Although there was a lot of desire to see how Starship flew yesterday over the SpaceX facilities in Boca Chica, Texas (USA), the spacecraft’s first high-altitude test flight had to be aborted due to a failure of the Raptor engines. But the company does not give up and returns today to the charge.
The launch window for this Wednesday is again quite wide, although there is hope that it will not be done as much to pray as yesterday since the tests and tests have already been done thoroughly. However, we already know that Elon musk It is not usually played and that things in space go slowly.
It is planned that Spacex do the high altitude suborbital flight test of the prototype serial number 8 (SN8) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Time, i.e. between 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday and 12:00 a.m. on Thursday in the peninsular time of Spain. They caution, as always, that “release time is subject to change due to the fluid nature of testing.”
Although SpaceX will rebroadcast the event as usual, in the meantime you can follow all the preparations live on the YouTube channel of NASASpaceflight:
After take off, Starship SN8 will fly 12.5 kilometers and then attempt a propellant landing in the SpaceX landing zone located next to the launch pad.
We recall that SpaceX has already made several test flights of prototypes of the spacecraft, but those simpler models did not exceed 150 meters. Also, The Starship SN8 is the first to feature a nose cone, body fins and three Raptor engines..
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