Elon Musk: SpaceX Starship prototype to fly from Florida in coming months


SpaceX is busy on all fronts, from its bread
and butter commercial satellite launches to planning its ultimate future of deep space
transportation and multi-planetary colonization. SpaceX is working toward getting a prototype
of Starship in the air, with planned launches coming in just “2 to 3 months,” if SpaceX
CEO Elon Musk manages to meet his optimistic timeline. It recently completed an untethered “hop”
low-altitude test flight of StarHopper, a sub-scale demonstration version of the Starship
design meant to help it test that craft’s Raptor engine. But SpaceX must also show that it has fully
considered the potential consequences that its planned launch operations will have on
the surrounding environment. SpaceX Starship, a 384-foot (117-meter) reusable
two-stage rocket taller than the Statue of Liberty, is a central piece of Musk’s interplanetary
space travel ambitions as well as US space agency NASA’s goal to send humans to the moon
again by 2024. SpaceX Starship and Super Heavy will launch
from Florida, with the current plan to build a second launch mount at its current Launch
Complex-39A launch pad at Kennedy Space Center, which it leases from NASA and currently uses
for Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launches. An environment assessment prepared by SpaceX,
and released by NASA Aug. 1, discusses plans to develop additional facilities at Launch
Complex-39A, for use by the company’s Starship vehicle and its Super Heavy booster. In this video Engineering Today will discuss
SpaceX’s plans for Starship launches from Kennedy Space Center. Why SpaceX is expanding its Florida facilities
to accommodate the Starship launch? Let’s get into details. The plans outlined in the environment assessment
document call for the construction of a new launch mount at the complex near the existing
one used by the Falcon 9 and Heavy. The modifications to the pad would also include
a tank farm for the methane fuel used by the Raptor engines that power SpaceX Starship
and Super Heavy. As for what will happen to the old launch
tower in pad 39A. Musk said, “(It) won’t change. Starship launch structure will be attached
to the other side from tower.” After launching from Launch Complex-39A, the
current plan is- The Starship upper stage would initially land at the company’s existing
Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, which is SpaceX’s current landing
area for Falcon first-stage boosters. But the company plans to build a pad near
the new launch mount at Launch Complex-39A for to support SpaceX Starship landings at
a future date. The intent of landing Starship back much closer
to where it launches — this will require more study to determine its viability and
impact, however, so SpaceX has left that consideration for future investigation for now. Super Heavy would land downrange, aboard a
drone barge ship, like the twin “Of Course I Still Love You” and “Just Read The Instructions”
ships that SpaceX uses now, depending on mission conditions on both its East and West coast
launches. Although the report noted that SpaceX may
later have the booster return to land. The Launch Complex-39A facilities will be
able to support up to 24 Starship/Super Heavy launches a year, a static fire test would
be conducted on each stage before each launch, SpaceX said in the report. It also cites the continued used of the Falcon
fleet, at a very high launch cadence, for at least another five years. “SpaceX plans to increase the Falcon launch
frequency to 20 launches per year from Launch Complex-39A and up to 50 launches per year
from Launch Complex-40 by the year 2024,” added the report. SpaceX is hoping to move to the use of Starship
and Super Heavy as its primary vehicle but had noted that they will continue to use Falcon
9 and Falcon Heavy based on customer demand. “Due to the higher lift capability, SpaceX
Starship/Super Heavy could launch more payloads and reduce the overall launch cadence when
compared to Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy,” the report states. SpaceX says in the draft assessment that it
also considered potentially launching and landing Starship and Super Heavy from its
Space Launch Complex-40 and Space Launch Complex-4 launch sites, which are at Cape Canaveral
Air Force Station and Vandenberg Air Force Base respectively, but these would not offer
enough space in the case of Space Launch Complex-40, or would require too long a trip back to the
