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SpaceX stacks Starship on Superheavy on orbital launchpad

Starship mounted by tower on Superheavy

Capitalism in space: SpaceX for the first time used the giant arms on the launch tower at its Boca Chica orbital launchpad to stack Starship on top of Superheavy, with the fully stacked giant rocket to act as a backdrop to Elon Musk’s update on the project scheduled for airing tonight at 8 pm (Central).

You can see a time lapse of the several hour process here.

The use of a launch tower to stack a rocket is apparently a first, and provides solid evidence that SpaceX’s plan to catch Superheavy with that tower and put it on the ground has a chance of success.

SpaceX has not yet announced how Musk’s presentation will be aired, but when this information is available I will embed it on Behind the Black.

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Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
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  • Typo alert: Last sentence: “embedded” should be “embed it.”

  • Michael McNeil: Typo fixed. Thank you.

  • JhonB

    I was suprised when I went to the web cam today and saw it. I have been waiting to see this for a while. I know they did it some months past, but took it down right away and I missed it. She’s a beauty…
    Ohhh, Nooo, am I allowed to say “She’s” Did I offend someone or make some one have to go to a safe space? (G)

  • Andi

    JhonB – It depends on what the rocket identifies as.

  • Questioner

    Congratulations: I didn’t expect these monster arms to be able to work with this level of precision. It would be interesting to find out how the alignment went in detail with which technical aids. The auxiliary arm seemed to play a role in this.

  • Questioner

    A handful of heat shield tiles were expelled off when Ship 20 was placed on top of the booster 4. Just a little thing.

  • Michael


    While on a trip overseas I passed a coffee shop with a poster in the window explaining why ships were always referred to as “she”; about eight or nine reasons were given. I went in to see the proprietress – very nice lady (although clearly not Russian). I explained that while I agreed with the poster in general I did have one question. She asked me what the question was and I responded “why is ‘she’ referred to as a ‘Man-o-War’ “?

    The whole conversation ended in a few laughs and coffee.

  • Jeff Wright

    What gets me is how Starship-SuperHeavy looks to be the true heir to the B-36 Peacemaker….with Cena’s Suicide Squad character in the cockpit….saying the rest of aerospace history has now been retconned out of existence
    B-36 and Atlas had a baby Starship-and that’s all. SR-seventy-who? Shuttle-what?

    There was the Gooney Bird, the B-36, Atlas and SS/SH…and that’s it for the history books!

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