Go up SpaceX’s Starship-catching robotic launch tower with Elon Musk!

Go up SpaceX’s Starship-catching robotic launch tower with Elon Musk!

Today we’re going up SpaceX’s Orbital Launch Tower with the ultimate tour guide, Elon Musk. He’s going to walk us around the bottom, explain how they plan to catch the booster with the chopsticks and then we’ll go up the elevator stopping at the quick disconnect and on the upper deck!

Recommended videos to help with some context [Playlist] – https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWzKfs3icbT55w6f9wGqXkhk_SlanIhnr

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00:00 – Intro
00:45 – Tour Begins
02:00 – How to catch Starship
10:45 – Starlink 2 details
12:40 – Elevator up the tower
14:15 – Quick Disconnect Arm
17:20 – Top of tower
20:20 – The importance of making humans multi-planetary
26:00 – Growing the economy
30:20 – Orbital Propellant Farm
32:00 – Outro


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30 Responses

  1. zollotech says:

    Love that quote from Elon. “At Space X we specialize in converting things from impossible to late”

    • Omotolani Sulu says:

      Elon walking the talk with Tim and the great team combined with nature’s beauty in it’s all naturality is what I will called being blessed with his calling here on mother earth. While making the impossible possible and looking like it’s all too easy is master recycler (GOD) at work. THANKS ELON & TIM

    • Penfold011082 says:

      2017 – “We’ll have a colony on Mars by 2022.”
      Someone forgot to tell him that Space is hard apparently.

    • Repent and believe in Jesus Christ says:

      Repent to Jesus Christ
      ““Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God ; believe also in me.”
      ‭‭John‬ ‭14:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

    • D. Jea says:

      @Henden G wise guy, eh? Lol

  2. Goin Postal says:

    Best Elon quote was on catching the booster: “This is completely untested.. but success is one of the possible outcomes”

    • MP says:

      This HAS to wind up on a shirt.

    • Goin Postal says:

      @Repent and believe in Jesus Christ so.. you think a SpaceX thread needs you to change the subject? How would you like me to alter all your religious threads to SpaceX?

    • Repent and believe in Jesus Christ says:

      Repent to Jesus Christ
      ““Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God ; believe also in me.”
      ‭‭John‬ ‭14:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  3. Valentine says:

    “At SpaceX we specialize in converting things from ‘impossible’ to ‘late’.”
    Might be both one of the funniest and also coolest things Elon has said in person.

  4. Bose Nose says:

    I love that you just asked for what you wanted. For instance, when you said, “can we go up in the tower?” I feel as though people are sometimes intimidated by Elon’s slow/thoughtful responses. Great video and series.

    • Bose Nose says:

      @Repent and believe in Jesus Christ, thank you random citizen.

    • Erico Bettoni says:

      And he was happy to go up there too, it was really a nice moment that he wasn’t expecting!!! Never underestimate reality I guess!

    • Mike Hancho says:

      Yeah man, most people would never have the courage to ask him that. It’s like someone showing you their Bugatti and then asking if you can drive it!

    • jbjuggler says:

      AS many of us have learned in life, “if you don’t ask, the answer is no”. So you might as well ask.

  5. Goosehome says:

    Thing that strikes me most, that Tim is not even the most enthusiastic here, Elon himself is enjoying the ride he creates with his awesome team!

  6. Tim Padgett says:

    Thanks Tim. Even on dark days, we can remember that the first human to step onto Mars is already alive. We just don’t know who it is, yet. I’m convinced you’ll see it happen.

    • Loturzel Restaurant says:

      Seen Adam Something’s new video about Elon? It’s once again great Elon-Coverage.

  7. Ray Spencer says:

    “Can we go up in the tower?” . When you said those words, you had no idea what magic would unfurl up there. Great stuff Tim!!

  8. Kyle Harikian says:

    He must have a lot of respect for you to let you do these walks with him and give you so much of his time. What an awesome series!! Keep it up!! 🚀

  9. Andy Wragg says:

    Tim, the bond you have struck up with Elon, is truly remarkable. We’ve all learned so much about this endeavour thanks to your channel. Long may it continue.

  10. Liftoff says:

    This might not have been the most technical interview, but the conversations on top of the tower were amazing!

    • Futurism Memes says:

      @Al AL Next video is technicality of the Raptor V1 and V2 engines. sooo…

    • X X says:

      @Al AL Dude why? You’re comments left and right are about bashing Elon. I can’t quite his personal attributes, but he did his homework in his self teaching of astronautical engineering.

      Smart people gather specialized, smart people around them. Who cares if he throws around money to give engineers exciting jobs. He’s not buying strip clubs and beer companies, while crashing his expensive import into American flag kiosks…

      He’s a cool nerdy guy that made it big, and is making it bigger. Don’t hate. Just get back to work man.

    • kindlin says:

      @Luke I think he kept it simpler and shorter. He didn’t give his typical “technical” disclaimer.

    • Amethyst says:

      The people are tiny from here, what is this a spaceport for ants?

    • drout says:

      about 50% seem so 🙂

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