Three Raptor Engines Delivered - Booster 4 Methane Transfer Tube Installed | SpaceX Boca Chica

Publisert 27. juli. 2021
Three Raptor engines were delivered, Super Heavy Booster 4's Methane Transfer Tube (also known as the downcomer) was installed, and work on the orbital launch table continued.

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0:00 - SpaceX Boca Chica
0:20 - Methane Transfer Tube "downcomer" being Installed on Booster 4
1:00 - Sunrise at Boca Chica
1:20 - Work on Tower Section 9 Continues
2:20 - Gravel Delivery to the Launch Site
2:40 - Work Continues on Yellow Pipe Structure
3:00 - Large Black Pipes Arrive at the Launch Site
4:40 - Cryo Shell Construction Continues at the Propellant Production Site
5:00 - Work Continues on the Orbital Launch Table
6:00 - Raptor Engines Delivered to the Production Site
6:20 - Ring Stack Moved
6:40 - GSE 3 and 6 Wait at the Production Site
7:00 - Raptor Engines Lifted Off the Truck Bed
8:00 - Delivery of Black Pipe Structure
9:10 - Work Continues on Tower Section 9
10:10 - Work on GSE 2 at the Orbital Launch Site Tank Farm
10:50 - Booster 4 LOX Tank Section Inside the High Bay Ahead of Stacking

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  • 0:00 - SpaceX Boca Chica 0:20 - Methane Transfer Tube "downcomer" being Installed on Booster 4 1:00 - Sunrise at Boca Chica 1:20 - Work on Tower Section 9 Continues 2:20 - Gravel Delivery to the Launch Site 2:40 - Work Continues on Yellow Pipe Structure 3:00 - Large Black Pipes Arrive at the Launch Site 4:40 - Cryo Shell Construction Continues at the Propellant Production Site 5:00 - Work Continues on the Orbital Launch Table 6:00 - Raptor Engines Delivered to the Production Site 6:20 - Ring Stack Moved 6:40 - GSE 3 and 6 Wait at the Production Site 7:00 - Raptor Engines Lifted Off the Truck Bed 8:00 - Delivery of Black Pipe Structure 9:10 - Work Continues on Tower Section 9 10:10 - Work on GSE 2 at the Orbital Launch Site Tank Farm 10:50 - Booster 4 LOX Tank Section Inside the High Bay Ahead of Stacking

  • Checking in from MA

  • Is it bad that this is the first time I've actually seen a methane downcomer being installed?

  • Pickups and Bigrigs we drive them all.!!! Jessie

  • I don't know if those black pipes can be part of catching arms. They don't look thick enough to support a super heavy booster.And are not that heavy as they were lifted from small machine. But then again they are such a weird construction i have no idea what they are lol.

  • I wonder how far the black pipe deliveries have to travel. It seems an inconveniently wide load if it is any distance.

  • We will literally have a Starship assembly line in some years. That's insane to think. In the near future rockets and spaceships will be manufactured like airplanes and cars are

  • Thanks Mary 🥰

  • Thanks Mary! And the NSF team :)

  • All them extra workers " gettn it dun " !

  • As the orbital launch table is prepped for paint, what is typically done to treat the inevitable rust that has formed?

    • @Lensflare Deviant it's that simple, didn't realize it. Thought the corrosion might continue if not treated somehow.

    • They paint over it.

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  • i love spacex..we visited this site last Oct. 2020.. I've ordered the tri motor cybertruck fsd and i can't wait. i may buy they Y or S in the meantime?

  • Love watching these videos on the progress on SpaceX starbase & SpaceX booster 3 rocket inc starship rocket. Informative & in detail👍👍.

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  • A year ago we were eager to see a grain silo flying, now we are close to orbital launch. Wow.

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  • Which methane tube is this? is it the one with stripes across it, or was it the normal one?

  • 05:00: WCOLT

  • Hi Mary do you know how much longer they will be working on the orbital lunch table? It seems they have been working on it for ever

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  • Starbase needs traffic lights. Starbase necesita semaforos.

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  • Raptors go out raptors come in, YES👌🇦🇺

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  • It makes sense to have the LOX tank at the bottom because it keeps the center of gravity low; the density of O2 (l) is 1.1 kg/m3 and the density of CH3 (l) is 0.65 kg/m3.

