I spotted another one of those Peace Poles outside Valley International Airport, Harlingen. ☮️
The #starship on the left should be #SN15, so far the only landing survivor. She was scheduled for a second flight, but then they removed all three engines (presumably because they were damaged) and eventually it was moved back to the construction site.
All the sections of #BN2 have already been spotted on the site, an a good number of them are already stacked.
- Historic Starhopper prototype which flew in July 2019
- Blast wall
- Sections of the orbital launch tower waiting to be stacked,
- The giant crane "Frankenzilla" which is building the 130m launch tower
The cryogenic fuel farm uses steel tanks very similar to #Starship, but they will be enclosed in thermal insulating shells (like the one on the right) to store superchilled O2 and methane more efficiently.
This is the access road to Boca Chica Beach. It's Saturday, and families are coming to enjoy the sea, mostly ignoring the #Starship in the background.
(the car on the right got stuck in the sand; another car is trying to toe it out of it)
It's the #SpaceX construction site! 🤩
Bit it's too far to observe their activity. Even with a telescope, there would be too much atmospheric haze.
Crossing a quagmire filled with hungry mosquitoes, towards Frankenzilla at the opposite end of the site...
Along the way, I spot several holes in the sand; some are the size of an arm. What creatures live in these holes? 😨
Panning from the Starship construction site in the distance through a sunset obscured by BN2.1, the historic Starhopper prototype, section 5 of the Orbital Launch Tower waiting to be stacked, and finally... 🥁... the massive, mismatched body of Frankenzilla, still holding section 4 after lifting it in place this afternoon.
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