SpaceX Starship Update || SpaceX Beginning Final Assembly of Starship Ahead of Roll to The Pad


SpaceX founder Elon Musk has been sharing
a number of updates about SpaceX progress on Starship this week, indicating that the
first upgraded Starship prototype’s flight debut is imminent. Along with footage of the assembly process
of the current “SN1” prototype of Starship, he explained on Twitter some of the other
considerations and strategies the company is working with as it works on the new spacecraft
and tries to fly it to space this year. Workers at the SpaceX factory have been working
“around the clock” for a month to build the first full-scale flightworthy Starship
prototype, a process that only began after two ‘test tanks’ were fabricated, assembled,
and pressurized until they burst on January 10th and 28th. Built with improved tools and methods, those
test results allowed SpaceX to empirically confirm that its current infrastructure and
techniques are ready to manufacture orbital-class Starships right now. Musk said that SpaceX is iterating at a much
faster pace with Starship than it has recently with Falcon, as Falcon’s design more or
less stabilized once it started working consistently. He noted that the ability to progress with
the design toward having a production vehicle is dependent on the number of interactions
of the prototypes of the spacecraft, multiplied by the progress achieved between each version. In this video Engineering Today will discuss
Spacex Starship progress in company South Texas facility, where SpaceX team is super-busy
prepping Starship for its next big test. SpaceX already beginning final assembly of
Starship SN1 ahead of roll to the pad. Let’s get into details. SpaceX teams have begun stacking Starship
SN1, the rocket is gearing up for its first flight, which will see the vehicle fly to
around 20 kilometers in altitude and then propulsively land back at the launch facility. SN1 is SpaceX’s second Starship vehicle
to be built in Boca Chica. The original Starship – named Mk1 – failed
cryogenic pressurization testing. The failure prevented Mk1 from getting the
chance to fire its three Raptor engines. SN1 is currently intended to be SpaceX’s
first Starship to perform a flight. Unlike the Mk1 build, where SpaceX began stacking
the vehicle from the beginning of production, teams are taking a more pragmatic approach
with SN1. Instead, the vehicle is being assembled in
smaller chunks which will then be welded together during final assembly. SN1 began in earnest around mid-January, perhaps
less than a month ago. Over the course of that month, SpaceX’s
South Texas team has made spectacular progress. Starship SN1’s business half – comprised
of a Raptor engine section, a liquid oxygen tank, a methane tank, and all associated tank
domes and plumbing – is likely just a single big stacking and welding event away from being
structurally complete. SpaceX stacked two of the chunks together
to complete the majority of SN1’s tank section. Due to the sections being mostly completed
before stacking, the final assembly of SN1 should occur much faster than Mk1. The upper section of the prototype – Starship’s
curved nose and a few less-critical steel rings – has, however, been a bit more elusive. Aside from a few partial glimpses earlier
this month, that nose appeared for the first time, February 20, Thursday, Elon Musk teased
footage from his South Texas Starship factory where he posted a glimpse of a nearly-completed
rocket nosecone. This suggested that the first upgraded Starship
prototype’s flight launch was imminent. SpaceX has been rapidly adding additional
tents to support Starship production. The new structures have helped shield the
teams and the hardware from the harsh South Texas weather. Musk’s video revealed that tent is already
full of Starship production hardware. It is understood that SpaceX is currently
hoping to have the entire vehicle stacked and moved to the pad by the end of the month. If all goes well, a static fire of the SN1
vehicle’s three Raptor engines could then occur in early March, potentially setting
the stage for the 20 kilometer hop within a few weeks of the static fire. However, due to the fluid nature of test campaigns,
setbacks and schedule slips are likely. Unfavorable weather is also forecasted over
the next few days, potentially leading to additional delays. While this timeframe may sound ambitious given