  • Those newly arrived raptor engines look sooo much advanced, cleaner and more compact plumbing

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  • I won't be supporting the chicken of the anti-christ. Thanks for the video.

    • I eat more chicken then any man knows. Lyrics by chicken little. The friggin sky is falling

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    • I had no idea the anti-christ liked chicken!

  • I worry about security hope is enough for all that traffic

  • These videos have become part of my daily ritual now, I have to get my Boca Chica progress report fix, or I am wondering what's new! very nerdy of me! hahaha but keep 'em coming please !

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  • Thanks to the SpaceX crews. Thanks to the folks at NASASpaceflight.

  • saw somewhere that spacex has completed 100 raptors engines..

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  • Launch tower section 9 has been stacked, but what about hungry children!?

  • Did you see the mushrooms at 0:41?

  • I wonder if there are anywhere else in the US cranes left for other construction projects! :p

  • Always happy to see that *Work Continues on the Orbital Launch Table*

  • Raptor Engines Delivered to the Production Site. Raptor delivery man 😎getting out of his Raptor Van, "Yo! 3 more Raptors for you". Starbase Raptor receiver 🤓 "great just place them in the nursery they will be fledging soon"

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  • people saying table getting some paint but I cant see a thing of what they mean 😭😭😂

  • Amazing footage of the methane down-comer insertion, like a flower being planted in a pot: must be ticklish to keep the thing upright while they await the methane tank landing on top.

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  • The first actual rocket factory, in the same sense that the model-T mass production line was the first car factory. It’s crazy to imagine what the future actually has in store for us all!

  • 8:13 - As they are not used to transport fluids the correct terminology would be tube, not pipe

    • @Knowlege Isgood pipes. They move air

    • What do you call the ones on a church organ? ;-)

  • A game of Dodge with all the movement of vehicles and lorries...what a sight to catch up on each day....many thanks

  • Really feels like the launch table is gearing up for a move down the road...

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  • Black pipes are for the capture arm. Yellow pipes are for the lifting of booster and ship to the launch pad.

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  • That's a lot of pick-up trucks...

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  • “Work continues on the orbital Launch Table”. I worry I’m not watching NASA Spaceflight BOCA CHICA GAL if I don’t see this. It’s going to be awesome!. I do love seeing our Raptor Engines, also awesome. As is everything. - How’s this as a report? 🇦🇺🤣🐨

  • 4:20 I have never seen so many pickup trucks at once. I'm European.

    • Ya we love our pickumup trucks.!!!

    • @G550Ted LOL! But where are the gun racks?

    • Pickup truck... That's a Texas sports car. :-)

    • And all fitted with crash avoidance systems.... 😊👍

  • The roads gone mad with the "dancing of the pickup trucks".

  • Someone once said, "Orbital Lunch Table"

  • Anyone else see the massive compound bow?

  • It still blows me away that a guy just rolls up in a forklift to take the Raptors off the truck.

    • @Knowlege Isgood I'm imagining ULA rolling it into their cleanroom, having a gantry crane lift it off and gently place it on a cushion made of endangered goose feathers... :^)

    • What would you have them do? It is well held by a collar and steel legs bolted to the pallet. Raptors are very strong and can take being knocked around, as long as their small tubes are not.

    • These are the most careful forklift drivers in the world...

  • That is one long tube.

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    • For one very tall booster.

  • I love the way the curtains draw aside and the stars of starbase make their appearance in the spotlight… the raptors! 🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁✨

  • How many pick up trucks?

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  • The black tubes have thin walls and would offer little mechanical support. I think it is a manifold of some sort.

    • Even a structure made of thin walled tubes can be strong if designed accordingly.

  • Every evening, as I fall asleep on the other side of the globe, i close my eyes with the image that BocaChicaGal would be capturing as day breaks on the other side. And then the next morning to see what she had shot brings a big smile on my face. Thank you for all the pleasure. 💐

    • @•Pinned by John Howell are you kidding!

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  • It has been a while since Spacex launched some Starlink satellites. It seems like they were launching some twice a month. What is going on?

    • Also the first shell is finished launching, and the sats are still moving into their final orbits (it takes a few months).

