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SpaceX Confirms Starship Launch Date! Flight 4 Ready! (Pushed to June 5th just after we published!)

May 26, 2024
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site, fellow space enthusiasts!!!  We've mainly focused on Starship's fourth

flight

, but that's not the only exciting thing happening in Gateway To Mars. Turning our attention to the former suborbital site, the infrastructure here is disappearing at an incredible rate.  After removing the methane and water storage tanks, workers have moved on to the smaller vertical black containers.
spacex confirms starship launch date flight 4 ready pushed to june 5th just after we published

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spacex confirms starship launch date flight 4 ready pushed to june 5th just after we published...

It is likely that some of these tanks were reused while they were transported to the Sánchez site. John also captured the largest methane tank he was waiting for near the port of Brownsville, suggesting it will be sent elsewhere.  Maybe someone bought this tank, or will support another SpaceX project... Additionally, we are seeing an increasing number of tower segments transported from the port of Brownsville to the Sanchez site. Although the move didn't happen as quickly as originally planned, it should be complete by the time you're watching this.  On May 20 we saw the deployment of arguably the most important piece of the tower: Segment 1.
spacex confirms starship launch date flight 4 ready pushed to june 5th just after we published
This segment is connected to the concrete base of the tower and without it, SpaceX would not be able to begin construction of the new one. OLIT. Then two days later, segment number two was moved. This leaves only section 6 waiting in the dock, although, as I said, it was probably moved before this episode was released. Sanchez's site now has sections one, two, three, six, seven, eight and nine.  Sections four and five are still here in Florida at the Robert's Road facility, along with the boat's quick disconnect arm and chopsticks. Hopefully they will be moved to Starbase soon!  It will also be interesting to see how SpaceX handles the ground support equipment situation and where it stores the propellant.
spacex confirms starship launch date flight 4 ready pushed to june 5th just after we published
There are a few options.  First, they could simply connect the new tower to the tank farm of the first tower.  A common fuel farm! This would be a simpler operation than building a dedicated system, but the downside is that both towers probably couldn't be used in quick succession unless the current farm had enough fuel for two launches, which I doubt. This probably wouldn't be a problem now, but in the future, when releases have to happen a day or a few hours apart, this would become a bottleneck.  Alternatively, SpaceX could build a new tank farm dedicated to the second tower.  Simple horizontal hot dog tanks, placed behind the tower, the exact copy of what al

ready

exists on Starbase, minus the vertical containers.
Finally, given the likely orientation of the new tower, SpaceX could install huge spherical tanks similar to those at Launch Complex 39A or 39B.  These could potentially store enough propellant to support multiple Starship launches or at least withstand a wet dress rehearsal or cleanup without the need to immediately refuel.  What will SpaceX choose?  We'll probably find out soon.  If you have any ideas, be sure to let us know in the comments!  Okay, enough of the big rockets. Let's talk about something smaller but equally interesting!  Rocket Factory Augsburg has recently reached a major milestone.  This German company is working to revolutionize Europe's access to space with its new rocket: RFA One.
It is a three-stage rocket capable of delivering up to 1,600 kilograms or 3,500 pounds to low Earth orbit, comparable to another European rocket, the Vega . However, the main difference lies in RFA's approach. As a New Space company, they accept the possibility of hardware loss and are open to unconventional construction techniques.  That's why RFA One was designed with mass production in mind, using stainless steel tanks, many off-the-shelf parts, and incorporating 3D printing.  In theory, this is the perfect recipe for a rocket that Europe could use right now!  In practice, however, the rocket has undergone an extensive testing campaign and has not yet taken off for the first time.
However, this may change relatively soon! Look at this! In May, the first stage of RFA One moved to the SaxaVord spaceport, an orbital launch site located in the Shetland Islands in Scotland.  That is a very remote location! Once there, it was placed on the launch stand and workers began preparing it for the hot fire test campaign.  Finally, on May 16, the first stage fired its engines for the first time!  Four Helix engines were tested, each igniting four seconds apart, resulting in eight seconds of simultaneous operation. One thing to note here is that the first stage was equipped with five engines, so one did not ignite or they simply tested only four.  The rocket will now receive the remaining Helix engines and fire additional shots.  Meanwhile, the rocket's upper stage is in the process of obtaining certification for

flight

.  If all goes as planned, the full stack will hit the platform around August.
Let's keep our fingers crossed that the plan works, as RFA has the potential to become the SpaceX of Europe. In other exciting news, Blue Origin is flying again! No, not orbital, but still! New Shepard, Blue Origin's suborbital tourist rocket, had a fairly constant launch rate until September 2022. During an unmanned mission at the time, the NS3 booster failed on its ninth flight, activating the launch escape system. . This incident sparked an FAA investigation that lasted more than a year. And we complain when SpaceX can't finish one in a month... During this time, engineers made numerous design changes to help prevent future engine failures.
Despite a successful uncrewed mission in December, New Shepard did not fly with a crew until May 19 of this year, shortly after the investigation was closed. It's almost two years without manned launches!  Fortunately, it seems that Blue Origin learned its lesson, as the promotion during this mission was perfect. However, after separation, one of the three parachutes failed to fully inflate during landing.  While this isn't a major issue, as the capsule is designed to land safely with

just

two parachutes, it is something worth investigating. If one fails to inflate, the same could happen to the rest... That's all for today!
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