launch site in the case of Space Launch Complex-4 which would be an overland cross-country U.S.
road trip for a huge rocket. The company ruled out the sites because they
would require more modifications and because the Vandenberg site didn’t support trajectories
for the “vast majority” of missions. SpaceX also notes that it may, in the future,
“develop and launch the Starship/Super Heavy from its facility in Cameron County, TX.” A Texas-based launch site would have benefits
in terms of proximity to one of SpaceX’s key rocket/engine development facilities,
and if it’s successful in making its reusable launch and landing system extremely consistent
in performance, the downsides of not being near a large body of water could be mitigated. These plans, however, will also merit separate
consideration, so don’t expect full-scale launches for Starship from Texas in the near
future. “Launch Complex-39A provides the best combination
of available real estate, existing developments, distance from population centers, and available
clear launch azimuths to maximize public safety for operational launches,” the report concludes. “Designed by NASA to support the first human
missions to the Moon, Launch Complex 39A is one of the world’s most capable launch sites
with the infrastructure to support a wide variety of mission profiles,” a SpaceX spokesperson
said in a statement about the environmental assessment. “As Starship development accelerates, SpaceX
is working with our partners to continue upgrading Launch Complex-39A’s infrastructure to build
upon past achievements and advance new capabilities in space.” The report has no new details about the technical
design of SpaceX Starship and Super Heavy. The report says that Super Heavy will use
31 Raptor engines, but SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk suggested in several tweets last
month that the design now has 35 to 41 Raptor engines. Musk has indicated he will provide a more
detailed update about the design of Starship and Super Heavy in the near future. SpaceX says most of the manufacturing work
for the vehicles will be done at its Hawthorne, California, headquarters. Some work could be done at the company’s
South Texas test site near Brownsville, Texas, as well as an industrial park in Cocoa, Florida. The company is currently building Starship
prototypes at both locations. The report doesn’t give a schedule for when
such missions would begin from Kennedy Space Center, but notes those launches would perform
a wide range of missions. “Starship/Super Heavy missions would include
Lunar and Mars destinations, currently not supported by any other space vehicle, increased
satellite payload missions, and human spaceflight,” the report states. Some launches could take place “in close
succession,” it added, such as “Lunar Program sending multiple payloads to resupply.” The report hinted that SpaceX Starship/Super
Heavy missions could also play a role in NASA’s lunar exploration plans, stating that the
plan to establish launch facilities at Launch Complex-39A “may support NASA in meeting
the U.S. goal of near-term lunar exploration.” As SpaceX outlines its plans for eventual
Starship/Super Heavy launches from Florida, the company is moving ahead with plans for
continued testing of its Starhopper prototype at its South Texas test site. A successful hop of the Starhopper test vehicle
was conducted last month, paving the way for a more ambitious 200-meter hop. Road closures announced this week by county
officials there suggest the next Starhopper test will take place sometime between Aug.
12 and 14. This date remains on track, with a daylight
hop planned. Hopper will again hop under the power of its
SN6 Raptor, with the production of new Raptors moving ahead at pace in Hawthorne. The SN7 Raptor is already on the McGregor
test stand, although it is currently not believed to be assigned to any related Starship vehicle. SN8 through SN13 – pending successful testing
as they travel through the McGregor test stand – are expected to be the six engines that
will be installed on two prototype SpaceX Starship vehicles that continue construction
at Boca Chica in Texas and Cocoa in Florida. Construction of the two prototype vehicles
is at a similar stage at both sites, although progress has been easier to follow at the
Boca Chica site, with bulkhead installation the latest milestone. The large fairings will be added to the stacks
in the near future, which will provide a true perspective on the size of these test vehicles.

