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Upgraded Load Spreader Delivered to Starbase | SpaceX Boca Chica



A new type of load spreader was delivered to the Production Site, the Launch Site continues to get ready for testing, and some SPMTs were loaded with ballast.

Video and Pictures from Mary (@BocaChicaGal) and the NSF Robots. Edited by Patrick Colquhoun(@Patrick_Colqu).

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0:00 – Sunrise
0:26 – New Building Near the Production Site
1:00 – The Production Site
1:36 – Ship Aft Dome
1:56 – Starfactory
2:52 – Rainbow Over the Production Site
3:12 – Liebherr LTM 1300-6.2 Crane
3:32 – Crane Near the Bays
3:48 – 2 Large Pulleys at the Production Site
4:08 – SPMTs Loaded With Ballast
5:27 – The Rocket Garden
5:47 – The Orbital Launch Site
6:08 – The Orbital Launch Mount
6:42 – Ship QD Arm
7:00 – The Orbital Launch Tower
7:16 – Work on a Berm Near the Orbital Tank Farm
7:35 – Suborbital Pad B
7:54 – Work at the Orbital Tank Farm
8:13 – B7.1 Test Tank
8:31 – EDOME Test Tank
8:50 – SpaceX LR 11000 Crane Picking Up Loadspreader
10:42 – New Loadspreader Delivered to the Build Site
11:38 – Ship 25 Forward Dome
12:28 – Booster 4
12:45 – Engine Shields
13:12 – Raptor Gimbal Mounts

22 Comments

  1. It's about to get crazy busy at Starbase. Strap in!

    Timestamps:

    0:00 – Sunrise

    0:26 – New Building Near the Production Site

    1:00 – The Production Site

    1:36 – Ship Aft Dome

    1:56 – Starfactory

    2:52 – Rainbow Over the Production Site

    3:12 – Liebherr LTM 1300-6.2 Crane

    3:32 – Crane Near the Bays

    3:48 – 2 Large Pulleys at the Production Site

    4:08 – SPMTs Loaded With Ballast

    5:27 – The Rocket Garden

    5:47 – The Orbital Launch Site

    6:08 – The Orbital Launch Mount

    6:42 – Ship QD Arm

    7:00 – The Orbital Launch Tower

    7:16 – Work on a Berm Near the Orbital Tank Farm

    7:35 – Suborbital Pad B

    7:54 – Work at the Orbital Tank Farm

    8:13 – B7.1 Test Tank

    8:31 – EDOME Test Tank

    8:50 – SpaceX LR 11000 Crane Picking Up Loadspreader

    10:42 – New Loadspreader Delivered to the Build Site

    11:38 – Ship 25 Forward Dome

    12:28 – Booster 4

    12:45 – Engine Shields

    13:12 – Raptor Gimbal Mounts

  2. Thank you Mary and NSF team for sharing this footage with us . If the chopsticks test is all susscessfull then it will be the first time it will be lifting a booster.

  3. Regarding the pulleys, definitely for the chopsticks hoist. Hopefully just onsite spares, but maybe they've detected some wear in a couple of the pulleys and need to replace them prior to lifting a booster.

  4. The 'New Building' at 0:52 above looks like hell…who ever installed the siding should be made to tear it off at put it on properly. No way I would authorize payment for that kind of lazy and shoddy work.

  5. One of the things that just bogles my mind is that all of these spacecraft and their associated parts always seem just so casually placed across SpaceX's facilities. I've been to marine shipyards where massive structures are being built and it is so similar. I always thought of spacecraft being built in a super clean environment or something like that. Thank you so much for showing how real it's getting in Boca Chica.

  6. I love seeing how even small stuff gets iterated on. One might not expect a loadspreader to have much innovation needed, but everything can be improved. Hopefully employee protections are gonna be improved next. Unionize spaceX!