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  • New comment from /u/santacfan on Reddit:

    Starbase live-

    8:30am- Work continued on the dance floor overnight and I’m beginning to wonder if someone lost the keys to the lifts

    11:55am- Lift has been up and down to the top of the staircase

    1:22pm- Forklift brings in a sheet of metal. Drops it in front of the lift

    5:10pm- Lift was at the top of the stairs and a second lift was up under the right side pipes inspecting

    8:45pm- No lifts and no lights on the dance floor

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  • New comment from /u/santacfan on Reddit:

    Starbase live-

    8:10am- Small crane was up behind the tower around 3am. Couldn’t see what it was lifting on SBL or Rover 2.

    11:20am- No work around the OLM. Concrete is being poured behind the tower.

    3:15pm- Nothing

    4:15pm- Maybe all of the the workers are over at the fishing tournament at the beach

    8:20pm- Lights are on and movement can be seen on the dance floor

    9:50pm- Mosquito spraying truck

    11:00pm- No lifts have been up all day. Work continues on the dance floor

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  • New comment from /u/santacfan on Reddit:

    Starbase live-

    7:20am- LR11000 finished moving over next to the OLT overnight and their was the ever present lift at the top of the staircase

    10:45am- Workers have been on top of the OLM. AWP went up to the chopsticks.

    3:00pm- Quiet around the OLM

    6:40pm- People have been moving around the base of the OLM and the deluge tank farm. No visible work though

    9:40pm- Still no lift action but workers could be seen going up the stairs and the lights on the dance floor are on for the first time in several nights.

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  • New comment from /u/santacfan on Reddit:

    Starbase Live-

    6:25am- Workers returning to the pad

    7:26:54am- SQD retracts

    7:47am- SQD work platform is extended

    7:49am- Worker on the SQD arm climbs up to S25’s QD. Installing covers?

    7:58am- Work platform is retracted

    8:41am- SQD arm swings to the side

    8:54:55am- S25 is lifted off of B9

    8:56:40am- Swinging to the side

    9:04:40am- Going down

    9:21:26am- Starts swinging over the stand

    9:23:44am- Lowering onto the stand

    9:45am- Looks like it’s down

    10:32am- Workers back at the pad

    11:04am- AWP going up to S26

    11:12am- Squid is being disconnected from S26

    11:34am- Lift up behind the cryo leg

    11:54am- LR11000 swings away from S26

    12:40pm- Workers on top of the OLM

    1:55pm- AWP goes up to the Hot stage ring. Lifts up to the top of the OLM and behind the cryo leg

    2:15pm- LR11000 starts moving towards the OLM for HSR removal most likely

    3:30pm- Klaxon, storm warning announcement. Lifts go down

    6:34pm- Some workers return to the pad after one heck of a storm. Over on the NSF discord, they said their weather station showed 48mph winds

    9:58pm- Workers have been on top of the OLM and the AWP has been back up at the HSR.

    (This gets synced)


  • New comment from /u/santacfan on Reddit:

    Starbase live-

    3:13am- Before leaving the pad, lifts were up to the top of the OLM and to the back right chine of B9

    5:50am- Pad has been cleared of equipment overnight and It looks like they may be removing the tarp covering the deluge plate right now

    7:30am- OLM area looks clear. No sign of pressure washers yet

    7:51:22am- Cyber truck drives in front of the OLM. (Please tell me they didn’t clear this all out for a photo op)

    7:56:40am- Drone and Cyber truck

    8:04:55am-Now 2 people on bikes are riding around the OLM (Tesla bikes?)

    8:10:49am- Cyber truck leaves the launch site

    10:11am- Looks like a manifold for a set of the methane sub coolers being delivered

    12:40pm- Lift was up at the bottom of S26. Still no sign of anyone pressure washing at the OLM. So between that and the tarp going back on, a test is looking doubtful. (It’s normally 5 to 7 hours from the start of pressure washing to a deluge test.)

    1:33pm- New manifold delivered for the Lox side sub coolers .

    2:33pm- Vent hoses are in both of S28’s tanks. Doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere tonight.

    3:15pm- A crane is up over by the orbital tank farm but the tanks are blocking the view of what it’s doing. (Not by the sub coolers)

    4:12:33pm- Cyber truck now pulling an Rvac is back at the OLM with a photo car in front

    4:17:41pm- Round and round it goes. (The tarp was removed again for the video)

    4:34:14pm- Here they come again

    4:40:22pm- Taking the chains down that keep equipment off the deluge plate. They were apparently ruining the shot.

