Too much damage has been done to Earth. 10/11/2020 – Forward aerodynamic surfaces moved into the nosecone fabrication tent. SpaceX teams are rapidly manufacturing multiple Starship prototypes in an assembly factory at the SpaceX South Texas Launch Facility located in Boca Chica Village. Oil bust. Cryogenic proof test aborted. 09/08/2020 – The forward dome was sleaved with a four-ring stack. SpaceX … Founder Elon Musk said SpaceX is planning to launch its latest prototype 12 miles into the sky within the next month or two. Top half of SpaceX's Starship Mk1 on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Boca Chica ahead of the unveiling of the latest design. This is Maria Pointer's historical page. 09/26/2020 – Transported to Test Stand A. 10/11/2020 – Raptor engine SN39 installed. This SpaceX Status Report is updated throughout the day. Temequila is essentially tequila but made in the U.S. I am documenting our neighbor Elon Musk, Space X in Boca Chica … Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window), Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window). Andrea Leinfelder is the space reporter for the Houston Chronicle. The county thought SpaceX would bring tourism dollars as people came to watch its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rocket launches. 10/15/2020 – Static fire attempt was re-run that progressed thru engine chill. The prototype made a tethered hop that same month. SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. On HoustonChronicle.com: Elon Musk injects ‘X’ factor into space quest with bold vision, mixed track record. SpaceX Boca Chica, Brownsville, Texas. “This is history in the making.”, On HoustonChronicle.com: SpaceX success gives Texans reason to cheer. 10/14/2020 – Static fire attempt – This was to be the first time SpaceX attempted a static fire of three Raptor engines. 11/02/2020 – Tank section stacked to the usual “full” level. 11/10/2020 – Static fire test completed with propellant from the header tanks. And it wasn’t with the originally planned Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets. SpaceX is planning a resort at its Texas launch facility, job posting reveals. 10/27/2020 – Nosecone skirt moved to Low-Bay. Two women dead in wrong-way crash on new Texas 288 toll road, Bombshells Restaurant expands to San Antonio with franchise deal, U.S. crude inventories fall, bolstering rally in oil markets, ConocoPhillips makes major oil discovery off Norway, US layoffs remain elevated as 803,000 seek jobless aid, Avenue breaks ground on affordable apartments in Oak Forest. Musk responded on this topic by saying the company’s resources are overwhelmingly focused on the Falcon rocket and Dragon spacecraft being used in Commercial Crew. An up-to-date schedule tracking all of SpaceX's activity and news updates. Big things are happening in a tiny Texas town. 10/18/2020 – Forward dome stack spotted in the shipyard. 10/23/2020 – The thrust section is being prepared for stacking at the Mid-Bay. document.write(year)
Leak detected near engine mounts. In April 2019, SpaceX fired its first engine at the Texas launch site. 10/01/2020 – Fuel Stack spotted in the shipyard. “This is the most inspiring thing that I’ve ever seen,” Musk said, standing by the 165-foot-tall Starship prototype that was just assembled Friday. SpaceX is developing a new rocket called Starship-Super Heavy in Boca Chica, Texas, which founder Elon Musk hopes to soon use to launch people to the moon and Mars. And, ultimately, the Starship vehicle would be paired with the Super Heavy Rocket to escape Earth’s gravity and help make humans a multi-planetary species, Musk said. 09/13/2020 – First ring section moved into the Mid-Bay for stacking. But the proposed launch site sat idle for awhile. It had just one engine. 10/23/2020 – Aero covers spotted in the shipyard. 10/11/2020 – Raptor engine SN32 installed. Located on the southernmost tip of the state, Boca Chica has rapidly become a popular destination amongst space enthusiasts from around the globe. His patent-pending device would use algae to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere of space colonies and homes here on Earth, and one of the byproducts of this device is ethanol. 11/02/2020 – Aft aerodynamic surfaces were installed. 10/26/2020 – Aft aerodynamic surfaces delivered to the worksite. But now that SpaceX has switched its focus, Treviño is waiting to see what the economic impact could be for the region. Elon Musk announces South Texas SpaceX launch details. 09/13/2020 – Three-ring stack probably part of the tank section with heat tile mounting points spotted. 10/14/2020 – Stacking began in the Mid-Bay. 09/20/2020 – Forward dome with Tesla batteries, stacking guides, and other hardware installed spotted in the shipyard. 