The latest prototype of, identified by serial number SN9, underwent a brief test firing of its Raptor engines at the company’s development facility in Boca Chica, Texas, on Wednesday. The test is part of a series of checks, which may include another static fire, leading to a launch that may come as soon as Sunday.
Airspace restrictions are in place around Boca Chica also Monday and Tuesday. The restriction is in place for Friday 8. January has since been canceled.
SpaceX has been testing and iterating its Starship design for the past two years, starting with a series. “The first successful flight with significant altitude came last month when the SN8 reached about the same altitude where commercial jets do much of the cruise.
The milestone was then followed by a fall back to earth and a new landing maneuver that seemed to succeed in orienting the rocket, but alas SN8 came in too fast and met a.
We could be lucky and see the sequel to the ordeal of SN8 on Sunday, but scrubbing and delays have been part of the routine in Starship’s development process, so it seems just as likely that we may have to wait until later in the week or even later in the month.
When SN9 flies, we will be sure to carry the video here. Pay attention.