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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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Great 10th launch of Falcon Heavy!

Always stunning to watch the co-ordinated landings of the twin boosters! ( at 49 min. in the vid.)

All that automation and control data must be invaluable for Starship development, and will surely help to see precise landing attempts with Starship within the next few launches.



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Part 2 of Everyday Astronaut's recent tour of Starbase with Elon -this time to the launch pad.

The scale and 'faired' finish to everything at the Orbital Launch Mount makes it all look very much like a CGI Animation scene! 8)

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https://www.space.com/spacex-polaris-da ... ch-july-31


SpaceX targeting July 31 for launch of historic Polaris Dawn astronaut mission
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It will be the second spaceflight for billionaire Jared Isaacman.

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Illustration of a Polaris Dawn crewmember conducting the first-ever private spacewalk. (Image credit: SpaceX)

The first commercial spaceflight mission with a spacewalk now has a launch date.

Polaris Dawn, part of a private human spaceflight program funded by billionaire Jared Isaacman, will launch no earlier than July 31, project representatives announced today (July 3) in a brief statement on X. Isaacman and SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk, whose company will provide Polaris Dawn's Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket, have not yet put statements out on social media.

The crew plans to conduct the first-ever private spacewalk with bespoke SpaceX spacesuits made for the effort, along with a raft of experiments. Polaris Dawn's orbit will take the mission about 435 miles (700 kilometers) above Earth, in the highest-altitude crewed flight since the Apollo moon missions of the 1960s and 1970s. For comparison, the International Space Station orbits at roughly 250 miles (400 km).

Polaris Dawn will be the first of a trio of missions of the Polaris Program, all funded and commanded by Isaacman. The Shift4 founder also helmed and bankrolled the all-civilian Inspiration4 launch in September 2021, which raised $250 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Tennessee along the way; Isaacman plans to continue that support with the Polaris missions.

Related: How SpaceX's private Polaris Dawn astronauts will attempt the 1st-ever 'all-civilian' spacewalk

Aside from Isaacman, the mission includes retired United States Air Force (USAF) Lieut. Col. Scott "Kidd" Poteet as pilot and mission specialists Sarah Gillis and Anna Menon, both SpaceX operations engineers.

The complexity of the mission, according to project representatives, required delays during development from an initial launch target of late 2022. The most recent major delay in February 2024 pushed the projected April launch into summer.
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