OLM: Scaffolding installation continued

GSE1, GSE2: Installation of stringers for strengthening of the tanks continued; GSE2 still attached to LR11000

Hwy4 repaving work continued, milling machine tearing up the highway

OLS, IT: Segment #9 work continued, new equipment lifted into it

Work on yellow pipe structure (possible fuelling arm) continued

Brick work at high bay base continued

GSEs: GSE3 infront of high bay, GSE5, GSE6 a bit north (according to NSF; not congruent with previous information!)

GSE3 has stringers already installed

Possible B5? thrust dome outside tents

Nosecone barrel section with TPS base layer (for SN20/S20?) lifted into windbreak

Nosecone with TPS base layers being worked on in tent 3

Raptor vacuum mount and thrust puck for starship delivered

Possible GSE tank 4-ring section with lead-ins moved into high bay

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Mary

LabPadre

[318]
25.07.2021 Pesticide spray plane flying low over starbase against mosquitos

B4 aft 5 (4-ring with lead-ins) outside high bay

B4? aft dome sleeve outside tent 1 (3-ring); later hooked to crane and flipping jig, flipped

OLS, IT: Segment #9 work continued

GSE6 (13-rings) rolled out of high bay near GSE3, pipes not yet fully installed?

GSE5 work continued

Nosecone barrel section prepared for TPS tiles, with lead ins, possibly for SN20/S20

PPS: Cryo tank shell work continued; Shell #6 (13-rings) lifted and stacked on another 4-ring section; shells #3-5 looking quite finished

OLS tank farm: work on GSE1 and GSE2 reinforcements continued

OLM: Worik platform? installation continued

SoLS, pad B: third thrust ram for RVac installed

SN20/S20 work in mid bay continued with several man lifts up

B4 aft dome/thrust dome placed on sleeving stand

SoLS tank farm venting a lot; WAI suggested possible OLS tank farm GSE tanks test as both are connected

NSF

Mary

Stephen

LabPadre

WAI

[319]
24.07.2021 B4 stacking continued in high bay, now 16-rings tall

OLS, IT: Parts for suspected IT carriage delivered to launch site

2 Raptor engines delivered, RC, RB; three engines (RC62 identified) loaded onto truck

GSE7 aft dome sleeved (3-ring plus dome); GSE7 stack #2 fwd dome sleeve (2-ring) spotted

GSE6? work in high bay continued

PPS: Cryo tank shell construction continued on shells #5 and #6, according to Brendan shell #7 commenced with dome stacked with first ring

Work on circular grey structure continued

OL Platform work continued, pipes have been installed

More large black pipes/tubular components delivered to launch site (looking the same as spotted on July 20)

OLS, IT; Work on base continued, equipment added to segment #1; segment #9 construction continued with a large beam being added

Yellow pipe structure work continued

OLM: work platform installation began

GSE1 and GSE2 reinforcement work continued

Liquid nitrogen delivered to OLS tank farm !!!!

B4? fwd dome placed on sleeving stand

Super heavy booster aft dome work in tent 1 continued

Delivery to SoLS tank farm

GSE3 moved north

Reinforced barrel section flipped ahead of stacking (no dome inside)

B4 fwd sleeve flipped at 3:35 pm

Elon Musk: Bigger highbay to be constructed later

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[320]
23.07.2021 RC57 moved to launch site

SN20/S20 tank section now fully stacked

RC62 removed from BN3/B3 at 2:22 pm, moved to build site

Special yellow pipe section with pivot points for a possible GSE arm delivered at 2:24 pm; work on structure continued

GSE6? aft dome section (3-ring section with dome and lead-ins) outside high bay, lifted into high bay

Superheavy booster thrust dome in tent 1, another one as well (likely earlier in the production process)

Nosecone moved from scrapyard to rear of production tents; TPS tiles on aerocover

SN20/S20 under construction in mid bay (at least 16 rings tall)

GSE5 pipe work continued

New barrel section prepared for stacking (lead-ins installed)

Welding work on a transport mount

Grey circular structure work continued; potential Super Heavy outer ring thrust ram or a Max Q simulator

PPS: Work on cryo tank shell #6 continued

New barrel section (4-ring) attached to crane and lifted into mid bay, possibly beginning GSE7

Brickwork added to the base of high bay

Stainless steel roll delivered

Pathfinder nosecone with barrel section moved out of windbreak, payload bay has been cut into leeward side, hooked to crane; tip of nosecone cut off, likely going to scrapyard - New payload door design with conventional side doors instead of previously suggested mouth like opening? [WAI][321]

SN20/S20? nosecone with TPS mount points in tent 3

Work on SoLS Pad B continued with new black structures being installed (RVac puck shucking hydraulics)

A lot of black small pipes delivered to launch site

OLS, IT: Segment #9 assembly continue

Liquid nitrogen delivered

GSE2 reinforcement work continued, still attached to LR11000

PA system on top of tank

Concrete work near Starhopper (SH)

B4 aft 4 outside high bay (4-ring with lead ins)

NSF

Mary, Stephen

LabPadre

WAI

[322]
22.07.2021 OLS, IT: Segment #9 or #8b assembly began at the launch site with columns set into place by PBI 12000-1 crane and cross beams added

SN20/S30 thrust section (5-ring section) moved into mid bay, connection point for GSE fuelling arm visible for the first time

Elon Musk: narrower and lighter flaps

OLS, IT: Work on the base continued and roof of winch room; also some work at a column of segment #2

Yellow pipe structure: welding work continued

OLS: Work at new concrete pad continued

OLM: Work continued

GSE2: Scaffolding erected at the base, access hole opened

BN3/B3 top dome venting; work at the engine section; RC59 removed, packed and transported back to the build site

GSE3 moved out of mid bay towards high bay, near GSE5

GSE6 hooked to high bay crane

Grey circular mystery structure work continued

OL platform work continued

Super heavy booster aft dome being worked on in tent

RC57 removed from BN3/B3 at 11:54pm

11:16 pm: first cargo door was cut out and removed from pathfinder nosecone

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Mary, Stephen Marr

LabPadre

[323]
21.07.2021 B4 stacking progressed in high bay, aft tank #2 has been stacked (at least 10 rings tall now)

Hydraulic cylinders delivered and installed on grey circular mystery structure (lifted by Grove ORT 8100 crane), likely all around the structure

Grey circular mystery structure: piping installed

PPS: Rebar laid for a new foundation

GSE5 work outside mid bay continued, more pipes installed

PPS: Work on cryo tank shell #5 and #6 continued

Stainless steel loaded onto truck

Aft dome now sleeved (likeyl made out of scrapped parts)

Booster aft dome without thrust puck near the tents; status unclear

Storm in Boca Chica

OLS tank farm: GSE2 attached to LR11000

Concrete work between the two berms towards OL tank farm

Work on yellow pipe structure (some black pipes visible too) continued

Generators delivered

New sections of the black piping at launch site lifted

BN3/B3 lower LOX tank hatch closed

NSF

Mary, Stephen Marr

LabPadre

[324]
20.07.2021 BN3/B3 wok continued (inspection of raptors and aft section)

Two white/blue cranes drove to the launch site

Genie SX-180 crane (blue) sptted at launch site; yellow grove crane driving around

PBI Manitowoc 12000-1 crawler crane boom has been lowered previously

OLS, IT: Work on winch room continued

Aft dome lifted onto sleeving stand [tag ripped off, someone noted B2.1 on it, BN2.1], sleeved with a super heavy aft ring stack, likeyl to practice dome mating with scrapped parts

RB2 (raptor boost 2, named "R2B2") arrived

OL platfrom work continued, possible hold down clamps installed [?]

OLS, IT: Load spreader detached from segment #8, LR11350 moved back, load spreader lowered

OLS: New concrete rebar between the two berms towards OLS tank farm

Black steel structure delivered to launch site

Huge black pipe structure delivered and lowered into place at launch site [possibly someting to do with the yellow pipe structure?)

OLS, IT: Three single-hight columns for segment #9 delivered to launch site by SPMT (possibly to be lifted individually), fourth column, smaller than the other three, delivered later at 1:42 pm

Ship [S20?] aft flaps spotted on a stand, with TPS covering; likely some 30% smaller than previous

Grey circular mystery structure work continued at PPS

The black stand with yellow railing still standing around

B4? aft dome (3-ring stack or sleeve) spotted

B4 aft 4 (4-ring with lead-ins), B4 aft 5 (4-ring with lead-ins), B4 fwd 4 (4-ring with lead-ins) ready

GSE tank ring stack (4-ring with lead-ins) spotted

GSE5 work continued, more pipes attached

GSE3 work continued in mid bay

B5 "aft dome" sleeve (unfinished) spodded

OLS: staging area foundations for starship and superheavy progressed

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

RGV

WAI/RGV

[325]
19.07.2021 OLS, IT: LR11350 still attached to segment #8

OLM work continued (or inspection)

OLS: concrete work at landing pad

Unknown piping delivered to launch site and attached to crane

Work on yellow pipe structure continued

Liquid Methane delivered

PPS: Cryo tank shell construction continued with stacking of GSE shell #6 (dome with top ring stacked onto a new segment)

Transformer delivered

GSE5 work continued outside of mid bay with more pipes being installed

GSE3 and S20 still in mid bay; work on S20 continued

Grey circular structure at PPS: welding work, some brown metal/steel parts have been added recently

Black stand-like structure with yellow railing lying around

OL platform work continued

Booster aft dome sleeve (3-ring section) spotted [B4?]

GSE fwd dome sleeved (with 2-ring stack) [GSE4/GSE6?]

BN3/B3 static fire

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Mary

LabPadre

[326]
18.07.2021 OLS, IT: Segment #8 detached from and reattached to laodspreader at least 3 times in order to balance the load for liftting (due to one column being taller); crane turned to move the segment closer to tower ahead of stacking; then lifted by LR11350 and stacked to tower; extension platform looking towards OLM

Alert notice for July 19 for Static Fire attempt on BN3/B3 issued (12-10pm)

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[327]
17.07.2021 Work on Starship thrust ram installed on SoLS Pad B

OLS tank farm work continued, pipes moved

OLS, IT: Two parts of electrical conduit lifted inside tower by LR11350; segment #8 work continued

Rebar laid for new concrete pad between landing pad and blast berm

Potential B4? aft section (3-ring) hooked to flip rig and flipped; no dome installed yet inside!!

Raptor engine delivered

New equipment delivered to build site "HYM-211, TLH_Axial 11"

Work on a GSE tank inside mid bay (not GSE6? or GSE4?), GSE3 fully stacked inside mid bay [?]

Grey circular mystery structure work continued with a parts lifted into it

Black stand like structure work continued

Hydraulic rams loaded onto Flatbed truck

GSE5 moved out of high bay, now waitng outside

Work on a nosecone barrel section with lead-ins outside tent 3 and low bay

Ship aft dome laying around near PPS

PPS: Cryo tank shell #5 nearly fully stacked now (the 6th of eight 12-m tanks)

GSE tank aft section (3-ring with dome) moved [GSE4/GSE6?]; label, likely outdated, mentioning B4: "BN4 aft dome stiffed panel"

OLS, IT: Roof installation on winch room continued

OLS, IT: Segment #8 attached to LR11350

Pieces possibly for catching and lifting system delivered to build site

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[328]
16.07.202 B4 work in high bay continued

Nosecone moved to scrapyard (previously infront tent 3)

PPS: Grey circular mystery structure work continued; black stand like structure work continued

OLS tank farm progressed with new GSE installed; control panels spotted; white tanks (possibly for compressed helium/nitrogen) moved around

SN20/S20? aft flap with TPS tiles spotted; the first time with curved tiles like this [!]

OLS, IT: Roofing installed on tower winch room [east and south side base extension]

OLS, IT: Segment #8 prepared for stacking

Yellow pipe work continued

Liquid nitrogen delivered to SoLS tank farm

Pipe parts delivered "Not Cryo cleaned", "Not clean for LOX", "Do not use"

OL Platform work continued

PPS: Second flare stack installed, possibly just temporary solution

B4 aft 4 and B4 aft 5 (both 4-ring stacks with lead-ins) spotted

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

15.07.2021 B4 aft 3 section (4-ring stack with lead-ins) infront high bay

B4 common dome section stacked in high bay [likely with aft #2?]

BN2.1 hooked to crane

PPS: unknown, tall black stucture spotted

PPS: Grey circular mystery structure looking nearly complete

PPS: Cryo tank shell #4/5???? construction work continued, 5-ring section lowereed into scaffolding (official name: "Cryo Shell: 01445452-505 Shell#5, Cryo Shell#4; Item:01445452-535 - TRANSITION QUAD STACK; WO:1687287)[pic: second-lowest 5-ring stack) and the other section (13 rings and dome) stacked onto it

PPS: truss sections delivered

PPS: Flare stack in action; first ignition at 2 am

White pipes delivered

OLS, IT: Part lowered by LR11350; stairs lifted out; segment #8 moved; work on east side base extension continued

OLS tank farm: work at horizontal tanks continued

OLS: Yellow pipe work continued

BN3/B3 work continued

RC for today canceled

New RCs for July 19-21 (12-10pm)

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[329]
14.07.2021 Aft flap delivered [SN20?]

Many deliveries to build site

RB11 (Raptor boost) spotted

SN20/S20 nosecone spotted: new forward flap mounting jig design; lots of TPS pin attachments; four port RCS thruster (vs 3 on previous SNs); superman logo near top of flap mounting jig

Overpressure notice to Mary for today (12-10pm); but testing RC later canceled

SN20/S20 work in mid bay continued

GSE3? waiting in mid bay

OLS, IT: Segment #8 roll out after work on the sideward extension had progressed

PBI Manitowoc 12000-1 crawler crane moved to the launch site

PPS: Cryo tank shell work continued

Unknown black stand-like structure attached to crane

Work on grey circular mystery structure at PPS continued (likely part of the launch mount)

GSE1 welding work

Pad B thrust ram installed for future cryo tests with Starship

Yellow pipe mystery structure continued to grow

Cryo shell load spreader removed from LR11000 and placed on SPMT, returned to build site

B4 fwd 2 section (3-ring stack with lead-ins) spotted

Astronomical/tracking telescope dome spotted

FAA: "The FAA warned SpaceX that, due to the agency's ongoing environmental review, the massive Starship launch tower is yet unapproved and could need to be taken down.

"The company is building the tower at its own risk," an FAA spokesperson told CNBC."; "The FAA's warning to SpaceX traces back to this letter in May, but the company has continued forward with work in the past few weeks"

Overpressure notice issued for July 15th

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

Michael Sheetz [330]

[331]
13.07.2021 Second raptor delivered to launch site (BN3/B3) at 2:28 am

Both additional raptors installed until 5:57 am; confirmed to be RC57, RC59, RC62

Lightning appears to have striked SN16

LR11350 lowered for some work and risen again later

OLS concrete work

OLS, IT: East side base extension roof beams added

OL platform work continued with parts lowered into it [hold down clamp?] and a part lifted out

SN20/S20 leg skirt with lead-ins (fewer than with old sections)(2-ring stack) moved; covered TPS tiles attachment pins; lifted onto a mount

SN20/S20 thrust section outside tent 1 (3-ring stack, with access hole)

SN20/S20 thrust section stacked onto leg skirt

GSE tank under construction in high bay [!] at least 5 rings, with dome [GSE5?]

Cryo tank shell #2 lifted by LR11000 onto an empty tank farm stand (most south-western)

RC for today canceled

Intermittent RC for tomorrow added (2-4pm)

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[332]
12.07.2021 Second BN3/B3 raptor, identified as RC59, lifted on 12:10 am local; but moved back to build site later

Cryo tank shell #2 moved to launch site [the other is a water tank]

Some road work on pad A ramp

Ring section likely for TPS tiles testing spotted [NSF: possibly for SN20/S20]

Several deliveries to build site

Booster section attached to flipping jig inside high bay [B4?]; later flipped [vid 13] [why booster; could it be SN20?]

PPS: OLS, IT: Work on segment #8 progressed, special extension added

BN3 work continued

BN3/B3 Cryo proof test

LR11350 6m crane section (old) transported away

GSE5 mid section #2 (4-ring with lead-ins) moved outside high bay [vid 13]

Second Raptor delivered to BN3/B3 at 11:36 pm

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[333]
11.07.2021 Second raptor engine for BN3/B3delivered to launch site at 12:52 pm, unknown RSN

Installation of first engine on BN3 continued (RC57) [Raptor Center]

A downcomer (LOX or CH4) has been moved into mid bay on July 05 at 10:42pm

LR11350 extension work continued with parts added to jig; jig now reattached to boom

LR11350 lifted

PPS: Cryo tank shell #5 stacking continued with top 6-ring section stacked onto another 5-ring section; shell #4 seems still 1-2 rings short

GSE5 fwd dome section outside [inside?] mid bay, at least 6 rings tall now

OLS tank farm work continued

OLM beam welding work continued

SoLS tank farm filled

PPS: OLS, IT: Assembly of segment #8 continued

Black steel boom [?] delivered to launch site

Nosecone in front of tent 3 [the one spotted earlier] hooked to crane and stacked on barrel section; "both sections have tape markings indicating payload door tests" [the_denks]; NSF: "Nosecone 18 going onto SN17's barrel section" [vid 12]

4-ring barrel section infront of high bay; another one in tent [vid 12]

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[334]
10.07.2021 New Superheavy [B4?] thrust puck (for nine engines) delivered

PPS: OLS, IT: First column of segment #9 delivered, along with an even smaller column

BN3/B3 work continued

PPS: Cryo tank shells #4 and #5 work continued

PPS: OLS, IT: Segment #8 work continued

OL Platform work continued

GSE5 fwd dome spotted (sleeved?)

RB6 engine moved inside tent

Hwy4 work continued

LR11350 extension work continued with a white segment inserted into boom (above power boom section)

Next large cylinder (wrapped up in blue) delivered to PPS

OLS tank farm: more plumbing added

Unknown parts delivered to buil site

RC57 delivered to launch site at 6:55pm; installation on BN3/B3 began on 10:13pm

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[335]
09.07.2021 PPS: Cryo tank shell #5 hooked to crane

PPS: Piping lifted into place

GSE3 moved outside of mid bay; moved in again, moved out again

GSE4 fwd dome outside tent 1 for scrapping [!] [it has been already stacked, but now cut off]

Steel parts delivered to production site

New black stand-like structure at PPS

PPS: parts lfted into grey circular mystery structure; circle now complete

OL Platform work continued

LR11350 extension work continued

bN3/B3 work continued with several man lifts up and work through access holes

OLS tank farm: more pipes installed and moved around near horizontal grey tanks

Two huge cylinders delivered to build site

Cryogenic vaporizor (heat exchanger for regazifying liquified gases stored as liquid under cryogenic temperatures) delivered to launch site

Work on booster transport stand (welding)

RC for today canceled

New RCs for Tuesday-Thursday (12pm-10pm)

Tweet by Elon Musk showing 9 raptor engines [RSN27 and RC59 identifiable, at least one RB]

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[336]
08.07.2021 RB5 delivered (Raptor Boost Serial Nr 5)

RC for July 8 changed to 6pm-12am

BN3/B3 venting early in the morning [thrusters or pressure?]