    4:47:24- Left the OLM and now coming back in. Do one lap and leave the pad area again.

    5:05pm- Back to do some still photos

    5:37:45pm- S29 nosecone venting

    5:56pm- I mean, who doesn’t want to drive circles around the OLM?

    6:34pm- Venting from bottom of S29

    6:39pm- And the road closure is for……taking video of Cyber truck pulling the Rvac up and down the road with no one else around

    7:12pm- Drone following the truck down Hwy 4 this pass

    7:45pm- B13’s transfer tube is lifted for install in the mega bay

    8:35pm- Headlights can be seen to the side of the pad but no workers have returned yet

    8:58pm- S25’s stand is moved to beside the OLM. Here comes another de stack

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  • New comment from /u/santacfan on Reddit:

    Starbase live-

    8:50am- Lift up to the top of the staircase. No lights were seen on the dance floor overnight. So work must have been focused inside of the OLM ring.

    9:21am- S31 is being stacked on to its aft section.

    11:46am- All is quiet at the OLM

    2:40pm- Roof beams are going up to the new mega bay and star factory. A cyber truck has been spotted driving around on Rover 1. No lifts up at the launch site

    2:54:40pm- B9 Grid fin tests

    3:43:56pm- S25’s flaps are tested

    4:35pm- Venting at Massey’s

    7:40pm- No lifts. No lights on the dance floor.

    10:30pm- Lift up at the top of the stairs and the dance floor lights are back on. They’ve fixed the tarp around the outside of the dance floor though so you can’t see anyone moving.

    Rover 2-

    15:46:20- Cybertruck enters the launch site

    16:28- Leaves the launch site (Never saw it around the OLM on SBL)

    (This gets synced)



  • New comment from /u/santacfan on Reddit:

    Starbase live-

    9:00am- Lifts were up at the staircase and behind the cryo leg (Maybe at the old staircase) overnight. Workers were busy on the dance floor. Didn’t notice anything happening at the ground level.

    12:25pm- Lifts are down. No signs of anything going on at S26. Another big beam went up at the star factory. It’s really going to block the view of the high bay when it’s done.

    3:10pm- Lift up by the old staircase.

    5:55pm- Maybe 2nd shift will be more exciting

    8:55pm- It hasn’t. Lift up to the top of the OLM by the cryo leg

    11:00pm- Lift up at the top of the staircase and the top of the OLM still. Workers could be seen going up the stairs as well. No lights are on, on the dance floor.

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  • New comment from /u/santacfan on Reddit:

    Starbase live-

    8:30am- Nothing happened overnight. 2 lifts went up to the staircase about an hour ago but are back down now.

    11:20am- The 2 lifts have been back up to the top of the staircase

    3:00pm- Just 1 lift at the staircase now. (I know, absolutely riveting)

    5:58pm- Lift goes up behind the cryo leg. Stays for 8 minutes before going down.

    6:31pm- Forklift brings in a flat piece of metal with some cut outs.

    6:38pm- Looks like the forklift puts the piece of metal into the basket of the lift

    6:45pm- Lift goes up to the top of the staircase

    7:09pm- Lift goes back down. Worker seemed to be struggling to get it out of the basket but the lighting was terrible so I can’t tell if they were successful or not

    7:20pm- Forklift brings another piece of metal in, puts it in lift, and lift goes back up to the top of the stairs

    7:40pm- Small shower of sparks from inside of the OLM ring, left side of stairs

    9:20pm- Lift up at the stairs and workers can be seen on the dance floor. Light tower is also on for the first time in awhile. So maybe they are planning on doing work under or around the OLM tonight?

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  • New comment from /u/santacfan on Reddit:

    Starbase live-

    8:30am- A lift was up to S29’s methane hatch at Massey’s overnight. A lift was also up to the top of the OLM most of the night and then to show off, 2 lifts went up to the top of the staircase at the same time this morning.

    10:27am- Lifts up to the top of the staircase, the dance floor, and S28.

    2:00pm- Lifts went down for lunch and now they’re back at the same places

    7:30pm- Lift was up to the top of the Cryo leg and of course the staircase.

    10:30pm- 2nd shift either has the night off or has started their night working somewhere other than the OLM.

