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It seems from posts on NSF that the Falcon 9 used its excess in performance to avoid overflying the Delta IVH sitting on its launchpad even though this wasn’t an optimal flight trajectory.
 

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That would be perhaps a first when a returning booster had to manoeuvre to avoid overflying a restricted area.
 
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I am so ashamed. Thanks for letting me know. :oops:
(boosting myself far out of any keyboard)...
 
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SN6 made it's 150 meter hop and still standing :D
 
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Next up is the testing of SN7.1 to destruction on the weekend I believe.
 

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View: https://youtu.be/9yqR5eiBvPk


A comparison of SN5, SN6, and Starhopper's 150m hops. SN5 does a much bigger power slide than SN6, Starhopper is a slowpoke, and SN6's looks really smooth, relatively.

Video from Mary (@BocaChicaGal) and Jack Beyer (@TheJackBeyer). Edited by Jack Beyer.

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Published on 7 Sep 2020
SN6 is lifted onto pipe stands for leg retraction and removal, then onto a Roll lift ahead of being transported back to the launch site. Work on Pad B, SN7.1, and the Super Heavy High Bay continues.

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Via NSF:

SpaceX has filed a permit with the FCC for experimental flights up 20 km, valid 10/11/2020 to 04/11/2021:

https://fcc.report/ELS/Space-Exploration-Technologies-Corp-SpaceX/1401-EX-ST-2020

This STA uses information from previous grant 1041-EX-ST-2020 and is necessary to authorize Starship Prototype suborbital test vehicle communications for Medium Altitude Hops Tests_2 (max altitude 20km) from the Boca Chica launch pad, and the experimental recoveries following the suborbital hops. Trajectory data will be provided directly to NTIA, USAF, and NASA. Launch licensing authority is FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation.
 

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View: https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1305683470107148288


Pretty accurate simulation, although SN8 will use 3 Raptors. If SN8 craters, SN9 & SN10 are close behind. High production rate allows for fast iteration.
View: https://twitter.com/matthewcable6/status/1305684188130148352


It's nuts now! SN8, 9, 10 and 11! what SN Starship do you think could reach orbit first when SpaceX begins to do orbital tests?
View: https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1305684908980031488


Just a guess, but probably mid teens. Booster & stacking on orbital pad are likely limiting factors. We’ll build several ships just to improve the production system.
 
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