SpaceX Starbase Ground Support Systems Near Complete, Movies being made from Space, JWST Update

SpaceX Starbase Ground Support Systems Near Complete, Movies being made from Space, JWST Update

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This video is supported by CuriosityStream  - Hey, Hey Marcus House with you here. This   week we bring you all up to speed with the latest  Starship developments over at starbase and share   with you some new, incredible 3D art/work from the  space community created to help us all become more   familiar with some of Starship’s more intricate  parts. We’ll check out Soyuz MS-19 as it sends   a Russian film crew to the International Space  Station just shortly after Thomas Pesquet took   command up there. Touching base with the Ingenuity  helicopter, it failed to take off the other week  

and we wonder if it is struggling to cope with the  lowering temperatures at Jezero crater or if it   will be back in the martian skies sometime soon.  Captain Kirk is officially going to space and a   brief mention of the James Webb Space Telescope:  Coming to a LaGrange halo orbit near you soon!  SpaceX have been busy over the last couple of  months preparing Starbase at boca chica for the   first orbital test flight of booster 4 and Ship  20. It’s been very exciting watching every step   of the construction of both Starship and the  launch facility itself which is all being built   in tandem. We’ve been privileged with a  comprehensive bird’s eye view of the goings on   as they’ve happened, thanks to Mauricio from RGV  Aerial Photography, and this has proved invaluable   for the space community in regards to diagnosing  what SpaceX’s plans are. Thanks to folks on  

the ground like Starship Gazer there are lots of  terrific shots from multi angles for us to compare   and well, just drool over in general. Not only is  SpaceX providing a route to get mass to orbit but   also doing it in a way which is bringing the space  community closer together. This week at the launch   site the thrust rams were removed from suborbital  pad B after Ship 20’s successful cryo proof last   week. Those rams later left the launch site at 7pm  with hopefully a static fire up next for Ship 20.   It is yet unknown if the RVacs will be included  in that test. Given their current rather low  

expansion ratio design, they are able to  fire within the atmosphere quite well,   as shown in previous tests. Also, a minor yet  integral test was performed with Ship 20's aft   flaps being opened for the first time. Over  at the orbital tank farm, on Saturday morning,   shell 3 was lifted off its temporary spot where it  was sitting for several weeks and instead placed   over GSE-6. Then on midday Thursday, GSE8 was on  the road, rolling out of the production facility   to the launch site. Only around 2 hours later GSE8  was hooked up to the crane and lifted off into the  

air. Soon after GSE8 touched down on the final  concrete pedestal, marking the last GSE tank to   be lifted into place. This marks the end of an  era after several months of construction of the   GSE tanks starting in February this year when the  first section of GSE1 was spotted.The only major   work left of the orbital tank farm now is just the  two final cryo shells to be moved from the Sanchez   site and placed over GSE2 and the new GSE8. After being lowered earlier this week,   the Liebherr LR11350 crane was raised up again,  without the luffing jib that was fitted on it   before, ready to start the installation of the  mechazilla system on the launch tower. It’s   coming! On Tuesday evening, the carriage for the  catching and stacking arms started moving towards   the launch tower until it stopped for several  hours. On Wednesday morning, the carriage was  

moved once again but this time parking right next  to the crane. It was then lifted up and flipped   vertically where it was moved over to the taller  of the red beams set up near the launch tower.   The carriage was placed down with the bottom claws  sitting on the ground and the top claws resting on   top of the red beam. We expect this is where the  two arms will be integrated with the carriage.  The Quick Disconnect Arm went through movement  tests just yesterday and just check this   timelapse footage by Cosmic Perspective. The  full quality version of this is linked in the   description. I just can’t wait to see it moving  around alongside the catch arms very soon. 

Over at the construction site, little progress  was made on Ship 21 but all 3 of Ship 22's domes   were spotted this week with its common dome  on the sleeving stand ready to be sleeved.   The B2.1 tank intended to test the stage  separation system was fully stacked.   This mating involved a booster forward section  being stacked on top of a hybrid section made   of a Booster Sleeve and Ship Aft Dome. On Tuesday  night Booster 5’s forward dome section was lifted  

up by the bridge crane and stacked on top of the  second forward section. Grid fins for Booster   5 were also spotted waiting for installation  along with its 4th forward section. The next   vehicle in line, Booster 6, had two sections  spotted at the production site. These include   the 2nd forward section, and 5th aft section. Thanks to Nic spotting a 13-engine booster aft cap   being delivered to Starbase. Just check this out.  Previous boosters have had 9 engine thrust pucks   with 20 additional Raptors mounted on the  tank perimeter for a total of 29 Raptors.  