    • @Justin Byrom Interesting. Thanks.

    • They’ve built a new drone ship and moved one from east coast to west coast. The latitude of the next batch of Starlinks is higher, so they’ll be launching from west coast. The delay is just because they’ve been prepping for that.

  • I think It's really hot out there 😕Elon if you read this msg then plzz look after it...

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  • I’m really glad GSE 3 has a buddy to hang out with now. I kind of felt bad for it getting shuffled around and left by itself for so long.

  • I've noticed that, ever since the video where the captions were a little higher up, the position has switched back and forth nearly every video, and I just want to say that I appreciate when they're placed higher up, in case you're looking for feedback.

    • They use more than one editor. Some might not think of that.

    • I agree - they are unreadable off the bottom for me and often, all that blue sky at the top.

  • thank you

  • I remember calculating "long-hand" the compound angle coping and welding of round piping. :-(

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  • 10% pucks, 20% drills, 15% Concentrated power of mills, 5% measure, 50% crane, and 100% reason to watch these videos every night before i go to bed

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  • I literally came to the comment section to see people's reactions to the Chick-Fil-A trailer. That was quality content

  • I can't wait to witness the lift of the orbital launch table. Any estimates on its mass?

    • Probably 450 tons

    • Way too complicated to make any good guess. But the LR11350 can lift as much as 1 350 tons. It is not THAT heavy.

    • I'm really looking forward to that also😉

  • Fantastic videos, thanks to all involved. The one sad thing I keep seeing in all the videos are the porta pottys. Having spent a career in refineries and tank farms, I can attest that going #2 in one of those in the south Texas heat really sucks🤣. When I went to Australia on an LNG project I saw what real jobsite bathrooms can be like! Still portable, but with stalls, running water, hooks on the doors, kind of like heaven. Just a suggestion, nice bathrooms makes the day better. Thanks.

    • They have those too on site (next to the main gate), just a bit farther to go.

    • @darrin kinney The Aussies are serious about public health. And safety. The motorway off ramps have signs for the people who mess up. huge letters "Wrong Way Go Back".

    • I travelled the world and thought I knew what a job site was like. Then I arrived in Australia! Not a chance i'd work anywhere else.

  • 00:51 Damn, she took the whole thing. 😳

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    • Haha 😂

  • I am SO damn impressed with this whole construction, fabricating work going on here, would love to of had a job there if I was about28 yrs younger😜

  • The fact they’re shipping in more workers from other SpaceX sites seems to indicate a push toward certain completion of all elements and final go for launch before September; whether that actually happens in August or not is trivial to the FAA and the Weather, both of which are overestimated. To overestimation: I’d rather make an overestimation of their cadence and be wrong about them not doing it until after My predicted date, rather than underestimate their cadence and misinform people into not believing at all that it’ll happen anytime soon, so they don’t watch it when it happens, as the crew there and our patience for this so rightly deserves. So, I’m still going with August. Don’t tell people otherwise or they might miss it if it happens sooner than expected, and with that goes any chance of this getting national coverage.

    • Might you be underestimating people's willingness to watch anyway?

  • I've unloaded a lot of trucks with a forklift in my time, nothing quite as cool as a raptor though...

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    • @phaedrus61 It is held in place by its transport coller, 4 legs (between collar and pallet) and the pallet all is fixed to. It would only fall if the pallet broke completely. Those don't look like the kind that would.

    • Seems kinda tall to me to not strap it down, the pavement must be super smooth...😁

  • Are the raptors for sn20????

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    • Raptors marked RV are for Starship. RC are the central ones on both.

    • Impossible to tell without seeing the numbers. Any labeled RB are definitely for B4, and any others are either for SN20 or B4s inner rings.

  • "Work continues on the Orbital Launch Table" I think that is the sentence I have read the most the last few months. LOL

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  • I wonder what the pricetag is on one of those raptors

    • It depends on what you would include in the price. If you only look at the parts of the Raptor and the time to assemble it, then the price is cheap. If you include R&D and all lost engines, then it is very high. Only SpaceX management knows. Prices Elon waves about are very iffy, since he sometimes talks about future prices and sometimes just manufacturing - never being clear which.

