SpaceX Status Report – November 4, 2020

This SpaceX Status Report is updated throughout the day.

Starship SN8 Testing Schedule

  • November 3, 2020 – 9:00 am – 11:00 pm – Cryo test complete.
  • Canceled – November 4, 2020 – 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • November 5, 2020 – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • November 6, 2020 – 4:00 am – 12:00 pm

News and Commentary

NASASpaceflight – SpaceX Boca Chica – SN8 Completes Cryo Testing – New Thrust Puck Design Spotted


TheSpaceXFans – SpaceX Starship Updates! SN8 Testing Continues! TheSpaceXShow


ENGINEERING TODAY – SpaceX Starship: Elon Musk Calibrates Expectations from SN8 Test | The ISS 20 Years of Promise



Boca Chica, Texas

Starship Construction Status

  • SN8 – Test Stand A
    • 10/26/2020 – Starship SN8 unhooked from the “TankZilla” crane.
    • 10/22/2020 – Milestone – Nosecone assembly installed. This is the first Starship prototype to have a nosecone permanently installed.
    • 10/21/2020 – Nosecone assembly moved to Test Stand A.
    • 10/20/2020 – Milestone – Static Fire Test Successful. The first concurrent firing of three Raptor engines
    • 10/19/2020 – Nosecone stacked on a barrel section in the Low-Bay.
    • 10/19/2020 – Preburner test completed.
    • 10/16/2020 – Tested the RCS thrusters.
    • 10/15/2020 – Static fire attempt was re-run that progressed thru engine chill.
    • 10/14/2020 – Static fire attempt – This was to be the first time SpaceX attempted a static fire of three Raptor engines. This did not amount to much as the road to the launch site was never closed.
    • 10/13/2020 – Nosecone with forward aerodynamic surfaces moved to low-bay.
    • 10/12/2020 – Forward aerodynamic surfaces being installed on a nosecone in Fabrication Tent 3.
    • 10/12/2020 – Raptor engine SN30 installed.
    • 10/12/2020 – Raptor engine SN39 installed.
    • 10/11/2020 – Raptor engine SN39 removed.
    • 10/11/2020 – Raptor engine SN39 installed.
    • 10/11/2020 – Raptor engine SN32 installed.
    • 10/11/2020 – Forward aerodynamic surfaces moved into the nosecone fabrication tent.
    • 10/09/2020 – Cryogenic proof test – Passed
    • 10/08/2020 – Cryogenic proof test.
    • 10/07/2020 – Cryogenic proof test to 7 bar absolute. Leak detected near engine mounts. Perhaps due to differential shrinking per Elon Musk.
    • 10/06/2020 – Cryogenic proof test attempt.
    • 10/05/2020 – Tested RCS thrusters
    • 10/05/2020 – Ambient Testing Complete. Cryogenic proof test aborted.
    • 10/04/2020 – Actuated its aft aerodynamic surfaces under its own power.
    • 09/30/2020 – Lifted onto launch mount after wind delay.
    • 09/26/2020 – Transported to Test Stand A.
    • 09/22/2020 – The second rear aerodynamic surface installed.
    • 09/22/2020 – Milestone – First rear aerodynamic surface installed!
    • 09/22/2020 – Moved out of the Mid-Bay into the shipyard.
    • 09/15/2020 – Aft aerodynamic surface cover installed.
    • 09/13/2020 – Aft aerodynamic surfaces delivered to Mid-Bay.
    • 08/29/2020 – Stacked to the usual “full” level.
    • 08/27/2020 – Stacking thrust section in the Mid-Bay.
    • 08/21/2020 – Thrust section and top section stacked.
    • 08/15/2020 – The thrust section was flipped.
  • SN9 – High-Bay
    • 11/02/2020 – Aft aerodynamic surfaces were installed.
    • 10/20/2020 – Aft aerodynamic surface cover installed.
    • 10/16/2020 – Aft aerodynamic surface mounts installed.
    • 10/03/2020 – Stacked to the usual “full” level.
    • 10/03/2020 – The thrust section was moved into the Mid-Bay for stacking.
    • 09/27/2020 – Forward dome stacked.
    • 09/20/2020 – Forward dome with Tesla batteries, stacking guides, and other hardware installed spotted in the shipyard.
    • 09/13/2020 – Note: I see no evidence of external “plumbing” on SN8 as of yet.
    • 09/13/2020 – Three-ring stack probably part of the tank section with heat tile mounting points spotted.
    • 09/13/2020 – The thrust section was flipped.
    • 09/13/2020 – First ring section moved into the Mid-Bay for stacking.
    • 09/04/2020 – Trust dome has been sleeved.
    • 08/28/2020 – Forward dome sleaved with a ring stack that includes heat shield tile mounts.
    • 08/26/2020 – Forward aerodynamic surfaces spotted in the shipyard.
    • 08/26/2020 – Nosecone five-ring stack spotted in the shipyard.
    • 08/15/2020 – Common dome has been sleeved.
  • SN10 – Mid-Bay
    • 11/02/2020 – Stacked to the usual “full” level.
    • 10/23/2020 – Aero covers spotted in the shipyard.
    • 10/22/2020 – Thrust dome stack moved to the Mid-Bay.
    • 10/16/2020 – Common dome section has now been stacked on the mid LOX ring section in the Mid-Bay.
    • 10/14/2020 – Stacking began in the Mid-Bay.
    • 10/03/2020 – Trust section mated to leg skirt in the shipyard.
    • 10/03/2020 – Thrust section spotted in the shipyard.
    • 10/03/2020 – Leg skirt spotted in the shipyard. WO: 133 7367
    • 09/08/2020 – The forward dome was sleaved with a four-ring stack. All of the previous upper bulkheads have been sleeved with a three-ring stack.
    • 09/03/2020 – Thrust puck and fuel downcomer delivered.
  • SN11 – Under construction
    • Forward dome sleeved.
    • 10/26/2020 – Common bulkhead flipped.
    • 10/24/2020 – Common dome sleeved in the shipyard.
    • 10/24/2020 – Aft dome section with the skirt installed spotted in the shipyard.
    • 10/23/2020 – The thrust section is being prepared for stacking at the Mid-Bay.
    • 10/18/2020 – Forward dome stack spotted in the shipyard.
    • 10/07/2020 – Thrust section flipped
    • 10/05/2020 – Trust dome has been sleeved.
    • 10/03/2020 – Methane Header tank spotted
    • 09/20/2020 – Common Bulkhead spotted
    • 09/14/2020 – Thrust puck and fuel downcomer delivered.
    • 09/09/2020 – Aft dome section spotted in the shipyard.
  • SN12 – Under construction
    • 11/02/2020 – Thrust section flipped.
    • 10/31/2020 – Thrust section spotted in the shipyard.
    • 10/29/2020 – Forward dome spotted in the shipyard.
    • 10/27/2020 – Nosecone skirt spotted in the shipyard.
    • 10/17/2020 – Common dome and header tank awaiting integration in the shipyard.
    • 09/20/2020 – Leg Skirt spotted in the shipyard.
  • SN13 – Under construction
    • ???
  • SN14 – Under construction
    • 10/10/2020 – Methane downcomer spotted.
  • SH1 – Super Heavy Booster – Under construction
    • 10/07/2020 – Lox Stack 2 spotted in the shipyard.
    • 10/01/2020 – Fuel Stack spotted in the shipyard.
    • 10/01/2020 – Forward dome was sleeved with a four ring stack labeled “FWD BARREL ASSY BOOSTER”.
    • 10/02/2020 – Lox Stack 1 spotted in the shipyard.
    • 09/28/2020 – Lox Stack 4 spotted in the shipyard.
    • 09/22/2020 – Milestone – First Super Heavy booster Common Dome Assembly spotted in the shipyard.
    • 09/02/2020 – The first Super-Heavy booster (Per Elon Musk).
  • HLS – Under Construction – Southwest Shipyard – NASA Human Landing System (HLS) – Lunar lander mockup.
    • Nasa logo added to HLS mockup
    • Painted white
    • Moved to the Southwest Shipyard

