Elon Musk discusses future of SpaceX's Starship system
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SpaceX will attempt to launch and land the Serial Number 10 (SN10) on its first suborbital test flight. Elon Musk fans worldwide are desperate to see the rocket stick the landing after the last two attempts ended disastrously for the company. The SN8 iteration was first blown to smithereens in December last year, followed by the SN9 on February 2.
Both rockets aced the first part of their test flights – launch and descent – but failed to touch down in one piece.
Despite the explosive outcome of both flights, SpaceX saw the tests as a partial success.
Fans are now hopeful the company has collected enough data from both crashes to nail this launch.
One person tweeted: “If SN10 doesn’t land I will eat a paper Raptor.”
Another person said: “I’m believing the third time will be the charm and SN10 will complete its objectives and land in one piece!”
And a third person said: “SN10 will fly and land. Crash tests are over.”
The Starship prototype has been cleared for launch by the FAA and wrapped up a static fire test of its Raptor engines last week.
Jackie Wattles, a CNN Business writer, last month: “Update on SpaceX’s Starship program from the FAA just in: ‘The FAA closed the investigation of the February 2 SpaceX Starship SN9 prototype mishap today, clearing the way for the SN10 test flight pending FAA approval of license updates.'”
With FAA approval and static fire test out of the way, SN10 should soon take to the skies.
When will Starship SN10 launch?
SpaceX will likely not confirm a launch date until the last minute but there are some clues about when this might happen.
The FAA has issued a batch of flight restrictions for the airspace around Boca Chica for later this week.
Restrictions are currently in place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 2pm to 12.30am GMT.
If Starship launches this week, it will likely be on one of these days.
Mary, a Boca Chica resident and NASASpaceFlight contributor, also tweeted on Monday the launch will not go ahead until at least Wednesday.
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She said: “I have just received an update that Starship SN10 will not fly until Wednesday, March 3.
“Tomorrow’s attempt has been cancelled. No hop tomorrow.”
Some fans were hoping to see SN10 launch on Monday or Tuesday after road closures around Boca Chica were scheduled for these days.
Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr has since called them off and new ones for later in the week have not been issued yet.
SpaceX is expected to launch a new batch of Starlink satellites on Tuesday, so perhaps SN10’s test flight was pushed back to avoid a scheduling clash.
Follow Express.co.uk for all of the latest Starship news, launch streams and updates.
SpaceX chief Elon Musk wants to put boots on Mars and he believes Starship will let him do so.
The South African billionaire believes the survival of the human race hinges on our ability to go interplanetary.
Starship will have the capacity to carry up to 100 astronauts per trip and will serve missions to the Moon, Mars and possibly beyond.
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