    • In 2019 it was around 1mil per engine. It’s probably cheaper now, and should continue to get much cheaper once the McGregor plant opens up and mass production really starts up.

    • 'bout tree fitty

  • Looks like they stared painting the OLTable.

  • This video has been brought to you by Chic Fil-a. Lol

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  • Another epicly busy day in Boca Chica! - Thank you for the coverage!

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    • That’s about right, super busy every week, more and more

  • Dear Mary: A year of sunrises might be a beautiful way to summarize progress at the site.

    • Pickup truck... That's a Texas sports car. :-)

    • Agreed!

    • Yeah! Timelapse of all sunrises will be great.

  • While the others keep investing in more buildings and launching nothing, SpaceX is building Starships using tents and tarps in the Texas heat. Absolutely laser focused on the right goal.

  • When your boss is the Elon you get a mobile Chick-fil-A trailer on site

    • I'll be impressed when he gets it to show up on Sunday.

  • Is the launch tower really strong enough to support all this? I can imagine fatigue building up after several booster landings making the tower lean or possibly break. There should really be a ground mounted support opposite the catching mechanism to relieve some burden.

    • @Dancing Dog Promise to eat crow if they don't pour concrete. ;-)

    • The empty Booster and Starship (even w/100t cargo) each weigh less than 300t, they'll never need to lift a fueled component. Also, they will fill the tower legs with concrete. :-)

    • So long as the stresses are below a certain threshold, the steel won't be subject to fatigue. Notice that they're NOT using UC (Universal Columns) for the uprights, but box sections made of steel at least 50 mm thick (maybe as much as 70 mm, as it's hard to see). That's construction like bridges that take thousands of tons.

    • Engineering mistakes can be found everywhere, but in this case I don't think they made one. This design is made to flex like a fishing rod (but more unnoticeable). If it fails they will pull it down and build a better one. Remember there are never any human anywhere near it when a booster lands. All they lose is time and money. A setback, but we all learn to live with them.

    • @donnieb that one leans because the bureaucrats decided to modify the Ares launcher for more than it would cost to build a new one, then kept changing the requirements. Before being "reassigned" to SLS, the joke was that Disney would use it for an amusement ride.

  • Hope SpaceX has some type of security there, it looks ultra easy to just drive up and pretend to be an employee.

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    • They are discrete, but cross the road and you soon find out.

    • There is security on site.

  • Fantastic footage once again Mary, thanks again @bocachicagal

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  • I think the black pipes are for the booster catcher arms.

    • Yes, but what part and how will they do it? Those are the real questions. We will soon see the result.

  • I don't know to whom credit is due, but; it will ALWAYS be "Windows Screensaver" to me.

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    • Ubuntu Screensaver here.

  • 10:06 I don't know who Scott Macon is. But someone needs to augment the letters so it ends with "Manley."

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  • I'm willing to bet that the fact they move those engines around with a normal forklift, gives actual NASA people heart palpitations. NASA would have to let a contract for a mover, they'd spend 3 years designing it, a year building it, a year certifying it...only to discover the engine design has changed, and the whole thing has to scrapped.

    • @Dancing Dog Often, but not always, true.

    • @Knowlege Isgood If the managers had listened to the engineers, they wouldn't have had those disasters.

    • We can't compare a delicate satellite to a rocket engine. One can't handle being knocked around the other is the one that does the knocking. NASA learned the hard way that failure had a very high price. That has made them risk avert. SpaceX has only Elon and some backers to care about. If people accepted desasters like those of the Shuttle as part of this kind of work and did not make such a fuss about it, NASA would look different today.

    • Imagine the James Webb Telescope bouncing around in the back of a truck, on a road.

    • Nonsense.

  • Love the people side and the Chick-fil-a food trailer. And good to see - and you didn't mention - they've started to "prettify' the launch table -- I see new paint.

    • @Shane Wardle You can bet they'll figure out how, or die trying....

    • @Michael Streeter honestly? If it's not Elons gonna have to strap a stick to the side of super heavy, and prop it up in a milk bottle 🤣

    • @Shane Wardle Ready by August 5th?

