Elon Musk’s hopes for Starship to go into orbit before this spring have not been dashed, but a recent test firing is expected by the CEO of SpaceX to see the company’s new vehicle soon. On Thursday, he tweeted that his new SN5 design had completed a full-length static fire and said a test jump of 150 meters would take place soon. Of course, ten days ago he said there would be an attempt to fly in a week, but they are making progress.
Starship SN5 has just completed a full duration of static fire. 150m hop soon.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 30, 2020
Last August, we saw that the SpaceX Starhopper test vehicle completes a 150-meter “bounce” with the Raptor, and sooner or later the real Starship will make a similar test flight. The company continues to repeat its pressure test designs and prototypes – remember the end of SN4 – as it approaches real flight. If there is any information in the webcast of the event, we will let you know. Even with Crew Dragon, scheduled to return this weekend, SpaceX’s priority is the Starship project.