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  1. The Claw is on the move! QD arm is likely to be completed in a couple days
  2. Orbital depot = SLS is completely useless
  3. Raptor was brought on the installation stand to replace the one removed earlier today. This is confirmed as new raptor, the one brought down was RC 67 while this is RC 64
  4. Going back to Starship development now that inspiration 4 is finished, the GSE4 derived mini tank has now an even smaller white tank attached to it: Most of the catching arm as also been aligned: Raptor RC 67 has also been lowered from Booster 4 yesterday, and a raptor without plumbing has been seen being transported behind the SpaceX dragon splashdown stream Also interesting look inside the scrapped SN17 aft section
  5. Following the Shuttle Enterprise station plans, they could remove the heat shield and add lots of stuff in the trunk
  6. SN7.1, but even that was tested to destruction proposefully
  7. Thanks to how it is structured they can actually get 8 flights for a year when they pass from development phase to the operational phase, plus I'd be surprised if that number doesn't increase by the end of 2022
  8. Quoting again the doc: "Operations include tank tests, pre-flight operations, suborbital launches, and orbital launches. SpaceX is still in the testing stages of the launch vehicle, including ongoing Starship prototype tests that have been approved under a separate license. SpaceX also will need to conduct similar tests of Super Heavy prototypes, which have not yet been approved under a separate license. In the early stages of the Starship/Super Heavy program, SpaceX would conduct more tests (tank tests, static fire engine tests, and suborbital launches) and fewer orbital launches annually. If SpaceX becomes more successful with tests, the program would shift to more orbital launches and fewer tests." And the section the previous extract came from: "SpaceX is still determining the number of prototypes that it will build and test. SpaceX is proposing to conduct approximately 10 tank tests a month. SpaceX estimates a 10 percent rate of anomalies during tank testing. An anomaly would result in an explosion and the spread of debris. The distance for which debris could spread is considered the blast danger area; SpaceX would determine this area prior to the test. The blast danger area for tank tests would be within the hard checkpoint area (Figure 2-4). Given the rates above, SpaceX estimates that one tank test each month may result in an anomaly and potentially an explosion."
  9. No, it is from the summary. Very specifically this: "SpaceX is proposing to conduct approximately 10 tank tests a month. SpaceX estimates a 10 percent rate of anomalies during tank testing." i.e. 10% success rate for tests and improvements, not for normal flights. Stuff like 3mm tanks, 3.6 mm, single block nosecones etc, which I presume also includes testing to rupture
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