Taking to his Twitter account on Nov. 30, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said his aerospace company plans to launch its next test flight of a prototype of its Mars rocketship this week.
He tweeted in response to a question regarding test fires and the planned schedule. “Just a static fire tomorrow. Flight no earlier than Wednesday,” SpaceX is trying to develop Starship, which will be able to carry dozens of people on a long-range flight in a bid to colonize Mars.
Just a static fire tomorrow. Flight no earlier than Wednesday.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 29, 2020
Starship will be “the world’s most powerful launch vehicle ever developed,” according to SpaceX’s website. SN8 (Starship prototype Serial Number 8) will attempt to reach about 50,000 feet altitude.
In previous test flights on Aug. 5, the company launched the prototype of its Mars rocketship several hundred feet into the air and landed it upright. It was the prototype’s predecessor SN5. Aside from that, SpaceX launched the prototype’s predecessor SN6 on Sept. 3.
SN5’s flight in Aug. last for only 45 seconds, reaching just 500 feet at the southeastern tip of Texas near Brownsville. It was still an important first for SpaceX’s Starship. It is worth mentioning here that some previous tests ended in explosions on the pad.
“Mars is looking real,” Musk tweeted following the short hop. “Progress is accelerating.” He went on to say that several more short hops are scheduled ahead of a test version of Starship aims for a high altitude.
Relatively plain as compared to its predecessor, the latest test model stands a full-scale 100 feet tall and bears a striking resemblance to a steel silo. SpaceX plans to launch reusable Starships atop still-in-the-works rockets, which will be carrying crew or cargo to the moon, low-Earth orbit, and Mars.
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