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Two tanks being transported to the Launch Site (Credit: LabPadre)

Two tanks being transported to the Launch Site (Credit: LabPadre)

vascodagama1498

Man, do I miss Starships taking off and coming back down horizontal. Seems like ages ago. Let's hope for a launch very soon.


FistOfTheWorstMen

You get a Falcon Heavy launch in a couple weeks, so there's that.


Mravicii

Hearing from someone on twitter that they are aiming for november 1st launch


bucksfromthegulag

How will they know until they actually get the launch licence


ArcturusMike

Hmm, the PEA takes until 18th October, so maybe a few weeks after that, when they've fulfilled the requirements from the PEA


bucksfromthegulag

After the public comment period closes, they still have to review the public comments and then mitigate any concerns. Then they finalize the assessment, and spacex can then apply for the launch license. Historically it took spacex 5 months from the end of the public comment period for the EA of the Falcon 9 and Heavy, so I really don’t see November 1st as realistic


Alvian_11

IIRC Falcon EA doesn't have a scoping period


Cr3s3ndO

But it’s only September:-(


YouMadeItDoWhat

[Do you remember?](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs069dndIYk)


red_hooves

V do.


notreally_bot2287

Two weeks!


itsaride

Is that you Sidney?


KnifeKnut

Remindme! October 31


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>Remindme! October 31


KnifeKnut

Without the >


pilotdude22

Source this if you can please.


sevsnapey

do we know what these are for? too many consumables to keep track of. i don't want to hate because someone spent time on this but man is the new labpadre stream design a bit of an eyesore. the info box in the corner changing text is super distracting compared to the old ticker.


GetRekta

Yep the graphic is poor


mnic001

Hadn't seen it yet but... I kinda dig it. At least in this screenshot


GetRekta

[Source: LabPadre's Sentinel Cam](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPkIZYw5O98)


Lor_Scara

Are these the tanks that were under the Blue tarps, Well 2 of the 3 of them anyway, or are these something else?


DeadScumbag

No. The tanks under blue tarps are vertical "tanks". (according to people with insider info they are purification tanks/columns for methane production). The tanks delivered to the launch site are horizontal tanks, there was 3 of them + I think 1 smaller tank laying at the gas well site(not talking about the ones connected to the oxygen plant, you can see them on RGV's flyover video).


IByrdl

As another user said. The "tanks" under the blue tarps are vertical distillation columns.


givmethajuice

Need tanks to fight off ULA and BO snipers


frowawayduh

They usually keep tanks vertical, will these be used in this horizontal alignment when operational?


vonHindenburg

The supports on the bottom indicate that that's the case. Plus, these aren't nearly the size of the Starship-scale GSE tanks. Just spitballing, but moving horizontally probably also allows them to move faster, though I'm sure that's far from the biggest consideration.


pabmendez

Vertical for fluid tanks Horizontal for gas tanks


myname_not_rick

Not true, the suborbital farm has the methane tanks vertical, but the longer LOX tanks are horizontal.


-spartacus-

Methane is stored as a liquid if I recall.


myname_not_rick

And so is LOX: Liquid OXygen lol. Which they have horizontal. Tank orientation has nothing to do with the state of the propellant. Also, see the Cape propellant storage. Almost all tanks are horizontal, for all different types of fuels.


-spartacus-

Yeah I wasn't commenting on that, only saying what I said.


myname_not_rick

Gotcha. Sorry!


wastapunk

Interesting, why is that?


neolefty

My guess: Tanks are designed to be either vertical or horizontal or both — if these are designed to be horizontal, then you're stuck with them being horizontal. It could just be they're being transported that way though. * Vertical: Saves space. For example the liquid nitrogen tank behind the bio lab I remember at Uni. There wasn't much space, so it made sense to make it vertical. Same with the tank farm at Starbase? * Horizontal: Easier to transport? Less likely to fall over? The big propane tank at my grandparents' farm was horizontal. They had plenty of space for it. With Starbase GSE, they had a choice so they picked the space-saving approach. Lots of gains to be had in addition to saving space — such as shorter runs, consolidated equipment, lower thermal losses. But probably a little harder to set up because they're taller?


frowawayduh

Other possible considerations: Horizontal tanks are easier to protect with a berm and present a lower profile for lines of sight. Also there’s less of a difference in stress from top to bottom.


namesbrent

This is not true, there are vertical and horizontal tanks for both liquids and gasses. They would just use whichever one the tank supplier is able to produce more quickly and what they have space for at the prop farms, liquid/gas has nothing to do with that choice


mschweini

Why?


HWYMAN187

Wen hop?


estanminar

Hopefully never for these tanks.


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bananaduck68

These aren’t tanks, they are ur moms dildos🤦‍♂️


espeirebeslimingb0

Two tanks and one rocket! My all time fav video!