Facilities Status

  • Low-Bay (Windbreak) – Nosecone skirt
  • Mid-Bay – SN10
  • High-Bay – SN9
  • Test Stand A – Full SN8
  • Test Stand B – Under construction
  • Orbital Launch Mount – Under construction

Cape Canaveral, Florida

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

NASA – Crew 1

  1. 11/14/2020 7:49 pm EST (0049 UTC)
    • One engine swapped
    • 10/10/2020 – 10/31/2020 launch date delayed due to gas generator issues that showed up in the GPS launch scrub on 10/2/2020.
    • SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket with a Crew Dragon spacecraft on its first operational flight to the International Space Station. NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi will be the crew for this mission.
    • Falcon 9 Booster B1061.0

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

GPS 3 SV04 – United States Air Force

  • NET 11/05/2020 5:58 pm EST – 2258 (UTC)
    • One engine swapped
    • 10/02/2020 – Scrubbed at t-minus 2 seconds due to an unexpected pressure rise in the gas generator of one of the Merlin engines.
    • 09/30/2020 – Delayed
    • 09/29/2020 – Delayed
    • Delayed from October, December, May, July, and August.
    • A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is set to launch the fourth, third-generation navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System (GPS). The satellite is built by Lockheed Martin.
    • Falcon 9 Booster B1062.0

NROL-108 – National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)

  • Corrected – TBD Launch scheduled for 10/31/2020 – 09:55 am EDT 13:55 (UTC)

Vandenburg Air Force Base, California

SENTINEL 6 – NASA

  • NET November 10
    • The booster will return to the launch site at LZ4.
    • Falcon 9 Booster B1063.0

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