BN3/B3 work continued with several man lifts up ahead of testing

BN3/B3 ambient pressure test

Thrust ram lifted into suborbital Pad B [not yesterday?]

PPS: Cryo tank shell construction work continued (shell #4 and shell #5 with new dome)

OLS Tank farm: more pipes have been installed, scaffolding tent removed

Liquid nitrogen delivered

OLS, IT: work at the base continued (east side base extension, more beams added)

OLM work continued

PPS: Natural gas generators delivered and installed

LR11350 extension work continued

Two nosecones outside tent 3, one with TPS tiles at flap attachment point

Land cleared next to production side (east)

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[337]
07.07.2021 PPS: OLS IT: Segment #8 fourth column lifted at 9:26 am; cross beams added to fourth column; the column has an extension for ninth segment [?]

BN3/B3 work continued through the night

PPS: Cryo tank shell #4 work continued with stacking on next ring section; some first rings for shell #5 appear to be ready

GSE3 (fully stacked) and SN20 (two sections) now in mid bay

Tent 3: new ring section in production (with vertical strengthenings)

Between high bay and tents: Three 4-rings stacks with lead-ins ready for stacking

PPS: Grey circular mystery structure: New parts have been delivered; work continued

OLM work continued (5 man-lifts working simultaneously)

Work on yellow pipe structure continued [for OLS, IT?]

LR11350 boom disconneced and moved away by SPMT ahead of extension

Puck shucker lowered into Test Stand/Pad B at 5:48 pm

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[338]
06.07.2021 PPS: OLS IT: Segment #8 fourth column arrived

LR11350 parts for extension arrived (boom parts and winch)

Single ring section stacked onto 2-ring section infront of tents [SN20/S21 aft section used on June 30??]

OL Platform work continued

BN3/B3 work preparation work continued

OLS, IT: More beams added to east side base extension [white winch likely installed now, see vid July 16]

LR11000 at OLS tank farm; moved new grey tank

Excavator picked up SN11 debris and placed it into scrap bin at launch site

PPS: More ducting installed

OLM work continued at cross beams

High bay top work continued; beam lifted and put into place

New RC [BN3/B3] for Thursday, July 8 (12-8pm); Friday, July 9 (6am-8pm); Monday, July 12 (12-8pm)

Puck shucker moved down hwy4 towards launch site at 11:02 pm

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[339]
05.07.2021 Loadspreader and LR11000 detached from BN3/ B3 at 8:42 am

Inspection robot in tent checked a new ring section (3-ring with lead-ins)

BN3/B3 test preparations work continued with lots of wires and some piping installed; ventilation hoses run into booster

Small berm north of landing pad looking finished

OLM work continued

OLS, IT: More equipment installed on east side base extension

Work on orange pipes continued

Two SPMTs moved under GSE3 tank ahead of potential move; later moved towards entrance/mid bay[?]

OL Platform work continued

LR11000 moved towards OLS tank farm

PPS work continued with ductings lifted into place

High bay roof top work continued, only a few glass panels still missing

Gray circular mystery structure work continued

B4 aft tank #2 4-ring section with lead-ins moved between tents towards high bay area [still labeled BN4][vid 06]

A downcomer (LOX or CH4) has been moved into mid bay on July 05 at 10:42pm [LabPadre, Redstone, July 11]

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[340]
04.07.2021 PPS: Cryo tank shell #4 work progressed; work on cryo tank shell #5 (of 7) began [?]

LR11350 extension work began

OLM: welding at the cross beams

Booster fwd dome [B4?], Starship aft skirt, S21 aft dome infront of tents

Work on a booster? barrel section (3-ring) inside tent 1

Welding work on booster transport stand

OL Platform work continued

Nosecone barrel section and nosecone still ready for stacking infront tent 3

Earth work east of mid bay area

B3 work continued

SN20 mid LOX section with tiles spotted on July 2 during lift into mid bay [Maria Pointer]

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

Maria Pointer

[341]
03.07.2021 4-ring barrel section with lead-ins inside high bay, likely with dome in it

SN20 common dome (3-ring stack) with lead-ins and TPS-tile cover spotted (passive pressure relief valve on it); hooked to crane and lifted into mid bay for stacking it onto Mid-LOX section (header tank visible)

3 Raptor engines delivered: RB3, RB4 ("RBoost - Engines without gimbal, with higher thrust and lower throttling ability" [incorrect according to Musk]), sign: "Hello my name is boost"; RC79 (Former RSN79 - RC for Raptor Center)

SN21/S21 thrust dome upgraded

B4 common dome on sleeving stand, sleeved with 4-ring stack ("CMN Dome Stiffend[?] Barrel")

Long tube moved to BN3/B3 at launch site (possibly a part of its raceway)

BN3/B3 work continued, still attached to LR11000

OLS, IT: More beams installed for east side base extension, first equipment installed [winch room in video July 16]

OLS tank farm work continued

PPS: Cryo tank shell #4 work continued

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

Oskar Wróbel

[342]
02.07.2021 OLS, IT: LR11350 disconnected from tower

LR11350 lowered for third extension RCs for July 6 and 7 cancelled

BN3/B3 secured on Pad A, still attached to LR11000; work at the base/stand; later, man lifts went up, work on booster through access holes

OLS tank farm only progressing slowly at the moment

B4 "comm dome" section (4-ring stack with some small holes in it) spotted

B4? fwd dome section and S21? aft section near each other after stacking test

GSE fwd dome on sleeving stand and sleeved later

GSE4 fwd dome section scrapped: fwd dome and a single ring has been cut off; remaining 4-ring section attached to crane and moved to scrap yard

PPS: Cryo tank shell #4 construction continued with welding

Booster transport stand at build site

High bay roof work continued

At least three nosecones under construction in tent 3

PPS: Work on unknown structure (tall, grey, circular) has progressed; some parts still missing

Work near base of SN15; pressurization rig for starship shown

OL platform work continued

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[343]
01.07.2021 OLS, IT: Segment #7 lifted and stacked

BN3/B3 roll out (36-rings tall, engines won't be covered as with Starship, lowest ring is the aft dome; hot gas thrusters haven't been uninstalled, pipes sticking out of lower section side and huge COPV on other side); huge manlift went up to attach the load spreader of LR11000 to the booster; detached form transport stand, lifted onto Pad A by LR11000 [no engine section???]

New RCs for July 6 and 7 (7am-5pm) [likely for BN3/B3 testing]

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[344]

June 2021[]

Date Description Source Link
30.06.2021 Potential starship aft section (2-ring stack) spotted

Potential B4 fwd dome sleeve (3-ring stack with fin attachment structures and thruster holes) spotted, moved outside tent

Deliveries to production site

PPS: Cryo tank shell #4 construction work continued

Three Raptor engines delivered! (RC57 identified)

Stage separation mechanism tested [?] between booster and starship sections: Starship aft section mated with booster fwd section by crane

Nosecone and nose cone barrel section with lead-ins outside tent 3

OLS tank farm work continued, man lifts up and ground piping installed

Berm work continued as well as hwy4 work

OLM work continued, all beams have been attached

OLS, IT: work continued; stairs installed to segment #7, moved towards crane, attached to LR11350

OLS, IT: More beams installed for west side base extension installed

LR11000 began moving towards Pad A, possibly for BN3/B3 lifting

PPS: OLS IT: Segment #8 fourth collumn missing

BN3/B3 work continued, later unhooked from bridge crane

GSE5 mid #2 section (4-ring stack with lead-ins) outside tents

Concrete poured in the base of OLS IT

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[345]
29.06.2021 Super heavy booster transport stand staged next to high bay; later moved into high bay

BN3/B3 lifted onto transport stand; the section is 23 rings tall (engine section, LOX tank, common dome); some sort of fins have been installed on the engine section; lead ins on the common dome section, prepared for stacking

BN3/B3 fwd tank (CH4, 13? rings tall) stacked onto lower booster section; now at full height!

SN15 lift up, some work

GSE tank construction in mid bay

PPS: New grey sections being assembled, forming a circle; pars wore delivered on June 22

PPS: Ground work near propellant production plant

GSE5 tank mid section 1 (4-ring section with lead-ins) in mid bay

New mount sections delivered

OL platform construction work continued

New sign at stargate building

OLS tank farm contstruction work continued

PPS: Cryo tank shell work continued; shell #4 being painted

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[346]
28.06.2021 PPS: Cryo tank shell work continued on shell #4 with stacking the 5-ring to stack onto another section and on shell #3 with welding (now apparently full height)

New barrel section with lead-ins spotted in a tent

IT: Segment #7 roll out to OLS; there appeared to be a slight problem as they needed to stop for a short time, they adjusted the weight distribution/horizontal alignment

OLM work continued, fifth beam added

Pad A modification work continued with support beams added to the super heavy adapter

New berm being constructed from Starhopper entrance gate eastwards (north of landing pad, indicating that SpaceX plans to use the landing pad in the future)

OLS, IT: LR11350 detached; elevator section for segment #5 lifted into place

OLS, IT: More beams installed for west side base extension installed

New RC (with beach) for July 1 (7am-3pm)

FCC: "SpaceX has filed for Starlink terminals to be flown on [orbital] Starship and Superheavy. FCC filing is for August 1st - October 1st." For SpaceX, this is a "logical extension" of the existing authorization to use Starlink on suborbital flights for demonstration

NSF

Tyler Gray

LabPadre

[347]
27.06.2021 BN3/B3 fwd tank section moved in highbay; work on booster continued

Celebration/party at Boca Chica with fireworks, party at high bay top

OLS, IT: Sixth tower segment stacked by LR11350 (lifted, crane moved forwards, lowered; guiding weights used); Fifth and sixth segment have no lift installed yet; segment #7 nearly ready for roll out

Pad A work continued

PPS: Cryo tank shell #3 work continued, fully stacked; work on shell #4 had commenced [date unclear]

Sleeved aft dome and new fwd dome sleeve outside the tents

OL platform work continued

S21 aft dome with vacuum raptor engine mounts spotted

First vacuum raptor engine delivered to Boca Chica build site

NSF

Tyler Gray

LabPadre

[348]
26.06.2021 Sections of new transport stand delivered

BN3/B3 work on fwd tank section work; the fwd dome spotted earlier this week has been stacked onto other fwd tank section (4-ring); another stack waiting outside

BN3/B3 fwd ring section spotted (4-ring stack)

BN2.1 and stand now near SN15 and 16

GSE tank fwd dome in tent

Pad A: Super Heavy test stand adapter mounted to Pad A, previously used as lower part of BN2.1's stand; according to Elon Musk it is planned to use B3 for testing on Pad and make a new booster for flight

Hwy4 roadwork continued; foundations laid for new berm from starhopper entrance eastwards

OLM: 4 of 6 curved cross sections now added

Staging areas for SH booster and Starship spotted next to the integration tower (one 6-column foundation, one 12-column foundations; both with quadratic pad with rebar) [RGV]

NSF

Tyler Gray

LabPadre

RGV

[349]
25.06.2021 BN2.1 and its test stand moved from launch site to build site (near SN15 and SN16)

Work on Pad A, preparation for Super Heavy testing

OLS, IT: segment #6 attached to LR11350

OLS, IT: first beam for west side base extension installed

PPS: Cryp tank shell #3 work continued

PPS: OLS IT: Work platforms added to segment #7

OLM: Second, third and fourth beam added between pillars (of total 5)

Work on a ring stack with lead ins

Round metal? parts delivered

New S21[?] thrust/aft dome sleeved (3-ring stack)

BN3/B3 fwd tank 2 section spotted

New intermittent RC for June 28 (11:30am-1pm)

NSF

Tyler Gray

LabPadre

[350]
24.06.2021 PPS: Cryo tank shell #3 work continued, shell #2 ready for roll out waiting at the gate

PPS: OLS IT: Scaffolding added to segment #7

BN3/B3 moved to the left in high bay; CH4 section work began with fwd dome connected to high bay bridge crane

GSE tank fwd dome on sleeving stand, another near tents

SN20/S20 aft dome in tent

BN2.1 lifting jig attached, removed from part of its test stand

LR11350 detached from tower, preparation work for connecting it to segment #6

OLM first cross beam added

Todays RC cancelled

OLS, IT: Segment #6 attached to LR11350

New intermittent RC for June 25 (10am-12pm)

NSF

Tyler Gray

LabPadre

[351]
23.06.2021 PPS: Cryo tank shell #3 work continued

PPS: OLS IT: Segment #7 looking finished

SN16: work around it, especially at the top

GSE3 tank work continued

BN3/B3 moved slightly in high bay [New naming scheme, B and S insead of BN and SN]

OL platform work continued

LR11350 still attached to tower

New intermittent RC for June 24 (3-5pm)

NSF

Tyler Gray

LabPadre

[352]
22.06.2021 BN3? fwd dome on sleeving stand

BN3? fwd dome sleeve moved and sleeved onto the fwd dome on the stand and moved into tent 1; new hot gas thrusters have been added at the top of the sleeve (for Reaction Control System RCS thrusters; "It is beleived these will burn methane and liquid oxygen")

Large hardware delivered to the PPS

PPS: Cryo tank shell #2 ready for roll out

OL platform work continued

Work at the top of the high bay continued

PPS: OLS IT: Segment #8 third column added

Starlink ground stations (white domes) delivered, three moved to the tracking station

Work on a ring section in tent 3

NSF

Brady Kenniston

LabPadre

[353]
21.06.2021 PPS: OLS IT: Parts and columns for segment #8 (smaller) arrived, first two columns lifted; work on segment #7 continued

PPS: Cryo tank shell #2 moved between 2.10 pm and 2.20 pm GSE fwd dome section has counterweight attached

LR1600/2 disassembly continued, parts loaded onto truck

Launch site: dirt/gravel work

Hwy4 work continued

Curved stainless steel sheets delivered

Mobile office section delivered to launch site [or left?], looking blast-hardened

OLS tank farm: work continued at GSE tank foundations with attachment pins being added

OLM work continued

NSF

Brady Kenniston

LabPadre

[354]
20.06.2021 Inspection robot working on a ring stack inside tent 1

GSE tank fwd section was rolled into tent 1

Ring section outside tents received top stabilisation ring

Work on transport stand

NOV ADS-30Q hoist (removed from Phobos) now installed on the IT base

LR11350 reattached to OLS IT

LR1600/2 parts at OLS

OLS: work on yellow pipes continued

Fwd dome caps spotted outside tents

NSF

Brady Kenniston

LabPadre

[355]
19.06.2021 LR11350 detached form OLS, IT; loadspreader detached

New Superheavy (BN3?) fwd dome sleeve spotted; first sleeve was likely a pathfinder

BN3? fwd dome sleeve mounted in the flip rig (which one?); later detached without flipping it

BN3 attached to bridge crane

Welding robot in tent 1

PPS: Cryo tank shell #3 stacking continued

LR1600/2 "Bluto/Tankzilla" now disassembled RIP

Hwy4 work north of launch site continued

OLS, IT: NOV ADS-30Q Drawworks hoisting system delivered, rated for a hook load of 1245 tons with 16 lines

GSE tank fwd dome spotted [?]

OLS, PB: a lot of equipment in the bunker installed

LR11350 lifted ADS-30Q onto the launch tower (on a steal construction at the base, south side)

PPS: Cryo tank shell #3 stacking continued [vid20]

GSE tank fwd dome spotted [vid20]

SN20 aft section in tent 1 [vid20]

Raptor engine partial combustion chamber and nozzle spotted outsides [vid20]

NSF

Brady Kenniston

LabPadre

[356]
18.06.2021 OLS, IT: Segment #6 rolled out to launch site

OLS, IT: Segment #5 still attached to LR11350

Rebar and shipping container delivered to launch site

Hwy4 work near OLS

OLS: New GSE pipes with orange part spotted

LR1600/2 "Tankzilla/Bluto" disassembly continued

PPS: Cryo tank shell stacking continued

Curved steel sections delivered, potentially for a new stand

WAI/RGV:

  • GSE Bunker: Compressed nitrogen tanks added
  • CH4 recondenser added between the two white vertical tanks
  • New foundation south of blast berm
  • New road/expansion of OLS extending southeast
  • Work around pad A: (water?) pipes; possibly for BN static fire
  • PPS: New building between LOX plant and airstream trailer park
  • SN15 kept under pressure, possible not simply a display stand
  • Gwynne Shotwell speach: Countdown/Timer released (likely time since first engine shipped for orbital flight)
  • OL platform: more hold down clamps installed
NSF

Brady Kenniston

LabPadre

WAI/RGV

[357]
17.06.2021 PPS: Segment #7 more cross beams added; segment #8 nearly soon ready for roll out, work plattforms added

PPS: Cryo tank shell work continued; shell #2 looks finished, work on shell #3 (5-ring) continued with stacking onto another section

Raptor van arrived, but no Raptors on board; one crata delivered, another returned to McGregor

OL platform work continued

High bay: more glass pannels installed

PPS: LOX distiller painted white

BN2.1 cryo proof test

Launch tower stands moved back to build site

Work on 3-ring barrel section outside the tents

New intermittent RC for June 18th (9-10:30am)

OEAAA information (June 14th): LR11000 "to support SpaceX orbital launch site construction and launch operations [...] most frequently be at height of 350ft."; 18 month permit until 12/29/2022

NSF

Brady Kenniston

LabPadre

[358]
16.06.2021 PPS: OLS IT: Segment #7 cross beams added, segment #6 nearly complete

PPS: Cryo tank shell stacking continued

OLS, IT: Segment #5 stacked onto tower by LR11350 crane (attached to crane, lifted, moved forward, lowered)

SN16 removed from high bay, turned down Remedios Avenue, to display stand at PPS, near SN15; 1935 TPS tiles spotted

White GSE delivered

BN3 fwd dome sleeve unhooked and moved into tent 1

SN20 aft dome moved around

LR1600/2 "Bluto/Tankzilla" boom removed, possibly being disasssembled

NSF

Jack Beyer

LabPadre

[359]
15.06.2021 BN3 "booster 2" LOX section (20 rings) relocated, then stacked onto aft/engine section

PPS: OLS IT: Segment #7 all four columns lifted; work on segment #6 continued

BN? fwd dome sleeve hooked to crane (unknown 3-ring stack from yesterday)

BN3? fwd dome with attachment pins waiting to be sleeved

OL platform work continued

OLM work continued

OLS, IT: segment #5 prepared for lift and elevator installation

OLS: yellow GSE pipes mated; work at tank farm coontinued; concrete work outside OLS on hwy 4

LR11350 moved around, lifted the next temporary elevator section into OLS, IT

NSF

Jack Beyer

LabPadre

Elon Musk

[360]
14.06.2021 Unknown 3-ring stack with multiple holes and side attachments spotted, later removed from flipping rig and moved; potentially for booster (BN3?)