that only the tank section of the vehicle has been stacked together so far, all of the
remaining sections of SN1 are currently being stored inside of the tents in Boca Chica. SpaceX must also eventually develop its “Super
Heavy” booster, because launching humans or a large amount of cargo to the Moon and Mars
will require a large first stage to boost a fully laden Starship into low-Earth orbit. This would allow Starship to use its propellant
to inject itself into lunar orbit and then land on the surface of the Moon. A second windbreak is being assembled and
is far taller than the original. The new windbreak’s tall height could also
be useful for the eventual assembly of a Super Heavy booster. Over the past several weeks, SpaceX has built
and tested several prototype tank sections based on the improved production techniques. Teams have made solid progress, with the most
recent test. SpaceX’s January 2020 Starship test tank
program proved as much, demonstrating that thin steel tanks built in tents can serve
as orbital-class pressure vessels and survive at internal pressures greater as high as 8.5
bar while filled with cryogenic liquid. Nevertheless, SpaceX’s small test tank successes
do not necessarily guarantee that the same kind of tests performed at full scale will
be equally successful. The biggest proof of concept for SpaceX’s
upgraded Starship production methods will involve manufacturing, fueling, static-firing,
and – eventually – flying a complete Starship prototype built with the same methods as those
test tanks. The pressure vessel section of Starship SN1
appears to be nearly complete, missing only its integrated engine section and oxygen tank
dome before it could theoretically be ready to start cryogenic testing. Once SN1 is at the pad, SpaceX will likely
perform a wet dress rehearsal – where the Starship is fully loaded with propellants
– to ensure that the full-scale vehicle properly handles the cryogenic fuels. Teams will then perform fuel pre-burner and
ignitor tests with the three Raptor engines before eventually moving into the static fire
test. If all goes well, SpaceX will then proceed
with the 20-kilometer hop. While SN1 remains the company’s short term
focus, SpaceX is also quickly preparing for the future of Starship production. Numerous other facilities across the country
are being readied for production to ramp up. At the company’s test facility in McGregor
Texas, SpaceX recently completed the first hot firing of a Raptor engine on the iconic
tripod stand. The large concrete structure was originally
built in the 1990s by Beal Aerospace, a now-defunct spaceflight startup, and came under SpaceX
ownership when the company bought the McGregor, Texas facilities in 2003. SpaceX repurposed the stand to static fire
Falcon 9 boosters for a number of years, eventually replacing it with a ground-level installation
in 2015 that has since been used to test more than 60 Falcon 9 and Heavy boosters. Due to a need for a vertical Raptor test stand,
SpaceX began modifying the tripod stand to support Raptor engine tests in the final months
of 2019. Raptor is the methane-fueled engine that will
power SpaceX’s Starship and Super Heavy vehicles. Additional Starship activity was also recently
spotted at SpaceX’s Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. A Starship-like tank section appears to be
under construction near the landing zone. It is understood that SpaceX plans to build
a Raptor test stand at the facility. Finally, on the west coast, SpaceX intends
to once again build a Starship production facility at the Port of Los Angeles. SpaceX and the port had an earlier agreement
to lease the property in 2018, when the company said it planned to build a factory there for
what was then known as its Big Falcon Rocket, now known as Starship and Super Heavy. The large size of the vehicles requires the
water access the port site provided to transport the vehicles to launch sites in Florida or
Texas. However, in January 2019, SpaceX pulled out
of the project, announcing that to “streamline operations” it would build Starship vehicles
at its South Texas site. The company also started building a second
Starship vehicle at an industrial site in Cocoa, Florida, near Cape Canaveral. SpaceX is now interested in a new agreement
to utilize the Berth 240 at the Port of Los Angeles, as the company has decided that additional
production real estate will be required to supplement their existing facilities.

