Pathfinder Nosecone with Payload Bay Spotted | SpaceX Boca Chica

Publisert 23. juli. 2021
A pathfinder nosecone was spotted with a payload bay cut into it. Booster 3's last remaining Raptor engine (RC62) was removed and transported back the build site. Work on Ship 20 continued in the Mid Bay.

Video and Pictures from Mary (@BocaChicaGal). Edited by Jack Beyer (@TheJackBeyer).

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0:00 - Sunrise at the Starbase Sign
0:33 - GSE Tank Aft Section Outside High Bay
1:15 - GSE Tank Aft Section Lifted Into High Bay
2:24 - Super Heavy Booster Thrust Dome in Tent 1
3:04 - Different Super Heavy Booster Thrust Dome in Tent 1
3:24 - Nosecone Moved From Scrapyard to Rear of Production Tents
3:55 - TPS Tiles Visible On Aerocover
4:22 - Ship 20 Under Construction in the Mid Bay
5:22 - Crews Prep a GSE Barrel Section for Stacking
5:41 - Welders Work on a Transport Mount
6:02 - Potential Super Heavy Outer Ring Thrust Ram
6:20 - BN2.1 Test Tank, a Transport Mount, and the Propellant Plant
6:39 - GSE Plumbing
7:08 - Cryo Tank Shell Ring Moved
7:29 - GSE Tanks 3 and 5 at the Production Site
7:49 - Barrel Section Hooked to Crane
8:32 - Barrel Section Lifted into Mid Bay
8:57 - Brickwork Added to Base of the High Bay
9:46 - Roll of Stainless Steel Delivered
10:12 - Pathfinder Nosecone Moved Out of Windbreak
10:42 - Nosecone Covered With TPS Mount Points in Tent 3
10:55 - Pathfinder Nosecone Hooked to Crane
11:19 - Pathfinder Nosecone Cutout
12:22 - Tip of Pathfinder Nosecone Cut Off
13:33 - Bird
13:54 - Orbital Launch Site Behind a Dune
14:18 - Raptor Engine RC62 Removed From Booster 3
17:17 - Raptor Engine RC62 Leaving Launch Site
18:05 - Crews Continue to Work on Suborbital Pad B
18:25 - Delivery to Launch Site
18:49 - Assembly of the 9th Launch Tower Section Continues
19:57 - Work on Yellow Structure Continues
21:24 - Liquid Nitrogen Delivered to Launch Site
21:47 - Orbital Tank Farm Construction
22:30 - PA System on Top of Tank
22:52 - Concrete Poured Near Base of Starhopper
23:11 - Booster 4 Aft Section 4 Outside High Bay

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  • 0:00 - Sunrise at the Starbase Sign 0:33 - GSE Tank Aft Section Outside High Bay 1:15 - GSE Tank Aft Section Lifted Into High Bay 2:24 - Super Heavy Booster Thrust Dome in Tent 1 3:04 - Different Super Heavy Booster Thrust Dome in Tent 1 3:24 - Nosecone Moved From Scrapyard to Rear of Production Tents 3:55 - TPS Tiles Visible On Aerocover 4:22 - Ship 20 Under Construction in the Mid Bay 5:22 - Crews Prep a GSE Barrel Section for Stacking 5:41 - Welders Work on a Transport Mount 6:02 - Potential Super Heavy Outer Ring Thrust Ram 6:20 - BN2.1 Test Tank, a Transport Mount, and the Propellant Plant 6:39 - GSE Plumbing 7:08 - Cryo Tank Shell Ring Moved 7:29 - GSE Tanks 3 and 5 at the Production Site 7:49 - Barrel Section Hooked to Crane 8:32 - Barrel Section Lifted into Mid Bay 8:57 - Brickwork Added to Base of the High Bay 9:46 - Roll of Stainless Steel Delivered 10:12 - Pathfinder Nosecone Moved Out of Windbreak 10:42 - Nosecone Covered With TPS Mount Points in Tent 3 10:55 - Pathfinder Nosecone Hooked to Crane 11:19 - Pathfinder Nosecone Cutout 12:22 - Tip of Pathfinder Nosecone Cut Off 13:33 - Bird 13:54 - Orbital Launch Site Behind a Dune 14:18 - Raptor Engine RC62 Removed From Booster 3 17:17 - Raptor Engine RC62 Leaving Launch Site 18:05 - Crews Continue to Work on Suborbital Pad B 18:25 - Delivery to Launch Site 18:49 - Assembly of the 9th Launch Tower Section Continues 19:57 - Work on Yellow Structure Continues 21:24 - Liquid Nitrogen Delivered to Launch Site 21:47 - Orbital Tank Farm Construction 22:30 - PA System on Top of Tank 22:52 - Concrete Poured Near Base of Starhopper 23:11 - Booster 4 Aft Section 4 Outside High Bay

    • Someone was ready to go, shouting AOOUUU!$ bright and early!!😁

    • @gravelydon more importantly it should read "mid bay" as it's not high bay.

