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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... ๐Ÿฅ... the massive, mismatched body of Frankenzilla, still holding section 4 after lifting it in place this afternoon.

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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? ๐Ÿ˜จ

starship

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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.

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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?

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

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Peculiar swing bridge design where the road also floats and tilts around one corner:

It's the construction site! ๐Ÿคฉ

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

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

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

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

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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)

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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.

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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

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