Starship SN21 or above thrust puck spotted

PPS: Cryo tank shell construction continued, work on shell #3 began with new dome stacked onto ring section

Test nosecon: tip removed

Semicricular steel parts delivered

Launch tower transport jig moved back to build site (by SPMTs)

Work on possible super heavy stand/mount continued

Hwy 4 road work continued

OLS, IT: LR11350 crane detached form tower

SpaceX recently purchased Massey's Gun Shop and Range on the way to Boca Chica; some sources have indicated "That this location will be the 'Raptor Facility' and possible uses may include repair, rebuild and testing of rocket engines."

RCs for June 15 and 16 canceled

NSF

Jack Beyer

LabPadre

Matt

[361]
13.06.2021 Lift up at SN15

PPS: Cryo tank shell construction and painting work continued

Test nosecone moved to scrapyard

OLS, IT: Load spreader attached to LR11350, tower segment #4 attached to crane, section partially unbolted from transport rig, safety meeting, segment lifted slightly, completely unbolted from transport rig, lifted a bit, rotated, let down a bit; LR11350 moved backwards, segment lifted, crane moved forwards, segment lowered into place at 6pm local

NSF

Jack Beyer

[362]
12.06.2021 LR11350 boom lifted and lowered again; work continued on crane

Cryo tank shell moved to LR11000, attached to crane and lifted; positioned west of GSE2

OLS work continued; nitrogen vaporizer moved to tank farm; earth work contineud

Road work on Hwy 4; currently only one way, traffic lights installed

Launch tower column delivered

PPS: Work on cryo tank shells continued; stacking continued on third tank (cryo #2, prev #3; possibly now 17+4 rings tall), welding

RSN72 "Philosoraptor", RSN74 "Plaid Mode" delivered; RSN56/59 plus one onknown RSN loaded onto truck

BN2.1: welders worked on the top of the test tank

NSF

Jack Beyer

LabPadre

[363]
11.06.2021 Water tank lifted at 9am, lowered at OLS tank farm, just behind GSE2; detached from LR11000

OLS IT segment #5 moved to launch site, arrived at 11:47am

SN20 thrust/aft dome sleeved (with 3-ring stack)

New nosecone barrel section spotted in tent

Parts delivered to OLS

NSF

Jack Beyer

LabPadre

[364]
10.06.2021 LR11350 lifted, work on jib, lowered again later [vid11]

Nosecone barrel section and nosecone still waiting for stacking; Nosecone: Section Serial 502B, For Nose Serial NC1B, WO# 1554305, Start date 1/20/21

OLM: work at the leg/extension joint

BN2.1 inspected

GSE pipe moved at launch site

High bay bar work continued

OLS work continued

GSE5 aft dome section (3-ring and dome) outside tent

Nitrogen vaporizer delivered; nitrogen tanks moved to launch site

GSE? fwd section moved

New RCs June 15-17 (12-8pm)

NSF

Jack Beyer

LabPadre

[365]
09.06.2021 OLS IT: Segment #4 rolled out

Water tank [prev. refered to as cryo tank shell #2] for OLS tank farm rolled out [first double roll out]

Concrete work at PPS

Load spreader attached to LR11000, water tank attached to it later

OLS: earth work

PPS: Cryo tank shell #3 stacking progressed

PPS: OLS IT: More cross beams added to segment #6

New intermittent RC for June 11 (10.30-11.30am)

NSF

Jack Beyer

LabPadre

[366]
08.06.2021 Intermittent RC for today cancelled; testing closure extended to 10pm

PPS: tank #2 moved, work continued; Cryo #3 (now cryo #2) work continued

Cryo #2 now confirmed as water tank, thus not as a cryo tank shell

PPS: OLS IT: Work on segment #6 continued and fourth column added, cross beams added; segment #4 ready for roll out, moved closer to hwy 4

New dome on sleeving stand

Ring segment (3-ring) with hole spotted in tent

Temporary elevator parts delivered

OLS: work around PB continued; work on and around horizontal GSEs continued

OLM: work at the welds between leg and extension

BN2.1 Cryo proof test

Huge pipes and other equipment delivered

Container and wind radar moved by SPMT

New intermittent RC for June 09 (8.30-10.30am); RC for June 09 (12-8pm) cancelled

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[367]
07.06.2021 PPS: OLS IT: Work on three segments continued; scaffolding on segment #4 nearly complete; more columns delivered; segment #6 third column added; launch tower braces delivered

PPS: Work on second cryo tank shell (weld) continued; work on third cts continued

Stainless steel rolls delivered

High bay: top glass work continued

OL platform work continued

OLS work continued; pipes fitted and removed at east horizontal GSE tanks

LR11350 extension now attached, work continued

Intermittent RC for today cancelled as well

New intermittent RC for June 8 (9.30-11.30am)

McGregor: At least 3 engine tests of different length

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

Reagan

[368]
06.06.2021 BN3/booster 2 methane downcomer delivered, lifted into high bay

PPS: OLS IT: Segment #6 work coninued, second column lifted

PPS: Work on second tank continued, third cryo tank construction began

LR11350 extension work continued

Pipes delivered to OLS

OLS work around horizontal GSEs continued

RC for Monday afternoon cancelled

"Mini Bakery" delivered ("The Bakery = heat shield manifacturing facility in Cape Canaveral, Florida)

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[369]
05.06.2021 PPS: Cryo tank shell #2 now some 22 rings tall; welding work

PPS: OLS IT: scaffolding installation at segment #4; work on segment #5; first column of segment #6 lifted

Crane claw attachment delivered

LR11350 extension work continued; new 2-armed jib installed

OLS, IT: Staircases removed as elevator now is operational

OLS: work around horizontal GSEs continued

BN2.1 preparation work continued

OLM: Fifth and sixth (final) extensions added to legs

OLS, PB: ground equipment delivered

Berry crane Grove GMK6350L at PPS

SN20 "aft" dome spotted

NSF

Mary

LabPadre


[370]
04.06.2021 BN3 stacked onto another 4-ring section (now 20 rings tall) [Booster section#5?]

OLM: Fourth leg went up for third time at 7:46am

BN2.1 work near Pad B, pressure and thrust tests expected soon

[SN20?] nosecone and barrel section still outside tent three

PPS: OLS IT: work ont segments #4 and #5 continued

PPS: Work on cryo tank shells continued

High bay work continued

OL platform work continued

Work on a new stand commenced; with black side extensions [!, some suggest for launch platform]

LR11000 moved to pad north of OLS tank farm; possibly awaiting new GSE/shells to arrive

OLS: insulated pipes installed around western horizontal GSE tanks; earth work continued

LR11350 extension work continued: boom tip removed, new jib prepared

BN3 "fwd 3" section (3-ring stack) spotted near tent 3

SN14 practice dome weld area cut out

New intermittent RC for Monday, June 7 (10:30-11:30); possible segment #4 roll out

McGregor: 15sec static fire of the new vertical raptor test stand for first time (5.30pm)

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

Reagan

[371]
03.06.2021 SN7.2 moved to an unknown location (12:52am)

OLM: Fourth extension lifted at 9:54 am; later removed; up again, removed again

BN2.1 (test tank on test stand) moved to the launch site

New RCs Mon-Wed June7-9 (12-8pm), possibly for testing BN2.1

GSE6 Mid #1 stack spotted

SN14 sleeved dome, reused to test Raptor vacuum mounts and Boster outer engine mounts; now SCRAP

PPS: Second cryo tank shell stacked onto next ring section

PPS: OLS IT: Work on section #4 continued; cross beams added to to segment #5

BN3 Booster Section #5, 4-ring section with lead-ins prepared for stacking

SN17 engine section at scrap yard (near SN5)

SN7.2 at scrap yard (near SN5)

OLS, IT: Work continued (elevator); segment transport mounts moved back

Unknown roll delivered

Crane Berry, gmk6350L moved

OLS: pipe work; dirt work

LR11350 extension work began

GSE7 "fwd dome" (not stack #2) barrel section spotted, 2-ring stack

Robots in tent 3

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

Starship Gazer

Austin Barnard

[372]
02.06.2021 New intermittent RC for June3 (2-4pm)

PPS: Piping added to second cryo tank shell

PPS: OLS IT: segments #4 and #5 work continued; third and fourth columns lifted

PPS: Cement work

OLS, IT: Work continued, elevator installation continued

OLS, PB: Work continued

OLS: Horizontal GSE tanks (east) received some pipes ["Subcoolers, chill LOX and CH4 to near their freezing point to maximize efficiency", NSF]; wor at and around the tank farm bases continued; Dirt work near exesting berm

SoLS: "Seems to be a staging area for OLS components and equipment" [NSF]

Header tank assembly jig spotted on a truck

SN11 remains left Boca Chica

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[373]
01.06.2021 OLS: Four horizontal GSE tanks placed onto stands east of tank farm (2 more empty foundations) [likely on May 31?]

Unknown GSE parts delivered (big steel pipes/tanks), Five blue/white Diesel generators from Leroy Somer delivered

Crane inspection

OLS: Rebar placed north of tank farm for pad extension (west of new pad) and later concrete poured; the two horizontal GSEs (for subcooling propellant) west of tank farms received some piping on top

PPS: OLS IT: Work on segment #4 continued; later segment #5 first column lifted at 5:15pm, second column lifted at 6:03pm

PPS: Work on second cryo tank shell continued, stacked onto another ring section; welding of some ring section; the second tank has another dome than the others - possibly for water storage [?]

OL platform work continued, some welding; 8 hold down or support clamps/arms now installed [RGV]

LR11350 crane detached from OLS IT; crane lowered later for boom extension

OLM: third cap/extension installed

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

RGV

[374]


May 2021[]

Date Description Source Link
31.05.2021 Memorial Day - mot much work

Downcomer pipe section delivered

BN2.1 test tanks lifted onto new test stand for thrust test (Modified nosecone stand)

OLM: second leg cap/extension added

SN15 has been bolted onto a display stand

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

RGV

[375]
30.05.2021 The SH thrust puck is for the 9 center, gimbeling Raptor engines

PPS: some minor work on shells and IT segment continued; SN15 still on stand

3 Raptor engines spotted in a van, likely the SN15 engines for sending them back to McGregor

Two launch tower stands still on launch pad

OLS IT: LR11350 still attached to segment

OLM some inspection at the top of a leg, later first launch mount leg cap installed on it

OL platform work continued

BN2.1 left mid bay, moved next to tent 3, near thrust shucking stand

Deimos under construction for launch next year

Orbital duration static fire of a Raptor engine at McGregor for first time!

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

Elon Musk

Teslarati

[376]
29.05.2021 GSE7 stack #2 fwd dome spotted

Super heavy thrust puck delivered [BN3?], confirming a total number of 29 engines (adding a center engine), which was confirmed by Musk [later to be risen to 32]

BN2.1 puck shucking stand hydraulic rams installed

PPS: second cryo shell stack continued

New ring sections spotted at the production site

Some sort of lift moved into tent

Starship fwd dome (stacked and flipped) hooked to crane [SN20??]

IT segment still remained attached to LR11350

OLS: concrete poured north of tank farm (rebar laid on May 27-28)

SN11 wreckage cleanup, some still lying around

Two large horizontal GSE tanks moved east of tank farm

High bay work continued

Air force budget for a research project "Rocket Cargo" involving Starship released

Raptor production at 48h/engine

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

Elon Musk

[377]
28.05.2021 SN17 destacking: mid LOX and cmn dome section cut in two

PPS: cryo tank shell moved to launch site

OLS, IT: segment #3 attached to LR11350, stacked onto segment #2 ("Klein Tool")

LR11350 parts unloaded (arrived yesterday)

Large grey tank delivered to the launch site, as well as more crane parts (ropes)

OLS: work north of tank farm continued

Rolling 5000ft TFR added (June 1 - July 31)

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[378]
27.05.2021 OLS IT: Ladders installed to third segment, moved to launch site; elevator installed on stacked sections (McDonough elevator)

PPS: OLS IT: work on fourth segment continued, some parts at the top removed [?]

BN3: stacked to 16 rings, with common dome on top

New nosecone still outside tent 3, near barrel section with heat sheet tiles and lead ins [SN20?]

Starship 3-ring common dome full with TPS mounting pins [SN20?]

PPS: Cryo tank shell work continued, crane disconnected from second stack; full stack moved a bit

Robotic welder moved

OL platform work continued

Prefabricated buildings delivered

OLS: rebar laid north of tank farm for new pad and earth work continued (lower level than farm, same as street); concrete work

Robotic dog walked around

LR11350 parts delivered for boom extension

New RC intermittent for May 28 (10am-12pm)

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

RGV

[379]
26.05.2021 LR11350 moved/turned

OLS work continued, insulated piping delivered

RC extended to 5pm

SN15 put on transport stand, moved up Hwy 4, turned into Remedios Avenue, parked near nosecone test rig at PPS

New intermittent RC for May 27 (2.30-5pm)

PPS: OLS IT: Segment #3 prepared for roll out as work platforms being attached

Pipes delivered to production site

PPS: Cryo tank shell #2 stacked onto another ring section

OL platform: hold down clapms spotted, firs one installed on the inside

Test tank spotted in Mid bay [BN2.1]

Modified test stand to work as new puck shucker for SH test tank BN2.1 as hydraulic cylinders are visible inside the structure [the_denks]

BN3 stacking continued [?]

Phobos dismanteling work continued

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

RGV

Nomadd

Shane Overvold

[380]
25.05.2021 New intermittent RC for May 26 (2-4pm)

SN15 attached to LR11000

OLS: concrete pouring at access to OLS tankfarm as well as south of it, work on tank farm continued (GSE tanks and foundations)

BN3 (some 12 rings high) moved in high bay, new stack moved into it and attached to bridge crane, stacking continued; LOX tank now at the bottom according to Elon Musk (unlike BN1)

LR11350 (Kong/Frankencrane) detached from IT, load spreader removed

PPS: OLS IT: work on segments continued

PPS: Second cryo tank shell work continue, as well as piping on first tank

BN3 aft tank #5 section (4-ring, with lead-ins) spotted

Crane moved to launch site

High bay work continued, more glass pannels installed

Nosecone test stand modifications continued

OLM work continued

OLS, PB: containers lifted on roof of PB

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

RGV

[381]
24.05.2021 9m transport stand moved to launch site together with counterweights, possibly for transporting SN15 back

OLS, IT: segment #2 attached to LR11350 load spreader, detached from stand and lifted. Crane moved forwards, segment lowered and stacked onto existing structure

OL platform work continued

PPS: Cryo tank shell work continued, second shell growing

Nosecone test stand modified

SN20 common dome with CH4 header tank still outside tents

LR11000 rolled toward Pad B, SN15

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[382]
23.05.2021 BN3 section lifted in high bay, stacked onto new section

PPS: Cryo tank shell work continued

OLS, IT: Segment #2 prepared for stacking, assisted by LR11350; work on segment #1 [built] continued; stacking loadspreader attached to LR11350; work lift lifted into the base

GSE parts [see May 20, possibly for prop subcooling, vaporization or recondensing] moved, stacked on the new concrete foundations ("pedestals") west of OLS tank farm

OLS: more pipe channels put into place west of OLS tank farm

OLS: valves and piping arrived; steel structures lifted into place at tank farm

New Starship [5-?] ring section with a lot of TPS tiles in a new arrangement and lead-ins moved out of mid bay [SN20?]

SN15 flaps tested (4:53pm-5:15pm)

SN20 aft dome near high bay

BN3 fwd tank #4 booster section spotted

Robot arm worked on nosecone in tent 3

SN17 section now cut out

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

Starship Gazer

[383]
22.05.2021 SN21 common dome [not yet stacked] now for GSE5 (fwd dome)

GSE5 fwd 2-ring stack spotted

GSE5 fwd dome "Stack #2" lifted onto sleeving stand, sleeved later

New section in tent 1

OLS, IT: work continued, work platforms added to the top of the first segment

SN7.2 probably going to scrapyard

PPS: OLS IT: Work on segment continued

PPS: cryo tank shell work continued, again attached to crane, stacked onto new ring section, looking like a rather difficult task

Nosecone test stand modified

OL platform: work on the inner structures continued

Work on a heavy duty transport stand

OLS: concrete plates added east of tank farm; concrete plates removed west of tank farm

SN15 work continued

Some damage to one of the satellites

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[384]
21.05.2021 IT section #2 started to move to launch site (landing pad) at 8:15 am, ladders installed on the inside of the section

LR11350 raised, apparently in a small configuration that will need to be extended for stacking upper segments

SN20 common dome spotted (3-ring), covered in TPS tile attachment pegs, with lead ins, CH4 header visible

SN21 common dome spotted [Starship Gazer]

GSE aft section (3-ring) with reinforcement and lead ins next to SN20 cmn dome [GSE5?]

SN17 section outside mid/high bay, some tiles cut out [mid lox&cmn dome stack]

More 4-ring stacks with lead-ins spotted

SN15: RSN54 removed, as well as a second raptor engine and third engine later, brought back to build site

BN3? fwd dome spotted

OLS, IT: Preparation work for stacking

Tent 3: two nosecones inside it, one nosecone outside it

According to Marcus House: BN3 stack in high bay is common dome on fwd LOX section (total of 8 rings). GSE4 in mid bay has been stacked this week onto its aft section, now complete.

Marcus House: Combinations SN20-BN3, SN21-BN4, SN22-BN5, SN23-BN6, then major upgrades for SN24-BN7

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

Starship Gazer

Marcus House

[385]
20.05.2021 PPS: OLS IT: Scaffolding errected on top of a segment, possibly for some stacking at the site [?]

PPS: cryo tank shell work continued, segments lifted and stacked

SN15 inspection/work

OLS building east of tank farm concrete poured

SN11 wreckage still not fully cleaned up

GSE equipment (4 greay tanks with 4+ inlets) delivered to launch site

OLS, IT: work continued

High bay glass work continued

Test nosecone rig disassembly continued

PPS: pipes and tanks delivered

New nosecone rolled out (without flaps), barrel section with work platform near it

Intermittent RC May 21 (09:30-12:00)

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[386]
19.05.2021 HLS bill modification: selection decisions or awards that were announced prior to the date of enactment shall not be recscinded, terminated or modified

Thundersotrm in the area, some damage at the production site; crews left site

BN3? CH4 assembly spotted, 28 pipes for all 28 enginges "Super Heavy Propellant Manifold", feeding methane to engines from downcomer

Nosecones in tent 3 [SN17?, SN20?]

