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SpaceX Starship SN15 1st test flight expected soon

29 Apr 2021, 11:24 UTC
SpaceX Starship SN15 1st test flight expected soon
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Starship prototype – SN15 – undergoing a cryogenic test earlier this month (April 2021)- at SpaceX’s South Texas site. SN15 has been fitted with many updates, in hopes of preventing it from exploding, as have 4 earlier Starship prototype vehicles within the past 5 months. Image via SpaceX.
SpaceX is developing Starship – which it calls a “fully reusable transportation system designed to carry both crew and cargo to Earth orbit, the moon, Mars and beyond” – and NASA has chosen this system as the moon lander for its crewed Artemis program, designed to carry the first man since the 1970s, and first woman ever, to the moon in this decade. The final system will be paired with a giant SpaceX rocket booster known as Super Heavy. SpaceX is testing its latest Starship prototype this week at its South Texas site, Starbase. The prototype – SN15 (Serial No. 15) – underwent its first static fire test on Monday, April 26, 2021 and a second static fire test on Tuesday. During those tests, the craft stayed on the ground while its three Raptor engines ignited briefly. But Starship isn’t designed to stay anchored to Earth. The big test is the high-altitude ...

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