11/08/2020 – Lox Stack 3 spotted in the shipyard. He’s hopeful that SpaceX can attract other space companies and help develop a local aerospace workforce. Starship will be a gigantic two-stage launch vehicle consisting of the spacecraft - Starship - and a rocket booster called Super Heavy. SpaceX Subscribe to CNBC PRO for exclusive insights and … Numerous structures, high bay assembly buildings, and elements of launch infrastructure have sprung up at Boca Chica over the last year. Photo: Marie D. De Jesús, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer. 10/29/2020 – Aft aerodynamic surface attachment parts spotted in the shipyard. “I don’t think anybody in their wildest dreams would have thought we’d have potential rocket launches taking place in our backyard. Florida. 10/12/2020 – Raptor engine SN30 installed. “It’s going to be really nutty to see a bunch of these things,” he said. Starhopper was designed to test the Raptor engine, which will be used in both the Starship and Super Heavy, and other spacecraft systems. var today = new Date()
10/07/2020 – Lox Stack 2 spotted in the shipyard. 10/03/2020 – Thrust section spotted in the shipyard. 11/18/2020 – Common dome sleeve spotted in the shipyard. 08/15/2020 – Common dome has been sleeved. 09/13/2020 – Aft aerodynamic surfaces delivered to Mid-Bay. He would also like to see local propellant production. Recession. SpaceX also has a team in Cape Canaveral, Fla., building a competing Starship prototype. “This is our future,” she said. 09/14/2020 – Thrust puck and fuel downcomer delivered. SpaceX's Starship Mk1 prototype already with the bottom and top halves joined on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Boca Chica. 09/22/2020 – The second rear aerodynamic surface installed. Work is being done on SpaceX's Starship Mk1 top half on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Boca Chica ahead of the unveiling of the latest design. 09/02/2020 – The first Super-Heavy booster (Per Elon Musk). 08/28/2020 – Forward dome sleaved with a ring stack that includes heat shield tile mounts. 10/16/2020 – Common dome section has now been stacked on the mid LOX ring section in the Mid-Bay. But the recent launch of its Starship prototype hinted of what the future could be. BOCA CHICA — SpaceX founder Elon Musk expects to one day launch people from South Texas to the moon, Mars or beyond — with an update late Saturday that confirmed the company’s long-term presence in a remote area outside of Brownsville where SpaceX this year started testing a prototype of its Starship vehicle. The SpaceX South Texas launch site, also known as Boca Chica launch site, is a private rocket production facility, test site, and spaceport for SpaceX, located at Boca Chica approximately 32 km (20 mi) east of Brownsville, Texas, on the US Gulf Coast. SpaceX opted to build and test a 65-foot-tall prototype called the Starhopper. 10/17/2020 – Common dome and header tank awaiting integration in the shipyard. SpaceX's first Starship prototype under construction near Boca Chica, Texas in 2019. Anomalies during a flight to the International Space Station in 2015 and a launchpad test a year later also forced the company to put Boca Chica on the back burner. 09/28/2020 – Lox Stack 4 spotted in the shipyard. That was the year SpaceX officially announced it would build a launch site for its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets near Boca Chica Beach, which provided a mostly isolated area near the water and the equator. And with the SpaceX facility located on a public road, it’s easy for locals to see the company’s progress. Scrub – 11/22/2020 10:17 pm EST (0317 UTC). 10/05/2020 – Trust dome has been sleeved. Raquel Aldape, 51 of Brownsville, was there in both the morning and the evening to take pictures. 08/27/2020 – Stacking thrust section in the Mid-Bay. Live views of the beaches of South Padre Island, Isla Blanca Park, Starship, and SpaceX Boca Chica Launch Pad. 10/22/2020 – Thrust dome stack moved to the Mid-Bay. 10/26/2020 – Starship SN8 unhooked from the “TankZilla” crane. 09/09/2020 – Aft dome section spotted in the shipyard. 13K likes. Then came two hover tests in July and August, the latter having the Starhopper lift itself to nearly 500 feet before returning safely to Earth. 10/07/2020 – Cryogenic proof test to 7 bar absolute. SpaceX has carried out two hop tests this year using rudimentary, single-engine rocket prototypes at its Boca Chica, Texas, launch site. The latest Starship prototype that Musk stood near Saturday has three Raptor engines. Activity increased gradually and then suddenly. He plans to turn this ethanol into vodka. 10/12/2020 – Raptor engine SN39 installed. The sun set as SpaceX prepared their super heavy-lift Starship SN8 rocket for a test launch this week at the company's facilities in Boca Chica, Texas, US on December 1, 2020. The 16-story-tall Starship prototype was set for liftoff at 4:35 p.m. local time from SpaceX’s Boca Chica, Texas, launch facilities for its first suborbital flight using three of its new Raptor rocket engines. They also own SLC-4E at Vandenberg, California for their high inclination launches. 