Starship Flight 3 Prepared for Full Stacking in Wing Down Roll Testing

SpaceX is making significant progress in preparing for its third flight of Starship, with Booster 10 and Ship 28 fully stacked and ready for testing. The assembly of the vehicles was completed in just 56 hours, demonstrating the company’s commitment to increasing its flight cadence. Changes have been made to the bottom of the Liquid Oxygen (LOX) tank in response to a previous failure, including the addition of slosh baffles to prevent propellant from sloshing around. Wet Dress Re

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Looking ahead: Starship reflects on a remarkable year and anticipates a thrilling future in 2023

SpaceX’s Starship Program had a remarkable year in 2023, marked by significant achievements and developments. The program made progress in optimizing Starship production and maintenance, particularly in the shipyard. Construction began on the second Mega Bay, known as Ship Bay, which will replace the High Bay for ship construction. The shipyard’s Starfactory also saw progress with the demolition of several structures, making way for a larger factory. The Sanchez Site underwent changes, including the relocation of the Ground Support Equipment

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Starship Prepared for Second Test Flight Following Upgrades

Starship, the spacecraft developed by SpaceX, is set for its second test flight following upgrades and final approval from the Federal Aviation Administration and US Fish and Wildlife Service. The launch, originally scheduled for November 17, was delayed by a day to address an issue with Booster 9’s grid fin actuators. The first test flight of Starship faced challenges, resulting in the loss of control and destruction of Booster 7 and Ship 24. To address these issues, SpaceX made several changes to the

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SpaceX Secures Launch License for Second Integrated Flight Test of Starship

SpaceX has received a modified launch license to conduct a second integrated flight test of its Starship-Super Heavy vehicle. The license was granted after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) completed an investigation into the environmental impact of the new deluge system at SpaceX’s orbital launch site in Starbase. The investigation found that the deluge system would help mitigate the environmental impacts of the Starship-Super Heavy operations by reducing sound, vibrations, and assisting in cooling and fire suppression.

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Upcoming Second Flight of Starship Nearing Potential November Launch

SpaceX is inching closer to its second flight of the Starship spacecraft, with preparations nearing completion. The company is currently awaiting regulatory approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). While the FAA has finished its safety review, full approval is pending the FWS environmental review. Once granted, a launch date will be set, currently tracking for mid-November.
A recent Wet Dress Rehearsal, where the vehicle was filled with propellant

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SpaceX Awaits Regulatory Approval, Preparing for a Potential WDR

SpaceX is moving forward with its Starship development program as it awaits regulatory approval for a potential Wet Dress Rehearsal (WDR). The company has been making preparations for a WDR involving Booster 9 and Ship 25, including stacking and destacking Ship 25 off Booster 9. Recent work has focused on a photo opportunity featuring a Cybertruck towing a Raptor Vacuum engine. A Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) has been issued, hinting at a WDR as

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FAA Approval of Launch License for Starship’s Second Flight Awaited by SpaceX

SpaceX is eagerly waiting for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to approve the launch license for the second test flight of its powerful rocket, Starship. The FAA recently completed its investigation into an anomaly that occurred during the first test flight and SpaceX has identified corrective actions to prevent similar issues in the future. CEO Elon Musk has released a list of 63 corrective actions, with six to be completed on later flights.

Significant upgrades have been made to Booster 9 in preparation for the second flight

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SpaceX Assembles Ship 25 and Booster 9, Readies for Upcoming Flight

SpaceX has achieved a major milestone in its Starship program by assembling Ship 25 and Booster 9 at the launch site. This marks the first fully stacked Starship rocket to be assembled since April. Ship 25 has undergone several important upgrades, including the addition of thermal protection system (TPS) tiles and a new livery. It has also received upgrades to the flight termination system (FTS) to ensure proper separation of stages. Another notable upgrade is the addition of vents on the aft

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Starship Booster 9

An Update on Starship: Booster 9 Adorned with a Crown, Construction Progress, and HLS Test Article Development

Preparations are underway at SpaceX’s Starbase for the upcoming second Starship test flight, as Booster 9 is expected to return to the launch site soon. The installation of its hot staging ring, which allows the ship to separate from the booster during flight, has been completed. Ship 25 will be stacked atop Booster 9 after successful tests, and launch operations will resume pending FAA approval.

Meanwhile, preparations for future flights are taking place at the former Masseys gun range-turned-test site. Structural testing on a hot staging ring test article has been performed, aiming to evaluate its performance under flight stresses. The site has proved to be valuable in finding efficiencies in SpaceX’s testing.

At the production site, construction of the new Megabay is

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Starship Booster 9 and launch infrastructure progress into crucial testing phase

Starship Booster 9 and launch infrastructure progress into crucial testing phase

Discover the latest updates on SpaceX’s Starship program as it enters a crucial testing phase. From successful static test firing to propellant loading and deluge system tests, find out how SpaceX is refining its boosters, ships, and launch infrastructure to achieve ambitious space exploration goals. Learn about the use of cryogenic fluids, the construction of a new high bay, and the water deluge system that enables rapid reusability. Stay informed on the progress of this groundbreaking program for missions like Starlink v2, Artemis lunar missions, and Mars missions.

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