The third altitude test of a prototype SpaceX Starship is scheduled for Wednesday. You can watch the start live right here.
Updated: 6:27 PM ET: SpaceX successfully manages the soft landing of the SN1
Updated: 6:30 PM ET: A few minutes later, however, the vehicle exploded into another spectacular fireball. This is obviously not ideal, but today’s vertical landing of the prototype should be considered a significant achievement and a milestone for the company.
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The release window on Wednesday is open and closes immediately at 7:00 p.m. ET. An updated T-minus is expected around 18:00 ET, with the current best start forecast at around 18:15 ET.
The flight of the SN10 should resemble the previous two flights, in which the Starship prototypes flew at an altitude of about 9 miles (9 miles), followed by an aerodynamic descent. SpaceX will again try a vertical landing that the company has not yet made for this monster rocket; in both previous cases, the rocket exploded into a giant fireball in an attempt to land.
We have four different live shows: SpaceX, NASASpaceflight, Everyday Astronaut and LabPadre.
As before, the launch of this Starship prototype will take place at the SpaceX test facility in Boca Chica, Texas.
SpaceX intends to use Starship as a vehicle to transport cargo and passengers to Earth’s orbit, the Moon, Mars and possibly beyond. The missile is designed to operate either as an independent missile or as a second stage of a reusable system.