Tent 1: Robot working on new ring stack

LR11000 fully assembled

LR11350 "Frankencrane/Kong" nearly complete, hookblock attached

PPS: OLS IT: Assembly work continued

PPS: Cryo tank shell work continued

High bay: more glass panels installed for bar

BN3 in high bay [consensus]

OL platform work continued

OLS work continued, new concrete bars east of farm, earth work north of farm, building work west of farm continued

OLM legs now full of concrete, curing done [RGV]

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

RGV

[387]
18.05.2021 LR11000 "King" assembly continued, raised

LR11350 crane assembly continued

GSE4 aft parts lifted into mid bay [where the rest of GSE

Test dome put on sleeving stand, Rvac engine mount visible

PPS: Cryo tank shell construction work continued; dome lowered onto a new ring section

PPS: OLS IT: work continued

OLS tank farm work continued, as well as earth work around (N, E, W) it; SW foundation

Mysterious new parts delivered to build site

Scrap 2-ring barrel section hooked onto crane for sleeving, sleeved with test dome

Earth work near launch site entrance, north of landing pad

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[388]
17.05.2021 PPS: OLS IT: Level four fourth column lifted at 9:17am, work on other segments continued

PPS: Lift moved into the shell stacking area

OLS work continued, earth work between berm and OLS tank farm, as well as between it and PB

LR11000 assembly continued by the help of Tankzilla/Bluto, counterweights and boom parts delivered

SN20 fwd dome outside tents (not stacked yet)

Three ring section outside tents

OLS, IT: Work continued

OLM work continued, welding of rod caps with mount legs

OLS tank farm: NW foundation concrete plates removed

Test dome spotted outside tents

STARBASE sign and coloured lights [vid May18]

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[389]
16.05.2021 LR11000 (max 1000tons, 220m) assmebly began/continued; Bluto/Tankzilla assisting hereby; more parts delivered (trucks waiting in lane at entrance of launch site)

LR11350 "Frankencrane/Kong" assembly continued; power boom part nearly finished

OLS work between tank farm and PB continued

PPS: OLS IT: Work on fourth level continued

PPS Cryo tank shell assembly work continued

PPS wiring at the outside of container wall, conduit laid near STARBASE sign

New nosecones in tent 3 [?]

SN15 being inspected thorugh access hatch; starling dish inspected

Cidco Road: (New) piece of equipment now erected, as high as the remaining section of Mk2; some suggest it to be a ISRU Methalox part for fuel Starships

SN20 MID-LOX and Leg skirt spotted (again)

BN3 fwd tank #3 spotted

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

John Winkopp

Starship Gazer

[390]
15.05.2021 OLS work continued, new building foundations between tank farm and berm

Crane mats placed north of tank farm

BN2/BN3 section in high bay rotated

Test nosecone disassembly continued

PPS; OLS IT: third column added on fourth level

PPS: work on cryo tank shell continued

STARBASE sign installed at PPS container wall, letters ignited in the evening

Marcus House: Tank farm speculation: 1 nitrogene tank, 3 oxygene tanks, 3 methane tanks (2 rings shorter, higher concrete foundation), 1 water tank; capability for 2 full stack launches

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[391]
14.05.2021 RC for today cancelled

SN15 lifted onto Pad B; 8:58am; flaps closed at 09:02am

FAA: "SpaceX mus meet all licensing requirements before Starship/Super Heavy can launch"[392]

PPS: OLS IT: Level/Segment 4 work began with first column being lifted, more columns delivered

Red crane parts delivered to launch site

Work on SoLS Pad A as well as Pad B

LR11350 crane assembly continued

OLS IT: work continued

OLS tank farm work continued

OLS: concrete plates for new building? between tank farm and berm

PPS: cryo tank shell assembly work continued

Test nosecone scrapping continued

OL platform work continued

SN15 lifted from SPMT by Tankzilla/Bluto; SPMT moved away, flaps retracted, lifted onto pad B; SPMT left launch site

Nosecone test rig moved behind PPS [vid 15]

"Bob" Test nosecone dismantling continued [vid 15]

SN15 unhooked from Bluto/Tankzilla on pad B (previously on pad A) [vid15]

New crane LR11000 parts delivered to launch site [vid15]

Bluto/Tankzilla moved [vid15]

Super heavy booster section moved into high bay for stacking, BN2 or BN3 [vid15]

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

Chris B

[393]
13.05.2021 PPS: OLS IT; Parts delivered, work on the sections continued

PPS: cryo tank shell scaffolding

OLS tank farm work continued, concrete poured at NW foundation

Box culvert parts moved for underground pipes

LR11350 ("Kong/Frankencrane") assembly continued

OL platform work continued; coverings inserted on the outside

High bay: window installation continued

Work on an incomplete dome section

FCC: orbital test flight information, NET June 20

SpaceX

NASA: awarded SpaceX a $50 mio contract for "on-orbit large scale cryogenic propellant management and transfer demonstration" [=refuelling], to be completed by gthe end of 2022

"Bob", test nosecone scrapping began; top section removed

OLM construction work late night [video next day]

Nosecone test rig disassembly continued [video next day]

Bob: Cut in half [video next day]

SN17 MID-LOX tank section next to tent 1 [video next day]

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

Michael Baylor

[394]
12.05.2021 Test nosecone rig: Cage lifted by bridge crane, nosecone rolled out, cage lowered again

RC for May 14, (10am-12pm, intermittent)

PPS: Cryo tank shell work continued

SN15 waiting to lifted onto Pad B

SN15 work on the base, around the skirt area

OLS tank farm work continued

LR11350 assembly work continued, more parts delivered

PPS: OLS IT level 2 work continued; lift caps installed on a segment

Delivery of steel [IT?] parts to build site

Elevator delivery to build sited

PPS: new yellow crane delivered [see video yesterday as well]

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[395]
11.05.2021 Loadspreader attached to Bluto/Tankzilla

SN15 moved to SoLS pad B, attached to Bluto/Tankzilla

LR11350 crane assembly continued, becoming very colourful, more parts delivered

OLS, IT: work continued

Steel parts delivered to launch site

SN11 cleanup continued

Nosecone test rig moved back to build site, into high bay, bridge crane removed cap, closeup shows clear dents

OLS tank farm, concrete plates added to wester GSE foundation as well as south easter (high) foundation

OLS, PB: work on ground equipment around the building

PPS: cryo tank shell stacked onto next part

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[396]
10.05.2021 SN17? and another nosecone in tent 3, flap mounting hardware visible

GSE4 aft dome flipped

GSE4 stacking in mid bay [fwd dome section onto other section?]

Test nosecone flap pieces now at bild site

PPS: Cryo tank shell work continued, welds checked and analysed

PPS: OLS IT work continued

OLS tank farm work continued

OLS, IT: work continued

LR11350 "Kong" assembly continued

GSE2: special object hanging down from aft dome

SoLS Pad B work

Manitowoc 12000-1 crane moved to OLS tank farm area

Liebherr LTR1220 moved down the road to launch site, soft closure between 8:50-9:15 am

White poles ? delivered to build site

Test nosecone rig loaded onto SPMTs [video May 11]

Tankzilla/Bluto moved to SoLS pad B [video May 11]

LR11350 crane parts delivered, assembly continud [video May 11]

RC for May 11 (12-2pm, intermittent)

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[397]
09.05.2021 OLS, PB: Much GSE equipment around it

OLS tank farm: concrete plates removed, two high foundations appear to be ready soon.

SPMT loaded with counter weights

Nosecone test rig work continued

High wind warning through loud speakers

SN16 work continued; work platform being removed

Big white tank delivered to PPS; now there are three white tanks

PPS: work on cryo tank shell and IT continued

High bay: first glas panel for roof bar installed

OL platform work continued

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[398]
08.05.2021 SN16 moved to the side of high bay, possibly to make place for booster assembly

SN17 section (7 rings tall, with lead ins, upper part with many TPS tiles, some damaged), one stack called Mid-LOX, moved out of mid bay [Mid LOX and common dome], possibly indicating a hold

PPS: OLS It: Work on both level continued

PPS: Work on cryo tank shell assembly continued

OLS tank farm work continued

OLS, IT: work at the top

OLS: Work between PB and tank farm, earth piles visible

SpaceX crane GMK7550 moved at launch site (to OLS tank farm)

Work on nosecone test rig

Tent 3: Work seems pretty finished

Electrical transformers delivered to launch site

Phobos, Deimos: SpaceX request to use Starlink terminals onboard the platforms

Phobos: Remaining towers, some of the room-structures and other objects removed [Shane Overvold, Levy]

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[399]
07.05.2021 SN15 saving continued: legs appeared to be crampled, at least one TPS tile missing, some have been damaged during flight

OLS tank farm work continued with concrete pouring and other

SN16 detached from crane and work platform removed, second aft flap added

PPS: OLS IT: work on both level continued, level 3 received fourth pillar

PPS: work on cryo tank shells continued; big stack lowered into scaffolding

3-ring dome sleeve spotted

OL platform work continued

SN17 nosecone barrel section with lead ins and work platform

LR11350 moved to OLS (IT)

SN20 mid LOX section (4-ring stack) spotted

SN15 moved to center of landing pad

OLS, IT: work on top of level 1

SN15 landing legs removed, some of them looking burnt a bit

BN3? common dome flipped (3-ring and dome)

Test nosecone rig: both flap simulators removed

NSF

Mary

Jack Beyer

LabPadre

[400]
06.05.2021 SN15 saving continued; lift went up 06:06-07:02, working on right fwd flap and later put on mega SPMT; aft flaps extended

PPS: OLS IT work continued on both levels

PPS: cryo tank shell work continued; 5 ring stack stacked onto high (8-ring?) stack

GSE3 work on plumbing continued

Delivery of unknown white carriage like structures to build site

OL platform work continued

BN3 fwd tank #2 section (4-ring) spotted

SN6 remains moved to scrap yard

SN16 work continued; received one aft flap

Tankzilla/Bluto moved to region of pad A

RC from yesterday extended to 12pm

RC (intermittant) for May 7 (10-12)

NSF

Mary

Jack Beyer

LabPadre

[401]
05.05.2021 SN15 successful flight and landing

GSE3 work continued

BN3 aft dome still attached to flipping jig

SN16 remained attached to bridge crane, work platform still there

OLS tank farm: work on tank foundations continued

PPS: cryo tank shell work continued; the tank in the scaffolding lifted; three more domes ready

PPS: OLS IT: level two assembly continued (top beams added); level three third column added

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

others

[402]
04.05.2021 SN15 flap testing at 6:22 am, as well as later in the morning; FTS armed

SN15 scrubbed flight attempt

SN15 pressure vents (double depress)

OLS, PB: work continued

OLS, tank farm: progress on foundations; third foundation now ready [?]

Landing pad: more water deluge system sprinklers installed [date unclear]

BN3 aft dome flipped and placed on a cart

GSE4 fwd dome section attached to crane

SN16 still attached to crane

GSE3 pipe work continued

New 4-ring stack with lead ins spotted outside tents

PPS: OLS IT: level two more cross beams added; level three: two columns raised and cross beams added

PPS: Cryo tank shell now painted white

OL platform work continued

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[403]
03.05.2021 BN3 aft dome section attached to flipping rig

SN16 still attached to crane; crews entered through access hatch

PPS: Cryo tank shell dome sections stacked onto another section (now probably 8 rings tall)

PPS: OLS, IT level two: more cross beams added; fourth column raised

New thrust puck delivered

Painted chair arrived at boca chica village

Deliveries of steel parts to build and launch sites

OL platform work contineud

OLS: work between PB, tank farm and hwy 4 continued ("Raptors Loose")

OLS tank farm: concrete plates with weird shape for north eastern foundation

SN15 preparation work continued

PPS: cryo tank shell dome painted

RCs for May 4-5 (12-8pm) added

NOTMAR added for May 4-6

TFR unl added for May 6

SN15 ambient pressure test

Alert notice issued for May 4

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[404]
02.05.2021 Nosecone "Bob" in test rig has been undergoing stress tests as buckling of panels visible

SN15 ambient pressure test

PPS: OLS IT level 2: cross sections and third column added (at 10:25am)

PPS: More solar panels added

SN17 nosecone barrel section infront of tent 3; attached to crane

SN16 still attached to crane

Single ring sent to scrap yard

High bay work continued

Tent 3 work continued; apparently getting a second east gate

OLS: work between PB, tank farm and hwy 4 continued ("Raptors Loose")

OLS: tank farm work continued (foundations)

OLM: caps (the ones with rods) being welded to the legs

SN15 work on aft section

Alert notice issued for May 3

TFR unl added for May 5

TFR for May 3 removed

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[405]
01.05.2021 TFRs for Monday and Tuesday added

TFR for Sunday removed

OLM: Leg grinded

GSE3 soon ready for roll out; work through access hatch

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[406]

[407]

April 2021[]

Date Description Source Link
30.04.2021 SN15 scrubbed flight attempt

Evac notice for 10am, depending on weather

SN16 nosecone moved to high bay, attached to bridge crane; stacked onto tank section

GSE3 (fully stacked) still attached to crane, more pipes added

SN17 nosecone barrell section full with heat shield tiles in front of tent 3; work platform errected, attached to crane

Single ring "Super stringer stack" spotted

OLS, PB: entrance gate added

OLS work continued (eg at tank farm)

PPS: Assembly of second OLS IT level (construction at PPS, then the whole level will be transported to the OLS and put onto the current columns)

PPS: Cryo tank shalls construction work continued

OLS: the two tanks now painted white

Berm work continued

OL platform work continued

Video shows collection of earth movers

Raptor RSN? "insert meme here" delivered

Alert notice for Saturday issued, but no RCs

New TFR for Sunday (two identical TFRs); one TFR for Sunday removed

TFR for Saturday removed

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[408]
29.04.2021 SN17 nosecone work in tent 3

OLM: more caps delivered

New 3mm stainless steel single ring spotted

GSE3 aft dome section work

GSE3 hooked to crane, stacked on aft dome later

SN5 and SN6 at scrap yard

Raptor van with crates

OL platform work continued [again]

Vacuum raptor engine (RVac) mounts spotted

PPS: 12m dome with single ring lifted

Downcomers delivered

OLS, PB: surrounding work continued

Berm work continued

OLS, IT: ready for next level

SN15 work under skirt

LR1300 moved, and left launch site together with Tankzilla/Bluto

SN11 debris cleanup continued

SN15 FCC approved starlink antenna from April 28 to June 28

Landing pad repair work finished

FAA authorized the next THREE Starship launches

Alert notice issued for tomorrow

TFRs from Fri-Sun

OLM all center supports cut off

SN16 moved from mid bay to high bay (19:27-19:48)

SN15 FTS installed at 22:26-00:44

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

Tank Watchers

Christian Davenport

[409]
28.04.2021 SN16 nosecone removed from crane; a stack covered with TPS tiles near it

GSE [GSE4 fwd?] dome on sleeving stand, sleeved with 3-ring stack

RSN59 [?] delivered "The Mighty DOGE"

RSN55 loaded onto raptor van, probably left

3/4-ring stack moved into mid bay

OLS work continued

OLS, IT: four columns connected

The two blue (military grey) tanks to be painted white

OLM: support structure beginning to be removed

Berm work continued

SN15 broken TPS tiles removed

Landing pad repair work

OL platfrom work continued

SN15 flaps unchained and unfolded

RC for April 28-30 (12-8pm/8am-5pm)

NOTMAR for April 29 and 30

SN17 common dome (3-ring stack full with TPS tiles) moved into mid bay; stacked on its LOX tank section (4-ring stack)

TFR for 29 April removed

Road closed at 16:35, pad clear at 18:32, Nosecone test; road opened at 19:48

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[410]
27.04.2021 SN15 Static Fire #2

SN20 aft dome being constructed

SN16 Nosecone work continued, still attached to crane

Stainless steel rolls delivered

OL table work continued

COPVs delivered on Raptor van

PPS 12m "cryo tank shells, top dome" work continued, "cryo shells may potentially be used to insulate cryogenic storage tanks"

PPS: parts of OLS IT

OLS, IT: work continued

Work between PB and tank farm continued

OLS, PB: concrete poured on the ground

OLM work continued

SN15 some TPS tiles damaged during static fire #1

OLM cap [?] see April 22, delivered to launch site

Blast berm work continued

Red crane loaded on SPMT at launch site

TFR for April 28 removed

TFR for April 29 added

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[411]
26.04.2021 SN15 Static Fire #1

Fwd dome sleeved on a 4-ring stack [?]

GSE 2-ring and 3-ring stack from yesterday

GSE3 aft dome section, ready for stacking

SN16 nosecone stacked on its barrel section

OLS berm work continued; more earth work on the east side of it

OLS, IT: cross beams added between columns, both vertically and horizontally; more columns delivered

OLS, PB: work continued; red roll-lift near it

OLS tank farm: concrete form being added to fifth foundation; earth work between it and PB

OLM work continued

Tankzilla/Blute loaded on SPMT

PPS: Huge 12m diameter domes; work continued; supposedly for putting over GSE tanks for insulation?

Phobos: derrick tower removed, much of the helipad and accommodation block as well [Gavin Cornewll]

RC 26-28 April (12-8pm)

Blue Origini protest about NASA HLS selection

Alert notice for April 27

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

Gavin Cornwll

[412]
25.04.2021 TFR unl added for April 28

OLS, IT: Fourth column lifted again, cranes moved; work for 143 meter tower continued

BN1 final section hooked to crane for scrapping

GSE3 work on pipes continued

OLS, PB: concrete forms removed

OLS Tank farm: Work on the two next concrete foundations continued, seem to be taller thant the two for GSE1 and GSE2

Nosecone test rig at SoLP: work continued

SN15 work on aft section (under skirt)

Bluto/Tankzilla moved towards gate

BN3 aft section removed form sleeving stand

Tent 3 expansion work continued (east and west walls)

Huge white tanks at the PPS; more solar panels added to the PPS fence

OL platform work continued

New [Sn16?] nosecone washed in front of low bay; Other nosecone [Sn17?] in tent 3

Fwd dome moved to and lifted on sleeving stand; three ring stack beside it

New two ring stack spotted

Alert notice issued for April 26

RC for April 26 (12-8pm)

TFR for April 27 removed

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[413]
24.04.2021 SN16 nosecone RCS testing

GSE3 more pipes added

BN3 aft sleeve (3-ring) near the BN3 aft dome (on sleeving stand), later sleeved ["aft dome booster WO# 1626306)

Mounting hardware for RVac engines delivered (Vacuum raptor engines)

4-ring section moved into tent

SpaceX cat seen

Stainless steel roll delivered

OL platform work continued

Work on tent 3 west wall

OLS, PB: concrete forms removed

OLS, IT: work continued connecting the three columns; fourth column delivered, installed and later taken down again

PPS: one tank attached to crane, rebar for a ring foundation

Rapotor vacuum mount on a test dome (former SN14 thrust dome)

TFR for Monday removed

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[414]
23.04.2015 SN15 cryo/ambient test with tank farm activity and venting (skirt, methane, LOX, front tri vent?)

