SpaceX Status Report – August 22, 2020

Boca Chica, Texas

  • FAA issued a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) for the Boca Chica area starting on August the 9th and running to September 2nd “To provide a safe environment for space ops pursuant to 14 CFR Section 91”.
  • Cameron County, Texas issued road and beach closures set for August 23rd, 24th, and 25th for static fire test. Road closure scheduled for the 28th, 29th, and 30th for the 150m hop test.

Starship Status

  • SN5 – Undergoing repairs in the mid-bay.
  • SN6 – On Test Stand 1 – Tank pressurized twice.
  • SN7.1 – Test tank undergoing stacking.
  • SN8 – Under construction in the mid-bay. Thrust stack and top dome stacked.
  • SN9 – Under construction in the segment manufacturing tents.

Facilities Status

  • Low Bay – A stacked nosecone assembly
  • Mid Bay – SN5, SN8
  • High Bay – Under construction – Installing Level 4, Half the height of the other levels. Is this the final level?
  • Test Stand A – SN6 prepping for static fire test.
  • Test Stand B – Installation of the second test stand continues.
  • Orbital Launchpad – Under construction – Rebar work for base columns. Steal sleave has been installed on one column.
  • Old Gas Well – On-site methane (CH4) propellant production?

Cape Canaveral, Florida

Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A), Kennedy Space Center

  • N/A

Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40), Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

  • Thursday, August 27, 2020, 23:19 GMT (7:19 pm EDT) – SAOCOM 1B – SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 B1059.4. This launch is for CONAE, the Argentine space agency. This will be the first polar orbit launch from Cape Canaveral since 1960 when a cow was killed in Cuba by falling debris. Falcon 9 will be landing at Landing Zone 1.

News and Commentary


NASASpaceflight – SpaceX Boca Chica – Final Day Before SN6 Static Fire


John Randolph – The night before the SN6 Static Fire.

John Randolph – SXBC Rocket Shipyard Curb Appeal Aug 21, 2020

John Randolph – A Look Around the Launch Site Aug 21 2020


Marcus House – SpaceX Starship SN6 to fly in less than a week!?, Starlink Speed Results, Saocom 1B, Ariane 5/MEV-2

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