Starship Stories January 14
After a week of attempting to conduct a second static fire following what we believed was an off-nominal test last week. SpaceX pushed SN9 in their testing and conducted not just 1 but 3 static fires over the course of the day.
Starship Stories January 8
For over a year, SpaceX has been developing its next-generation rocket Starship near the small neighborhood of Boca Chica Village in Texas near the Mexican border. It wasn’t until June of last year that the Federal Aviation Administration which licenses airspace started an environmental assessment of the rapid expansion of SpaceX facilities there.
Starship Stories January 7
The last big test before Starship SN9’s flight was conducted on Wednesday with the static fire of all three Raptor engines. While SpaceX fueedl up the rocket and briefly fired up the Raptor engines below SN9, some weird differences were noticed to suspect something didn’t go right.
Starship Stories January 5
The Federal Aviation Administration has granted a temporary flight restriction (TFR) for Brownsville, Texas, that gives the correct clearance for SpaceX to attempt its second-ever Starship 12.5 km flight. Starship serial number 9 (SN9) is set to fly — and potentially even land in one piece — as soon as Friday, January 8.
Starship Stories January 4
SpaceX was in the news a lot this year as it achieved many of its extraordinary goals, including 26 launches and becoming the single largest satellite operator in the world. Gwynne Shotwell, chief operating officer at SpaceX, spoke on some of these successes in a new interview with Ars Technica today.
SpaceX is working hard to get Starship SN9 ready to fly the next 12.5 km flight early this month, but there are still a few tests that need to be done prior to the next milestone.
Production at SpaceX’s Starship facility in Boca Chica, Texas, has increased with SN10 receiving its nose cone and SN11 having all of its fuel tanks stacked. Alongside the progressing next vehicles to fly are scattered ring sections ready to be assembled into SN12 and beyond. SpaceX seems to have no shortage of Starships to continue testing after SN9’s flight — even if it doesn’t survive the landing again.
Starship Stories December 31, 2020
After the successful test flight of Starship SN8, SpaceX had a lot of data to go over to learn how Starship flies and what changes might be needed for future flights. The SN9 flight is much more likely to stick its landing because of this.
Starship Stories December 22, 2020
SpaceX begins rollout of Starship SN9 to launch pad for next round of flight testing
A few weeks after the first high altitude flight of Starship SN8, SpaceX is preparing to begin SN9’s rollout to the launch pad today.
Starship Stories December 11, 2020
SpaceX’s first Starship high-altitude flight test this week was quite a spectacle. Starship serial number 8 slowly lifted off its test stand in Boca Chica, Texas. These are some of the best views from SpaceX and our Space Explored team who captured the event on location — collected in one place for you to enjoy.
Morgan Stanley published a research note this week following the first high-altitude test flight of SpaceX’s Starship vehicle. The investment firm describes the test flight of SpaceX’s Starship serial number 8 prototype rocket as “a major leap forward in the U.S. space program” for at least three reasons: