News Changes to the SpaceX BFR rocket.

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At least, it doesn't look too successful....
 

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Interesting, but I'm really curious if the water flowed out of the plate while that firing was occurring.

This is also a 1 engine / 1 nozzle arrangement. The stagnation pressure of the 33 engine stage exhaust will be higher at the centerline of the rocket than at the periphery. This is a useful test for modeling calibration, but this isn't a demonstration that the entire pad system will work as intended.
 

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That's quite the bidet:


(if the Muskrat doesn't make that link visible, here)

Looks like the construction part is mostly finished then, save for some remaining rebar laying and concrete pours. This ended up comprising a several meter deep concrete foundation under the mount, with thicker piles and the 6 legs now tied directly into it with rebar (no more concrete ring thing). Total of three water inlets, concentrated on the southern side, two of which with a shared supply. For reference:

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All quiet on the dubious hot staging front for now. In other news, the foundations are being poured for the new (horizontal) orbital tank farm at the old landing pad, but it's not looking like a requirement for the next flight given the pace and no tanks delivered.
 
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TLP Network via a NASA FOIA has acquired 2 of 5 videos recored by NASA WB-57 during the Starship IFT-1 flight. The other 3 cameras from NASA WB-57 have been classified.

1x speed, narrow-angle
0.5x speed, wide-angle
 

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Hopefully its exhaust is less pad-rich than the last launch.
Hmmm... If there's lithobraking, it stands to reason that there's an anolog for accelerating (acceleration and deceleration are the same thing in the end, after all). Can't come up with a good term right now, though...
 

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Hmmm... If there's lithobraking, it stands to reason that there's an anolog for accelerating (acceleration and deceleration are the same thing in the end, after all). Can't come up with a good term right now, though...

Hopping?

I don't think NASA's frog mech program is far enough along for that to be a viable solution.

"Frog Mech simulator" does sound like an awesome game, though.
 
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