<img src = "https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/43895099105_0eaf6ef695_k-800×450.jpg" alt = "For now, the Star Ship's first mission will be on the Moon. part of Texas, SpaceX employees are assembling a top-of-the-line test version for their new-generation launch system, this "star ship" prototype is far from cosmopolitan but will allow the company to test the ability of the car to "jump" from the spaceport and then land on the ground
On Friday, the company
sent a notice to the inhabitants of the area, saying that the pl will test the vehicle immediately after the week of March 1
8 and will close the main road on non-resident highway 4 during the tests It is supposed to reduce the number of people who daily publish images and videos from the site in different social media sites
Sunday, founder Elon Musk confirmed on Twitter that SpaceX is really close to the beginning of the tests. , Musk said the work on integration
remains to be done on a test vehicle and Raptor rocket engine, and the first hops will be lifted, but only "barely". Ultimately, the Starhopper test vehicle will have three engines, but so far it looks like the company will start with just one.
During something that is aggregated on the / r / spacex subreddit, Musk continues to share any additional information about the test flights. (As we have already noted, there are several reasons why Musk shares so much about Starship development in southern Texas).
A lot of Musk's comments are aimed at the heat shield of the car, with SpaceX trying to design a spacecraft that can land on Earth through its thick atmosphere, and then again outings. "The star ship must be ready to fly again immediately after landing" Musk said . "Zero Reconstruction."
The final iteration of the Starship Shield's heat shield – and the design changes rapidly, as could be expected during prototyping – using hexagonal tiles. Muskus then shared a video in which he said that the tiles were heated to 1650 degrees Celsius, adding that the total heat protection was used "Hexagonal tiles on most of the windy side, no shield on the leeward side is needed  Testing starships with hexagonal tiles
from orbital flights, Musk said, the company is seeking regulatory approval for the southern Texas firing near Boca Chika, as well of Starter Complexes in Cape Kennedy, Florida SpaceX prefers but working experimentally, at least from Texas, because it has autonomy over the site and does not need to coordinate with other release providers
As always with the ultra-ambitious star ship and its Super Heavy satellite missile program, it's hard to it is known exactly how much progress is actually made, but given that SpaceX now has Raptor missiles to power both stages and approach some of the flight test's visibility, the programs are clearly moving forward. This is a testimony to both the will of Muskus and the shine of his engineers.