10/03/2020 – Tank section stacked to the usual “full” level. Sign it today. 10/01/2020 – Forward dome was sleeved with a four ring stack labeled “FWD BARREL ASSY BOOSTER”. First SpaceX enthusiasts group based on a launch site *UNOFFICIAL**Not affiliated with SpaceX-*!! 10/24/2020 – Common dome sleeved in the shipyard. Detail of the SpaceX's Starship Mk1 stainless steel hull on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Boca Chica. The company plans to launch the massive rocket to a height of nearly 8 miles, or 12.5 kilometers, up above SpaceX’s facility in Boca Chica, Texas, before landing the vehicle back down on … The venue, which will also host concerts and other events, was slated to have a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday, though that was delayed by the SpaceX event, said Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. 09/30/2020 – Lifted onto launch mount after wind delay. 10/29/2020 – Forward dome spotted in the shipyard. 10/03/2020 – Leg skirt spotted in the shipyard. 10/16/2020 – Aft aerodynamic surface mounts installed. Each prototype will undergo testing towards the development of the spacecraft that could one day change the … 11/21/2020 – Nosecone stacked on a five ring stack in the Low-Bay 11/29/2020 – Forward aerodynamic surfaces installed. 08/15/2020 – The thrust section was flipped. The SN8 Starship prototype was destroyed when attempting to land after a first flight to an altitude of 12.5 km or 41,000 ft. Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40), Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Starlink 15 Scrub – 11/22/2020 10:17 pm EST (0317 UTC) Boca Chica … Another of the device’s byproducts is methanol, which can be used to make rocket fuel for the Mars habitat that Wagoner and his Mars Colony X teammates are working to create. SpaceX has many pads, on the East Coast of the US they own SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral and LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center for their lower inclination launches. 10/19/2020 – Nosecone stacked on a barrel section in the Low-Bay. On HoustonChronicle.com: SpaceX to develop, test Starship prototype in South Texas. He shared photos of this “rocket fuel” on social media to promote his work toward creating a Mars habitat — which does have an alcohol connection. 08/21/2020 – Thrust section and top section stacked. 10/12/2020 – Forward aerodynamic surfaces being installed on a nosecone in Fabrication Tent 3. JB Wagoner was taking pictures of the Starship prototype positioned behind his agave spirit Temequila, which is essentially tequila but made in the U.S. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the … 10/20/2020 – Aft aerodynamic surface cover installed. aka BocaChicaMaria or BCM. 10/06/2020 – Cryogenic proof test attempt. This SpaceX Status Report is updated throughout the day. “NASA expects to see the same level of enthusiasm focused on the investments of the American taxpayer. All of the previous upper bulkheads have been sleeved with a three-ring stack. People could be flying in the next year, he said, though SpaceX efforts with NASA to take astronauts to the International Space Station have been delayed, a point that NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine pointed out this week. “Commercial Crew is years behind schedule,” he said in a statement. 10/04/2020 – Actuated its aft aerodynamic surfaces under its own power. 10/31/2020 – Thrust section spotted in the shipyard. SpaceX, the aerospace company founded by Elon Musk, runs around-the-clock operations at the SpaceX South Texas Launch Facility in Boca Chica Beach where they are developing the Starship spacecraft. Launch Pad A - SpaceX Space Launch Facility, TX, USA. And while known for overly optimistic time frames, Musk said later Starship prototypes could reach orbit in the next six months. A decade ago, Boca Chica, home of SpaceX’s South Texas facility, likely wasn’t even known to space fanatics. The giant spacecraft’s development site in Boca Chica, Texas has been extremely busy over the past few weeks with preparation for the big test. So the fact we’ve gotten to this point … it’s really a heck of an opportunity for us.”. 08/26/2020 – Forward aerodynamic surfaces spotted in the shipyard. 10/05/2020 – Ambient Testing Complete. He has a patent pending for a device that will use algae to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere of both space colonies and homes here on Earth. 09/04/2020 – Trust dome has been sleeved. Fetterman relentlessly trolls Dan Patrick seeking $1M voter fraud bounty, Texas AG Paxton urged White House to revoke Harris County COVID relief funds over mail ballots, Grand Prize Bar employee assaulted for asking customer to wear mask, Latest COVID-19 projections suggest Houston could be nation's next hot spot, James Harden's status for opener in question as NBA investigates club video. 10/13/2020 – Nosecone with the forward aerodynamic surfaces moved to low-bay. SpaceX. SpaceX plans to launch a full-size Starship rocket prototype about 7.8 miles (12.5 kilometers) into the air at 4:45 p.m. CT on Wednesday from Boca Chica, Texas. var year = today.getFullYear()