100 Comments

  1. Glorious Delta said:

    I hope that they won’t rush things to much. I have the feeling that they might make disastrous mistakes by building Starship that fast.

    February 23, 2020
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  2. maxarstockholm said:

    What's that face at 6.10. Looks like Michael mayor's. A ghost?

    February 23, 2020
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  3. Will Isom said:

    Omg the black ops 2 trailer is out!

    February 23, 2020
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  4. revrndskip said:

    Whose face is that on the left side of the tank at 6:09?

    February 23, 2020
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  5. jonathan lavezzi said:

    This computerized voice by itself is amazing it puts Siri to shame

    February 23, 2020
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  6. Rikk Forde said:

    Here to burst everyone's bubble . This as I see it , will take us no where fast . . My proposal is a hybrid, made up of quite a few components.. they are already proven and can be used to work as one . And just to give you a heads up. My hybrid can make Mars in 3 days. If you wish to know more . I will explain in full and will definitely takes on all criticisms, in other words, willing to challenge all negative feedback..My kungfu is strong…lol

    February 23, 2020
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  7. Alfonso Soriano said:

    Makes NASA looks lame.

    February 23, 2020
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  8. thao nguyen said:

    Thank Engineering Today

    February 23, 2020
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  9. M said:

    2:45 Are you really sure it 'failed' the test? All I heard was that the pressure sensors failed and the pressure increased like crazy

    February 23, 2020
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  10. Occonner Wilderness said:

    That’s a Big Falcon Starship! I like the name BFR n starship so call it the Big f-ing Starship!

    February 23, 2020
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  11. upupaepops said:

    You'd probably be more informed by watching Marcus House or the SpaceXcentric channels. The content here is…. well, sub par.

    February 23, 2020
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  12. Richard S said:

    The Starship booster, the "Superheavy" is essentially the same as the Starship (in the same diameter), but with bigger tanks (longer tanks) and maybe more engines and without a nose cone and with a modified steering algorithm to support the Starship on top – and with a landing procedure derived from the Falcon 9 booster. The Starships will have a different landing procedure with the skydiver phase in between before switching back to the upright landing – that's different between the Starship and the Superheavy.
    So I think that SpaceX will at first test the Starship in a few iterations and when that has reached a certain level of usability, then SpaceX will build a Superheavy version 1 based on that what they have learned from the Starship development.

    February 23, 2020
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  13. Daniel Bath said:

    This crash is going to be spectacular

    February 23, 2020
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  14. Justice Vanpool said:

    Intro is needless and annoying

    February 23, 2020
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  15. Joe Skill said:

    I never knew farm silos could fly..🤓

    February 23, 2020
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  16. Kevin Melo said:

    Does anyone knows when they will start working in the booster?

    February 23, 2020
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  17. LEE WONNELL said:

    I think space sucks ship should be three times wider we have the Rockets to put that up there in space even three times wider get some living space and equipment

    February 23, 2020
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  18. LEE WONNELL said:

    Need to have at least an airplane in there too fly around the Mars after they get there to check out even more quicker

    February 23, 2020
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  19. LEE WONNELL said:

    Like a star fighter don't know what program that was on butt

    February 23, 2020
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  20. Roberto Rosales said:

    Poco a poco todo va cuadrando posicionándose en su lugar.

    February 23, 2020
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  21. Saint Tranny the Harry said:

    That dented-up bitch looks like it's going to fold in two, collapse like a soda can and then explode.
    Frankenstein's Starship is more like it.
    3 to 1 odds that's what happens.

    February 23, 2020
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  22. TheEnd IsNear said:

    So they are developing the starship and super heavy in boca chica, once they figured out how how to build it or how the assembly line will be, they move to LA oder Florida?
    I wondered, what >200 workers do in boca chica in their time off.
    Must be better to build them where people acually want to live.

    I really can`t wait to see this thing fly. Once they started to fly on a regular basis, i will definitly go to america to watch it. Must be amazing. Too sad, there is no spaceport in europe (i'm from Germany). Next spaceport is in Russia (Baikonur/Kazakhstan, where Soyuz is launched).

    February 24, 2020
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  23. Robert Sterner said:

    Elon run for president

    February 24, 2020
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  24. Jerry Johnson said:

    Good information, well presented, but a bit many ads.

    February 24, 2020
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  25. Butters The Bean said:

    Okay is there an outside layer to this ship or is that steel going to get welded seemlessly together.

    February 24, 2020
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  26. Robert Sterner said:

    Why aren't they using the magnetic forces as energy fuel..mach10

    February 24, 2020
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  27. Lin Yen Chin said:

    "ah-sahn-won"-!?…Who is that, a persion that is part chinese?
    Do you mean "es-en-one" as in "SN1"? … Mouth-breather pronunciation is so revolting.

