SpaceX Starship SN9 test fires ahead of planned Thursday launch

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This is just the nose starship SN8.

Elon Musk

SpaceX is working towards another high-altitude test flight of its next-generation spaceflight system, and it may arrive this week.

Latest prototype of Elon Musk’s Starship, Identified by serial number SN9, passed through a Brief test firing The company’s development facility at its mass facility of its raptor engines in Boca Chica, Texas. 6. Then, after a week of delay, SN9 performed three more static test fires on Wednesday, January 3. The tests are part of a series of checks. Leading to a launch that may arrive as soon as Thursday.

Airspace restrictions also apply around Boca Chica for Fridays and Saturdays. Several possible flight dates have been pushed back several times since last week.

SpaceX has been testing and iterating its starship design over the past two years, beginning its series Low altitude “hops. “The first successful flight of critical altitude came last month when the SN8 reached almost the same height where commercial jets practice their cruising too much.

The milestone then fell to Earth and a new landing maneuver was successful in orienting the rocket, but alas the SN8 came too fast and met one Brilliant and explosive ending.

The SpaceX SN8 flew high and landed hard.

SpaceX / CNET video captured by Jackson Ryan

While we may get lucky and see the sequel to SN8 on Thursday, scrubbing and delays have been part of the routine in the starship’s development process. Heck, I’ve already updated this post several times. So it is equally likely that we may have to wait until later in the week or even later in the month.

Whenever SN9 flies, we’ll be sure to take videos here. stay tuned.

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