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SpaceX Starship factory battles Texas power outages with Tesla solar and storage

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A major cold snap and the ineptitude of state governance have united to throw millions of Texans to darkness as icy temperatures sweep throughout the state.

In the stupidest fringes of Texas, SpaceX’s Boca Chica Starship mill hasn’t already really been protected from the turmoil, though a large Tesla Solar and Energy installation has almost certainly diminished the blow. Highly cognizant of Boca Chica’s shortcomings to industrial-grade power needs, SpaceX installed that solar array and Tesla-made Powerpacks almost 3 decades back and expanded it in 2020.

Because of this, despite major problems introduced by arctic weather and electricity grid uncertainty, SpaceX was able to maintain the lights and keep work in its Starship mill, while also slowly but surely aiming Starship serial number 10 (SN10) for its initial static fire and high-altitude release.

We lost electricity at Boca Chica again around 2:30 this day and it only came back !! Yay 🤪

— Mary (@BocaChicaGal) February 17, 2021

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High winds and chilly temperatures have prevented the company from making as much progress as it would like but “alert” finds distributed to Boca Chica Village residents on Tuesday evening imply that SpaceX hopes to get Starship prepared for a critical static fire test as soon as 9 am to 6 pm CST (UTC-6) on Wednesday, February 17th.

Weather and overall Texas-wide industrial disturbance are not working in SpaceX’therefore favor, though. Winds are forecast to stay high during the next week, even building a launch attempt highly unlikely even if SpaceX is somehow able to thread the needle between gusts and firing Starship SN10 prior to the weekend.

Currently in South Texas! pic.twitter.com/wHznyYqGed

— RGVAerialPhotography (@RGVaerialphotos) February 15, 2021

However, it could definitely be worse. The few local residents that stay from the Village have been subject to multi-hour electricity outages over the last 48 hours, a tendency that inept Texas electricity grid supervisor ERCOT says could last more or less indefinitely. SpaceX, meanwhile, is most likely taking complete advantage of this individual electricity generation and storage capabilities its Tesla installation provides.

A rough estimate indicates that SpaceX’s Boca Chica installment features an ~1.7-acre (~7000 m^2) solar selection along with 11 Powerpacks, likely offering up to ~1.5 MW of energy creation and also 2.5 MWh of storage. While that is a pittance from the face of SpaceX’s needs, it’s likely more than sufficient to maintain basic operations up and running and ensure that the residents of its developing ‘company city ’ have electricity and water.

Boca Chica Village & Solar Array Aerial Photography 06/23#spacex #rgv #bocachica @elonmusk Will the village houses have been solar powered? 🤔🌞🏠https://t.co/dGpvgoDEmt pic.twitter.com/YraI24ciFf

— RGVAerialPhotography (@RGVaerialphotos) June 25, 2020

SpaceX substantially upgraded its Tesla solar and storage capabilities from 2019 and 2020. (NASASpaceflight – Nomadd)

At Tuesday, February 16th, SpaceX has to submit road closure plans together with Cameron County, lowering the odds that Starship will be able to attempt its original triple-engine static fire test on Wednesday. SpaceX wouldn’t disperse ‘alarms ’ to neighborhood residents when there wasn’t chance, though, so stay tuned for updates.

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