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100 thoughts on “Elon Musk: SpaceX Starship prototype to fly from Florida in coming months

  1. Chunk your text better on the page to prevent people knowing where your lines end! You have the wierdest pauses mid-sentence!
    Doing a dry-run before recording or recording while you are talking at someone silent can help with the flow!

    Keep making great content, you are great!

  2. anytime you hear this guys voice you know the video is full of adds. dont waste your time, theres plenty of other videos without 2 adds at 2 mins in

  3. Is your voice in the video text to speech? Just sounds robotic. Maybe you should try recording video of your self speaking, idk. Sorry if I seem like a dick, but I like your content and would like to see it grow.

  4. The Hydrogen Storage tanks formerly used for Shuttle are likely large enough to hold all Methane required for Starship/S-H.

  5. Good content, but i once again had to hit the dislike button for the excess amount of adds you guys have… 6 OR SO ADD BREAKS is too much for a 10minute video…

  6. The current pictorial of Starship only depicts passenger carrier vehicle. What would a transporter look like with bay doors for satelite or major module delivery?

  7. To all those commenting about too many adds I refuse to waste even one second on anything I don't want to watch. This entire video from start to finish has no adds at my end running Firefox with add-block.

  8. To all those commenting about too many adds I refuse to waste even one second on anything I don't want to watch. This entire video from start to finish has no adds at my end running Firefox with add-block.

  9. I would like to see you guys take and build the substructure of an actual Starship the full-size go ahead put you three Raptor engines on it running triangular then around those three Raptor engines put 9 Falcon 9 Rockets okay launch that s*** into space take it out and send the actual motherfuker to the Moon with some robots and some equipment to Mark a landing area and let's see it land stop playing games with a prototype small one you need to know what the big motherfuker is going to fly or not and if you're going to be able to land it safely

  10. Like cancer, it's time for us to metastasize. God's doctor may tell him it's time to irradiate this entire area of his body. Assuming God is not a woman.

  11. Earth will get hit by a asteriod before they make it to mars again like the one the size of a 8 ft truck that hit Russia..

  12. These videos are interesting but the constant interruptions by the adds is making this "Engineering Today"page way less worth the time it takes to endure the money grubbing philosophy of Engineering Today's site.

  13. I keep hearing we are going. Yes we're going. Almost ready to go. We are going to go soon. We are on our way. We are going to Mars. We are going to the moon. We are going to the space station. Yeah we are going. I have 1 question. WHEEEEEN!? Less talky talky. More GOING!

  14. Actually, I think I might block this channel.
    Not saying it to be a dick, my girlfriend lives of YouTube revenue, so just saying why. Too many ads.

  15. Why don't they launch the rockets from any of the bases in Puerto Rico? such as Viequez or Rovell Ceiba. Puerto Rico is closer to the equator and remains a territory of the United States.

  16. Going to Mars, what a bunch a bullshit and sci-fi dream! We can't even get to the moon let alone Mars! They think your dumb enough to believe anything! Don't be Hoodwinked by these lying assholes!

  17. The master plan: fix earth, go to the moon and colonize it, then send people to the moon to stay, which will help the earth, no overpopulation. And animals and trees could live on, then go to Mars, colonize it, send people to mars from earth.

  18. The only thing we have ready for a 2024 Moon launch that will actually get us there in that time frame is a hit of Acid. People are already tripping if they think we will be ready to land on the Moon in 4 years. Especially when NASA cannot make up their mind how to do it and Elon Musk thinks he can fly his money there. Let's not forget Jeff Bezos. He has a Plastic Mocup (noun: mockup: a model or replica of a machine or structure, "used for instructional or experimental purposes"). President Trump wants NASA to be on the Moon by 2024 but so far they haven't unveiled a plan to get there. From some of the stuff I have read it looks like people at NASA actually laughed at the Presidents Moon by 2024 proposal. I'm all for it happening, unless we are at Solar Maximum in 2024 and the likely hood of a solar flare killing the crew is high. The bottom line is we did it 50 years ago in 1969 but we don't have the hardware to do it again today in 2019. How ironic is that?

  19. The key piece of information at the end of this video that tells you they cannot possibly land on the Moon by 2024 are the words "they are working on a prototype". If they said "we are building the full scale Starship" I would be ready to watch the 2024 launch in High Definition. I hope NASA or SpaceX pulls it off, but until then I'll keep the cork on the champagne bottle!

