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Animations of starship taking off from a barge or platform appear as if there is no flame diverter at all. Any idea how that will be handled, especially since they plan so much traffic? Also how has flame been handled in previous sea launches? Is there any advantage in being on water? One imagines a strategy of directing flame directly into the sea. (Probably only feasible if the platform is on legs rather than floating)

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  • $\begingroup$ Launching directly over water could easily create steam explosions $\endgroup$ – Speedphoenix Jun 30 at 8:54
  • $\begingroup$ Did you try surfing thru spacex.com to see if they discuss this? $\endgroup$ – Carl Witthoft Jun 30 at 12:10
  • $\begingroup$ All we have for precedence is SeaLaunch. They vented exhaust under the floating platform, and it worked well enough. “Will it scale?” is an open question. s7space.ru/en/launch-sea $\endgroup$ – Anthony Stevens Jun 30 at 12:49

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