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And Musk has just confirmed that the next flight will try to catch the booster on the launch tower...

(Flight 5 hardware is already pretty much ready for final tests. Starship preemptively has a completely different flap fairing design to test too.)
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Sunbird wrote: Fri Jun 07, 2024 4:23 pm A line from Boca Chica over Africa and southern tip of Madagascar into the Indian ocean went over Etosha pan. We live on a farm just south of Etosha. While waiting for the reentry, my wife and I decided to look for Starship as it was only 140 km or so altitude. It has a very reflective top half steel hull and the sun was in a favorable afternoon position to the north west. To our surprise we did see something glinting very faintly on the expected trajectory!! We followed it for more than a minute!! We went back back inside to watch the rest of the drama. Afterwards I did check Flight radar to see whether it was not perhaps an aircraft, but the only flight was Luanda to to Johannesburg which would have been too far away. It was very, very faint, anyone else?
Pretty sure you spotted it!
I recognized Etosha Pan from the inflight footage.
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some nice slo-mo shots from various angles 8)

-and that insane Crackle of the shockwaves! :twisted:




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Whee. FAA has confirmed flight 4 was within parameters - no accident investigation required. So flight 5 can go whenever they are ready.

BUT it seems like they have a new recipe from the Bakery, so they are stripping all (eek!) the tiles from ship 30 and replacing them with the new type. So it will be a while before they generate some more excitement.
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