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SpaceX Starship SN9 may take flight as quickly as immediately

2021-01-25 17:56:00

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That is the nostril of Starship SN8.


Elon Musk

The most recent SpaceX Starship prototype may lastly get off the bottom Monday from Elon Musk’s rocket improvement facility on the Texas Gulf coast.

Musk’s new Mars rocket iteration, which is recognized by the serial quantity SN9, underwent a collection of take a look at fires and had a couple of of its engines swapped out earlier this month in preparation for a high-altitude take a look at flight.

Now closures of native roads and airspace across the Boca Chica, Texas, facility point out we may see a launch try as early as later Monday, though it appears climate could also be a bit extra favorable Tuesday or later within the week.

SpaceX has been testing and tweaking its Starship design over the previous two years, starting with a collection of low-altitude “hops.” The primary profitable flight of great altitude got here final month when SN8 reached roughly the identical altitude the place business jets do a lot of their cruising.

The milestone was then adopted by a fall again to Earth and a brand new touchdown maneuver that appeared to reach orienting the rocket, however alas SN8 got here in too quick and met a spectacular and explosive finish.

SpaceX SN8 flew excessive and landed laborious.


SpaceX/CNET video seize by Jackson Ryan

We may nonetheless get fortunate and see the sequel to the ordeal of SN8 Monday, however scrubs and delays have been a part of the routine in Starship’s improvement course of. Heck, I I’ve already up to date this put up a number of occasions.

At any time when SN9 flies, we’ll remember to carry the video right here. Keep tuned.

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