GSE4? aft dome flipped

SN16 nosecone with flaps installed in tent 3, moved next to wind break, near a 4-ring stack with work platform

BN thrust dome, possibly for BN3 spotted

GSE3 prepared to be stacked onto aft section

OLS, IT: column delivered at 10:45am

OLM last caps with rods lowered

Blast berm work continued

SN17? ring section spotted with a lot of TPS heat shield tiles attached

2-ring stack scrapped

SN16 tank section fully stacked in mid bay

OLS, IT: Third column attached by Bigge crane

OLS, PB: concrete poured

TFR for Monday (unl.)

RC cancelled; new one for April 26 (12-8om)

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[415]
22.04.2021 OLM leg cap delivered (some sort of gray pipe)

GSE3 attached on crane, stacked onto mid LOX section (now 10 rings tall), they haven't been very cautious with it

GSE4 section (3-ring stack with dome) moved [aft?]

Test nosecone moved to launch/test site, between SoLP A and B

OLS, PB: work continued

GSE tank farm: more foundation work, concrete poured into third foundation

OLS, IT: Work continued, connecting beams placed between the two poles

OLM more caps, with rods lowered into legs

GSE2 moved into final position

Zeus and Apollo spotted walking around

SN15 big TPS panel completed at 2 am

Berm reinforcement continued

2 Nosecones [SN16, SN17?] inside tent 3

Aft fin delivered to build site, accompanied by a toy dump truck

TFR for Friday cancelled

Elon Musk, X-Prize: Lunar Starship will deliver up to 200 tons of payload to moon

Overpressure notice for April 23

Road closed, venting

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[416]
21.04.2021 TFR unl. for April 24

RC updated to 5-7pm

RC updated to 12-2pm and 5-7pm, then to 10:30am-12:30pm and 5-7pm, 5-7pm cancelled later

"The FAA has not signed off on the SpaceX Starship SN15 flight yet, but I'm told they are close, working through documentation for some of the new components."[417]

LR11350 moved to build site (crane yard)

Second column for IT delivered to the OLS, lifted at around 4:38pm

OLM legs recieved caps with steel rods hanging from them

RCs for April 22: 7-9:)0 [sic!]a.m. and 5:30-6:30pm

RC for April 23: 7am-12pm (beach and road)

BN2 aft section flipped

GSE3 more pipes attached

GSE3 mid LOX (mid #2) tank (4-ring stack) spotted and moved

Test nosecone rig assembly work continued

Round stand parts delivered

OL platform work continued

OLS tank farm: work on fourth jig started with concrete plates

OLS, IT: parts lowered into base

Blast berm work continued

SN16 tank section now fully stacked in mid bay

Overpressure notice for April 21

RC added for April 22 (7-9am, 5:30-6:30pm) and 23 (7am-12pm)

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

Christian Davenport

[418]
20.04.2021 SN16 aft section (5-ring stack) moved into mid bay, other sections stacked onto it

B2.1 dome spotted inside tent 1

New 3-ring stack spotted

Test nosecone rig assembly continued

OLS, IT: first steel column added at a corner, (9:22am lifted, 11:09am released from crane)

OLM preparation work continued

Bluto/Tankzila still attached to GSE2

OLS, PB: Work continued

PPS: fourth ring added to the [tank]

High bay roof work continued

3-ring stack moved out of tent 1

New [?] nosecone inside tent 3 [possibly SN17]

Overpressure notice for tomorrow, April 21 (12-8pm)

TFR unl for April 23

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[419]
19.04.2021 SN15: RSN54 installed at around 5:53am local

New RC for today from 12pm to 1:30pm

OLS, IT: steel parts delivered

GSE3 aft dome sleeved, not yet flipped

OLS, PB: cement/concrete poured into wall forms

Blast berm work continued, rebar added on top [?]

GSE2 moved out of mid bay, put on transporter, moved to OLS tank farm

Tankzilla/Bluto placed GSE2 on concrete jig adjacent to GSE1

(2:34 left build site, 3:57 entered launch site)

Test nosecone rig work continued, more pieces added

3-ring stack at PPS removed from crane

OLS, Bunker; work, scaffolding on south side

LR11350 nearly fully assembled (small configuration), work on its support boom

Yellow crane near IT

BN2 aft dome section (not flipped yet)

OL platform wedling

GSE3 aft dome craner removed

TFRs removed

RC for tomorrow cancelled

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[420]
18.04.2021 FAA: SN15 launch authorization pending

Lowest part of a nosecone spotted [?]

SN11 debris field still not fully cleared

OLS: pipes coming out of the ground at the far NE corner

OLS tank farm: concrete plates added to third base

SN15 more tiles added

New concrete fields in the village area

TFR unl for Wednesday, April 21 (7am-8pm)

Overpressure notice for SF tomorrow (third raptor still missing)

RC for Monday cancelled

SN15 third raptor delivered: RSN54 again

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

Chris B

Austin Barnard

[421]
17.04.2021 Remaining raptor has left the launch site at 3:15 am

OL platform: welding work

Airgas truck at the launch site

SN11 debris still lying around SoLS, later compacted into dumpster

SN15 work under skirt (Raptor installation)

Earth wall / berm work continued

OLS, IT: has two huge entrances facing west and south

LR11350 parts arrived, some yellow some red [?]

OLS, PB: work continued

Tankzilla/Bluto still at OLS tank farm

Pipes deliverd to build site, unloaded

Tent 3 front wall not yet completed

TFR unl. for Tuesday, 20 April (7am-8pm)

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[422]
16.04.2021 SN15: RSN61 moved under skirt early morning, lifted at dinner time

Second rapter lifted at 11:00 pm, lift came down at 12:06am next day

GSE3 fwd dome section stacked onto MID #1 section

2-ring stack moved to scrap yard

Propellant production site (PPS): parts delivered

Test nosecone rig: work continued

Fwd dome barrel section spotted (2-ring)

LR11350 assembly continued

OLS, IT: work continued

Dirt berm between OL tankfarm and landing pad growed, compacted with steamroller; excavtor compessed the west facing slope

OLS, PB: concrete forms removed

GSE3 aft dome barrel section moved into tent 3

NASA, Artemis: SpaceX's Starship selected exlusively for the development of HLS (Human landing system)

SN15 more TPS tiles added

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[423]
15.04.2021 Deliveries at building site, steel hexagon delivery

Foklift stuck in gravel

OLS cranes moved, Bluto/Tz still near OL tank farm

BN2 fwd aft dome section moved (3-ring stack)

SN20 comn dome barrel? section spotted (3-ring)

SN20 fwd dome spotted

SN16 4-ring section lifted into mid bay for stacking

Raptor van picked up RSN56

GSE3 fwd dome section (2-ring and dome): pipes attached

Test nosecone rig: rods attached

2-ring section moved to scrap yard

OLS, PB: concrete poured

OL tank farm: work on third stand

Launch site: new signs ("Raptors loose")

LR11350 assmebly continued

Work on earth wall between OL tank farm and landing pad continued

High bay work continued, sections moved up

RC for Friday, April 16 cancelled

Progress on Phobos [Shane Overvold]

New RCs: prim Monday, April 19 (12-8pm); sec Tues-Wed, April 20-21 (12-8pm)

SN15 three Raptors delivered to launch site: RSN54, RSN61, RSN66

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[424]
14.04.2021 SN15 pad A puck shucker (thrust simulation ram) removed

RCs cancelled

BN1 scrapping in high bay continued (eg. BN1 Booster Qund3 section, started 5 January 21, completed 12 Jan 21)

Test nosecone rig work continued

SN16 mid-lox section stacking in mid bay

GSE2 pipes added in mid bay

GSE3 MID #1, 4-ring section with lead-ins spotted [weld control shown]

Odd column structure delivered to launch site

OLS, IT: concrete forms removed

Roll-Lift 12000-1 crane near OLS tank farm (behind Bluto)

Tent 3 expanison work continued

Domes at prop prod site stacked on rings [diameter?]

Chick-fil-A delivery

SN15 work continued

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[425]
13.04.2021 BN1 cut in half in the middle, bridge crane used (first time?)

BN1 scrapping continued throughout the day, stackes moved to scrapyard

Test nosecone work continued, hexagon added at the top

BN2? aft dome sleeved

OLS, PB: concrete forms added

GSE1 work continued

Blute/Tankzilla near OLS tank farm

SN15 more TPS heat shield tiles added

Stainless steel single ring moved inside prop prod site

GSE2 work in mid bay continued

Deliveries at building site (I beams)

LR11350: more parts arrived

New RC: prim 15 April ( 12-8pm), sec 16-17 April (12-8pm/7am-12pm)

RC today extended to 10pm

SN15 cryo test #2

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[426]
12.04.2021 SN15 cryo test #1

SN16 section spotted with approx 960 heat shield tiles, biggest part covered yet

Test nosecone: work on rig continued

Tent 3: heat shield tiles attached to a nosecone barrel section

Tent 3 there are three 4-ring nc barrel sections in the tent

OLS work continued; piling east of OLM

OLS, PB: work continued

Work on wall between OLS and landing pad continued

OLS, tank farm: work at the base of GSE1

Tankzilla/Bluto moved around launch site

SN11 debris still being cleand up

New 3-ring dome sleeve spotted infront tent 1 and moved towards tent 3

LR1300 SX at the prop prod site

BN grid fins loaded onto a trailer

FCC application for 20km flight, refreshing permit for 11 April to 11 October 2021

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[427]
11.04.2021 GSE2 final stack

OLS, IT: concrete forms removed

SN15 starlink antenna visible at the left side at the top of the tank section part

SN15 aft flaps opened

Tent 3: assembly of a new nosecone began

COPV delivery

OL Platform work continued

OLS, PB: rebar tied, first concrete forms removed

Work on wall between OLS farm and landing pad continued

SN11 debris still all over the place

Nosecone test rig: new poles added (delivered yesterday, see video), flap structure attached to pole

Cranes moved around at prop prod site (now two yellow and two red crawler cranes there)

SN20 leg skirt spotted

BN[2?] aft dome (with many holes) placed on sleeving stnad

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

[428]
10.04.2021 SN22 aft skirt spotted [Carter Goode]

BN2 [?] fwd dome sleeved

GSE2 tank moved into mid bay at 10:30

SN15 single user terminal request: SpaceX installed a Starlink antenna (dish) on SN15 and wants to use it on a flight NET April 20 for a flight test no higher than 12.5 km.

New info: recovery vessels

Dome pedestal delivered

Large ring section moved at the prop prod site

Work on GSE at prop prod site

Pieces for new LR1300 SX crane arrive [crane to build the big crane? - no, seems to be placed at prop site] [[429]]

Large propellant storage tanks now at prop prod site [see April 07]

Test nosecone work continued; lines attached to the black cap

OLS, PB: work continued (rebar), new structures between PB and tank farm

OLS, tank farm: preparation of second concrete stand for GSE2 tank (west of first stand)

OLS, IT: work continued on the tower foundation

SN15 work on aft section; hydraulic ram to be used for simulating Raptor engine thrust during a proof test

White beams delivered (522 and 523)

Tent 3 wall work continued

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

Carter Goode

[430]
09.04.2021 SN15 ambient pressure test

GSE2 tank attached to crane New SN and BN forward domes spotted [?], BN [2?] fwd dome on sleeving stand

Unknown GSE on SPMT

Prop prod plant progressed, two red l cranes and one yellow crane in the area (Liebherr)

Test nosecone work continued

SN15 no raptors installed, detached from crane, most heat tiles installled up to now

OLS, PB: building work progressed

OLS: cranes moved

Launch site: fencing delivered

Launch site: rebar placed for for a new earth wall between landing pad and OLS [?] [old wall has been upgraded]

Downcomer pipes loaded on truck

OL platform work continued

SN15 launch not yet approved by FAA [C. Davenport]

Hexagram spotted next to stress test nosecone

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

RGV

[431]
08.04.2021 SN15 rolled out to suborbital pad A

GSE2 tank onto another 4-ring section (now 12 rings)

GSE1 unhooked from crane

Blunt nosecone hydraulic ram lowered into it and it received a black tip (hat): stress test structure

OLS, IT: FAA info

OLS work continued

OLS, tank farm: smaller tank painted

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

[432]
07.04.2021 SN20 fwd dome spotted

A dome leeved with 2-ring stack [see 06 April]

BN thrust dome spotted with 40 holes on the outside (for 20 engines) and holes for 8 enginesin the middle, possibly for BN2/3

SN (higher) thrust dome with many holes (from earlyer testing) but fewer pipes spotted, with access ports for vacuum Raptor engines [433]§

OL platform work continued

OLS, power bay [PB]: work continued (rebar and concrete plates), red crane at this building

OLS, IT: concrete plates installed; yellow crane near it [LR1300]

OLS: more drilling near blast berm, rebar moved

GSE1 still attached to crane

LOX distiller work continued

White horizontal propellant tank delivered

New nosecone spotted behind tent 3

RC: prim April 08 (11-1.30)

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

RGV

WAI

[434]
06.04.2021 GSE1 lifted by Bluto/Tankzilla and placed on concrete stand

SN15 work

I-Beams delivered

Tent 3 work on outer wall continued

Dome inside tent 1, methane header tank outside tent 1 [?]

OL platform work continued

"Bigge" crane and tread parts delivered [LR11350?]

New GSE tank is called GSE2 [?]

Concrete foundation built at the restaurant (near intersection)

OLS: work continued

SN11 wreckage cleanup continued, suborbital pads seem cleared

New 2-ring stack spoted

New permits provided info about other sites

New RCs for SN15 roll out: Prim April 9 (7-12), sec April 12/13 (12-8pm)

OLS, IT: LR11350 assembly commenced

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

[435]
05.04.2021 Bluto/Tankzilla moved to launch site

SN15 not rolled out as originally planned [?]

SN15 work platform removed

SN16 nosecone barrel section "Nose Quad" with work platform spotted

Large domes at prop prod site outfited with pipes

OL platform work continued

SN11 still alot of debris lying around

GSE1 tank rolled out of mid bay, moved to new OL tank farm

RVAC 2 on horizontal test stand at McGregor

OLS, IT: concrete poured

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

[436]
04.04.2021 Tent 3 extention: new wall construction

SN16 [?] nosecone spotted in tent 3 SN15 still attached to crane, detached late in the evening

OLS tank farm: third concrete stand to be prepared

Thrust simulation ram installed on pad A, likely for testing SN15's new thrust puck design before raptor installing

SN15 slated to roll out on April 5

OLM last pillar trimmed

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

Anthony

[437]
03.04.2021 Tent 3 old wall removed

Work on new nosecone inside tent 3 continued

New GSE dome flipped (3-ring)

SN15 welding continued, work near aft flaps, aft flaps moved

BN3 aft tank #5 ring section (4-ring, with lead ins) spotted

New GSE tank: pipes attached (3 external pipes)

OLS, power bay building work continued

OLS, IT: work continued

OLM 5 out of 6 poles trimmed

New crane erected

Thrust simulation ram work conitued

High bay top: work continued

OL platform work continued

SN11 wreckage cleanup continued

RC for April 5, 7am to 12pm, Hwy 4 traffic, near Boca Chica Beach, may be intermittently delayed.

Thrust simulation ram moved to the launch site

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

[438]
02.04.2021 OLM: legs trimmed for OL platform

SN15 nosecone sections moved into high bay, while employees still worked on welding platform

SN15 aft flaps folded prior to stacking

SN15 nosecone work platform removed

SN15 nosecone sections stacked on tank sections (using external crane)

OLS, IT: new concrete plates placed

New GSE tank section stacked [see April 1]

New GSE fwd dome section (3-ring) moved [the one spotted on March 31?]

BN3 aft dome (3-ring) barrel section spotted

New stand moved by SPMT

Blunt nosecone, work continued on the top

New small dome structures delivered

Work on thrust simulator ram continued

14.3t counterweight delivered

RC due to bad weather (unrelated to SpaceX)

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

[439]
01.04.2021 OLS east building: confirmed to be Power Bay/Comms Building

Installing of the new cranes at launch site: yellow crane LR1300 rising, arriving parts of LR11350

RC for Friday cancelled

GSE 4-ring fwd dome section moved and later stacked onto another 4-ring section

Blunt nosecone has very special structures attached at the flap location

New aft flaps delivered

OL platform work continued

Parts for new crawler crane delivered

SN15 nosecone welding and work continued

SN15 work platform installed on top of tank section

Tankzilla/Bluto prepared for moving

New nosecone out of tent [?]

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

RGV

[440]

March 2021[]

Date Description Source Link
31.03.2021 BN3 common dome spotted

SN11 wreckage inspected and clean up; raptors landed near SH, legs spotted damaging the roof of an ATV

SN15 nosecone has been stacked on its barrel section

SN15 tank section moved out of mid bay

SN15 aft flaps installed

SN15 moved into high bay, many heat shield tiles installed

Road work between fence and hwy4 at prod site, new sun panels

New cranes delivered to launch site (yellow LR1300 max 300t, red LRT1220)

OLS, IT: concrete pouring

Blunt nosecone in structure received flap root addons [?]

New fwd dome spotted in tent, possibly for GSE

Road: opened at 5pm, but only for beach access until further notice

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

SPadre

RGV

[441]
30.03.2021 SN11 flight and RUD
Work on new nosecone in tent 3

OL Platform work continued

Tent 3 expansion: only front wall missing

RC: extended to March 31, 5pm

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

SpaceX

[442]
29.03.2021 SN11 scrubbed flight attempt

Blunt nosecone lifted into mystery structure

RC: primary March 30 (7am-3pm), Secondary April 2 (7am-12pm)

28.03.2021 TFR unl added for March 31

GSE1 moved into mid bay

SN15 nosecone prepared for stacking on barrel section

Blunt nosecone near mystery structure

BN3 fwd dome barrel section spotted

BN1 work in high bay continued, work plattform still up

Tent 3 expansion work continued

Small bridge crane infront tent 2 still worked on

OLS: east building work continued (rebar and concrete plates), earth work between landing pad and new tank farm

OLS, IT: work continued

Work on 4-ring barrel section with lead-ins

New TFR unl for Friday March 31

RC for March 29, 12-5pm, NOTMAR added until Thursday

Robotic arms delivered to the tent 3

LabPadre

NSF

[443]
27.03.2021 New GSE equipment spotted near huge domes

Crane detached from GSE 1 tank

Tent 3 extension work continued, now as long as other tents

New spot welder delivered

BN2 [?] aft dome with 8 raptor ports spotted in tent

OLS, Integration Tower: Concrete forms placed for the wall, rebar work continued

OLS, east building: Work continued with rebar and concrete forms

4-ring barrel section moved into tent

High bay work continued

Thrust ram work

Work on a fwd dome infront of tent 2

Gantry crane infront of tent 2

BN2 fwd dome moved

New TFR unl for Monday, March 29 and Tuesday March 30

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

[444]
26.03.2021 SN11 single enginge static fire

SN11 scrubbed flight attempt

GSE1 tank has been stacked onto GSE1 aft dome; still attached to crane

Blute/Tankzilla into old configuration

Scrap GSE dome section spotted

OL Platform work continued

SPMTs (blue) stacked with counterweights and connected, possibly for BN1 transport; other configuration than for SN transport

SpaceX, Musk: Monday next SN11 flight attempt

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

[445]
25.03.2021 SN11: RSN46 delivered and installed

SPMT moved Newly sleeved GSE dome moved

New nosecone infront of tent 3 now two flaps installed, assumed now for SN15, barrel section right aside

GSE1 aft dome flipped and moved, ring added like on SN7.2 [!?]