    February 24, 2020
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  28. Steve Lux said:

    Lots of $ being invested! I wish them the best. I do have issues with their structural design. The way they are matching up and welding the sections is not optimal, especially for stainless.

    February 24, 2020
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  29. Lin Yen Chin said:

    Had to mute your sounds of shitting and tyrn on captions, all thar mouth-breather gasping is annoying…

    February 24, 2020
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  30. robert robinson said:

    Rockets are too slow.

    February 24, 2020
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  31. Ross Abeyta said:

    I'll believe if he's first passenger.

    February 24, 2020
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  32. PSI PHI SYSTEMS said:

    This grain silo will never be space worthy!!!

    February 24, 2020
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  33. 496 elcamino said:

    Could you do one on the Robert rd. property?

    February 24, 2020
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  34. Chris Gonzales said:

    Rocket voyeurism…who would have guessed that would be a thing?

    February 24, 2020
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  35. Pim Roes said:

    "kindly provide your valueable feedback in the comment section"

    When you talk about spacex locations, it would be helpful to show on a map where it is. Not everybody knows where boca chica is.

    February 24, 2020
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  36. NO DEMS said:

    English commercial please

    February 24, 2020
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  37. Bobby Love said:

    20 kilometer hop?? Aren't you in the U.S??

    February 24, 2020
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  38. COVID-19 coronavirus said:

    That intro though.

    February 24, 2020
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  39. dadcss said:

    I saw all this in a Disney movie. Farmer makes rocket out of dented up grain silos.

    February 24, 2020
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  40. JR 711 said:

    Holy smokes SpaceX has an army for production.

    February 24, 2020
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  41. Racel Carmelotes said:

    believe me, its all fake

    February 24, 2020
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  42. iamzid said:

    the comments here are fantastic, I could read them all day.

    February 24, 2020
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  43. RichardAllen said:

    Elon Musk figures if the people believed he sent a Tesla into orbit, why not a grain silo!
    "It must be real because it looks so fake"

    February 24, 2020
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  44. Bill Rayvan said:

    People sure are gullible

    February 24, 2020
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  45. stillpaints said:

    You gotta be crazy to get inside that thing.

    February 24, 2020
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  46. Free Country Again said:

    Looks more like a patchwork quilt than a highly advanced spaceship. Not sure I'm believing this!

    February 24, 2020
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  47. Geoff Gyro said:

    Too many advertisements on this channel. UNSUSCRIBE THUMBS DOWN

    February 24, 2020
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  48. Darren Brady said:

    Great update on Starship thanks 😀

    February 24, 2020
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  49. Wile CKoyote said:

    Thumb down because he talks with his fingers in his nose.

    February 24, 2020
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  50. Shahrooz Shadbakht said:

    3 MIDROLE ADS IN 10 MINUTES!

    February 24, 2020
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  51. Damien Spectre said:

    didn't this 'ere Starship Buckle during assembly? what happened to that?

    February 24, 2020
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  52. KABALYERO·INFO said:

    I like how SpaceX is building Starship in the open. It gives future and potential future Space / Rocket companies ideas on how to build and improve the process. So, if SpaceX fails then the next company will not have to start from scratch.

    February 24, 2020
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  53. Claudius Dunclius said:

    You’ve been drinking the Spacex cool aid. Yes , they are an amazing company. And no, there’s no way that SN1 will go from its current state to being ready for a 20-km hop by the end of March. You see a lot of metal rings welded together and conclude that just a few more welds’ll do ‘er. I see some metal welded together and think… engines and systems integration and testing and more testing. Months, at least.

    Why is there a Spacex fanboy cottage industry of Youtubers hyping ridiculously aggressive schedules? Just because Elon does it doesn’t mean you have to join in. What’s in it for the likes of Engineering Today to buy into this fantasy thinking? How do you expect to be taken seriously by any but the ignorant and foolish?