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  • LettuceTurnipTheBeet@lemm.eetoSpaceX@sh.itjust.worksStarship Development Thread #49
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    New comment from /u/santacfan on Reddit:

    Starbase Live-

    12:02am- 24.2 Turns onto Hwy 4

    1:54am- Turns off Hwy 4 into Massey’s

    5:35am- 3 Lifts were up at S28. At the OLM lifts went up to the top and to the staircase overnight.

    8:28am- 3 scissor lifts up under S26

    11:45am- More roof beams are going up at the Star factory. The ever present lift at the top of the staircase has gone up and down a couple of times

    4:20pm- The OLM is still there. More beams going up over at the star factory.

    7:30pm- Lift has been up at the top of the OLM

    10:15pm- Workers could be seen around the base of the OLM and on the dance floor. The lift has gone up to the top of the OLM and the dance floor

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  • New comment from /u/santacfan on Reddit:

    Starbase live-

    8:50am- AWP went up to several places around the HSR on B9 overnight. A lift went up and down to the staircase and workers could be seen on the dance floor.

    12:15pm- Lifts have been up to the staircase, dance floor, under the backside of the OLM, and to the lox tank of S26. Overall, back to being pretty boring to watch.

    5:45pm- Workers on top of the OLM

    9:00pm- Lifts have been up to the backside of the OLM and the backside of the tower.

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  • New comment from /u/santacfan on Reddit:

    Starbase Live-

    11:56pm- S27 aft end test tank rolled out to Massey’s

    12:11am- SQD retracts (Rover2)

    1:20am- S29 frost free

    1:43am- S27 test tank arrives at Massey’s

    1:54am- Grinding on the left chopstick

    6:42am- More sparks under the OLM ring to the right of the staircase

    6:59am- Sparks to the left of the staircase

    7:57am- S25 venting. Looks like the stabilizer pins are engaged

    8:20- Lifts were up to both chopsticks, the staircase, the top of the OLM, and to S28 overnight.

    10:21am- Chopsticks start lifting S25

    10:35am- S27 test tank lifted into the structural test stand at Massey’s.

    10:40am- Chopsticks stop

    10:41am- SQD swings back over

    10:46am- Start swinging over B9

    10:53am- Over B9

    10:54am- Start lowering

    11:27am- Down on top of B9

    1:09pm- SQD work platform extended

    1:34pm- Worker up on SQD. Looks like they are removing covers on S25’s QD

    1:40pm- SQD work platform retracted

    1:45pm- Lift has been up at S26 off and on this morning

    1:54:55pm- SQD extends

    2:17pm- SPMT’s headed to Massey’s. S29 coming back already?

    5:00pm- Lift has been up and down to the top of the staircase. The elevator in the tower has been getting a work out today as well going up and down to the SQD level.

    5:15pm- Venting at Massey’s. S29 is go for round 2

    5:24am- S26’s Lox tank is open with a vent hose run to it

    6:16pm- Frost on S29

    7:50pm- S29’s lox tank is mostly frosty. Just a small line at the bottom of the methane tank. Lift up to the back side of the OLM and of course, there is one at the top of the staircase

    8:19:39pm- S29 depress vent. Never got full frosty

    9:48pm- Lift up at S26’s lox tank, back side of the OLM, and to the staircase. More grinding going on inside of the OLM ring to the left of the staircase

    10:17pm- S25’s stand is being moved back to the production site/storage area

    (This gets synced)


  • New comment from /u/santacfan on Reddit:

    Starbase live-

    7:24am- LR11000 picks up the ring lifting jig and swings over to hot staging ring. Looks like they are done with the work on top of B9

    7:30am- Lowers the lifting jig down to the ring

    8:10am- Workers are on the SQD and on top of B9

    8:47am- Workers retract the work platform on the SQD

    9:00am- Lifts went up to the staircase and dance floor overnight. More sparks could be seen coming from the OLM ring to the right of the staircase. AWP left the pad area

    9:08am- Ring is lifted and 2 AWP’s are going up

    9:20am- Swings over to B9

    9:25am- Workers helping to line it up

    9:31am- Down on top of B9

    9:34am- Worker climbs into the HSR

    9:39am- Workers disconnecting the lifting cables

    9:47am- Lifting jig is lifted away from B9 and AWP’s go down

    10:04am- SQD work platform is swung back over to the end of the arm

    10:38am- LR11000 disconnected from the lifting jig

    12:20pm- Workers up on the SQD

    1:00pm- LR11000 moves over to the sub orbital pad area

    1:15pm- Lift has been up at the top of the staircase

    3:44pm- AWP goes up to one of the latch points between B9 and the HSR.

