Starbase Updates | February 2024

What's Happening at Starbase Texas in February 2024?

This page is a summary of the major highlights at Starbase Texas over the month of February in 2024. All updates are sourced from publicly available posts from the user /u/threelonmusketeers who updates the Starship Dev Threads on Lemmy and Reddit.


February 29th, 2024


February 28th, 2024

February 27th, 2024

February 26th, 2024

IFT-2 updates from SpaceX:

  • Booster failure: “several engines began shutting down before one engine failed energetically, quickly cascading to a rapid unscheduled disassembly”
  • Cause: “most likely root cause for the booster RUD was determined to be filter blockage where liquid oxygen is supplied to the engines, leading to a loss of inlet pressure in engine oxidizer turbopumps”
  • Zack Golden and Ryan Hansen speculate that blockage could have been slosh baffles which broke free during the period of negative acceleration. Ringwatchers relevant article.
  • Fix: “implemented hardware changes inside future booster oxidizer tanks to improve propellant filtration capabilities and refined operations to increase reliability”
  • Ship failure: “A leak in the aft section of the spacecraft that developed when the liquid oxygen vent was initiated resulted in a combustion event and subsequent fires that led to a loss of communication between the spacecraft’s flight computers. This resulted in a commanded shut down of all six engines prior to completion of the ascent burn, followed by the Autonomous Flight Safety System detecting a mission rule violation and activating the flight termination system”
  • Fix: “implemented hardware changes on upcoming Starship vehicles to improve leak reduction, fire protection, and refined operations associated with the propellant vent to increase reliability. The previously planned move from a hydraulic steering system for the vehicle’s Raptor engines to an entirely electric system also removes potential sources of flammability”
  • FAA mishap investigation has been closed. SpaceX must complete corrective actions, of which there are 17.

February 25th, 2024

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February 16th, 2024


  • Launch tower segments on their way to Starbase. ETA Feb 20th.
  • SpaceX to build a Starship launch complex at SLC-37 in Florida. Currently use is for Delta IV Heavy, which is retiring.

February 15th, 2024

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February 6th, 2024


February 5th, 2024



Interesting thread regarding distribution of segments for the top of the 3rd (2nd at Starbase) launch tower. Seems like the top 3 will all be two-thirds height, as opposed to the full-height, two-thirds, one-third segments on the 1st tower.

February 4th, 2024

  • Pretty quiet Sunday.
  • S28 gains a raptor engine.
  • Production site: Cones set up for potential transport to or from Sanchez or Rocket Garden, but no road closures scheduled. A few more beams have been added to Starfactory since yesterday.
  • New hardware spotted at Sanchez site. Likely a production jig or transport stand for hotstage rings.


February 3rd, 2024


February 2nd, 2024


February 1st, 2024