08/26/2020 – Nosecone five-ring stack spotted in the shipyard. 11/11/2020 – Thrust section mated to leg skirt. BOCA CHICA BEACH, Texas (KVEO) — SpaceX is launching into the future and watching out for the sea turtles while they’re at it. 08/29/2020 – Tank section stacked to the usual “full” level. Ideally, after SpaceX is done with this Starship prototype, he’d like to ask if Mars Colony X could use it to build the Mars habitat simulator. It’s time to deliver.”. Those prototypes launched about 500 feet into the air and landed on a concrete slab roughly a minute later. 09/13/2020 – Note: I see no evidence of external “plumbing” on SN8 as of yet. SpaceX came within two seconds of attempting to launch the latest prototype of its next-generation Starship rocket until an engine issue stopped the company short of liftoff on Tuesday. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. 10/02/2020 – Lox Stack 1 spotted in the shipyard. 10/09/2020 – Cryogenic proof test – Passed. Plan Your Visit to the SpaceX Texas Launch Site in Boca Chica, TX. SpaceX's Starship Mk1 two halves before being joined on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Boca Chica ahead of the design unveiling event taking place on Saturday. “I grew up here,” Treviño said. 09/03/2020 – Thrust puck and fuel downcomer delivered. FILE: Space enthusiasts look at a prototype of SpaceX’s Starship spacecraft at the company’s Texas launch facility on September 28, 2019 in Boca Chica near Brownsville, Texas. 11/20/2020 – CH4 header tank spotted in the shipyard. Based on Cameron County, Texas road closures. Unusual material discharged from the launch area during the test. SpaceX to develop, test Starship prototype in South Texas, Elon Musk injects ‘X’ factor into space quest with bold vision, mixed track record, SpaceX success gives Texans reason to cheer, https://www.facebook.com/AndreaCLeinfelder/, With Axiom, Houston Spaceport gets commercial space station tenant, NASA receives $23 billion in budget including funds for returning to the moon, Members of U.S. Space Force to be called Guardians, Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. SpaceX came close to hitting the launch button on an early November flight up to 50,000 feet (9.4 miles) at its Boca Chica launch site, according to federal and state emails. This did not amount to much as the road to the launch site was never closed. Wagoner traveled to Boca Chica from California to scope out the area for creating an early version of this Mars habitat to refine and test its systems. Musk on Saturday said he expects the area will be built up more by the time SpaceX is launching people into space. WO: 133 7367. About SPI South Padre Island, Texas is the subtropical southernmost part of the world's longest barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico at the Texas/Mexico border. 09/22/2020 – Moved out of the Mid-Bay into the shipyard. “The critical thing that we need to focus on, I think, is the fastest path to a self-sustaining city on Mars,” Musk said. Pandemic. Musk’s announcements Saturday are important developments for both the 17-year-old space company and the Brownsville community, which has felt both eager anticipation and healthy skepticism since 2014. Some people drove their Teslas, a product from one of Musk’s other business endeavors, to check out the rocket. 10/24/2020 – Aft dome section with the skirt installed spotted in the shipyard. Mars was a topic also discussed by Musk, even mentioning that Tesla vehicles could drive on the planet. To better watch the tests and launches in Texas, Cameron County officials built a new amphitheater on the southernmost tip of South Padre Island. 10/29/2020 – Landing legs on the thrust section tested. JB Wagoner, from the Los Angeles area, takes selfies of his agave spirit Temequila with SpaceX’s Starship in the background on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in Boca Chica. Construction was delayed by unstable ground that required trucking in 310,000 cubic yards of soil, enough to cover a football field 13 to 14 stories tall, to settle and compress the land. View of the two halves of the SpaceX's Starship Mk1 from the Boca Chica Boulevard on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Boca Chica. The plan was to reach an altitude of more than 40,000 feet before attempting to land on a concrete slab near the launch … Both were launched at SpaceX's launch site in Boca Chica, Texas, and both had just one Raptor engine pushing them into the air. 09/13/2020 – The thrust section was flipped. 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