The 13 engine thrust puck will enable 33 total  Raptors on the booster and I think could possibly   be assigned to Booster 8. Using the current  first-generation Raptor 1 engine thrust data,   a booster with 33 engines could produce up to  6,100 tons of thrust at liftoff. However it seems   that booster 8 will utilise the new generation of  Raptor 2 engines, which could jump the thrust of   the booster up to almost 7,600 tons. This is more  than twice that of the Saturn V. This is really   quite an astounding difference from the booster  being prepared for flight right now. A static fire   already with 29 Raptor 1 engines producing about  5,400 metric tonnes of thrust will be impressive   and we’re eagerly awaiting indication how and  when SpaceX is planning to conduct those firings.  Speaking of Raptor engines. I want you to take a  little journey with me here. What you are looking  

at is a 3D render by Izan Ramos. You may have  seen some previous work in progress renders,   but not quite like this. These are now  complete. The detail here is truly astounding.   Izan’s goal was to create the most accurate model  of the Raptor engine, which in this case is Raptor   Engine 50. This needed to be super realistic,  just as if having a near identical digital version   of the real one. It’s breathtaking. It really  is. The time and effort to 3D model and texture   each piece of this is an effort that is… well…  kind of beyond comprehension. It took around   8 months to create what you are seeing. From the  modeling itself, to UV mapping and texturing. This  

is truly astounding!. But that wasn’t the most  time consuming part though. Most of the time was   actually spent trying to understand what was going  on under that spaghetti mess as we see from the   real images here. With a collection of over 200  images for reference, this is made possible. Izan   and the space community digesting this incredible  work of art owe so much to Mary AKA BocaChicaGal,   Jack and the entire team from NasaSpaceFlight  for all their hard work. Without that reference   material, this wouldn’t have been possible. I mean  just look at all the parts required here. Every   piece is as accurate as possible. All the tiny  pipes, sensors, lock wires, even stickers on some  

of the components. It must be a monstrous task for  any computer to render this beast. It has around   2.8 million polygons and nearly 1900 objects. And  that is enhanced with 44 different textures at 4K   resolution to keep all the sharp detail. Thanks  very much Izan for chatting with me and allowing   us to show off this incredible set of renders.  There is more to see too and this 1080p video   that is all compressed for youtube certainly does  not do it justice. Go and check them out directly   on Twitter and follow Izan Ramos while you are  there. There is a lot more to see and just guess  

what is coming next? Yep! Raptor Version 2. Check  it out! The link is in the description below.  It is so terrific I think having all of  these various perspectives as reference.   Along with this 3D artists like Blender 3D and  Space enthusiast are able to bring Starship and   its associated infrastructure to life ahead of  time for us to digest. This is the most exciting  

time in spaceflight since the space race and being  able to present all of this information to you   every Saturday is such an amazing thing. Thanks  heaps for returning each week for these updates,   I can’t thank you enough. Remember to take that  opportunity to support those amazing creators   by following or subscribing. That support helps  them a great deal just as it does right here.  For the past year we’ve been keeping track of The  Perseverance rover and the Ingenuity Helicopter.   Ingenuity has wowed us over the past few months  with its record breaking extraterrestrial flights   through the martian atmosphere, however, Ingenuity  failed to take off during its last attempt. We’ll   explain why in just a moment but before that... [Ad Start] … a massive thank you to  

