SpaceX Status Report – August 23, 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 and tests run but static fire test aborted. Take 2 – Tank pressurized and tests run but static fire test aborted. Take 3 – Static fire test successfully executed at 7:44 pm CT (00:44 UTC).
  • 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 static fire test completed.
  • Test Stand B – Under construction – 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? Ground preparation work in process.

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 – Starship SN6 Static Fire

NASASpaceflight – SpaceX Boca Chica – Starship SN6 Static Fire


StarshipBocaChica – 2020 08 23 SN6 Static Fire Take 2

StarshipBocaChica – 2020 08 23 SN6 Static Fire Take 2

NASASpaceflight – Starship SN6 Static Fire Attempt at SpaceX’s Boca Chica Launch Site – Take 3 – Test Successful!

NASASpaceflight – Starship SN6 Static Fire Attempt at SpaceX’s Boca Chica Launch Site – Take 3 – Test Successful!

NASASpaceflight – Starship SN6 Static Fire Attempt at SpaceX’s Boca Chica Launch Site – Take 2 – Test Aborted.

NASASpaceflight – Starship SN6 Static Fire Attempt at SpaceX’s Boca Chica Launch Site – Take 2 – Test Aborted.

Alex Rex – SpaceX Starship Facility Update / August 22nd, 2020 / #BocaChica #Starship #Spacex

Alex Rex – SpaceX Starship Facility Update / August 22nd, 2020 / #BocaChica #Starship #Spacex

Everyday Astronaut – Let’s watch SpaceX static fire Starship SN-6! – Test Aborted.

Everyday Astronaut – Let’s watch SpaceX static fire Starship SN-6! – Scrubbed!

NASASpaceflight – Starship SN6 Static Fire Attempt at SpaceX’s Boca Chica Launch Site – Test Aborted.

NASASpaceflight – Starship SN6 Static Fire Attempt at SpaceX’s Boca Chica Launch Site – Scrubbed!

TheSpaceXFans – SpaceX Starship Updates! SN6 Static Fire Imminent, SN8 Stacking! TheSpaceXShow

TheSpaceXFans – SpaceX Starship Updates! SN6 Static Fire Imminent, SN8 Stacking! TheSpaceXShow

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