  20. Lol everyone saying we need to leave earth to discover and get away from the dying planet…. you think your invited? Lol and besides if you can’t figure how to take care of what you have and each other on a paradise planet good luck on a desolate dead one

  21. (5:15) "Butt-Head noted that they will continue to use Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy based on customer demand."

    Does Beavis know about this? 😦

  22. LAUNCH IT FROM NAS IN WEST FT. WORTH TX AND LAND BOOSTERS IN THE LAKE WORTH RIGHT NEXT TO NAS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Im hoping so severe that everything goes well and nothing blows up like the first 3 rockets, I also wish to sleep and wake up on the day the landing on mars happens

  24. DREAMERS TIME TO GIVE UP,

    THEY HAVE FOUND THE SECRET DOCUMENTS

    FROM SIGNED BY SCIENTISTS, CIA, US ARMY AND THE GOVERNMENT

    So do You believe Your teacher in school, or they who really know?

    https://youtu.be/RxNaf7J68N0

  25. While I truly respect SpaceX accomplishments I would HATE to work for them. The pressure to perform 24×7 with woefully insufficient project planning must make it hell on Earth for employees and contractors. No wonder employees are keen to leave the planet.

  26. ADD: Elon said the update on Starship would not be just in the near future, but precisely on AUGUST 24th 2019, so 16 days from now. Wow! … other wise, great video!!! Thank you (h)

  27. Before this video, I did not read or hear that Musk was considering installing 41 Raptor engines on one Superheavy. He actually wrote about increasing the number of Raptors on the booster from 31 to 35, which in total with Starship will be 41 engines.

  28. No one with half a brain cell gives a rats ass about corporate rocketry.

    For a cutting edge industry why are they using 100+yr tech when there are so very many alternatives out there. Don't make sense to me.

    Anyone interested in space would have at the very least been drawn towards these other ideas.

    All them batman wannabes out there would be all over these ideas, innovating like fuck, feasibility studies all that shit.

    Why aren't they?

    2 possible reasons.

    1: All those other ideas by those great men (do your own research, that's half the bloody problem) are absolute horseshit and they were all idiots. So who would waste a minute or spend a dime on that kind of insanity? Or…

    2: Them cunts 'upstairs' have spent a lot of time, energy, resources and grimly, lives to acquire these 0.e/antigrav eg patents and if they hear about ANYONE fucking around trying to do it for the people….

    You're fucking dead, suicide by double tap back of the head mate.

    For me the wannabe space cowboys silence on these issues condems them as satanist maggots, God always wins.

    So all you low iq fanbois and clowns can go get fucked, I hope that pisses in your porridge. Bitches.

    Peace…

  29. Question? So Starship inst going to have any launch abort system? Wont that make NASA not be able to use it?

  30. Space X is on the verge of leaving NASA, the Russians, ESA, the Chinese and everybody else in their rocket exhaust. Onward to the stars !

  31. I'm an ironworker rodbuster how would I get the information on what company what union local that it would be to start building this pad it'd be an honor

  32. I wonder if this ship is going to have any structure under the skin. So far it seems like a hollow stainless tube with sheets welded together.

  33. The Cost of everything (Money) is Planet earth's downfall with our lack of progress! If everything didn't revolve around Money and Cost a fortune we could have had spaceships built and running by now and if it wasn't for Elon Musk Humanity wouldn't be going anywhere off this Rock!