    • D d des d

    • 22:30 The loudspeakers are not stacked simply to withstand the input power, but to increase the range _without excessive volume nearby._ Due to the in-phase array, the volume drop-off no longer follows the inverse square law *nearby* . Instead, the 6 point sources produce "wave interference" and reduced the volume directly below and nearby. The vertical distance between the speakers is selected to cancel out best in the midrange of vocal pitch. The audio waves add up very well at great distances to produce 6X more volume than a single loudspeaker.

    • Lot of data

  • By Xmas Elon will be worth over $1.5trillion

  • la boca para futuros abortos de emerjensia en naves que sale de boca de wider 18M aircarier

  • Nice vid! It made the heron the back of my neck stand up.

  • Very cool.

  • that rocket is huge, its the size of my living room

  • Guy getting it done: 19:40

  • Whatever accelerated speed this video is uploaded at, I wish it was even faster. I play them at 2x and I want faster. Thank you.

  • Could the yellow pipe structure be a custom-made crane part?

  • Never been this open access to a rocket built and launch site - it's raw and just unreal for a private commercial company. Big ups to Elon n his team. Now square that with a government rocket company across the lakes which is meant to be public and publicly accessible - all this would be classified as top secret with the defense force and secret service guarding every dune, nook and cranny to prevent the joe public from seeing what public jane has payed for with her taxes.

  • 11:19 - with a person for scale. Holy Shit that is Huge. ....and the multiple sets of teams working concurrently. Just the logistics of coordinating so many teams must take another team. and also - thank you TEAM NASASpaceFlight!

  • Bird

  • Payload bay door dimensions...... Hmmmmm...... More than big enough to fit Hubble maybe??????

  • You all do such amazing work. Really wish I was there to help the mission.

  • Interesting. I thought Starship skins had been cut from 4mm to 3mm to save weight, but that roll we saw delivered at 9:50 is 4mm. Are GSE tanks thicker? Is the additional strength necessary for Super Heavy?

  • 13:35 bird

  • Concrete Block work (NOT Brick 🧱 bricks are the small Red ones) is being done... 9:00 🕘

  • Please Mr. Elon Musk come to the aid of the peoples, our cell phone have very bad battery. As to say that actually get HOT with radiation, could you save us? Also for the poor that only have radios, they could use a better battery. Thank you so much, Lawrence.

  • 31 Raptor engines at 27 tons thrust each or 1,874,880lb. Yet the Saturn-Vs 5 F1 engines could produce 2,777.232 tons of trust, or 6,221,000lb). Am I missing something here?

    • Where did you get 27 tons of thrust??

    • Yup. The Raptor is somewhere between 200 and 230 tons of thrust each. You're off by nearly a full order of magnitude.

  • What’s going on a the propellant production site?

  • Looks like they're building the best rollercoaster ever.

  • Bird

  • 12:36 Imperial engineers working on the death star.

  • Bird.

  • At 10:15 it should probably be called the "ventral" side (or dorsal? I have been thinking that the TPS side is dorsal...). I don't think that it can be called the "leeward" side, as that refers to the side which is away from the wind, and only applies if the wind is in play. The leeward side of a ship could be port or starboard, depending on the tack.

    • Since the tiled surface is the windward side during entry, the other side can be called the leeward side.

  • Nice to see the Hammer Of Justice being used on tower section 9.

  • Bird.

  • GREAT! Shock absorber!

  • Bird

  • looks like cities skylines

  • I'd drag my family across the country to push a broom or swing a hammer for SpaceX and StarShip! Put me to work, Elon! Edit: I'm no engineer, but I am a motivated and experienced handyman in my hometown.

  • 06:02 I don't thonk so. The mysterious gray structure with the pistons is maybe a height adjustable table for mounting the raptors below the boosters ...? With in this case another support above to support the base of the booster ??

    • That's a lot of lifting power for a height adjustable table.

