Following the first-ever triple Raptor Static Fire test, Starship SN8 is pushing through the pre-launch milestones. The nosecone has since been installed – resulting in the first full Starship stack since MK1 – allowing for a second Static Fire test this coming week. The second Static Fire test will involve propellant being fed from the Header Tank system.
SN8 passed through the first major objective in impressive fashion, progressing in a staggered manner with a preburner attempt aborted, followed by a preburner test involving at least two of the Raptors.
The following night saw another preburner test, which clearly involved all three Raptors per the visuals, allowing SpaceX to push toward the Static Fire attempt.
A couple of seconds of fire and thunder immediately advanced Starship’s development with another first, later confirmed as a good test by Elon Musk, following what was likely an in-depth data review.
Data from 3 engine Starship static fire this morning looks good. Proceeding with nosecone mate.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 20, 2020
Clues towards that eventual confirmation could be seen at the Production Site, with the nosecone for SN8 being positioned for a rollout to the launch site to greet its Starship partner.