SpaceX Starship to do high-altitude test flight within hours (livestream)

Posted on Tuesday, Dec 08 2020 @ 11:29 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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The SpaceX Starship high-altitude test didn't take place last Friday as we previously reported but if things go well the test may be performed today. You can follow the livestream below, it's expected to start about 3.5 hours from now at 6:00 AM EST.
As early as Tuesday, December 8, the SpaceX team will make the first attempt of a high-altitude suborbital flight test of Starship serial number 8 (SN8) from our site in Cameron County, Texas. The schedule is dynamic and likely to change, as is the case with all development testing.

This suborbital flight is designed to test a number of objectives, from how the vehicle’s three Raptor engines perform to the overall aerodynamic entry capabilities of the vehicle (including its body flaps) to how the vehicle manages propellant transition. SN8 will also attempt to perform a landing flip maneuver, which would be a first for a vehicle of this size.

With a test such as this, success is not measured by completion of specific objectives but rather how much we can learn, which will inform and improve the probability of success in the future as SpaceX rapidly advances development of Starship.




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