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Starship Flight Test Set for Next Week

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
November 28, 2020
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SpaceX will attempt a high-altitude flight test of its Starship prototype sometime next week. Teslerati reports:

CEO Elon Musk says that SpaceX’s first fully-assembled Starship prototype is on track for its 15-kilometer (~50,000 ft) launch debut after completing a second three-engine static fire test on Tuesday.

Starship serial number 8’s (SN8) three Raptor engines ignited for a few seconds around 5:30 pm CST (UTC-6) on Tuesday, November 24th, less than four hours before a record-breaking Falcon 9 rocket  launched another batch of Starlink satellites roughly a thousand miles to the east. Perhaps briefly producing upwards of 600 metric tons (6000 kN/~1.3M lbf) of thrust, Starship SN8’s second triple-engine static fire was actually the first with that particular trio of engines.

Cameron County has posted the following schedule for closing Highway 4 and Boca Chica Beach to allow SpaceX to conduct the test.

Primary DateNov 30, 20207:00 am to 6:00 pmClosure Scheduled
Secondary DateDec 1, 20208:00 am to 5:00 pmClosure Scheduled
Secondary DateDec 2, 20208:00 am to 5:00 pmClosure Scheduled

Musk has estimated there is a one-in-three chance of Starship landing successfully. There are two more Starships in production.

9 responses to “Starship Flight Test Set for Next Week”

  1. Wishyouwerehere says:

    That’s my Monday schedule locked up! Fingers crossed but whatever happens, it’s going to be a hell of a show! (scrub delays excepting)

  2. Vladislaw says:

    I am glad that SN9 is already waiting in the wings and will soon be doing fueling and static test fires soon. If SN8 has a bad hair day and goes bang on landing the program will not grind to a halt.

  3. Saturn1300 says:

    I guess they got the pad concrete fixed. When they fired the engines Musk said a piece flew up cutting a cable to an engine.

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