2 ring sectiono with fwd dome spotted [?]

Tent 3 expansion continued

Bridge crane installed

OLS work continued, vehicle integration tower beginning to grow with rebar being placed

Delivery of black structures

New forward dome with two rings stacked on another two ring stack that was seen yesterday right aside

GSE 1 tank attached to crane

Work on SN11 near access hatch

New TFR for Sunday (unl.)

Long term TFR shifted from 7200ft to 5000ft

RC for March 26 from 7am to 7.30pm, sf and flight indicated

Mary received alert notice

LabPadre

Mary

NSF

[446]
24.03.2021 SN11: Raptor removed and moved to the build site at 5am for repairs

Tent 3 expansion continued Work on new nosecone outside tent 3 continued, second flap installed

Work on new nosecone inside tent 3 continued

GSE 1 fuel aft dome spotted infront of SN16 aft section (including leg skirt)

SN16 aft section moved into tent 1

Bridge crane installing continued

OL platform work continued

GSE tank dome on sleeving stand and sleeved later

Pipe stands delivered

High bay and bridge crane work continued

Concrete work on driveway entrance at the launch site

OLS new building work continued

OLS tower construction started

New TFR for Saturday

LabPadre

Mary

NSF

[447]
23.03.2021 New TFR for Fr 26 March

New noseone with one flap moved out of tent 3

BN1 disconnected from crane, moved inside the high bay, possibly to make place for bridge crane installing

Delivery of white structures

Tent expansion continued

OL platform work continued

SN11 pressure test, vents

OLS: building in the east continued

Section of bridge crane lifted and lowered again, installing continued

New platform delivered

New nosecone attached to crane, second flap not yet installed

NOTMAR for March 24-26

RC for tomorrow cancelled

Now there are 6 of the huge domes

New foundations at the gas well site

OLS: integration tower stated to go up

RC for Thursday removed, TFR for Wednesday and Thursday removed

LabPadre

Mary

NSF

RGV

[448]
22.03.2021 SN11 Static fire #2, some TPS tiles damaged

SN11 FTS installed, work in skirt area

GSE 1 LOX/fuel work continued, piping installed

"Mystery" structure: work continued

Delivery of green hardware

4 Flap aerocovers (where the flaps are attached) delivered

Tent 3 expansion progressed

OLS: work continued, especially in the very east

SoLS: More concrete work near ramp and landing pad

New nosecone barrel section infront of tent 3: work plattform added

TFR added for Thu 25 (unl.)

RC and TFR for 23.03. cancelled, Thursday rc changed from possible to scheduled

RC added for 23.03. from 12pm to 1pm

LabPadre

Mary

NSF

[449]

[450]

21.03.2021 TFR added for Wednesday 24 (unl.)

Blunt nosecone stacked on additional 4-ring section, now 8 rings (first time procedure!!!)

Progress on OLT (OL tower): fundament seems ready, berm around landing pad moved?

Mary received alert notice

BN1 still attached to crane

SN11 RCS thrusters tested, excess pressure vented

OLS: work continued (rebar...), piling machine now west of new tank farm

SoLS: ramp looking finished

Tent 3 expansion progressed

Pad prepared for concrete (no rebar yet) at the northeastern end of the construction site

LabPadre

Mary

NSF

SpaceX Updates, Spaceport3D

[451]
20.03.2021 Smoke at production site, fire?

SN11 flaps/fins tested

Nosecone in tent 3 has both fins installed

GSE 1 LOX/fuel tank work continued

OL platform work continued

Tent 3 expansion work continued

OLS: new building started to grow in far east corner

New "mystery" structure: wokr coninued

GSE 2 tank midsection (MID #2) spotted (4-ring stack)

Blunt nosecone attached to crane

TFR for Tuesday 23 (unl)

NASA astronauts visited SN11

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

[452]
19.03.2021 GSE 1 LOX/fuel tank moved out of midbay and stacked (8 rings + dome onto 4 ring stack)

New "mystery" structure: cross bars installed between white poles

Flap installed on nosecone in tent

Work on tent 3 expansion continued

Nosecone barrel section infront of tent 3 has heat tiles installed

Sn2 on concrete stand: water tower?

BN1 work continued

New rc: Mon&Wed primary 7-15; Tues&Thurs secondary 7-15

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

Jack Beyer

[453]
18.03.2021 Tankzilla/Bluto upright

BN1: LOX tank stacked on CH4 tank (full height now visible), LOX tank previously was cut off from its bottom ring, thus BN1 now one ring short [?]

Nosecone barrel section with platform and lead-ins infront tent 3, nosecone moved into tent 3

New 4-ring barrel section with lead-ins on stand infront of mid bay

OLS: formwork removed from second concrete stand, piling continued, SoLP ramp work continued

Domes moved, 3-ring stack moved into tent 1

More beams attached to white poles structure

TFR added for Sunday

FAA on environmental review: "A total of 231 comments were received," with concerns including impacts on protected species, closure of public areas, & more

TFRs later removed

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

Michael Sheetz

[454]

[455]

17.03.2021 Unknown parts delivered

White poles connected on the top

Repair work on Hwy 4

OLS: work on the far east area taking up with rebar preparation, as well as piling; formwork removed from first concrete stand

Concrete work at SoLP ramp

Stainless steel rolls delivered

Tankzilla/Bluto extension installation finished

High bay work continued

Bridge [overhead] crane (not gantry crane) arrived for high bay, capacity 180 tons, unloaded

Prod prod site work continued, scaffolding around some side tanks

Oil cooled transformer delivered

TFR added for Saturday

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

[456]
16.03.2021 SN18 aft skirt and engine section now mated (5-ring stack)

Tent 3 expansion continued, insulation installed

White poles (6) attached to the new stand structure, unclear what this is for

BN1 work platform and lead-ins attached for stacking LOX tank on CH4 section

High bay work continued

Robotic welder working inside tent

OLS work continued, piling machine now east of the new tank farm, earth work in the south of the landing pad, work on SoLP ramp continued

Tankzilla/Bluto extension installed, crane mats moved

FAA license modification: now requiring a safety inspector to be present for launches

TFR added for Friday

Phobos: removing the tower and large section of the accommodations started

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

Michael Baylor

BigBoatDriver

[457]
15.03.2021 SN11 static fire attempt, assumed abort

Bluto/Tankzilla moved from pad to high bay, probably for BN1 stacking, laid down; extension for the crane moved

SN11 FAA aproved SN11 flight

TFR added for Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th

Closure extended to 3pm, but not used

Mary received alert notice for tomorrow SF testing

OLS tank farm: concrete poured in circular forms

Huge pipes and rings with holes delivered to production site

H-Beams welded to the OL platform

SN7.2 moved back to production site, status unclear

Work between road and fence at production site continued

Argon delivered (for welding)

Beams liftet on top of the high bay

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

Christian Davenport

[458]
14.03.2021 SN11 venting at 03:47:30 am

New piling spotted, 2 rows of totally 9 piles, south of landing pad

Work on ramp to pad A continued

SN7.2 work continued

Work on prop prod site continue

BN1 work platform installed for stacking LOX sections on CH4 sections

[SN15] nosecone has flap actuators, but no flaps yet

Aft dome spotted, unclear if new or old practice dome; appeares to have raptor vacuum engine mounts

Work on OLM table continued

Mary received alert notice for tomorrow SF testing

GSE tank section moved into mid bay

LabPadre

RGV

NSF

Mary

Jack Beyer

[459]
13.03.2021 New rc for Mon 15 March 6-12, unlim. TFR for Tues 16, TFR for Mon cancelled

SN11 work on aft section and other parts, access hatches opened

Work on starhopper camera equipment

OLS work continued

Panels: GN2 recharge (gaseous nitrogen), probably stored at 200 bar; GCH4 recharge (gaseous methane), probably stored at 400 bar

X ray inspection of new tank farm plumbing at OLS stand

BN1 work continued

Aft skirt section in tent 1, unknown SN, with many TPS tiles

Forward dome cap delivered

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

Jack Beyer

[460]
12.03.2021 SN11 scrubbed static fire attempt

Mary received overpressure notice, 7-12

BN1: methane tank sections (lower part) including common dome section stacked on engine section

Bluto moved away from SN11

Tent 3 expansion began

New three ring stack spotted in tent

GSE 1 LOX forward dome spotted (dome and 4 ring stack)

Crane mats moved to high bay

Condenser like equipment delivered

Work on prop prod site continued

GSE tank (dome+3 ring stack) flipped

Tankzilla/Bluto put on SPMTs

Loud venting warning:

SN11 vents from LOX and CH4 tanks

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

[461]
11.03.2021 SN11 cryo proof test

Mary received a overpressure notice, but seemed wrong

Work on huge domes continued

BN1 Booster double section moved into high bay, stacking imminent

New stand under construction

Bulkhead moved to scrap yard

Launch table work continued

New nosecone spotted in tent 3

New barrel section outside tent 2

OLS: much work, also in the very eastern part, two stands nearly ready for concrete

SN10 cleanup continued

Concrete work near suborbital pad A

New white propellant tanks at gas well

SN16 4 ring section now spotted in mid bay

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

RGV

[462]
10.03.2021 SN11 testing: aborted

SN11 work at the base

Baker industries delivery

OLS: Two vertical ropellant storage tanks erected at the launch site, right west of the bunker (white tank and black tank)

OLS: Control panels installed on roof of bunker (400 bar storage, GCH4 Recharge)

Concrete work near landing pad continued

Firework: SpaceX festive activities at build site

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

[463]
09.03.2021 SN11 Ambient temp pressure testing

SN11 now mounted on pad B, crane disconnected at 11:54 am

Work on top of the high bay coninued, rail sections installe

Thrust rams installed, probably for testing BN1

Raptor SN59 delivered

OLS work continued

Huge black ground piles placed [near launch mount, where piling work has been going on for some weeks]??

Tankzilla lowered

Flap delivered [in video of 10 March]

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

[464]
08.03.2021 SN11 roll out to pad B

New road closures: Primary March 9 (12-8pm), Primary&Secondary March 10-12 (12-8pm/7am-12pm)

Concrete at landing pad??

SN10 wreckage almost cleared

OLS: Piling work near the OLM, possibly for tower?

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

[465]
07.03.2021 BN1 section "Booster double" (Aft dome sections+ 2 ring stack) moved onto new heavy stand

SN20 Leg skirt spotted

SN11 and BN1 changed places in high bay

New dome still on sleeving stand

SN18 Leg skirt spotted

SN10 wreckage cleanup continued

OLS-Pad A, rebar for a pad at the far east side prepared

OLS work continued, earth wall (blast berm) extended between landing pad and new tank farm

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

[466]
06.03.2021 New dome now sleeved

New section to be lifted into mid bay

OLS work (tank farm) continued

SN10 wreckage scrapped

Bluto/Tankzilla moved next to pad B

Raptor SN58 delivered, message "Much Land Where Box"

Earth work between road and fence at build site

GSE-1 fule fwd dome moved out of tent

New heavy stand moved by SPMT towards high/mid bay

Job posting for Superheavy catch arm development

New site development plans

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[467]
05.03.2021 SN15 tank section now stacked on the skirt

Another huge dome spotted

Phobos renovation has started with deconstruction of the tower

Parts for new Puck Shucker arrived

[SN15?] nosecone moved, possibly not anymore slated for SN15

GSE-1 forward dome placed on a cart and moved into tent 1

New 2-ring sections moved

GSE-2 LOX aft dome moved from sleeving stand

Delivery of long white piles[?]

Raptor engine 5? delivered

SN11 prepared for rollout

New dome [fwd?] placed on stand

[SN17/18] Scrap aft skirt with leg deployed

SPMT rolled to build site

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

RGV

[468]
04.03.2021 Crane weights moved to pad

Access stairs moved to pad B, sign for SN11 roll out soon

Bluto/Tankzilla moved to launch pad (9:24 am, arrived at noon), SPMTs later returned

Closure cancelled for Friday 05 March, then back on, later moved to Monday, March 8, 9:00 am to 11:30 am

[SN15?] nosecone work continued

SN10 wreckage inspected, cleanup began

SN10 leg pulled from the dunes

SN7.2 work continued, new layer of welding put on the bottom ring

GSE-2 LOX aft dome ready for sleeving, sleeved later on

Work on OLM table continued

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

[469]
03.03.2021 SN10 flight, landing, RUD

Closure extended until March 04 at 8:59 am

SN15 aft skirt moved into mid bay

New nosecone at the other side of the tent (SN15?)

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

Others

[470]

Many other videos

02.03.2021 Mars landing sites downselected to 3-4 locations with 3 backup locations

Mary asked to evacuate for tomorrow flight attempt

Road closures set up for Wednesday, 2 backup closures

New starship renders for dearmoon mission released

Concrete work between road and container wall at the suborbital launch site

OLS work continued: rebar laid north of new tank pad

Crane weights moved to launch site by SPMTs, transferred to onto a trailer

Idea of city of Starbase rised by Elon Musk

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

[471]

[472]

01.03.2021 TFRs now for Wednesday-Friday

SpaceX received a contract for thermal protection system manufacturing

Tomorrows closure cancelled

Red SPMT headed for SN5

Delivery at production site

SN5 scrapping continued, remains moved to scrapyard

Assembly of OLM table continued, welding the parts together

New stand being built

Highway 4 roadwork in front of tent

New nosecone section stacking started [not yet with new parts]

Highbay elevator now operational

SN10 RCS Test at 02:31 am

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

[473]

February 2021[]

When it is written about the OLS tank farm, some suggested that it also could be a starship stacking site. Diameter of foundations would match and plans released earlier would also indicated so. Furthermore, pipes go round this structure.[2] However, local workers confirmed a tank farm, matching newer plans by SpaceX.[3]

Date Description Source Link
28.02.2021 Concrete next to nose cone assembly tent removed, perhaps for tent extension

Mary been noticed to evacuate tomorrow for possible SN10 launch attempt

NOTMAR published for 1-5 March

Later, SN10 flight delayed to NET Wednesday, March 3 (perhaps due to weather)

SN10 FTS installed

Raptor SN47 delivered, message "Wen Hop? Much Wow."

OLS work continued with both eastward and westward extension (in reference to circular structures north to the bunker); rebars being tied

New flap delivered

Unknown dome moved

BN1 stacking continued

SN15 nosecone stacking continued, still attached to crane

Piling continued in the south of the launch site, near OLM

SN10 methane vent

New ring section spotted in the tent

Roadclosure for tomorrow cancelled

RGV

Jack Beyer

NSF

Mary

[474]
27.02.2021 Pavement expansion at the high bay

OLS work continued, tank farm taking shape

SpaceX logo painted on landing pad; hopefully not to be destroyed soon...

Work on BN1 in high bay

SN10 upper flap testing

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[475]
26.02.2021 New unlimited TFRs for Monday-Wednesday March 1-3

Raptor "Under Doge" delivered

Pipes delivered

OL Table work continued

GSE 1 forward dome sleeved [for OLS tank farm?]

Raptor SN56 left the build site

Possible aerocovers delivered

[SN17?] thrust section moved

OLS work continued

30% completion of south port connector road

LabPadre

NSF

[476]
25.02.2021 SN10 static fire #2

TFR for today removed, one added for Sunday

SN15 nosecone being stacked, nose section still without its head

OLS work continued

New barrel section moved

Additional ring pieces for supposed launch table moved

New? thrust puck spotted

Alert notice given to Mary for Feb 26, but road closure cancelled

LabPadre

NSF

Mary

[477]
24.02.2021 SN10: One Raptor removed and a new raptor

SN51 installed

New elements added to orbital launch table

Dome work continued at old gas well, solar panels being installed nearby

New forward dome sleeved, unknown SN

Forward flap delivered

OLS work continued, concrete foundation to be extended eastwards

SN18 forward dome barrel section moved around

Concrete poured near production site

Zeus, SpaceX robotic dog by Boston Dynamics, walking around

Closure of today cancelled

Alert notice given to Mary for Feb 25

3 engine tests at McGregor within 45 minutes

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[478]
23.02.2021 SN10 static fire #1

New unlimited TFRs for Thur-Sat Feb 25-27

New road closures for Friday, Moday and Tuesday

Elevator being added to high bay

SN5 dismantling continued

Raptor engine SN52 delivered

Raptor engine SN43 sent back

BN1 4-ring section "Booster #2" ready infront of high bay

SN17 thrust dome sleeved

New forward dome placed on stand

LabPadre

NSF

[479]
22.02.2021 SN10 scrubbed static fire attempt

SN10 got approved for flight by FAA (launch license modification granted)

OLS: more concrete poured

SN12 common dome scrapped

SN17 thrust/common? dome ready for sleeving

SN5 dismantling continued

New TFRs for Tuesday-Thursday, different TFR shape

Closure for Thursday added

At least 3 engine tests at McGregor on low throttle

Alert notice given to Mary for Feb 23

NSF

Mary

LabPadre

[480]
21.02.2021 SN15 nosecone barrel section attached on crane

Concrete poured on landing pad

Domes built at the prop production site, bigger diameter than usual, usage unclear

OLS: rebar work

SN10 aft fins inspected and tested

New thrust puck spotted

MK2 stand coming down

Alert notice given to Mary for Feb 22

NSF

Mary

[481]
20.02.2021 SN15 nosecone has fin jigs attached, top cone part removed

OLS: concrete being poured at an outer wall and more dirt wirk

SN10 work on engine section and near the hatch

High bay stairs continued to be removed

Thermal protection tiles being installed on the whole barrel section of a future prototype

Concrete work at the production site

NSF [482]
19.02.2021 SN18 potential forward dome on stand ready for sleeving

OLS work continued

SN10 venting

Several parts in storage: common, forward and aft domes and methane header tanks

SN19 methane header tank spotted (now 3 mht ready)

BN1 section rolled out for stacking, scaffolding errected, moved into high bay

BN1 pipe dome (common dome) ready for stacking

Aft dome moved onto sleeving stand

Work on high bay with crane, security stair deconstruction

SN9 final parts removed

New closures for Mo-Wed Feb 22-24

FAA closed the investigation of SN9 mishap

NSF

LabPadre

Jackie Wattles

[483]
18.02.2021 OLS work continued despite bad weather conditions

SN10 static fire not before Monday 22

High bay crane horizontal again

NSF [484]
17.02.2021 SN15 nosecone section attached to crane, moved out of tent and later detached

SN10 static fire delayed, probably due to bad weather, aft flaps moved

SN9 wreckage cleanup

OLS work continued

Sections spotted: SN18 Nosecone barrel section, SN17 aft dome

New OLM structure supposed to be a Superheavy launch table (Support structure baseplate, NASA term, WAI)

New unlimited TFRs for Feb 19-21, but later removed

NSF

LabPadre

[485]
16.02.2021 SN11 second aft fin installed

OLS work continued, dirt work, rebar work continued in circular shape for new tank farm

Black steel section spotted at the build site, unclear application

Work on prop plant continued

New crane waiting for work on high bay

Stands being moved around

Alert notice given to Mary for 17.02.

