SpaceX Status Report – August 26, 2020

This post will be updated throughout the day.

Boca Chica, Texas

  • Cameron County, Texas issued road closure scheduled for the 150m hop test on August 28th which has been canceled. The road closure backup dates of August 29th and 30th are still active.
  • 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 – Moved out of the mid-bay.
  • SN6 – On Test Stand A – Mass simulator being installed today.
  • SN7.1 – Test tank undergoing stacking.
  • SN8 – Under construction in the mid-bay.
  • SN9 – Under construction in the segment manufacturing tents. Front dome sleaved with a ring stack that includes heat shield tile mounts.

Facilities Status

  • Low Bay – A stacked nosecone assembly
  • Mid Bay – SN8 Stacking
  • High Bay – Under construction – Installing the last level.
  • Test Stand A – SN6 static fire test completed.
  • Test Stand B – Under construction. Being prepared for the SN7.1 pressure test. “Puck Shucker” hydraulic thrust simulator installed.
  • Orbital Launch Mount – Under construction – Rebar installation for the second column underway.
  • 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

  • New Date – Sunday, August 30, 2020, 10:08 am EDT (14:08 UTC) – Starlink 11

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

  • New Date – Friday, August 28, 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 – SN6 Mass Simulator Installed – Other Starships Prepare


NASASpaceflight – SpaceX Boca Chica – From SN5 re-hop preps to SN9 sleeving – A busy Spaceport


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