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library of space or physics-related content. You  have other interests outside of rocket science as   well? This great streaming service covers a  massive range of subjects and common interests   from across the globe. You will love  it! If you would like to help support   me and would like to give it a try head to slash marcushouse. With that,   you can sign up for access at just 14 dollars  and 99 cents for the entire year. You’ll find   that link in the description below.[AD END] So yes, recently Ingenuity’s 14th flight attempt   was aborted due to seasonal changes that occur in  the Martian atmosphere. Back in April of course  

the Ingenuity helicopter astounded us all by  becoming the first vehicle to fly in an atmosphere   other than earth’s. It then impressed us further  by performing over a dozen more flights, each one   essentially aiming to fly further and higher than  the previous. It’s also taking the opportunity   to gain further experience in navigating and  potentially even prospecting the martian surface,   aiding in the navigation of the perseverance  rover and its own future flights. As predicted,   seasonal changes in the Martian atmosphere are  making it harder for the little helicopter to   lift off now though. Similar to Earth, Mars has  four quite distinct seasons so shares a certain   familiarity with Earth however there are many  norms here that are little more alien to us.   For example, in summer, carbon dioxide released  from the melting ice makes the atmosphere   thicker. As a martian winter approaches, average  temperatures fall so much that carbon dioxide  

in the atmosphere desublimates which causes local  atmospheric pressure to drop enough for Ingenuity   to require a total recalibration of it’s rotor  blades. This requires them to rotate about 15%   faster than before, and they were already  clocking in at over 40 revolutions per second.   During the first attempt to fly with the increased  RPM, Ingenuity encountered abnormal feedback from   two of its control servos shutting itself down  for safety. This is worrying to us as this could   be a sign that it will struggle or even fail  to cope as seasonal changes become even less   favorable. Successful servo wiggle tests  have been performed since then however,  

and NASA has every confidence that Ingenuity will  return to the skies of Mars very soon. Thanks to   an Inconveniently timed solar conjunction, we will  be waiting at least a few more weeks now to see if   another successful Ingenuity flight is possible. Now it’s been a little while since we caught up   with the events from NASA’s Commercial Crew  Program. You might be surprised how much time  

has already passed for Expedition 65 or  Crew 2. Believe it or not, they arrived   at the International Space Station way back  in April on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endeavor.   Time has absolutely flown, at least, it feels  that way to me. Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur,  

Thomas Pesquet and Akihiko Hoshide, are now  nearing the end of their mission, with the   return to earth scheduled in November. This week  it was time for the 53rd rotation of command,   this time from Akihiko to Thomas. This is quite  newsworthy I think because it's the first time a   French national has acted in the role of  Commander. Surrounded by those Thomas has served   under in previous missions, there was a symbolic  change of command ceremony to mark the occasion.   Having served admirably in the role for the  past 5 months, outgoing commander Akihiko   praised the excellent team work and achievements  of assorted science experiments. Most challenging   perhaps being the extravehicular activities,  cargo vehicle visits and system upgrades.  

After speeches that left you with a sense of  real closeness and mateship among the crew,   Akihiko proudly passed on the golden key. The role of Commander is one that looks after   communications between the crew and the ground  based flight director. It is also a crew morale   and task oversight role which has authority to act  in an emergency, independent of ground control if   required. Thomas won't be in command for very long  this trip of course as he will be handing over to   Anton Shkaplerov early next month. It is however  great recognition for his leadership abilities.  

We’ll no doubt see him acting in a leadership role  in the future, be it in space or back home here.  Speaking of the ISS, about 12 hours after Thomas  took command, we saw the launch of MS-19 which   was riding on the Soyuz rocket variant 2.1a. As  a side note, unlike the 2.1b version, the upper   stage still runs on the open cycle engine RD-0110.  The 2.1b which has been operational since 2006,   introduced the RD-0124. That is instead a staged  combustion engine with about 33 seconds or   10 percent more specific impulse. That’s currently  the highest performing Kerosene and Liquid Oxygen   engine out there. Quite the success actually as  this increased the payload capability by over  

1 metric tonne or 17 percent. So why fly MS-19  with the inferior 2.1a variant? Well that is all   because Soyuz MS-19 only weighs about 7 metric  tonnes. For that payload the extremely well   flight-proven RD-0110 was sufficient. In this  and other configurations, Soyuz has launched over   1,800 times successfully so is THE workhorse  of Russian space exploration. At this point,   the sight of such a launch probably doesn't seem  overly special, but in this case, the payload was   a little out of the ordinary. On this flight,  actress Yulia Peresild and film director Klim   Shipenko were flown to the International Space  Station by commander Anton Shkaplerov. Klim,  

additionally, is the screenwriter and producer  for “The Challenge”, (Vyzov) which is the film   they plan to shoot onboard. Interestingly, the  cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky is also on the cast list   for the production. Anton and even Mark Vande  Hei, an astronaut who came on board with MS-18,   will have cameos in the film. Oleg will perform  the role of an incopasated crewman who needs  

