Elon Musk: Starship is ready for Flight 2

in STEMGeeks2 months ago (edited)

Elon Musk declared on the first of October that Starship is ready for a second test flight.

Elon also posted on September 10th a list with 57 completed upgrades required by the FAA in response to the first launch attempt.

Congrats to SpaceX for completing & documented the 57 items required by the FAA for Flight 2 of Starship!

Worth noting that 6 of the 63 items refer to later flights. pic.twitter.com/YlPg3ywCZE

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 10, 2023

What seems to be missing is a green light from Fish and Wildlife about the new water deluge system

US Fish and Wildlife officials have yet to begin a formal review of SpaceX’s upgrades following Starship’s first launch in April.
This could push back the next launch window by months, which I know none of us want to hear... 1/3 pic.twitter.com/WXkM8Bf5n3

— Ellie in Space 🚀💫 (@esherifftv) September 20, 2023
They have announced it could take anywhere from 30 to 135 days (or longer). An important hurdle, the potential government shutdown, has been averted, which would have no doubt pushed this report further back.

Optimistic people think it could happen in early November.

Tim Dodd has a guide about how to come to Starbase for a visit: How To Visit STARBASE // A Complete Guide To Seeing Starship!.

NASASpaceflight produced a guide for visitors: A Practical Guide To Starbase | Things You Need To Know To See Starship Launch.

Tim Dodd also sat down with Lex Fridman for an extensive interview about Starship: Starship: The most powerful rocket ever made | Tim Dodd and Lex Fridman

Trajectory Comparison Starship and Falcon Heavy

Comparison between the first Starship launch and the most powerful Falcon Heavy configuration from May 1st 2023 for ViaSat-3, where all boosters where expended:


BECO: Booster Engines Cutoff
FTS: Flight Termination System
MECO: Main Engines Cutoff

A more detailed look at the increasingly crippling events for Starship


Because there was no attempt at recovering the boosters, SpaceX could save weight by leaving the landing legs and grid-fins off.


More Information

Marcus House: SpaceX Starbase and Stage Zero! How close are we to Starship Orbital Flight Test? – 23.11.2021

SpaceX Starship | O.F.T (Orbital Flight Test) Animation

CSI Starbase: Why SpaceX Could Be Forced To Abandon Starship Payloads Until 2024!

Starship's First Flight Trajectory Revealed! Where Will it Land? | SpaceX Boca Chica

Marcus House looks into what can happen when the stack explodes during launch:
SpaceX Starship Explosive Potential, and Big Bang Theory

Tim Dodd was lucky enough to get two guided tours around Starbase by Elon Musk:
Tour 2022:

Tour 2021:

Prototype Tests

SpaceX: Starship | SN10 | High-Altitude Flight Test – 04.03.21
SpaceX: Starship | SN10 | High-Altitude Flight Recap
Tim Dodd: Starship SN10 [4k, Clean Audio & Slow Mo Supercut]

Scott Manley recapping what changes happened in previous iterations until the successful SN-15 launch: SpaceX's Starship Prototype Takes To The Skies And Returns Safely
SpaceX: Starship | SN15 | High-Altitude Flight Test – 06.05.22
SpaceX: Starship | SN15 | Flight Test Recap

Cosmic Perspective: Valhalla: Starship Explosion Footage SN8-SN11 - 4K

Further information

StarshipGazer.com: Useful Starship links
Background information about previous SpaceX launches: Wikipedia
FAA: SpaceX Starship Super Heavy Project at the Boca Chica Launch Site
FAA: Licensed Launches
Air Traffic Control System Command Center: ATCSCC ADVZY 054 DCC 04/10/2023 OPERATIONS PLAN

Starship OFT flight plan

The Launch Pad Network: tlpnetwork.com

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Is mir so ganz spontan in den Sinn gekommen 🤷‍♀️ hm auch wenn's vielleicht gar nicht so gut passt 😅😘


Es passt sogar recht gut. Ohne ein funktionierendes Starship wird es keine bemannte Landung auf dem Mond im Rahmen von Artemis geben.

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