NSF

Mary

[486]
15.02.2021 Cold weather in Texas, SN10 currently in a hold

Aft fin delivered, probably for SN15

SN11 second aft fin awaiting to be installed

More parts delivered for possible OLM structure

NSF [487]
14.02.2021 Work on OLS continued (new tank farm and GSE bunker)

SN7.2 still on stand with scaffolding

SN9 cleanup continued

New crane assembled at build side near high bay

Grid fins delivered, possibly for Superheavy

Raptor SN27 returned (previously used for SN5 hop)

NSF [488]
13.02.2021 Propellant prdouction site progress

Work on OLS and suborbital landing pad continued

NSF

LabPadre

[489]
12.02.2021 Closure cancelled early in the night - no SN10 static fire attempted

OLS: Circular concrete foundations started, probably for new fuel farm

OLS: Piling work southwest to the OLM, perhaps for stacking tower?

SN14 aft dome used as pathfinder

Parts supposedly attributed to the OLM moved

Flap related parts delivered

Repair on landing pad continued

LabPadre

NSF

[490]
11.02.2021 SN9 cleanup continued

Work on OLS

Work on widening the suborbital launch pad; new layer of concrete will be put ontop of it

SN11 has received one aft flap, removed from crane and then rotated

SN16 aft skirt and thrust section mated

Concrete work at the construction site near fence

Huge steel componoents deliverd, some suggested being for the OLM

Elon Musk interview

Closure cancelled: SN10 stood down from static fire attempt, new alert notice for 12.02. given to Mary

Interview with Elon Musk on the Joe Rogan Experience

NSF

LabPadre

Mary

Joe Rogan Exper.

[491]
10.02.2021 All unlimited TFRs cancelled

SN10 flaps folded

Repair work began at the landing pad after SN9 RUD
SN16 aft dome ahas been flipped and moved

SN16 leg skirt spotted

New nosecone barrel section ready for stacking [SN15?]

Simple roof installed at the OLS bunker

Closure for 11.02. extended, alert notice given to Mary

FAA

Mary

LabPadre

NSF

[492]
9.02.2021 OLS: Concrete work between the shelter and the road

OLS: Steel added to the bunker/shelter to protect Ground supply equipment

BN1 aft dome sleeved

SN7.2 still being worked on

SN9 wreckage not yet removed

Build up of container wall at the test site continued

Work progress on the propellant production plant

Wednesday closure cancelled

NSF

CC

[493]
8.02.2021 TFRs added for Wednesday, 10 February (up to 7200ft) and Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 Feb (unlimited); deleted; Thursday TFR reinstalled

TFR (standing) moved up to 7200 ft (until March 31)

SN10 Cryo proof test

SN11 crane still attached

BN1 aft dome sections ready for sleeving

FAA

NSF

[494]
7.02.2021 SN11 nosecone section moved to highbay and stacked later

SN17 forward dome sleeved

SN10 flap movement, FTS installed and removed again (fit check)

New pipes at the OLS

Delivery at the construction site

New rings in tent

BN1 practice thrust dome moved around

BN1 aft dome lifted on sleeving stand

LabPadre

NSF

[495]
6.02.2021 Third Raptor (SN39, removed from SN8) installed on SN10

More ground equipment for the OLS shelters deliverd (piping)

SN9 wreckage cleanup continued

SN7.2 inspection

Work on Starhopper systems

FTR added for Monday, 08 February up to 7200ft

LabPadre

NSF

[496]
5.02.2021 SN11 rolled out of Mid Bay at 10:46; arrived at 11:20; big area covered with heat shield tiles, no aft fins yet

Second? Raptor (SN50) delivered for SN10 at 08:21, later installed

Road Closures for 8.2. and 10.-12.2. announced

Work at the OLS continued after a break due to SN9 launch

BN1 aft dome sleeve spotted (aft dome spotted on January 25)

Ground equipment delivered for OLS shelters (pipes)

Scaffolding around SN7.2 and inspection

New nosecone spotted with fin mounting jig installed (top missing)

LabPadre

Mary

NSF

[497]
4.02.2021 SN7.2 Second preassure test: SN7.2

SN5 top section removed

SN11 both nosecone sections welded together (fins already attached)

BN2 forward dome spotted

SN18 forward dome spotted

LabPadre

Mary

NSF

[498]
3.02.2021 New thrust dome sleeved

SN16 leg skirt moved

SN5 dismantling begins

Metal ring flipped

SN11 nosecone welding continued

SN5 mass simulator removed

SN5 battery pack removed

SN9 wreckage inspected and cleanup began

New forward dome on sleeving stand (probably SN 17)

NSF [499]
2.02.2021 SN9 launch

SN15 top dome section stacked in Mid Bay

SN16? thrust dome sleeved

LabPadre wiki

other

[500]
1.02.2021 SN16 Nosecone Barrel Section spotted

New Nosecone Section spotted

New Crane positioned near OLS

Concrete work on OLS

BN1 Common Dome flipped

Raptor delivered for SN10

NSF [501]

January 2021[]

Date Description Source Link
07.01.2021

[457 - 18.04.]

NSF 2020 recap (video here)

SN15 common dome section with a row of TPS tiles on each ring attached to crane; moved for further stacking in mid bay

RSN45 delivered to production site

OLS work continued: earth work between bunker and hwy 4 for future pad [add: OLS tank farm]

SoLS Pad A: concrete being removed

Helium truck trailer at launch site [NSF: SpaceX uses helium to pressurize the tanks, but works towards autogenous pressurisation]

SN6 dismantling continued, it won't be the HLS mockup; likely the space will be needed for something else; rings cut off and removed

Mk1 disassembly continued, upper part attached to crane and moved away

Stainless steel delivered

Driveway work behind mid bay (towards hwy four) continued in order to enlarge the entrance to the production site

Sleeved dome section removed from sleeving stand (4-ring)

SN9 work continued after yesterday's static fire (thought to be off-nominal)

Propellant deliveries to tank farm

Work on a ring "Top porrel, Booster Dev, Do not scrap, Bevel Bottom"

NSF

Mary

[502]
06.01.2021 SN6 mass simluator removed, SN6 speculated to be used as future HLS prototype

Nosecone in tent 3 lost its tip [SN11 nosecone?]

OLS earth wrok continued, as well as concrete being poured; work on ground piping on the east end; pad being prepared between bunker and hwy 4

SN9 launch NET 8 January, preparation work continued

SN15 common dome spotted (3-ring with lead-ins) and worked on external pipes/walves

SN10: Crane detached from SN10 nosecone

Mk1 scrpping continued

New thrust dome (same as yesterday) seen

SN9 static fire (Video here); rather short static fire of about 1.5 secs, followed by double depress vents and nosceone vent, condensation on CH4 tank slowly disappearing; final depressurisation vents;

NSF

Mary

[503]
05.01.2021 Red/orange parts delivered to launch site

OLS earth work continued; ground piping work at the east end of tank farm

TFRs sheduled for SN9 launch

SN9 work continued on several areas

Sleeved starship fwd dome (1-ring) shown

New starship thrust section spotted [unknown SN]

Fwd dome has been sleeved with a f

SN11 nosecone moved back into tent 3

4-ring barrel section moved out of tent 3

Tapered section ready to be stacked

Barrel sections spotted: SN15 nose cone barrel, SN16 mid-LOX, SN17 fwd dome barrel (all 4-rings ?)

SN8 remains being broken up and removed

SN10 speculated to roll out as early as next week

Mk1 attached to crane and cut in half, upper part removed

NSF

Mary

[504]
04.01.2021 No video
03.01.2021 SN8 nosecone: fwd fin attached to crane and removed by crew; transported away

Landing pad: Rebar work on cut out section

Thrust dome section sleeved (3-ring), next to a 2-ring thrust dome section [SN12/SN13??]

Nosecone spotted in tent

SN10 nosecone welding work continued in high bay

OLP work continued

SN9 work continued on Pad B, four man lifts work at engine section

NSF

Mary

[505]
02.01.2021 Emmert international heavy transporter moved away

SN10 worked on in high bay; crane attached to nosecone, nosecone lifted and stacked onto tank section later

OLS work continued: around OLM

Shipping containers moved near OLP by crane

LN2 delivery to tank farm

SN9 worked on, LOX access hatch open

NSF

Mary

[506]
01.01.2021 Launch site work continued; SN8 nosecone wreckage lying around

OLS work continued, especially on ground and eargh work; excavators working near the landing pad

Pad B / SN9: work on engine section

Mobile office building moved on an SPMT, later offloaded near the tank farm, adjacent to the container building row

Equipment moved by SPMT at launch site

SN10 tank section in high bay, awaiting stacking of nosecone

SN11 tank section fully stackied in mid bay

NSF

Mary

[507]


2020[]

December 2020[]

Date Description Source Link
30.12.202 Flaps delivered to producition site [SN10?] [vid 01 Jan 22]


November 2020[]

2019[]

December 2019[]

Date Description Source Link
29.03.2019 Starhopper testing NSF (first youtube video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOv34Tfabng

November 2019[]

Date Description Source Link
29.03.2019 Starhopper testing NSF (first youtube video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOv34Tfabng

October 2019[]

Date Description Source Link
29.03.2019 Starhopper testing NSF (first youtube video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOv34Tfabng

September 2019[]

Date Description Source Link
29.03.2019 Starhopper testing NSF (first youtube video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOv34Tfabng

August 2019[]

Date Description Source Link
29.03.2019 Starhopper testing NSF (first youtube video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOv34Tfabng

July 2019[]

Date Description Source Link
29.03.2019 Starhopper testing NSF (first youtube video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOv34Tfabng

June 2019[]

Date Description Source Link
29.03.2019 Starhopper testing NSF (first youtube video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOv34Tfabng

May 2019[]

NOT DONE YET: [508]

Mk1 and Stack #1

[509] (Mks, Phase 2 orbital prototypes) - still to add

Date Description Source Link
31.05.2019 More black beams added for new building

The other building [see May 19] now sealed up in white

Work on landing pad (LabPadre pad B)[510]

SH: Work under skirt

RC now June 4-6 (2-8pm)[511]

RCs changed again: RC now June 11-13 (2-8pm)[512]

Austin Barnard

Reagan Beck

Mary

below
30.05.2019 SH: Work under skirt

Close-up of Pad B [landing pad][513]

LabPadre: Elon Musk at launch site

Build site: beams for a new structure went up

Hurricane talk

NSF, Mary

LabPadre

below
29.05.2019 SH: Work under skirt SPadre below
28.05.2019 NSF article

Testing now June 3-5, (2-8pm)[514]

NSF, Mary

Mark Reagan

below
27.05.2019 Refrigerated liquid natural gas delivered

Flare stack burning

NSF, Mary below
26.05.2019 SH: Lower access port closed NSF, Mary below
25.05.2019 SH: Upper access port opened

SH: Upper access port closed, lower access port opened

NSF, Mary [515]

below

24.05.2019 SH: Cryo pressure test with nitrogen venting [516] stream at 16:35 ablut 1.5 hours showing tank farm venting[517] ground vent (grass vent) observed ([518], [519], [520])

New RC for May 28-30 (2-10pm)

LabPadre on flooding issues

RCs canceled later: "Beach closures are no longer planned for the week of May 28. SpaceX is planning to proceed with spaceflight activities that will require closures the week of June 3. To support those closures, SpaceX will establish a safety zone perimeter in coordination with local law enforcement that will include temporary closures of Highway 4 and Boca Chica Beach. Cameron County has established a hotline for road closure updates (956-548-9541), and public notices will also be available on this page."[521]

NSF, Mary

LabPadre

SPadre

Chanadian

below
23.05.2019 SH work continued under skirt

SH: Upper access port closed

Stack #1 work continued [Mk1]

NSF, Mary

SPadre

below
22.05.2019 Dirt trucks have arrived again

Compressed Methane Tankers arrived at 9:31 am

SH: Thruster pods have been numbered (65 upper, 87 lower)[522]

NSF, Mary

SPadre

below
21.05.2019 A lot of trucks at the site: at least 12 dump/gravel trucks, tankers, heavy equipment [523]

Dump trucks delivered gravel to the east of launch site [524], dirt work, according to LabPadre "Pad B" [Landing Pad future]; control panel "Stand GN2 & Pneumatics Isolation* spotted[525]

SH: New hole, pipe installed from it [see Plasma cutting, Friday, May 17]

FCC application for SH: "The vehicle will fly vertically from the ground to under 500 meters for its low-altitude tests and up to 5000m for its high altitude tests."[526]

SH: Black fuelling structure now connected with SH "Quick disconnect system"[527]

LapPadre (Luis) plans to make a camera feed

SH: Lower access hole closed

Elon Musk tweeted

Stack #1 full nosecone close up

NSF, Mary, Chanadian, FST

LabPadre

SPadre

[528]

below

20.05.2019 SH: Roll-lift equipment gone under SH, shiny foot added; new parts attached to the left and above the upper access port

Stack #1: Nosecone tip stacked to the rest at build site [Mk1][529]

NSF, Mary

LabPadre

SPadre

below
19.05.2019 Build site: black beams now in place for a new tent

SH: raised higher

Concrete barriers were removed

LOX and LN2 delivered

New yellow crane on site (Howell crane & rigging, inc.)[530]

Work on black structure continued

Work on stack #1 continued [Mk1][531]

Label on white tanks farm tanks: Liquid Nitrogen 60,000 litres, Liquid Oxygen 60,000 litres [532]

One black metal structure moved under SH, under the plumbing shelf

NSF, Mary

Austin Barnard

LabPadre

below
18.05.2019 LN2 Delivery

Moon over Starhopper

SH: New parts attached to leg

Roll-lift equipment has been delivered to the launch site

SH: Lifted off the ground by roll-lift equipment

NSF, Mary

SPadre

[533]below
17.05.2019 Black metal structure now lifted to an upright position

SH: Work in the skirt; plasma cutting

SH: Metal plates with holes attached on the legs; tethers have been removed, [534]

SH: Acetylene torch cutting through SH from insede

NSF article on Starship construction in Florida, possible launches from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center; Elon Tweet about suborbital launches (single stage to orbit question)

LabPadre stream

NSF, Mary

LabPadre

below
16.05.2019 NBC news report with LabPadre, Ramiro Gonzalez and others; mentioning tourism and Static fires. "Launch site was created in 2015 with nearly 300000 cubic yards of dirt that was brought in to build up this launch site." LabPadre

NSF, Mary

below
15.05.2019 SH: tapes removed from the ACS pods, wiring

More work on SH

Elon Musk: Raptor updates and other tweets about Cidco Rd. Florida

New hardware attached to black metal structures

NSF, Mary

SPadre

[535]
14.05.2019 SH: New part spotted at the SH skirt

Round 2 of SpaceX tests at Boca Chica scheduled to begin May 28 - 2-10pm

New RC: May 28 2-10pm

Welding on stack #1 [l:Mk1][536]

Cidco: 4-ring stack under construction at 850 Cidco Road, Cocoa, Florida [Mk2][537]

NSF, Mary

Reagan Beck

LabPadre

below
13.05.2019 SH: work on thruster pods John Randolph
12.05.2019 SH: work continued [538]

"Based on Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) public records, I think we have three possible locations. Here they are: Space Exploration Technologies DBA Starship Tile Facility    8550 Astronaut Blvd Ste E    Cape Canaveral Space Exploration Technologies - Cidco Road    850 Cidco Rd    Cocoa Space Exploration Technologies Inc    550 Cidco Rd #1    Cocoa"[539]

NSF, Mary below
10.05.2019 SH: new plumbing on the fin

SH: lighitng bolt under skirt

NSF, Mary

LabPadre

below
09.05.2019 SH: work continued [540] [541]

Lower nosecone part now stacked on 8-ring section #1 on concrete stand upper part has received its tip[542][l:Mk1]

Work on one satellite dish

NSF, Mary

SPadre

LabPadre

below
08.05.2019 SH: COPVs attached to the dome NSF, Mary below
07.05.2019 SH: more stainless steel sections cut out, ACS pods attached (thrusters of the attitude control ) NSF, Mary below
06.05.2019 SH: other section of scaffolding erected

Black structures delivered

NSF, Mary below
04.05.2019 New tank moved and placed behind the other two white vertical tanks (behind black recondenser?)[543]

Other smaller tanks delivered

SH work continued with scaffolding erected

LabPadre

NSF, Mary

[544]
03.05.2019 SH stainless steel exterior sections cut out NSF, Mary below
02.05.2019 SH upper hatch still open

New white propellant tank delivered to launch site

NSF, Mary [545]
01.05.2021 SH work under skirt, access hatch open

New GSE at the tank farm

New nosecone work progressed [l:Mk1]

Some sort of deluge system installed

LabPadre [546]

April 2019[]

Date Description Source Link
30.04.2019 Concrete forms of the expanded pad removed

Some fencing and concrete barrier removed at launch site, possibly for new access gate

NSF, Mary below
28.04.2019 Raptor SN3 tested at McGregor for 40 second NSF, golosio, Reagan below
27.04.2019 Elon Musk tweets

Concrete poured at launch site (near the pad)[547]

NSF, Mary below
26.04.2019 SPadre installed live on Starship cam

Chanadian indicated the area where dirt has been dumped yesterday (in the east adjacent to the SH pad)[548], indicating a expansion of the pad area

