SpaceX Status Report – August 24, 2020

Boca Chica, Texas

  • Cameron County, Texas issued road closure scheduled for the 28th, 29th, and 30th for the 150m hop test.
  • 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”.

Starship Status

  • SN5 – Undergoing repairs in the mid-bay.
  • SN6 – On Test Stand A – Static fire test successfully executed on August 23rd. The mass simulator arrives at Test Stand A.
  • SN7.1 – Test tank undergoing stacking.
  • SN8 – Under construction in the mid-bay.
  • SN9 – Under construction in the segment manufacturing tents. Forward dome spotted outside Tent 1.

Facilities Status

  • Low Bay – A stacked nosecone assembly
  • Mid Bay – SN5, SN8
  • High Bay – Under construction – Installing the last level.
  • Test Stand A – SN6 static fire test completed.
  • Test Stand B – Under construction – Installation of the second test stand continues. The whole stand has been moved to a new foundation.
  • Orbital Launch Mount – 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

  • Saturday, August 29, 2020, 10:30 am EDT (14:30 UTC) – Starlink 11

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


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