SpaceX Could Try Test Launch of Starship SN11 Prototype Friday Written 26 March 2021


SN9 on Suborbital Pad B, with the production facility in the background | Credit: Jared Krahn; Wikipedia; CC BY-SA 4.0

SPACE reports that SpaceX “may attempt to test fire – then launch – its latest Starship rocket prototype at the company’s South Texas facility on Friday.” Cameron County, Texas, officials “have approved road closures ahead of an engine test and launch of the Starship SN11 vehicle on Friday.” SpaceX “has not stated it actually will attempt an SN11 launch, but its test window opens at 8 a.m. EDT (7 a.m. local time, 1200 GMT) and runs for over 12 hours, according to Cameron County officials.” For the test, the prototype “is expected to launch to an altitude of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers), then flip over for a descent back to Earth and flip over once more for a controlled landing using its engines.”
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