Next SpaceX Starship static fire test on track for this week [U]

Update: A revised NOTAM has now been issued for Monday through Thursday of next week.

SpaceX is hard at work on its ambitious Starship spacecraft in South Texas, and the next static fire test appears to be planned for this week.

A static fire test includes a wet dress rehearsal which means engines are fueled; a static fire test adds the additional step of firing engines in place at full thrust (i.e. a launch without launching).

Elon Musk has documented recent Starship activity at SpaceX’s Boca Chica facility over the last few days, and the FAA has filed a NOTAM (Notices to Airmen) for the upcoming test.

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued temporary flight restrictions over SpaceX’s facility in Brownsville, Texas, from April 1 to April 4.

Paired with recent tweets from Musk, it’s fair to expect the next Starship static fire test to happen this week.

The last one was quite the show:

Want to know more about Starship? Earlier this month, Eric Berger at ArsTechnica published a behind-the-scenes look at what Elon Musk and company are working on in Boca Chica. Learn more about Starship here.

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