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Just now, Ultimate Steve said:

Where are they gonna put it? Iirc the two launch stands are taken up by sn9 and sn7.2.

SN7.2 is on a mobile transport stand, the other launch stand is free.

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8 minutes ago, Ultimate Steve said:

Where are they gonna put it? Iirc the two launch stands are taken up by sn9 and sn7.2.

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Just now, RCgothic said:

Nope, the landing pad is above Starhopper.

Oh, I thought that was pad B. Guess I missed the launch stand, or thought it was too close to SN9 to be reasonable.

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Do you think we'll see any iridescent color on the steel after the spaceship reenters the atmosphere as the plasma sort of 'anodizes' the metal or as dust interacts with it? What will reused Starships look like?

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1 hour ago, cubinator said:

Do you think we'll see any iridescent color on the steel after the spaceship reenters the atmosphere as the plasma sort of 'anodizes' the metal or as dust interacts with it? What will reused Starships look like?

Yes, I expect it will look even worse than F9.

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9 hours ago, RealKerbal3x said:

 

Looks like they've got a lot of bird poop under that heatshield, I wonder how that'll affect the steel underneath if at all.

Joking aside, what is that stuff? Adhesive running down the sides? I though they were mechanically attaching the tiles,  not gluing them.

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There's a pretty hostile article in TheVerge which suggests part of the holdup for SN9 is SN8 violating the launch licence, requiring a subsequent review.

Not sure how much of this to take seriously, as they're also pretty negative about the landing explosion when it wasn't even expected that the rocket would get that far.

https://www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2021/1/29/22256657/spacex-launch-violation-explosive-starship-faa-investigation-elon-musk

 

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26 minutes ago, RCgothic said:

There's a pretty hostile article in TheVerge which suggests part of the holdup for SN9 is SN8 violating the launch licence, requiring a subsequent review.

Not sure how much of this to take seriously, as they're also pretty negative about the landing explosion when it wasn't even expected that the rocket would get that far.

https://www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2021/1/29/22256657/spacex-launch-violation-explosive-starship-faa-investigation-elon-musk

 

It seems like the FAA has released some official statements on this, but I'm not sure just how seriously to take these either.

 

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1 hour ago, RCgothic said:

Not sure how much of this to take seriously, as they're also pretty negative about the landing explosion when it wasn't even expected that the rocket would get that far.

I do have to ask, previously most destructive (or potentially destructive) mid-air testing has to be carried out in certain restricted areas. Perhaps this wasn't in the list that the FAA can actually license ? Or maybe their requested bound limits were actually not large enough for that ? Like apart from the military-industrial complex mid-air destructive testing hasn't really been a thing, and Boca Chica is only mere tens of miles away from neighboring countries. FAA might've had a call to their offices from the authorities next door ?

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1 hour ago, YNM said:

I do have to ask, previously most destructive (or potentially destructive) mid-air testing has to be carried out in certain restricted areas. Perhaps this wasn't in the list that the FAA can actually license ? Or maybe their requested bound limits were actually not large enough for that ? Like apart from the military-industrial complex mid-air destructive testing hasn't really been a thing, and Boca Chica is only mere tens of miles away from neighboring countries. FAA might've had a call to their offices from the authorities next door ?

I genuinely don't know. We could certainly do with a lot more transparency over launch licenses.

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32 minutes ago, RCgothic said:

We could certainly do with a lot more transparency over launch licenses.

I mean I didn't even knew that FAA was the one with this jurisdiction, thought it was the DoD or Armed Forces or something.

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