    4:09pm- Work platform at the end of the SQD is swung away

    4:21pm- AWP goes back down. Sensor was showing the latch didn’t work?

    4:30pm- AWP goes back up. Needed to grab something?

    4:33pm- After some quick work, they go back down again

    6:24pm- Venting at Massey’s. S29 cryo starting?

    6:47pm- LR11000 is lowering the squid to the top of S26 and an AWP is going up to hook it up

    7:04pm- Klaxon and announcement. I can make out personal and orbital pad.

    7:17pm- Frost on S29

    7:41pm- Lox tank is full frosty on S29

    8:12pm- Full frosty

    9:10pm- Lift has been up at the right chopstick

    9:27pm- AWP goes back up to the top of B9. Other side of booster compared to earlier

    9:55pm- AWP comes back down. No view of what they were doing on SBL or Rover 2

    10:30pm- Frost is receding on S29. Lift up to the dance floor

    (This gets synced)


  • New comment from /u/santacfan on Reddit:

    Starbase live-

    8:15am- Work continued on the dance floor overnight. A lift went up to the shielding on top of the staircase but no discernible work was done

    1:15pm- AWP was up at the left chopstick. A different lift is up at the top of the staircase. Some HVAC ducting was removed from the electrical bunker at the launch site. Work continues on the new mega bay’s roof and the Star factory.

    3:45pm- AWP has been up and down to the left chopstick. Lift has been up and down to the staircase. Forklift removed some equipment from around the pad. (Test soon? I don’t think they’d do anything with S25 sitting right there though.)

    6:10pm- Lift about 2/3rd of the way up the staircase. Worker looking at something on the side it looks like

    9:42pm- SPMT delivers something to the launch site (Thought to be the outriggers for the LR11000 and the old 2 point ship lifting jig)

    10:30pm- AWP is up at the left chopstick. Lift has been up and down to the top of the staircase.(I wonder if they’ve turned part of the cross bracing into a gate or if they really are just climbing over it) Sparks could be seen falling out from under the bottom of the OLM ring to the right of the staircase. So someone is obviously working inside of it.

    (This gets synced)



  • New comment from /u/santacfan on Reddit:

    Starbase live-

    8:15am- Work continued on the dance floor overnight. A lift went up to the shielding on top of the staircase but no discernible work was done

    1:15pm- AWP was up at the left chopstick. A different lift is up at the top of the staircase. Some HVAC ducting was removed from the electrical bunker at the launch site. Work continues on the new mega bay’s roof and the Star factory.

    3:45pm- AWP has been up and down to the left chopstick. Lift has been up and down to the staircase. Forklift removed some equipment from around the pad. (Test soon? I don’t think they’d do anything with S25 sitting right there though.)

    6:10pm- Lift about 2/3rd of the way up the staircase. Worker looking at something on the side it looks like

    (This gets synced)


  • New comment from /u/santacfan on Reddit:

    Starbase live-

    8:45am- Quiet overnight. 1 lift was up behind the cryo leg for a bit this morning.

    10:30am- Lift up at the top of the OLM and the second lift went back up behind the cryo leg

    1:05pm- Both lifts went down and now all is quiet

    4:00pm- Both lifts back up at the same places

    6:35pm- Shift change happened and one lift went back up behind the cryo leg

    8:15pm- Workers are up on the dance floor. No lifts are up

    9:40pm- Looks like lots of work going on up on the dance floor. One lift up at the top of the staircase because who wants to climb all those steps

    (This gets synced)


  • New comment from /u/santacfan on Reddit:

    Starbase live-

    8:30am- Raptor install stand was moved to the suborbital side of the launch complex. The LR11000 has moved to the right a bit and swung around to pick something up behind the tower

    9:17am- LR11000 picks up another section of stairs and lifts them to the back side of the tower

    10:55am- Crane disconnected from stairs. 3 lifts up at the OLM. 2 under and one at the top of the stairs

    1:15pm- 🥱. Lift is still up at the top of the stairs and the scissor lift is up to the left of the stairs

    4:00pm- The 2 lifts from above are still in the same place with the workers having moved to the dance floor. A 3rd lift is up behind the cryo leg and a 4th went up to the left chopstick for a few minutes before coming down.

