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Update on Starship/Superheavy preparations at Boca Chica

Link here. After two separate but aborted dress rehearsal countdowns, the rocket has been destacked with Superheavy rolled back to the assembly building.

After two Wet Dress Rehearsal (WDR) aborts, SpaceX opted to destack Ship 28 before removing Booster 10 from the Orbital Launch Mount (OLM). The Booster has since rolled back to the Production Site, while Ship 28 conducted standalone testing on Pad B, opening with a Spin Prime test on Monday.

A March launch of Flight 3 for Starship is still possible, pending the completion of full stack testing and approval from the FAA.

While the aborts suggest some technical issues occurred that need addressing, the destacking and additional work could also be for other reasons. The FAA has still not issued a launch license, and is demanding certain actions before doing so. It could be that the company is being forced to make certain upgrades on these prototypes it would have rather left to the next test launch with more advanced prototypes.

Either way, it now appears that a March launch is possibly threatened.

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  • Steve Richter

    Elie in space says Biden will be in Brownsville tomorrow.

    I am sure he will use the opportunity to zip over to Boca and talk to the Americans working around the clock to advance the cause of the US in space.

  • Ray Van Dune

    Elon should call up Biden and say “Hey, since you’re going to be in Brownsville anyway, why don’t you come on down to Boca Chica and let me show you around?!”

    I am not kidding.

  • Brewingfrog

    Firstly, Biden is unaware of what planet he is on. Secondly, it is his Administration which is hobbling and slow-walking SpaceX, thus a visit would be the height of blistering irony.

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