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SpaceX prepares Starship SN8 prototype for high-altitude test flight

Added 11-24-20 10:09:02pm EST - “SpaceX could perform the first high-altitude test flight of its Starship vehicle next week, according to Elon Musk.” - Engadget.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Engadget.com: “SpaceX prepares Starship SN8 prototype for high-altitude test flight”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

In September 2019 Elon Musk said he hoped SpaceX would be able to perform an orbital test of its Starship vehicle within six months, and while that didn’t happen the company is apparently ready to perform a high-altitude flight test. In a tweet, the exec said that the latest prototype, dubbed SN8, had undergone a successful static fire, and that a flight test to an altitude of about 15 km could happen as soon as next week.

Starship SN8 Static Fire! Overview Article for this test:https://t.co/E3v5cOyEAtMary (@BocaChicaGal) livestreaming with the NSF Crew.➡️https://t.co/UzsoAgGWLF pic.twitter.com/2E2eeWtvkq

The folks at NASASpaceflight live streamed video of the triple Raptor engine firing, and posted a clip of the event on Twitter. Based on notices to locals in the area, they report that November 30th is a likely date for the test, so keep an eye out — you may see that “flying water tower” go higher than ever before.

Good Starship SN8 static fire! Aiming for first 15km / ~50k ft altitude flight next week. Goals are to test 3 engine ascent, body flaps, transition from main to header tanks & landing flip.

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