  • Why would they put TPS tiles on a pathfinder that won’t be flying? Seems like a waste of materials to me. But hey, what do I know

    • @Tamara Wiens Right. I understand why they would want to build a pathfinder for their payload bay starship. But why put heat shield tiles on something that won’t fly? The TPS tiles are the “wasted material” I was referring to. I’m sure nothing really goes to waste at the starship factory, I just don’t understand why they would put the TPS tiles on a pathfinder. Maybe just to see how the tiles would fit around the cutout? What really struck me was that this thing seems to have SO many tiles when I didn’t think Ship20 even had that many tiles installed yet. And that thing is actually going to plummet to earth eventually. Thanks for the response

    • Production pathfinder - they can screw up the installation, and it won't matter except as a teachable moment. That is a big reason for boosters 1 and 2, as they determined practically (as opposed to purely in production drawings and engineering specs) how to construct for speed, strength, simplicity, reduced weight, etc. Note how the body flaps have been reduced in size based on flight test data - this is the same thing, just a step or two earlier in the process.

  • Remember when starship on test stand was held down by rolls of steel? We learned alot.. assess adapt overcome.

    • Oh as I tell me people, stay hydrated. Is hot. Like. Hot hot.

  • SN-20 looking great,,,,What,s the hatch in the pathfinder.s nose,,,great inside shots//////////

  • NASA gave SpaceX a contract today to goto Europa…Congratulations SpaceX.

  • 😲

  • I was wondering if anyone knew the reasoning behind the joggles in the GSE tank plumbing running down the tank.

    • @Tamara Wiens That makes total sense. Thank you.

    • Thermal expansion - a length of straight pipe will crush/be forced out of fittings when warmed, while it would separate when chilled at cryo temps. The jogs allow flex to happen in the corners.

  • 8:57 Caption should read "Blockwork added to Base of the Mid Bay" - it's definitely not High Bay, this is an area between Mid Bay and Hwy 4 which has the black container wall in it. HLS mockup can be seen in its usual spot to the right.

  • Man would I love to talk with one of the engineers and workers at starbase

  • “A superior (wo)man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.” - Confucius

  • Checking in from MA

  • Great video, thankss

  • What a dusty site always got wind blowing the dust-up of the ground... must be not good for keeping critical things clean...

    • There isn't really a point on cleaning up a cement

    • @Lensflare Deviant ohh... learn something now...

    • That's why critical stuff is done off site.

  • 02:20 - That's a New connecting method. the Zipper... Thanks guys

  • Q. How good do you have to be to weld for SpaceX?? A. Damn Good.

  • Brickwork at the highbay? Why?

  • 0:44 "I FEEL GOOD! Nananananana Na Na! I knew that I would!" (Make sure your volume is on when you click the time stamp)

  • Wow you guys! Amazing job today! I understand that a lot of things happened... But still you covered SO much!

  • Loved the two parts with a guy just going at the 9th segment with a hammer like a madman, and directly afterwards another guy just trying to kick a pipe into place.

  • Thanks Mary and Stephen! And the NSF crew!

  • You don't add brickwork like that to temporary structures I wonder if they are ready to make some of the facilities more permanent and start with the factory that will build their fleet of Starships?

  • Looking much better. I'm building faith they could fly to orbit and return. They have figured out what it will take to do it much cheaper than NASA.

    • @Lensflare Deviant ​ @Lensflare Deviant I completely disagree. I'm 63. I remember Mercury and Gemini and of course Apollo. There was nothing before those times. They did what they had to do. There was nothing else that could be done. We are at a possible turning point in history. Only NOW can anything else be done. Enjoy it and hope it lasts. Most of all hope it isn't all blown to hell before some meaningful progress can be made. They still can't go to the moon. NASA did that 53 years ago. Give them some credit. No one else has managed anything even close. Space is a lot harder than you seem to think it is.

    • Yes, NASA has been tied to over priced legacy contactors for far to long.

  • hi ELON MUSK ! as he walks right on by @ 23:25 ~ 23:27 . jeez, he is a big fella !

  • Great footage as usual. Thanks Mary.

  • guys i love the channel and the updates but some of the stuff you zoom in on perhaps should be kept under wraps just a thought

  • 10:09 it looks like they decided to go back to 4mm thick steel 304/304L (double certified). I never heard anything on 3mm thick trial results

  • I wonder if that brickwork on the high bay is simply aesthetic or if there's some other reason for it. Sound dampening?

  • "Use the Force, Luke!" 19:24 ... and so he did.

  • Checking in from MA

  • 23:25....musk?

    • @WickedSappyDotCom who knows

    • I also thought so at first but rewatched a couple of times and I don't think it's him.

  • Love what Elon is doing and love starship but still believe that it should be used to build a star transport on the moon or in orbit. then that can make it as heavy and as big as they want.

  • I wonder why they're hammering those instead of using a hydraulic tool.