emergency surgery and personally I’m quite keen  to see how this all pans out. They arrived at   and docked with the ISS only about 3 and a half  hours after launch and proceeded immediately   to their first ISS conference. Strangely, the  automated docking software called KURS failed   but Anton docked successfully by manual  flight. Over the span of about half a year,   this will be the first feature-length fiction  film shot in Space. Of course that doesn’t come   without a little criticism due to the mission  not so much being about science and discovery,   but more for commercial use. I’m not sure this is  a good perspective to have though. Remember that   commercial opportunities will drive more flights  and more innovation in space travel. Whether you  

believe this to be a misuse of the resources  of the ISS or not, one thing is for certain:   Bringing films to the general public will we hope  elevate the need for further innovation and lower   cost access to space as technology improves. Along  with this mission, Tom Cruise and the director   Doug Liman, are also due to travel there soon  on a Crew Dragon but no specific date is known   at this stage. So life is going to look a little  different on the station over the next few months.   Also, the rumors about William Shatner flying on  NS18 that we spoke of last week have indeed turned   out to be true. The final fourth seat that was  also unknown will be taken by Audrey Powers, the   Vice President of Mission & Flight Operations at  Blue Origin. So yes, look out for that suborbital  

launch on the 12th of October! The commercial  space industry is really kicking into high gear.  For something far beyond suborbital,  the James Webb Space Telescope is coming   and it is coming soon! This epic project of space  agencies from the USA, Canada and Europe is going   to be truly groundbreaking. Currently, the 18th  of December this year is planned for launch. And   it’ll be huge! Literally. The James Webb Space  Telescope, will be the largest telescope in space   known to humanity. It’ll be able to reach  farther out to explore what even Hubble   couldn’t. The Hubble Telescope already did great  work but it looks cute compared to the James Web  

Space Telescope. The main goals are exploring the  Big Bang and the evolution of galaxies. For this,   not only does the telescope itself needs to  be huge but its sun shield, too. The shield is   required to keep off any heat coming from the sun,  allowing the telescope to operate at minus 223   degree Celsius or minus 370 degrees Fahrenheit.  Only then, the faint infrared radiation can be   observed coming from extremely old and far  away objects. Helping here is the orbit,  

too. It’ll be drifting around the LaGrange point 2  of the Sun-Earth system, therefore having the Sun,   Earth and Moon all behind it. We talked a little  about LaGrange points last week when talking about   the Lucy mission, but there are essentially  places in space between 2 celestial bodies   where the gravity of both are balanced and create  a stable position. In this case, it will hold its  

position to Earth and Sun despite being in  an orbit further out which would typically   end up with a longer orbital period than objects  closer to the Sun. Even in this stable location,   it will still need a little fuel to stay in place.  This thrusting is provided by the Spacecraft Bus   with its monopropellant thrusters. It’ll carry  around 150 meters per second in delta-v and six   reaction wheels to keep everything in place. Of  course it is not only the telescope and its heat  

shield that are huge. The budget explosion and  the delays are too. When it was planned in 1996,   a launch in 2007 was expected while costing about  half a billion US dollars. By now, the budget has   increased to nearly 10 billion US dollars and the  launch slipped by 14 years. Let's hope nothing   goes wrong with the launch because the investment  here is.. Lets say... astronomical. The rocket   launching this is not a US rocket. Rather the  Ariane 5 will do the job. This beast usually  

enables Geostationary Transfer Orbit payloads  of nearly 11 metric tonnes. Quite hefty. Because   the 6.5 metric tonnes heavy James Web Space  Telescope is much less than 11 tons, it should   be pushed close to Earth escape velocities.  I am really looking forward to this mission.  So yes, there is yet another fascinating week  of updates and today, I need to shout out some   big thanks to my awesome team for all the help  on this one. I’ve been away most of the week,  

but that did not stop Brendan, Adam, also known  as GameplayReviewUk, Brenton and Aeneas for   taking over to pick up the slack. And this week,  I have been slack mostly off on holiday with the   family for the first time in... Well… probably  too long. Thanks of course to you for watching   all the way through. You are incredible. You  really are. This channel wouldn’t exist without  

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