    February 24, 2020
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  54. Biblically FLAT said:

    Pretty sweet silo you're building. Hey everybody, they're going to put the first grain silo into space! Amazing 😂

    February 24, 2020
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  55. Buckley Stone said:

    Why not turn the whole process sideways making the tanks inserts into the hull with pre-cut sections for plumbing and wiring cut before welds. Take 16 benders side by side and cold roll them and weld at the same time. Stand the whole first section up and then stack the top/control unit on top? I'm trying to think assembly line for the first 3/4's of the flight section, no crane stacking except the mission section at the top.

    February 24, 2020
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  56. Mythical Swami said:

    lol.

    February 24, 2020
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  57. william haddan said:

    Am I the only one who hasent seen the booster that has push this baby out? We're is super heavy booster? Kinda need that right? Maybe I'm dumb but I have seen any part of that. And it's the other half of the ship. Anyone?

    February 24, 2020
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  58. HEY HEY CARDS 650 said:

    Hey hey

    February 24, 2020
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  59. Hernan Lucas Gil Peruzzotti said:

    Hello, excellent video!! One question, for a following video! Why the change from Mark ti SN number?

    February 24, 2020
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  60. KenDroid66 said:

    How does this compare to the Blue Origin progress? We don't know much about where they stand.

    February 24, 2020
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  61. Garage Rescue said:

    That’s one big beer can. wait till they pop the tab this sucker is going to fly.

    February 24, 2020
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  62. PJ Butler said:

    I didn't see any robotic welders in any of these videoes. Can we assume that free-handed welding is the preferred method of assembly?

    February 24, 2020
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  63. Harry Hunter said:

    omg that black ops 2 intro XD XD

    February 24, 2020
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  64. Fog said:

    Actually very informative – subscribed 👍

    February 24, 2020
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  65. Riko Magyar said:

    GREAT

    February 24, 2020
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  66. Essene Gnostic said:

    Space X is a hoax.

    February 24, 2020
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  67. por?pendejos! said:

    Looks like a vibrator, then one your wives keep under her bed or small dresser next to her bed

    February 24, 2020
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  68. Tadd Spencer said:

    This isn't anything new, have seen this being assembled more than once already…..

    February 24, 2020
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  69. Nim Chimpsky said:

    No mention of how they're going to overcome the radiation problem for some reason.

    February 24, 2020
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  70. Dill ster said:

    Dude. You can do better. Recently your videos blow. It seems to me that you just watch other informative videos and then do your own lazy version crammed with ads. 👎 Unsubscribe

    February 24, 2020
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  71. Paul Rice said:

    You can’t call it a star 💫 ship until it passes a star, or at least goes around one.
    I think 🤔 we should just call it a spacecraft until we achieve the ability to leave are own solar system and the maybe we can upgrade its name to 💫 ship.
    My boy 👦 you must learn to wear underwear before you are aloud to wear pants 👖

    February 24, 2020
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  72. Daniel Peterson said:

    Why is this new when it is a old show assho.

    February 24, 2020
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  73. Christopher Moor said:

    I'm curious why they didn't form the full length stainless structure inside a break away mandrel to avoid all the sheet warpage visible? It appears a bit crudely dented and hammered together.

    February 24, 2020
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  74. Matthew Gorgoglione said:

    Very Nawce, are there other designs in concept towards one aerocraft that can do everything and go anywhere wether in or outer atmospheres on any due mission, I would concentrate on this right?🏁🔧🚜🚁🛩️🚀🛸🤙🏼

    February 24, 2020
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  75. PollieBear said:

    No matter how sad you are in life, watching this thing take off will be awesome!

    February 24, 2020
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  76. Brett said:

    Your intro music cracks me up. I expect Jason Bourne to start running from spies or something.

    February 24, 2020
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  77. Professor MAWillett said:

    It is not a STARship.

    February 24, 2020
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  78. Brett said:

    If only "Mad Mike Hughes" had Elon's kind of money. It would look like this at Boca Chica.

    February 24, 2020
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  79. peter lewis said:

    On the plus side it looks like any fabrication shop should be able to bang one up if it works.