NSF, Mary

FST

Chanadian

[549]
25.04.2019 Big delivery at the launch site, some 18+ trucks seen

Crane operation spotted behind SH launch pad, crane left at 11:45

Earth work east of hopper continued

Later, 21 more truck loads have been spotted

Police on Hwy 4 in front of Hopper with flashing lights

Long white objects arrived and unloaded by crane [550]

NSF, Mary

Chanadian

LabPadre

below
24.04.2019 Dirt moved around at the launch pad area, also some dirt work towards the east side of the site NSF, Mary below
23.04.2019 Dirt moved around at the launch pad area

Access hatch still open

NSF, Mary below
22.04.2019 Flare stack burned

Dirt moved around at the launch pad area

Access hatch still open

NSF, Mary below
20.04.2019 SH work continued, lift at upper access hatch (opened)[551]

Dirt work around the launch pad, near SH

NSF, Mary below
19.04.2019 Much traffic

SH: scissor lift againt to skirt

Tank farm venting[?][552]

NSF, Chanadian below
18.04.2019 Trucks and traffic at the launch site

Piles of dirt dumped

SH: scissor lif ascending into skirt at 2:22:30 CDT

Flare stack burning off and full moon

NSF, Chanadian

SPadre

below
16.04.2019 Some work around SH, at the launch site TinyT Prepper
15.04.2019 LabPadre moved camera 0.4 miles closer to the pad, distance now 5.87 miles NSF, Chanadian below
14.04.2019 8-ring stack still on concrete jig

6-ring stack still on container

Nosecone nearly finished

Austin Barnard below
13.04.2019 Work on SH, access hatch opened LabPadre
11.04.2019 Nosecone moved outside, header still missing [then called "orbital prototype"][553] NSF, Mary

Chanadian

below
10.04.2019 Build site: Extension to the north-east

Huge tanks waiting at the satellite area

Now three tapered sections ready for nosecone of OSP [Mk1][554]

Third assembly jig spotted near container jig

LabPadre [555]
08.04.2019 SH work, raptor removed at ~09:30

Fuel tanking

Several tampered pieces for OSP lying around [Mk1?][556]

Work on OSP continued [Mk1][557]

NSF, Mary

LabPadre

Austin Barnard

below

FL

06.04.2019 TFR cancelled

SH inspected

New nosecone spotted in tent?[558]

SPadre

NSF, Mary

[559]
05.04.2019 New TFRs from April 5-6

SH testing: Static Fire #2

Florida: Job posting for manufacturing facility in Cape Canaveral, FL

SPadre

NSF, Mary

below
04.04.2019 Fuel delivery

RC cancelled

Brownsville Herald information

Work on stack #1 [Mk1] continued

NSF, Mary

SPadre

below

[560]

FL

03.04.2019 SH missing stainless steel section replaced

SH testing: Static Fire #1 [561]

Stack #2 still 6-rings tall [Mk1]

NSF, Mary

SPadre

LabPadre

below

FL

02.04.2019 Elon Musk tweet

New FAA TFR for 2-4 April

New structure at launch site

SH testing

Nitrogen and Oxygen tankers to the pad

Work on OSP continued at build site [Mk1][562]

Two nosecone rings for OSP being worked on [Mk1][563]

NSF, Mary

LabPadre

SPadre

below

[564]

FL

01.04.2019 SH testing: Preburner?

SH missing a section of stainless steel

NSF, Mary

LabPadre

[565]

March 2019[]

Date Description Source Link
31.03.2019 No testing today NSF, Mary below
30.03.2019 SH testing: Preburner NSF, Mary

LabPadre

others

below
29.03.2019 SH venting

TFRs issued for Sat, Sun, Mon; road closures also issued, from 12-8pm

NSF, Mary

SPadre

DaveG

below
28.03.2019 SH testing

Road closure from 12-8pm

Work on tapered section continued and a new tapered section began assembly [both Mk1][566]

NSF, Mary (first youtube video)

SPadre

LabPadre

[567]

FL

27.03.2019 SH testing

TFR for tomorrow

NSF, Mary

Nomadd

Others

below
26.03.2019 Road closure notice remained active

Test posponed perhaps due to broken LOX truck

New road closures for Wednesday-Friday from 10am-6pm

Work on the skirt of SH

Work on welds of stack #1 continued [Mk1][568]

Dave G

NSF, Mary

Austin Barnard

[569]

FL

25.03.2019 SH test: preburner diverse below
24.03.2019 Road closure on Monday 25 from 10am-6pm, secondary closures on Tuesday and Wednesday

Work under the skirt of SH

Dave G below
23.03.2019 Sign posted: Drones prohibited

Work on Starship Orbital Prototype (OSP) nosecone continued [Mk1][570]

NSF, Mary below

FL[571]

22.03.2019 New FAA Notams for Monday-Wednesday up to 1000ft

SH tanking test

Jeff Foust

NSF, Mary

SPadre

[572]
21.03.2019 Closure at 10am

Farm venting at 10:18 am

SH WDR attempt scrubbed

FST

SPadre

NSF, Mary

RocketLover0119

below
20.03.2019 FAA Notam for today up to 1000ft

Scrub due to weather, posponed to tomorrow

New nosecone section started in front of tent [l:Mk1]

Raptor installing continued

Propellant delivery

FST

NSF, Mary

SPadre

below
19.03.2019 Methane delivery

Work on SH hatch

Hopper test announced for Wednesday, March 20, from 10am-4pm, road closure announced, alternatives on Thursday and Friday

Methane burnt off from flair stack

NSF, Mary

sonic314

docmordrid

[573]
18.03.2019 New container at ramp near launch pad

GSE delivered

Raptor installation progressed on SH

SH pressure and tanking tests [574] "kettle"

FST

NSF, Mary

SPadre

below
17.03.2019 Elon Tweeting a lot

Raptor installation continued [[575]]

Elon Musk [576] below
16.03.2019 Stack #1 now eight rings tall [[577]] [l:Mk1]

Raptor installation continued on Starhopper [[578]]

Safety perimeter with road blocks NET next week for upcoming testing, possibly Static fire [[579]]

NSF, Mary

FutureSpaceTourist

Chris Bergin

[580]
15.03.2019 Raptor moved to the launch pad [[581]]

Raptor moved under the skirt [[582]]

LOX delivered [[583]] [Western tank now appears to be LOX, other still nitrogen]

NSF, Mary

FutureSpaceTourist

below
14.03.2019 More panels added to stack #1 on concrete jig [[584]] [l:Mk1]

Testing on Starhopper with some [LOX?] farm venting [[585]]

NSF, Mary below
13.03.2019 Curved stiffeners lowered into second ring stack [[586]] [l:Mk1?] NSF, Mary [587]
12.03.2019 Upper and lower access hatch opened on SH [[588] ] NSF, Mary below
11.03.2019 Raptor engine has arrived [[589]]

More nitrogen tanks at the tank farm [[590]]

First tanking test of Starhopper

Work on nosecone continued [[591]] [l:Mk1]

NSF, Mary

SPadre

[592]

below

10.03.2019 Pipes connected to Starhopper [[593]]

Refrigerated nitrogen delivered [[594]]

Starhopper anchored to pad with Slingmax slings [[595]]

NSF, Mary below
09.03.2019 Six ring stack on jig: hole spotted

6 ring stack #2 anchored to containers [[596]] [l:Mk1]

Work on new cone continued, more parts ready [[597]] [l:Mk1]

SPMTs moved the stand back, roll lifts then trucked out [[598]]

NSF, Mary [599]
08.03.2019 Starhopper moved to the launch pad on the metal stands on the SPMTs [[600]]

More sections added to the second section next to the containers [l:Mk1]

Other section anchored to concrete jig [[601]] [l:Mk1]

Elon Tweet: raptor install next week [[602]]

NSF, Mary

SPadre and others

Elon Musk

below

[603]

07.03.2019 New nosecone parts delivered and welding work on them started [[604][605]] [l:Mk1]

Metal stand from yesterday moved under starhopper

Starhopper received a lot of new cables [[606]]

6 ring stack put on the concrete jig [[607]] [l:Mk1]

NSF, Mary below
06.03.2019 Starhopper appeared to be sealed [[608]]

Second stack section now 4 ring stack [[609]] [l:Mk1]

Metal structure [stand?] welded on the two SPMTs [[610]]

NSF, Mary [611]
05.03.2019 Scaffolding around Starhopper dome removed

Nitrogen delivery

SpaceX firetruck spotted [[612]]

Two blue SPMTs (self propelled modular transporter for heavy loads) delivered [[613]]

NSF, Mary below
04.03.2019 New two ring stack with a crane at the north east extension at the shipping containers [l:Mk1?]

Tank farm taking shape with piping and horizontal nitrogen tanks, launch pad as well with new structures and containers built

RGV
03.03.2019 Ring stack polished FutureSpaceTourist [614]
02.03.2019 Upper and lower bulkhead access hatches closed [[615]]

Parts lowered into the ring stack [l:Mk1?]

New ancors attached to the top of cement jig [[616]]

NSF, Mary below
01.03.2019 New two ring section started [[617]] [l:Mk1] NSF, Mary [618]

February 2019[]

Date Description Source Link
28.02.2019 Much work on Starhopper

Welding of new stack continued [[619]] [l:Mk1]

NSF, Mary below
27.02.2019 More ring stack added, using smaller panels [[620]]

More reflective sheets added on dome of Starhopper [[621]]

NSF, Mary below
26.02.2019 Welding of four ring stack progressed [[622]]

Compressed helium [nitrogen?] tanks moved from satellite area to launch site

NSF, Mary below
25.02.2019 Welding machine used for welding a four ring stack [[623]] [l:Mk1]

Reflective sheets put on top of the dome of SH

Nitrogen tanks now again at build site [[624]]

New small, horizontal tanks arrived at tank farm, more piping has been laid recently

NSF, Mary

RGV

below
23.02.2019 Stainless steel panels moved [[625]] [l:Mk1]

Welding machine spotted [[626]]

NSF, Mary below
22.02.2019 New metal plate with holes attached to the fins

Six shipping containers delivered, put at a northeastern extention of the building site [[627]]

Work on new barrel sections continued [l:Mk1]

NSF, Mary

SPadre

[628]

below

21.02.2019 Work on launch site progressed

Dirt work to continue eastwards

Work on mount on pad

Metal rods placed on concrete jig infront of tent [[629]]

Work started on new ring stacks, perhaps for new nosecone [[630]] [l:Mk1]

SPadre

NSF, Mary

[631]

below

20.02.2019 Last two lateral stiffeners installed [[632]] NSF, Mary below
19.02.2019 New cables appeared on a fin [[633]] NSF, Mary [634]
18.02.2019 Work on dome of SH continued [[635]] NSF, DESpaceX below
16.02.2019 Work on dome of SH continued [[636]]

Welding continued

NSF, Mary below
15.02.2019 Property fence to be extended

Concrete pouring at the property entrance for th fiber cables

Welding below the skirt and weld checking on bulkhead of SH

Concrete poured at launch pad, with concrete structures on top of it [Suborbital launch mount parts?]

Nitrogen tanks earlier this month spotted at dish area now at launch site

Huge horizontal tanks seen at the satellite area

Austin Barnard

SPadre

[637]
14.02.2019 Pad east of earh wall covered with rebar for concrete pouring

Scaffolding around Starhopper removed

More work on SH dome

Austin Barnard

NSF, Mary

below
13.02.2019 Work on the dome of SH continued [[638]] NSF, Mary below
12.02.2019 New holes for plumbing and wiring, four lateral stiffeners attached [[639]] NSF, Mary below
11.02.2019 Pipes and cables now leading up to the top of the dome of Starhopper [[640]]

Pipes (Struts) attached from the bottom of the hopper to th fin on each side of the fins [[641]]

NSF, Mary [642]
10.02.2019 Second external tank installed on top of Starhopper [[643]]

Holes east of earth wall filled, pad taking shape; south extension pipes to post [flair stack??] completed

Levelling east extention of build site, more dirt work

NSF, Mary

Austin Barnard

below

[644]

07.02.2019 Section of external plumbing installed at Starhopper [[645]]

Welding around the dome cap of SH [[646]]

External tank installed on top of the dome [[647]]

NSF, Mary below
06.02.2019 More rectangles added to Starhopper [[648]] NSF, Mary below
05.02.2019 Lid placed on the dome of Starhopper [[649]]

First Raptor engine test at McGregor

Concrete poured at launch site

Pipe connections between Stargate (Ground control) and launch pad area being constructed

Road work at building site to connect to highway 4 continued

Public infrastructure for launch views built at South Padre Island

Rectangles added to Starhopper [[650]]

NSF, Mary

SPadre

see below

[651]

04.02.2019 Scaffolding removed from one Starhopper section [[652]]

Second GSE connection spotted on Starhopper [[653]]

Piping work (connecting the water tanks with the rest) at tank farm and dirt work, launch site slowly taking shape; Trio of pits with scaffolding inside east of the earthwall adjacent to the tank farm for a new pad area

NSF, Mary

Austin Barnard

see below

[654]

02.02.2019 Ladder lowered into the dome, pipe and toolbox brought out again [[655]] NSF, Mary [656]
01.02.2019 Overview video

Some scaffolding erected again

A GSE connection spotted on Starhopper [[657]]

NSF, Mary

FutureSpaceTourist

[658]

January 2019[]

Date Description Source Link
31.01.2019 Part lowered into Starhopper [[659]]

Flange installed at Starhopper [[660]]

Enclosing the tent continued with huge drapery [[661]]

More containters now on tank farm, earth wall finished, southward extention with pipes, hole dug east of earhwall

Mary, NSF

Austing Barnard

below
30.01.2019 First roller door installed at the tent [[662]]

Scaffolding parts being removed from Starhopper [[663]]

Launch Pad rampway paved

Roadway cleared at the build site

Mary, NSF

SPadre

below

spadre.com

29.01.2019 Work on enclosing the tent continued [[664]]

Access road work to build site off from highway 4 [[665]]

Mary, NSF below
28.01.2019 Work on enclosing the tent has begun [[666]] Mary, NSF below
27.01.2019 Scaffolding being erected around Starhopper [[667]]

Three water tanks now in place at the tank farm [[668]]

Mary, NSF [669]
25.01.2019 More work on Starhopper with parts delivered and a hole cut [[670][671]], another hole used for ventilation [later a access hatch]

Head#2 lowered into Starhopper [[672]]

Mary, NSF [673]
24.01.2019 Bulkhead moved and put ontop of Starhopper [[674][675]]

Three big tanks now at launch site, earth wall progressed [[676]]

Work on a new access gate off highway 4 to the build site, eastward extension of build site [[677]]

Mary, NSF

Austin Barnard

[678]
23.01.2019 Oxygen tank vaporizer has been installed at the launch site, adjacent to two tank towers

Nosecone fell over in high wind [[679][680]], later moved under the tent [[681]]

Big tank deliverd to dish area [[682][683]]

Mary, NSF

Roger Holt

[684]
22.01.2019 RGV update

SpaceX is using 301 stainless steal and plans to do transpiration cooling

Still no power at build site as they still work on lines from sola field

RGV

Popilarmechanics.com

Nomadd

[685]
21.01.2019 Bulkhead section lowered into Starhopper [[686]] Mary, NSF [687]
20.01.2019 Earth wall construction east of tank farm began

Oxygen vaporizer ready for installation at tank farm

Austin Barnard [688]
18.01.2019 New part added to surface of Starhopper [hatch?] Mary, NSF [689]
17.01.2019 Second tank installed at the launch site [[690]]

Box lowered into Starhopper and moved out again later [[691]]

Mary, NSF [692]
16.01.2019 Delivery at the big dish area: Helium tanks

One of the smaller tanks stored at the big dish area was transported to the launch site area and installed later [[693][694]]

Parts of bulkhead #2 moved [[695]]

Mary, NSF [696]
15.01.2019 Stainless steel panels covering the joint of lower and upper sections removed [[697]]

Some equipment moved

Mk1 nosecone and Starhopper again separated [[698]]

All three raptors removed from Starhopper [[699]]

Mary, NSF [700]
14.01.2019 More parts for new dome/bulkhead spotted NSF, other [701]
13.01.2019 Aerial fotos by RGV, tank farm construction began

Low gradient ramp now levelled

RGV
12.01.2019 Building overview photo [[702][703]], second pad with starhopper on it now visible Roger Holt, Alex Balderas
11.01.2019 Cement pouring to begin on launch site, much dirt work at launch site

Bulkhead spotted, which will be inserted in to the Starhopper fuel tank later

Austin Barnard,[704] [705]
09.01.2019 Dome structure spotted and assembled ("Bulkhead") [probably for Starhopper] [[706][707][708]]

Nosecone and Starhopper put together again [[709][710][711]]

Starhopper: Third fin received stainless finish

John Randolph

Mary, NSF

Roger Holt

[712]

[713]

08.01.2019 Starhopper: More work on legs cover

Mk1 nosecone and Starhopper part put together, later taken apart again

[pics:[714][715][716]

Austin Barnard, NSF

Mary

[717]
06.01.2019 Starhopper: More Stainless Steel added to fins Mary, NSF [718]
05.01.2019 Elon tweet: pic of model of test vehicle

Elon tweet: Engines currently on Starship hopper are a blend of Raptor development & operational parts. First hopper engine to be fired is almost finished assembly in California. Probably fires next month.

Starhopper: stainless steel added to exterior

Twitter

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Mary, NSF

[719]
04.01.2019 Mk1: Nosecone and barrel section mated

[pics:[720][721][722][723]]

Mary, NSF [724]
03.01.2019 Starhopper: Grid like hull structure inserted between leg poles

[pics: [725][726]]

Mary, NSF [727]
01.01.2019 Much work on Starhopper and a nosecone [Mk1]

Two two ring stacks [for Mk1 nosecone barrel section] mated near tent

[pics:[728][729][730][731]]

NSF [732]

2018 and before[]

2018[]

Date Description Source Link
29.12.2018 Nosecone moved by crane [still named BFH 1, laterMk1] and mated with other nosecone part

Much work going on on starhopper

[pics: [733][734]]

ChrisNSF [735]
28.12.2018 Starship slowly taking shape [later Starhopper], work on Nosecone NSF

Austing Barnard

see below
Christmas 2018 Work on Starhopper and a nosecone [later Mk1] near an open tent structure east of Stargate [pics: [736][737]] and one cement pad in front of tent NSF see below
22.12.2018 Elon Musk tweet: Test hopper is at full body diameter of 9m / 30ft, just not full height. Super heavy will be full height & diameter

EM tweet: We're building subsections of the Starship Mk 1 orbital design there

NSF

Twitter

[738]
09.12.2018 Elon tweeting that pics of demo Starship that will fly suborbital hops coming in ~4 weeks NSF

Twitter

[739]

Earlier[]

Date Description Source Link
29.03.2019 Starhopper testing NSF (first youtube video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOv34Tfabng
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