    7:00pm- 2nd shift got lost

    9:30pm- Workers could be seen on the dance floor and around the base of the OLM. Someone finally brought the scissor lift down from the dance floor

    (This gets synced)


  • New comment from /u/santacfan on Reddit:

    Starbase Live-

    10:17pm- S29 exits the high bay

    10:25pm- Stops at the gate to Hwy 4

    10:32pm- Turns onto Hwy 4.

    12:47am- Turns into Massey’s

    8:30am- Lifts were up to the top of the OLM, under the OLM, and to the bottom of S26 overnight. Workers could be seen on the dance floor along with some welding going on.

    10:25am- 1 lift up under the OLM. Right side of staircase looking at the pipe work

    1:30pm- 3 lifts up under the OLM. 2 over by the cryo leg and 1 in the same spot as earlier

    4:00pm- 1 lift up behind the cryo leg

    7:53pm- Workers are on top of B9. Otherwise it’s been a pretty quiet afternoon

    8:49pm- E dome test tank turns on to Hwy 4 headed to Massey’s

    9:27pm- Turns into Massey’s

    9:50pm- One lift was up to the top of the staircase and workers could be seen moving around on the dance floor.

    (This gets synced)


  • New comment from /u/santacfan on Reddit:

    Starbase live-

    11:12pm- Thrust stand turns into Massey’s

    3:15am- S29 moved to the middle of the high bay

    4:25am- New ship lifting jig raised up to S29

    4:28am- Lifts go up to attach the new lifting jig

    5:29am- Lift goes down. Jig is attached

    8:25am- Several workers arrive at the deluge tank farm and climb up to the pressure pipe on top of the large tanks. 2 lifts up at the OLM and 1 up at S26

    8:54am- LR11000 picks up a ring lifting jig

    9:15am- Swings it over to B9 and worker on top starts connecting it to the hot staging ring

    9:20am- S29 has been lifted in the high bay with the new jig

    9:42am- Ship thrust simulator is being moved into the high bay. Looks like S29 may be headed to Massey’s during tonight’s closure

    10:22am- AWP going up to the hot staging ring

    10:25am- Hot staging ring lifted off of B9

    10:27:30am- Swings over to right side of OLM and starts lowering

    10:38am- Looks like it’s down

    11:01am- Hot staging ring disconnected from the crane

    11:11am- Lifting jig disconnected from crane

    1:25pm- One lift has been up under the OLM and one under the OLM.

    4:35pm- Workers have been on top of B9 but it’s been a pretty quiet afternoon otherwise

    6:27:56pm- 26.1 goes pop at Massey’s

    7:20pm- One lift has been up under the OLM

    9:35pm- Welding can be seen on the dance floor and a lift is up to the staircase platform

    (This gets synced)


  • New comment from /u/santacfan on Reddit:

    Starbase live-

    12:22am- B10 turns into the production site

    12:29am- Turns into the mega bay

    7:45am- An AWP went up to B9 in several places overnight. A lift was up at the top of the OLM and one was up welding at the new platform. People could also be seen working on the dance floor. Lifts were up at B10 inside of the mega bay getting it hooked to the bridge crane.

    10:00am- 2 lifts up at the OLM

    10:22am- Lift goes up to the top S26 to disconnect the squid

    11:20am- Squid disconnected and crane swings away from S26

    1:12pm- B10 starts being lifted off of the thrust simulator stand

    1:55pm- Bridge crane moves B10 to the back left corner of the mega bay

    2:00pm- One lift up at the new platform

    2:18pm- LR11000 starts rolling from the suborbital pad to the OLT.

    3:26pm- Arrives at the tower. Adding more stairs to the tower or moved in preparation of a S26 static fire?

    4:02pm- In a weird move, the LR11000 lowered its hook to the top of B9 several times before swinging away. Testing to see if it could remove the hot staging ring if need be?

    8:20pm- No lifts up but workers can be seen on the dance floor. Some of the tarps along the edge are coming down

    9:16pm- New ship lifting jig is picked up in the high bay by the bridge crane

    10:20pm- Booster thrust simulator stand turns onto Hwy 4 to head back to Massey’s

    (This gets synced)