A duo of SpaceX job openings at the company's South Texas facilities have confirmed that both Starship and Super Heavy aircraft are manufactured and assembled locally in Boca Chica. This also points to the first orbital launch attempts of the rocket will occur in the same environment.
The construction of the first massive Super Heavy Booster could begin in Boca Chica over the next few months, presumably in much the same way as the Starship full funnel hopper prototype. According to CEO Elon Musk, Star Hopper Hop Tests and Super Heavy Construction could start in March and April 2019, maybe just a month or two away.
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"The tank manufacturers will work to build the Starship and Super Heavy primary cell on the SpaceX South Texas construction site. [They] will work with an elite team of other manufacturers and technicians to rapidly build the tank (cylindrical structure), armor bulkheads and other large associated structures for the aircraft design of both vehicles . ] – SpaceX, 02/15/19
Posted on February 15, both open positions focused on structural assembly (ie welding) used for the construction of massive propellant charge domes, running profiles and other main structures Of vital importance are Starship and Super Heavy. After an unforeseen turnaround on stainless steel – rather than advanced carbon composites – as primary engineering material for BFR, the project has consistently been marked by a wealth of impressive technical advances, while many fundamental aspects have become uncertain.  Above all, SpaceX seemed to be completing a lease it had signed with the Port of Los Angeles for a large mooring that was to be upgraded to its own factory for the massive spacecraft upper stage and booster of BFR, whose diameter was about It was highly impractical to build somewhere that was not at the launch site of the rocket or right next to a harbor. Headquartered in Hawthorne, California (southwest Los Angeles), SpaceX's first choice was not surprisingly the Port of LA, a location that would have allowed its more than 5,000 local employees to seamlessly move into the BFR program. without causing any disturbing relocations.
] The source information is incorrect. Starship & Raptor is being developed at our headquarters in Hawthorne, California. We build the Starship prototypes on-site at our launch site in Texas, as they are very difficult to transport because of their size.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 16, 2019
Known as Berth 240, SpaceX The lease began in March 2018, but was reportedly completed in January 2019, which probably means that the company Premises must leave next month. While an official statement from SpaceX and subsequent Elon Musk tweets related to this report helped partially correct the record and confirm that "Starship prototypes" are being built locally in South Texas, Super Heavy has never been mentioned , SpaceX's latest vacancies complete the picture, showing that all aspects of the first Starship and Super Heavy prototypes are assembled in South Texas. Weighing just under 4.5 million kilograms and about 118 meters high (BFR is stacked with its two steps and is a true tramping boat, which thanks to its sheer size and the comprehensive integration of stainless steel alloys in its construction completely new production Compared to SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, which is by no means small, Super Heavy alone could be 68 m (224 ft) tall and only slightly shorter than a complete Falcon 9 with booster, upper stage and fairing (71 m) , 233 ft.) Starship stands on its tripod fins and is about 55 feet (180 ft) tall, though all of these numbers could change as they come from a SpaceX presentation in September 2018, prior to the release of Musk Stainless steel took place.
Ask and you will receive! Here is a picture with the powerful #SaturnV compared to@SpaceX s coming [1 9459023] #Starship and #Superheavy ! Really gives a sense of the size of the rocket! 🤯
This and many of my other renderers are now also available in my shop! pic.twitter.com/qTscwzWyKF
– Kimi Talvitie (@kimitalvitie) January 12, 2019
Probably the diameter of Starship and Super Heavy remains unchanged: 9 m (30 ft. ), about 2.5 times wider than the booster and upper level of Falcon 9. Even more true for a 9 meter diameter rocket, which also relied on a partial implementation of stainless steel balloon tanks, was the transport of Starship and Super Heavy over a few thousand feet horizontally an extraordinary challenge, although the Boca Chica facilities of SpaceX are conveniently located just a mile or less from the Gulf of Mexico. While road transport is out of the question, Saturn V's massive first and second-stage boosters proved to be relatively easy to transport as the production facility is adjacent to a large body of water (or a river that gets there) 19659017
" [Saturn V’s 33.0 ft (10.1 m) diameter first and second stages] was comparatively easy to transport by sea ships [from Michoud, Louisiana to Cape Canaveral, Florida]despite its enormous mass. " – Roger Bilstein / NASA, p. 301
Provided that SpaceX chooses the same vertical approach for Super Heavy outdoors, Boca Chica, Texas, will be surprised with a look even more exotic than the already impressive progress made with Starhopper. Prototype of Starship were scored. CEO Elon Musk pointed out that he thought the first super heavy prototype would be built this spring (as early as April). Meanwhile, SpaceX uses the benefits of stainless steel wherever possible, leveraging the expertise and infrastructure of Hawthorne, California, to create subassemblies that can easily be shipped by road or plane to South Texas. Upon arrival, employees or contractors in Boca Chica can be tasked with the much less infrastructure-intensive work of final assembly and integration, a challenging and critical process, but at least a little more independent of the government.
Local Representatives Visited the SpaceX facilities in Boca Chica earlier this week. (Alex Dominguez – 02/10/19)
(Bobby Guerra – 02/11/19)
Aviation class bubble wrap! (NASASpaceflight – bocachicagal)
Similar to Falcon 9, Starhopper has begun to be equipped, among other things, with water installations that are required to pressurize and fill the fuel tanks. (NASASpaceflight – bocachicagal)
The SpaceX propulsion team tests the first complete Raptor engine a few hundred miles north of Boca Chica. Starhopper will gradually be equipped with a range of avionics, cabling and installation equipment vehicle hops test debut. According to Musk, this could already happen in March, although further delays should come as no surprise.
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