SpaceX is lifting Super Heavy Booster 4 onto the launch table which is beside the new giant launch tower.
There were previous pictures of the launch table under construction and workers in the picture show the giant size of the table.
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30 thoughts on “SpaceX Booster 4 Lifting Onto Launch Table”
well. various coasts if the oil rig/ supported island model is to be believed. Pacific coast better than Gulf or Atlantic methinks.
An oxymoron if ever I heard one.
Things have always been designed for a given life, outside of a literal handful of things like religious monuments.
Because if you designed something to last forever it would cost infinity, and weigh infinity.
Now I won't deny that there are some ridiculous decisions that get made. – Sometimes because some committee meeting came up with a profit projection scheme where if the item automagically bricks itself after 24 months then OF COURSE the customer would be happy to buy another one.
But a lot of the time because (listing things I've PERSONAL experience with)
Even back in the early 1980s, PM was far more gee-whiz than technical.
Don't get me wrong, it's never been as bad a Popular Science.
Valves misbehaving, apparently. That might take a few months to diagnose and fix, at ULA speeds.
Stuck in PPT copy editing.
And the aliens wouldn't be wrong.
I think it has to do with the reflected shockwave from the hypersonic exhaust destroying the rocket and the launchpad.
speaking of such systems:
whatever happened to the second uncrewed test flight of the Starliner, scheduled to lift off Tuesday on a ULA Atlas V rocket from the Cape??
…and land on a conventional (?length) air field.
In a million years when these sites are discovered, the best explanation will be alien technology.
To be fair, I would suggest that that is more in the personal consumer products area.
I think the long term plan is launching off modified oil drilling platforms, right? Long term, the pad at "Starbase" is going to be like the road out of the end of an auto factory: The vehicles only see it once after being manufactured. They'll be launched once from Starbase, then used elsewhere.
That doesn't mean the launch from Starbase will be wasted, of course.
It's called Value Engineering – as in: increase the value of the profit on that for the Client.
Though waterproofing and draining foundation walls (before construction) is trivial these days, it is certainly not cheap and presumes the User will be around for 50 years.
PM was a staple of the 'gee-whiz' era for promising technically-focused kids.
With All Due Respect (and to accept the pragmatics of the Business), it's the T&D engineers who have led the way to a 'design for obsolescence' culture. Failures at Warranty Period +1d, wear-out at the timing of a new product cycle (an Apple/ GM favourite), and a culture of easily (hopefully) replaceable 'transition parts' (essentially a labor subscription). Personal Request: more durable seals (c'mon EPDM and/or silicone?) and respect the duty cycles of the end result (5 uses per day or 5,000?).
Cue the Curmudgeon: "Things lasted a lot longer in my day…"
I'm going with "Next to ocean, below grade would be below water table".
Also, the huge stand is probably quicker than digging a ginormous pit.
He's absolutely right about this. I'm a tooling engineer for a deep draw stamping manufacturer, mostly automotive and medical. I see the truth of this every day. We'll get in products that have difficult features, and we'll always ask to see the assembly.
When we do it's quite common to see that the feature isn't actually needed, or manufacture would be easier if the requirement were handled by a mating part, or even if two parts were combined.
We're usually told, "It's too late in the process to do that, somebody is already making the mating part." It's a rare customer who brings us in early enough in the design process for productive changes.
And he's right that design is easier than manufacture, a lot easier. A single part will be produced by tooling that has, typically, hundreds of custom components, many of them as complex, and higher precision, that all have to work together to produce it.
I'd add a sixth step or rule, not sure where it goes in order: "You can't properly design a part if you don't understand the process for manufacturing it." You're going to, unavoidably, make assumptions about what the manufacturer is capable of. Sometimes you'll design in things that realistically can't be made. Other times you'll not design in things the manufacturer would have found almost trivial to make. And you won't have an understanding of which things are cheap, and which are expensive.
Also worth watching for his description of his 5 "design" steps:
If you haven't seen it yet, go see part 1 of Everyday Astronaut's tour of the Starbase with Elon as tour guide. Several more parts to come. Interesting info, such as "The grid fins won't fold down" on the booster – they don't think it's necessary.
Saturn V 3 million kg
Energa 2.4 million kg
rumour of Energa reboot: Popular Mechanics…. not a good sign
Zak, Anatoly. "Russia's New Rocket Project Might Resurrect a Soviet-Era Colossus". Popular Mechanics. https://www.popularmechanics.com/space/rockets/a22515248/russia-super-rocket-energia/
Ah. Buran-Energia-The so-called Soviet Space Shuttle #2.
Energia 2 – was to be a fully re-usable soviet rocket.
nyet. nyet. Energa back in the 80s. Rumor of a re-boot of that?
who knows where. Cape? Vandenberg? Kennedy? Brownsville South Texas? Likely his own personal Space Town in mid-2020s.
final pad design pending?
ooh that'd be Saturn V almost 50 years ago. time flies.
And that launch pad with hold-downs…
with concrete-lined water pit…
…thought that only one super-heavy-lift system had ever reached orbit (loaded).
A lot more hassle to load up the required 50 – 100t+ payL easily on such a table.
Why not below grade? Easy-viewing Entertainment?
completing 'Stage 0' (the Orbital Launch Table and Integration/Catch Tower), completing a flight capable Superheavy Booster and a flight capable Starship, and being able to do a full wet dress rehearsal, a (at least partial) static fire will go _long way_ towards retiring risks and finding bugs in the system. Even if the FAA denies the launch license and SpaceX has to construct a tower and launch table at KSC, it will be producing rather than developing the system at that site
So, what's the plan here? Get everything ready to launch, and hope the EPA and FAA are so embarrassed at holding things up that they blink? Seems risky.
Or maybe they've already gotten approval by back channels?
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