Feb 8, 2022

SpaceX preparing the ultimate backdrop for Elon Musk’s Starship update

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For the third time, SpaceX has installed Super Heavy Booster 4 (B4) on Starbase’s lone orbital launch mount, kicking off preparations for CEO Elon Musk’s upcoming presentation.

In a decision that is difficult to logically explain, however, SpaceX chose to install Super Heavy on the ‘orbital launch mount’ with a crane instead of a complex pair of giant arms explicitly designed to lift, stack, and catch Starship hardware that the company has spent the last several months installing and testing.

This does not make a great deal of sense. One obvious explanation would be that those arms – despite completing multiple lift tests with hundreds of tons of water bags in recent weeks – are not ready for lifting and stacking operations. However, Starbase does not have a crane large enough to lift Starship S20 onto Booster 4, meaning that SpaceX almost certainly intends to use the tower’s arms to do so.

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