    February 24, 2020
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  80. Rolf Jacobson said:

    wow, stacking already!

    February 24, 2020
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  81. James Johnson said:

    This is a total joke these are from Godzilla movies!

    February 24, 2020
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  82. Paul Shivers said:

    Something is strange about this unprotected, outdoor rocket build. Is it a decoy?

    February 24, 2020
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  83. Sensei Freak said:

    With SpaceX "crazy" development and timelines they want to keep at makes one think, what is SpaceX next step. Just what are they planning for to have such a production line? Plus I would think it would be beneficial to have a sort of "Monopoly" in a braud aspect of sence. Imagine SpaceX as a brand like hauling goods and materials. Having transportation services for people. We just need to figure out how to prolong space travel for humans without having severe side effects. It would be nice to see something like this in my life time but ill have to make peace that I would mostlikly not be able to experience it for myself. Optimistically I hope I do!😎 and thanks for the shout out that was so awesome.

    February 24, 2020
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  84. fgfgfgf drtduud said:

    They don't need to clad the whole thing in rings. They could as well just use a wire frame between the tanks.

    February 24, 2020
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  85. aga said:

    Maybe better to build Mobile Launch Facilites so the actual space vehicle can be built and launched from the same spot.
    Transporting these things sideways on the ground makes no sense at all.

    February 24, 2020
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  86. Bretton Ferguson said:

    I hope it's rocket engine doesn't melt or blow over those "buildings". The launch pad seems close to the buildings, especially since they are just plastic sheets pulled over flimsy pipes.

    February 24, 2020
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  87. Julio Cesar said:

    Sério?!

    February 25, 2020
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  88. Julio Cesar said:

    😂😂😂😂

    February 25, 2020
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  89. william ziemer said:

    All this is supper great stuff!!!
    But with no disrespect to the narrator of this video…
    Mmmm … get someone new, would be my suggestion and preference.
    If you speed up his words, he'll sound like a pulse jet engine with his evenly timed BURSTS of volume, and back to normal speaking with pauses before each new BURST…

    February 25, 2020
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  90. Tom Rose said:

    1:39. You mean “iterations” not “interactions” per Musk

    February 25, 2020
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  91. DENZ317 said:

    My My … something is deff not right ! … The Space Suttle was a bad bad design. i hope they get it right. people on the very top with saftey suits / pod / fuel. gear n landing … or and a way out … if needed as take off is the most dangerous second to coming back. pit cargo next behind … then main boosters 1st 2nd 3rd stayges. below … wtf the space shuttle i knew from the start it was the most insain design ever.

    February 25, 2020
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  92. Wandy Wexler Weslon said:

    He should name it "not a grain silo"

    February 25, 2020
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  93. TVirus91 said:

    You know this typical moment in a sci fi show when they talk about the person who made space travel possible in a big way, I always imagine Elon musk. Maybe he is our Solomon Epstein (the expanse)
    I surely hope so!

    February 25, 2020
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  94. Raymond Douglas said:

    Science fiction

    February 25, 2020
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  95. NorthernChev said:

    Seven minutes and twenty-eight seconds of commercials during a ten-minute video. No thanks. I’ll pass in the future.

    February 25, 2020
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  96. Matej Batagelj said:

    Iove that canel, however i like to speed it up 🙂 soo speed up to 1.25 its much better to watch:)

    February 25, 2020
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  97. ea monn said:

    Love this <3

    February 25, 2020
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  98. adam cobb said:

    in the video they are building a "Wind Break"? Can someone explain to me what that is? I'm guessing it's for storage of the Starship maybe?

    February 25, 2020
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  99. Everyday INVENTIONS said:

    Rocket technology is too old
    Rocket is complicated and dificulte
    Low safety and high cost
    We need somethings better
    Developing technologies to enable human access to space at dramatically lower cost and increased reliability #FeelFree http://youtu.be/6q7MovLP-e8 via

    February 26, 2020
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  100. Adriana Adnan said:

    Uhhhh y is the windows square?? 🤔🙄

    February 26, 2020
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