    • Yeah, I spotted that too, maybe we're not far off now? 🤔

    • Lunch table

  • Real food for America's best workers

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    • @Steve Acho fake food being served at Chynas "Spacelex work site😹

  • Why did they build the yellow pipe structure on sight, but transport the exactly the same looking black pipe structrue in from elsewhere???

    • @Knowlege Isgood the yellow and the black structures. it makes little sense to have two separate methods for two totally similar things

    • @Nemo X Two what? Not sure what you mean.

    • @Knowlege Isgood The two are exactly the same.

    • The yellow pipe structure is large and heavy. Transporting it over roads was likely not worth the trouble. Just like section 8 was too complicated and heavy to make in one piece and was divided in two. They think these things through before they chose the way to do things.

    • Someone said: "This fiddly yellow pipe structure is taking forever." and the seas parted and black prefabricated pipe structures arrived with some minor assembly required.

  • At this point they have delivered so many black pipes, they could build a new launch tower.

  • Video junkies get to bed early. This comment was meant for the people like myself and the others who say they can't sleep until they see the night's video and that it was posted early tonight

    • All kinds of junkies get kinky.

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  • It seems the table is almost finally done! The paint has arrived!

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    • They are also building scaffoldings on the orbital launch mount legs! :)

  • That section is the methane tank

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    • Without a time-stamp no one can guess what you mean by "That".

  • yo! the launch table is getting some paint!

  • 2:22 workers’ movement are even synchronized, Wow SpaceX

  • When will be orbital launch?

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    • Late august is possible but definitely unlikely. September makes more sense, and October-December if they have any issues during testing imo. Also depends on the FAA review, which depending on how that goes could push it into next year.

    • Day after tomorrow😁

    • @Lensflare Deviant Earlier was talking about August... But now I see it possible about October.

    • No one knows.

  • Gantry crane needs to be nicknamed "Pikachu".

  • Launch table gets some paint!

    • @KaBup 29 for now, but you are right, any paint on top of the pad will be blasted off, but not on the sides. We can see the same on the suborbital pads. BTW, that is no ordinary paint they use, it is thermally resistant one.

    • 33 raptors will burn any painting there, right?

    • Finally the launch table was taking longer than literally everything else.

    • Progress... :-)

  • All that effort on the orbital launch site and still no flame diverter 🤔

    • @Knowlege Isgood The trench would then already have the water for flame and noise suppression.

    • They don't decide these things on a wim - not even one of Elon's. They are convinced it will not be needed. I doubt they can add one later unless they dig up the very deep foundations between the legs. They go down 30m (maybe even more). The ground water level is just 2 - 3m below the pad. That would make a trench resemble a swimming pool. They would need to go and build a new launch pad somewhere else.

    • After a launch the booster may have already dug a flame diverter just need some fireproof concrete to stop it getting deeper :-)

    • Elon said it’s probably unneeded, although he did admit that might be a mistake lol. At least it probably wouldn’t be too hard to make one after the fact.

    • It might not be needed.

  • What are we at, like 10/33 Raptors now?

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    • Six for Starship. 29 for booster. It will get upped to 33 later.

  • Thanks Mary, you absolute trooper, for enduring the Texan heat for this fantastic, quality content.

    • And don't forget the mosquitos! Sitting in one place add waiting for something to happen or to get a good shot for hours in that weather with bugs biting you requires commitment and passion.

  • Launch site: 75% cranes Production site: 75% ring sections

    • @Ankit Gusai that's why I mentioned it

    • @Wild Tangent They will start making much larger highbay in few days next to current highbay, Elon said a day ago.

    • I anyway wonder if there are anywhere else in the US cranes left for other construction projects! :p

    • They must have the first steps of production (steel bending and welding into ring sections) very optimized because they're cranking those things out way faster than they can stack them. Widebay in hindsight is a very obvious necessity if they want to have the room to stack multiple starships and boosters simultaneously, and start optimizing that process next.

  • Huh, I didn't know they had chick fil a food trailers! Good idea for big job sites.

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    • Thank God it is in Texas. Imagine how triggered the locals would be in say California or New York. It would have to be armored.

  • You can appreciate how big that one crane is when you start seeing people near it.

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  • Windbreak, Midbay, Highbay, Widebay. I love it.!

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    • ... and Longbay still to come!

    • W I D E

  • Thank you

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