  34. The launches of the ships will occur in the world's best place for such, the northern coast of Brazil:
    https://www.foxnews.com/science/trump-bolsonaro-prepared-to-sign-agreement-for-us-to-launch-into-space-from-brazil

  35. the people of the world are conned into believing man made global warming/climate change, but for where if it is MAN doing so, it is NOT man on the surface, but in the upper atmosphere… high flying jets/military aircraft and commercial and ever increasing rocket launches spewing pollutants up there which remain due to atmospheric phenomena and boundary layers…, probably most noted in altering the Jet Stream…. The vehicular carbon emissions down here tend to go to the ground and are used by plants and algae to convert into food and oxygen. Now, add to this the ever expanding microwave/radiowave transmissions in out complete atmosphere and to satellites, and you are now further "cooking"/altering the steady state of the atmosphere.. add Government black box experimentation with weather or other purposes, as is suggested by HAARP, now globally, and other like-kind crap experimentation by China and Russia, and THERE YOU GO….. Stop blambing cows, cars and yourself…… Please. WAKE UP WORLD. And do not listen to the political fear monger types like that dumber tnan dirt A O-Cortez.

  36. I wonder if anyone has tested, if haveing.. 41 raptor's, so close to each other, will over heat the one's in the middle ??…………… any thoughts ??, …. anyone ??

  37. Yeah, lets get bogged down in red tape, and environmental studies. Lets protect the palmetto bug. Sooner or later somebody is going to figure out that all of the launches, for decades from this site, have done nothing to the environment. I'ts still a swamp.

  38. There's really no point in going to mars. Can't terraform a body so close to the sun without a significant magnetosphere.
    Nothing will live long on the surface and living underground isn't very practical. Gotta be more smart about this.

  39. In the meantime, you can use Space Engine to explore a scientifically accurate and photorealistic universe from your PC (if your PC can handle it)

  40. The superheavy booster might need the tower but the starship whould need to be capable of taking off and landing on unconditioned terrain on other worlds so having a much simpler structure to launch it from makes sense.

  41. I wonder if Elon still has the private island he used to launch the Falcon 1 vehicles.
    Maybe that would be a good target to test the point-to-point travel use for Starship.

  42. If they're going to continue offering the Falcon 9 as an option for customers until demand dies out, I wonder how the pricing incentive will look for customers to use the newer (although initially less proven) vehicles. Unless they plan do dump R&D into Elon's mini-starship F9 upper stage concept, I would think that even just the material cost of a disposable F9 upper stage would be more costly for SpaceX than just switching the customer over to the newer vehicle.

    I actually wonder if the price of stainless steel versus carbon fiber would make the Starship or even the whole Starship Launch System (with Superheavy booster included) cheaper to manufacture than the F9
    What percentage of that cost is engine manufacture would probably be the biggest factor here.

  43. SpaceX proposals are redicilous. Vertical landing of pencil shape huge amount of mass objects in vacuum.
    Not gonna work. Only plausable way is horizontal/diagonal landing.
    Apollo was fake and this Musk designs are much leke apollo style. If you try to land verticaly on the moon exactly this will happen:
    https://youtu.be/ndy4OYGsW8k?t=1080

  44. I like the straightforward way that are statements about the future plans of SpaceX, even though it is not necessarily written in stone.

  45. Just Read The Instructions What a great name for a ship associated with Space Travel. I can just see this scenario
    Ship : Coast Guard ! Coast Guard ! May Day ! May Day ! Just Read The Instructions ! Do you copy?
    Coast Guard : OK Smart ass ! Get off the line. !
    Ship: You don't understand. We need help. Just Read The Instructions ! Over !
    Coast Guard : We don't need to read the instructions ! We know our job you jerk !
    Ship : Just Read The Instructions is the name of our ship Coast Guard ! Coast Guard ? Coast Guard ? Coast Guard do you copy? Just Read The Instructions Over !

  46. It'll be beyond 2030 before any one is even entertaining the thought of living on Mars, the progress is going to be very slow, the journey alone to Mars is no fucking joke, I wouldn't be shocked if there are casualties in the first 3 attempted trips.

  47. Join Phobos with demos and the bigger the moon around mars will cause disturbances in Mars core causing friction with will in return help to create volcanic activity and restoring the Mars magnetic field….the reason why mars lost its magnetic field is because it's moon lost its orbit and fell onto mars …then the Mars core cooled….

  48. Yea, the 2nd test of Star Hopper is finished! How long will it be until the first test of Starship & Super Heavy?

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