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Construction of Starship 39A launch and landing facility picking up the pace

7 Oct 2019, 15:23 UTC
Construction of Starship 39A launch and landing facility picking up the pace
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The construction of the new Starship launch and landing facility at Pad 39A is in full swing as heavy equipment lays the foundations at the iconic Kennedy Space Center pad complex. Built alongside the 39A ramp, a new launch mount will be installed for what will be the maiden launch of SpaceX’s Starship Mk2 prototype rocket. The facility also includes a landing pad that will be eventually used for returning vehicles.

SpaceX is building a fleet of Starships, initially with Mk1 in Boca Chica, Texas, and Mk2 in Cocoa, Florida.
Mk1 recently enjoyed her big day in the spotlight at the Boca Chica facility during Elon Musk’s Starship update event.
The vehicle was assembled into its flight configuration, albeit not flight-ready. The three Raptor engines installed on the vehicle were not the engine set that the vehicle will eventually fly with during its maiden flight.

The vehicle has since been demated – with the Raptor engines removed – and will now be processed for a test launch to an altitude of 20 KM before returning for a landing at the launch site.
Work is already taking place at the Boca Chica launch site, the area from which Starhopper made its ...

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