SpaceX’s Starship prototype is ready to take it’s first high-altitude flight — to round 40,000 ft or so — someday this afternoon. This is the second time that it’s been poised to make this large leap, after a attempt yesterday was aborted within the last seconds on account of one of many Raptor engines mechanically shutting right down to probably forestall a good worse ending to the check.
The spacecraft is among the newest prototypes of Starship that SpaceX has constructed, and the primary that may attempt for this high-flying demonstration. Other prototypes have climbed to a most of round 500 ft, after which they accomplished a managed touchdown, too. This one will attempt that as nicely, supplied it will get that far, however SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has stated that it’s very doubtless one thing will go improper with this check – which is totally inside expectations at this stage within the spacecraft’s growth.
The rocket is launching from SpaceX’s growth facility in Texas, and can fly to its apogee peak of 40,000 ft earlier than executing (once more, hopefully) what is basically a stomach flop maneuver to show round after which fall again to Earth, earlier than finally performing a managed touchdown to return to relaxation vertically. All theoretical, however that’s how it might go if every part went completely.
We might get a spectacularly totally different outcome, which might nonetheless assist SpaceX immensely of their growth of Starship by offering priceless knowledge. The actual timing of the check flight isn’t but recognized, so keep tuned above — the window formally closes at 6 p.m. EST at present, so it’ll must occur earlier than then if it’s going to occur.
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