Tethered test flights to begin in days ahead at Boca Chica Beach

About the same time Friday morning that SpaceX’s unmanned Crew Dragon spacecraft successfully splashed down in the Atlantic after a trip to the …
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SpaceX crew move their Starship Hopper prototype from thier construction site to the launch site at Boca Chica Beach Friday as workers are seen at the site as construction continues where a future launch has been planned for 2019

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Large liquid nitrogen tanks are seen at the SpaceX launch site Friday at Boca Chica Beach.

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SpaceX crew have moved their Starship Hopper prototype from thier construction site to the launch site at Boca Chica Beach Friday as workers are seen at the site where a future launch will take place.

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A view of SpaceX launch site Friday afternoon with thier prototype rocket on standby.

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A view of SpaceX launch site Friday afternoon with thier prototype rocket on standby from Boca Chica Beach.

Posted: Saturday, March 9, 2019 12:54 pm

Tethered test flights to begin in days ahead at Boca Chica BeachBY STEVE CLARK STAFF WRITER Brownsville Herald

About the same time Friday morning that SpaceX’s unmanned Crew Dragon spacecraft successfully splashed down in the Atlantic after a trip to the International Space Station, the booster portion of SpaceX’s Starship Hopper prototype was being moved from the construction site at Boca Chica Beach to the launch pad.

SpaceX spokesman James Gleeson said in an email that the Starship prototype was moved to the launch pad in preparation for testing, though the public won’t be able to see the first tests.

“ SpaceX will conduct checkouts of the newly installed ground systems and perform a short static fire test in the days ahead,” he said. “Although the prototype is designed to perform sub-orbital flights, or hops, powered by the SpaceX Raptor engine, the vehicle will be tethered during initial testing and hops will not be visible from offsite. SpaceX will establish a safety zone perimeter in coordination with local enforcement and signage will be in place to alert the community prior to the testing.”

Friday morning marked the first successful mission of the four-seater Crew Dragon, which SpaceX designed to carry NASA astronauts to the ISS.

sclark@brownsvilleherald.com

Posted in Local News on Saturday, March 9, 2019 12:54 pm.

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Construction at SpaceX Boca Chica Site Continues to Progress

BOCA CHICA – The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft is coming back to Earth after spending the last four days at the International Space Station.

BOCA CHICA – The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft is coming back to Earth after spending the last four days at the International Space Station.

There is no word on when the test flight for the Space X Starship Hopper will happen, but construction at the Boca Chica site is progressing.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk took to social media in January to announce the test flight would happen in late February to early March.

Winter Texan Doug Olafson was looking forward to this during his trip to the Rio Grande Valley from Canada.

“It was kind of exciting this year because they were going to have the blast off and we thought, ‘We’re going to see this,” but then we saw it topple over,” says Olafson.

A Boca Chica Village resident says she walks over to the site several times a day to document the progress.

She says this Starship prototype looks much sturdier than the one that toppled over and is confident that she’s documenting history in the making.

Musk has focused on the test launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon, which is expected to leave the International Space Station Friday morning.

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SpaceX CEO Musk’s security clearance under review over pot use: official

(Reuters) – SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk’s security clearance is being reviewed by the Pentagon after the billionaire smoked marijuana on a …

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(Reuters) – SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk’s security clearance is being reviewed by the Pentagon after the billionaire smoked marijuana on a California comedian’s podcast in September, a U.S. official said on Thursday.

An incident report was started by the Pentagon some time after the marijuana event, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The review was first reported by Bloomberg.

Musk has a security clearance as SpaceX provides satellite launch services to the U.S. government. An unmanned capsule from the company was due to return to earth on Friday after a short-term stay on the International Space Station, part of NASA’s long-delayed quest to resume human space flight from U.S. soil later this year.

“For privacy and security reasons, we do not publicly discuss individual clearance status,” said Lieutenant Colonel Mike Andrews, a Pentagon spokesman.

Musk, who is also the CEO of electric carmaker Tesla Inc, has refiled his SF-86 security form, which requires a federal employee or contractor seeking a clearance to acknowledge any illegal drug use over the previous seven years, according to the Bloomberg report, which said the review has not impacted SpaceX.

The U.S. Air Force in September said reports that it was reviewing his security clearance were inaccurate.

In September, Musk provoked a Twitter storm by smoking pot, drinking whiskey and wielding a sword on a live web show with comedian Joe Rogan.

SpaceX declined to comment. Tesla did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The electric carmaker’s shares pared gains and were lower in late afternoon trading.

Reporting by Akanksha Rana in Bengaluru and Mike Stone in Washington; editing by Sriraj Kalluvila and Bill Rigby

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SpaceX job posts confirm Starship’s Super Heavy booster will be built in South Texas

TESLARATI.COM – A duo of SpaceX job postings at the company’s South Texas facilities have confirmed that both Starship and Super Heavy “flight …
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TESLARATI.COM – A duo of SpaceX job postings at the company’s South Texas facilities have confirmed that both Starship and Super Heavy “flight article” vehicles will initially be fabricated and assembled on-site in Boca Chica, also implying that the rocket’s first orbital launch attempts will occur in the same vicinity.

Construction of the first massive Super Heavy booster could begin in Boca Chica within the next several months, presumably progressing in a similar fashion to Starship’s full-scale hopper prototype. According to CEO Elon Musk, Starhopper hop tests and Super Heavy construction could begin – respectively – as early as March and April 2019, perhaps just one or two months from now.

Posted on February 15th, both open positions centered around structural assembly (i.e. welding) critical for the construction of the massive propellant tank domes, barrel sections, and other major structure of Starship and Super Heavy. Following an unanticipated pivot to stainless steel – rather than advanced carbon composites – as the primary structural material of choice for BFR, the project has been continually marked by a flurry of impressive technical progress at the same time as many previously foundational aspects became uncertain.

Editor’s Note: Click here to read the full story in Teslarati.Com

Editor’s Note: Click here to read Tesla CEO Elon Musk respond to tweets about the fabrication of Starship and Super Heavy vehicles at Boca China.

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Donald Trump’s wall could run right through Elon Musk’s SpaceX launch site

President Donald Trump’s infamous border wall could run right through a launch site owned by Elon Musk’s SpaceX. The billionaire’s firm owns a …

President Donald Trump’s infamous border wall could be built right through a launch site owned by Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

The billionaire’s firm owns a 50-acre patch of land near Boca Chica, Texas, and the current planned route of the fence shows it running across one of its launchpads.

‘This issue with SpaceX is that the fence cuts right through their property and that’s a problem,’Democratt Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard told Bloomberg.

Now it’s hoped Musk and Trump will come to some sort of agreement rather than kicking off the biggest fence dispute in the history of humanity.

Trump in front of a prototype of the border wall (Photo: AFP)

‘The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently requested SpaceX permit access to our South Texas Launch site to conduct a site survey,’ SpaceX said in a statement.

‘At this time, SpaceX is evaluating the request and is in communication with DHS to further understand their plans.’

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Donald Trump is set to declare a national emergency to get funding for his wall across the US-Mexico border, the White House Press Secretary revealed today.

The US President is due to sign a border security bill to avert a government shutdown and also take ‘other executive action’, Sarah Sanders said.

She continued: ‘The President is once again delivering on his promise to build the wall, protect the border, and secure our great country.’

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