Today I'm flying to Boca Chica TX to visit the construction site 🚀

South Padre Island is at the end of this barrier island.

There's a huge wind farm... in South Texas!
👺💨

I spotted another one of those Peace Poles outside Valley International Airport, Harlingen. ☮️

cc: @benoit

The on the left should be , 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.

On the right, the "high bay", which seems to contains and pieces of the booster (the first one which is expected to fly).

All the sections of have already been spotted on the site, an a good number of them are already stacked.

South Texas Ground Tracking Station.

I believe this was here before construction began.

In sequence:
- 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

On the left, the cryogenic fuel farm under construction.

The cryogenic fuel farm uses steel tanks very similar to , 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 in the background.

(the car on the right got stuck in the sand; another car is trying to toe it out of it)

Today I went to South Padre Island, a resort island situated north of the launch complex.

I'm not interested in the beach, so I took a walk along the jetty...

But wait... what's that?
No, not the ass... on the opposite shore!

It's the construction site! 🤩

Bit it's too far to observe their activity. Even with a telescope, there would be too much atmospheric haze.

Today I wasted my afternoon at the stupid South Padre Island while Frankenzilla was stacking section 4 of the orbital launch tower 😓

youtube.com/watch?v=T0AZIvjXjZ

In the evening, I went back to Boca Chica and decided to walk through the swamps around the
launch site...

I stumble into a piece of torn steel... could this be a chunk of , the prototype whose test flight ended in a mid-air explosion?

This should be Suborbital Pad B, which carried the unfortunate SN11.

Behind and to the right, the BN2.1 test tank, which was cryo-proofed last week. Since it didn't blow up, we believe the test was successful.

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.

The giant crane Frankenzilla towering over the Orbital Launch Tower.

Follow

And this is the last footage I could take before SpaceX security finally noticed me and sent someone to tell me that I was "trespassing" and "videos are not allowed".

Well, I guess they don't watch YouTube 😂

· · Web · 1 · 1 · 5

With my best Russian accent, I should have asked back: "Excuse me sir, can you direct me to the Amerikan Nuclear Wessels?"

youtu.be/sf8rDpu1vCk?t=74

I decided stay a few more days to check what's happening during the scheduled road closures:
cameroncounty.us/spacex/

The Boca Chica Road Closures twitter bot says they'll be testing BN2.1 again. Too boring!

twitter.com/BocaRoad/status/14

I bought one of those scopes with a smartphone mount for bird watching... I've got a *huge* bird to watch! 🤓

Knowing almost nothing about tele lenses, I ordered the cheapest product with a high user rating. And then I'll figure out whether I needed better optics.

Note to self: next time the cop at the roadblock asks you "are you a SpaceX employee?", the right answer is "yes" 😠

Yesterday the road to Boca Chica was open, and I was able to walk around the launch facility:

was moved out of the High Bay and parked next to , offering a rare view of twin Starships.

Hopefully, soon we'll have a whole fleet of Starships rolling out of the production facility.

Ah, looks like Remedios Street and Joanna Street, two roads cutting through the construction site, should remain open to the public:
valleycentral.com/spacex/distr

@codewiz Well yes but those aren't starships they're just boring rockets
Sign in to participate in the conversation
Mastodon

The social network of the future: No ads, no corporate surveillance, ethical design, and decentralization! Own your data with Mastodon!