  • I could buy my house with this thing

  • Think we can ever get a picture looking down into the top of an engine so we can see the mounting points? It would be interesting.

  • How does Starbase get all of the electrical power required for such a large industrial complex?

    • There is a solar farm and they have 5 huge generators. The remainder, I guess, they'll buy off the grid.

  • toooo slow

  • When will the top header tank of Starship be relocated? Because I assume it's not so good having pipes of propellant running through your payload bay...

    • The header tank, afaik, was in the nose to help with weight balancing/CoG on the test articles. With payload, production fittings, etc, the load will start with a different balance. In these cases, the upper header tank should be in the upper propellant tank, same as the lower one.

  • Still haven’t switched to 3 mm stainless

  • The bird was cool lol

  • 1000 or more starlinks per flight, damn it could be more.

    • Even by mass alone it would be limited to 350 or so, and that's if they'd fit.

  • Sⵜarship is becoming like shitty version of a space shuttle.

  • I think NSF should come up with a symbol to cover the workers faces, something nice (maybe digital sunglasses or a space helmet) instead of a black square, or pixels. ( WARNING history lesson) When building the first 747, the factory wasn't even finished, part of the roof and one wall of the plant were under construction, it was cold, and there was a tight deadline to meet( switch hot for cold, does it sound familiar?) They started calling themselves "the Incredibles " (So endeth the lesson) I really think these guys at Spacex need a nick name to honor them, Because Elon and his engineers are just designing this massive beast, thee guys , riggers, welders, heavy equipment operators, and many more are BUILDING IT! In the end Elon, Gwynne, and the top engineers will be footnote in history, but not the people who made Elons dream happen. Damn Shame.....

  • Even if I never get a chance to go up on one of their rockets, I definitely want to visit Starbase, TX one day when it's all finished and fully up and running...

  • damn nice camera you got there Mary!

  • 24:06 the scale with respect the person

  • I haven't seen one yet, but I'm betting IT Services deals with a lot of ToughBooks/Getacs/Dell Ruggeds...

    • @iamjadedhobo I felt that comment

    • Or CAT6 cables flattened by forklifts and mobile cranes

  • Imagine being the crane operator in charge of moving the starship pieces.

  • PA system ... noise cancellation ... via phase cancellation ????

  • What I love MOST about SpacEx is their transparency!!! NASA's other providers are all shrouded and private so you never see where the money is really going. Elon's approach is stretch that money and utilize every penny and every minute to their fullest for a fast, on-budget project. Thank You SpacEx!!!!

    • We are selling too ourselves how awesome they are and I'm not sure there underselling it.

  • Thank you Mary and Stephen (& bots) 🥰

  • what if the payload nosecone is the ship 20 nose cone and they're shooting a cybertruck up ? :)))

  • NASASpaceflight - T H A N K S !!!!!!!

  • I think that the yellow thing is a movable flame deflector more for protection of an area on launch site from flying objects than flames.

  • Open the pod bay doors Hal.

  • 13:33 Bird amazing

  • Cybertruck as test payload? To Mars orbit?!

  • Cargo Dragon, Crew Dragon... "GRAND" Dragon for the top of a cargo starship???

  • With the starship being empty four the orbital launch. Why can't they just use 9 engines to launch it instead?

    • Part of what needs to be tested is if they system can handle all those engines.

  • What I think, that is the let go ring, those are the rams that will hold onto the booster and then let go for the launch.

    • Seems unlikely, as the dessicators and pressure tanks are relatively fragile and would be damaged/destroyed by launch...

  • If you could have any job at spacex, what would it be?

    • The job Lister had on Red Dwarf: he outlives all other humans :)

  • I love 13:40♡♡♡♡

  • There has been a distinct lack of explosions since March 30, 2021.

  • .. and who the hell is Stephen Marr?! * a new artistic nickname that Marry adopted, * or an AI that you successfully transferred Mary's style to, and trained on shooting things that people really dying to see?! ;-)) .. btw, I don't particularly like watching tanks.. so, 85% accuracy?

  • Hey, when seas will cover lands and men will be no more, don't think you can forgive you.

  • 3:33 and that nosecone is indeed very pointy.... LOL

  • 2:50 wow! the booster thrust dome is really so thick?!! must be super heavy?! .. honestly, pun not intended...

  • Seeing the nosecone pathfinder gives me vibes that they are really pushing to the next level. The speed of development is absolutely insane. Sheeeshh..

  • I’m excited to see more about the pathfinder nosecone, thanks for the cool videos guys

  • 21:10 first time I've seen any part of the yellow piping with attachment points / end caps.