BROWNSVILLE – At the end of 2015, the trucks rolled and dumped more than 300,000 cubic meters of locally produced…
BROWNSVILLE – At the end of 2015, the trucks rolled and dumped more than 300,000 cubic meters of locally produced dirt on the future SpaceX launch pad where S.H. 4 dead ends on Boca Chica beach in southern Texas.
The technical term is “soil charge”, a process for compressing the underlying soil to stabilize it – in this case creating a suitable foundation for launch complex structures. The process is now complete, which means that the artificial mesan level is leveled by landers.
After all, SpaceX will install a 95,000 gallon liquid oxygen tank and a 80,000 gallon methane container that the company has delivered in recent months. The tanks currently stored in the SpaceX Control Center area a few miles west of the launch site will be used to support fuel launch operations during space launches that start sometime in 201
In February, SpaceX founded founder and CEO Elon Musk said to test at Boca Chica would mean “short flight flights with spacecraft BFR”.
BFR stands for Big Falcon Rocket, a completely reusable two-stage vehicle consisting of a booster and a spacecraft. “Hopper flights” refers to SpaceX’s Grasshopper program for low-length launch and landing tests of its Falcon 9 rocket at the company’s McGregor test facility.
Musk had knocked on his biggest rocket Falcon Heavy to bring people to Mars, but the focus has shifted to the development of the bigger and more powerful BFR for Mars flights – an ambitious goal Musk touched the Boca Chica groundbreaking ceremony in September 2014 .
“It may well be that the first person departing for another planet could deviate from this location,” he said.
Over the past two years, SpaceX, based in Los Angeles, has installed two giant ground station antennas that it acquired from Cape Canaveral in Florida and more than 600 kilowatts of sunshine to drive them. The antennas will be used to track manned Crew Dragon missions to and from the International Space Station, as well as flight bouncing from Boca Chica.
“The ongoing construction of our launch plate in southern Texas is going well,” said company spokesman Sean Pitt. “SpaceX has now got the last big earth system tank needed to support initial pilot flights in the Big Falcon Space Ship.”
Musk was originally estimated that the first Boca Chica launch could take place since 2016. The need for land transfer created delays but since September 2016 a Falcon 9 rocket exploded under a fuel sample at Cape Canaveral which destroyed the launch plate, which SpaceX would rebuild.
The company launched its first launch from the rebuilt Launch Pad Complex 40 Dec. 15, 2017, a resupply mission to the ISS with a Falcon 9 rocket and unmanned Dragon capsule. On February 6, SpaceX performed the Virgin Mary’s launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket from Launch Pad 39a at Cape Canaveral’s Kennedy Space Center.
It is the same pillow from which Apollo 11 left the moon on July 16, 1969 four days before Neil Armstrong became the first person to go on the moon. In August, SpaceX took a walkway to Launch Pad 39a, which NASA astronauts will use to embark on the Crew Dragon Capsule for mission to ISS.
NASA assigned SpaceX and Boeing contracts 2014 to fly their astronauts to and from the space station. Four astronauts have been selected for SpaceX’s initial Crew Dragon mission, scheduled for April 2019. They will be the first people sent to space from US soil since the spacecraft program ended in 2011.
Propeller the first Crew The Dragon mission in space will be the Falcon 9 rocket, 230 meters long with a 25-liter payload in the Low Earth Orbit. Falcon Heavy is the same height but much more powerful, with a LEO payload of 70 tons. At a press conference after the February Falcon Heavy launch, Musk said the success of the mission convinced him of the opportunity to develop BFR.
The BFR would stand 387 meters long, the spacecraft part 180 meters long, with a payload of more than 110 tonnes. It’s the spacecraft rocket, eventually planning to launch from Boca Chica, where the BFR battleship test is slated to begin next year.
Gil Salinas, a member of the governor’s aviation and aviation advisory committee and former executive with the Brownsville Economic Development Council, working near SpaceX during negotiations to bring the company here, admitted that his first meeting with Musk in 2011 was a pain to blow – especially the part about Mars as Musk says must be colonized to save humanity.
When he gave us his vision back in 2011, it was just out there – where do we start? “He said.
Now, with SpaceX coming up to 70 launches completed and 35 planned, all the eyes in the space industry are what the company does in Cameron County, said Salinas.
” You can see that they are about to change the world, and much will be done from here, “said Salinas.