SpaceX Status Report – September 14, 2020

This SpaceX Status Report is updated throughout the day.

Boca Chica, Texas

Starship Testing Schedule

SN7.1 Pressure Test to Destruction

  • Primary Date – September 14, 2020 – 9:00 pm – 6:00 am
    • 05:06 (CST) – Test Complete – No pop!
    • 04:15 (CST) – Pressurizing
    • 03:34 (CST) – Frost
    • 02:08 (CST) – Color change
    • 01:39 (CST) – Pad area cleared
    • 00:23 (SCT) – Venting
    • 21:32 (CST) – Pad area cleared
    • 20:34 (CST) – Road closed
  • Backup Date – September 15, 2020 – 9:00 pm – 6:00 am
  • Backup Date – September 16, 2020 – 9:00 pm – 6:00 am

SN? Test

  • Primary Date – September 17, 2020 – 9:00 pm – 6:00 am
  • Backup Date – September 21, 2020 – 9:00 pm – 6:00 am
  • Backup Date – September 22, 2020 – 9:00 pm – 6:00 am

Starship Status

  • SN5 – Shipyard
    • 08/26/2020 – Moved out of the Mid-Bay to make room for SN8 stacking.
    • 08/04/2020 – 150m hop test successfully completed.
  • SN6 – Shipyard
    • 09/12/2020 – Moved out of Mid-Bay.
    • 09/03/2020 – 150m hop test successfully completed.
    • 08/26/2020 – Mass simulator installed.
    • 08/23/2020 – Static fire test successfully executed at 7:44 pm CT (00:44 UTC).
    • 08/18/2020 – Raptor engine SN29 installed.
    • 08/16/2020 – Ambient and cryo tests completed successfully.
  • SN7.1 – Test Stand B
    • 09/12/2020 – Moved onto Test Stand B launch mount which has a hydraulic “Puc Shucker” installed to simulate operational engine stresses.
    • 09/10/2020 – Cryo proof test completed successfully.
    • 09/07/2020 – Transported to Test Stand B area.
    • 08/28/2020 – Test tank fully stacked.
  • SN8 – Mid-Bay
    • 09/13/2020 – Rear fins 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 – Under construction
    • 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 – Front dome sleaved with a ring stack that includes heat shield tile mounts.
    • 08/15/2020 – Common dome has been sleeved.
  • SN10 – Under construction
    • 09/09/2020 – The upper bulkhead was sleaved with a four-ring stack. All of the previous upper bulkheads have been sleeved with a three-ring stack.
    • 09/04/2020 – Thrust puck and fuel downcomer delivered.
  • SN11 – Under construction
    • 09/14/2020 – Thrust puck and fuel downcomer delivered.
    • 09/09/2020 – Aft dome section spotted in the shipyard.
  • SH-SN1 – Under construction
    • 09/02/2020 – The first Super-Heavy booster (Per Elon Musk).

Facilities Status

  • Low-Bay
    • A fully stacked nosecone assembly inside the bay.
    • Three other nosecone assemblies in various stages of completion are in the immediate area.
    • Forward aerodynamic surfaces are also present in this area.
  • Mid-Bay – SN8, SN9
  • High-Bay – Under construction
    • 09/12/2020 – More roof structural components installed.
  • Test Stand A – Empty
  • Test Stand B – SN7.1
    • New ground support equipment (GSE) probably quick disconnect device spotted.
    • Test Stand B launch mount has a hydraulic “Puc Shucker” installed to simulate operational engine stresses.
  • Orbital Launch Mount – Under construction
    • 09/12/2020 – The sixth column has been sleeved.
  • Landing Pad – Empty
  • Old Gas Well – On-site methane (CH4) propellant production?

Cape Canaveral, Florida

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

Starlink 12

  • Thursday, September, 17th, 2:17 pm EDT (UTC-4) –  This is the 13th batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network. This will bring the total number of Starlink satellites to ~691.

Starlink 13

  • NET September – TBD –  This is the 14th batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network. This will bring the total number of Starlink satellites to ~691.

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

GPS 3 SV04

  • Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 8:00 pm-12:00 am EDT (0000-0400 UTC)

News and Commentary

NASASpaceflight – SpaceX Boca Chica – New Legs and Thrust Puck Delivered


2 The Future with Jixuan & Sebastian – Ex NASA Head Abandons SLS & 20km Starship Hop Coming At Boca Chica!


StarshipBocaChica – 2020 09 12 Night Shift at SpaceX Boca Chica



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