SpaceX fires up SN10 Starship prototype for 1st time to prep for test flight – Space.com2 min read

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SpaceXs newest Starship model just roared to life. The Starship SN10 (” Serial No. 10″) vehicle performed its first “fixed fire” test on Tuesday (Feb. 23), illuminating its 3 Raptor engines for a couple of seconds at 6:03 p.m. EST (2303 GMT) at SpaceXs South Texas website, near the Gulf Coast settlement of Boca Chica Village.Static fires, in which engines quickly ignite while a rocket remains anchored to the ground, are a typical preflight checkout for SpaceX. If all went well with todays test, SN10 remains on track to introduce quickly– maybe as early as Thursday (Feb. 25)– on a 6-mile-high (10 kilometers) demonstration flight into the South Texas skies.Starship and Super Heavy: SpaceXs Mars-colonizing automobiles in imagesStarship SN10 fixed fire! Ideally, it was an excellent test. @NASASpaceflight pic.twitter.com/J6cVUypRgYFebruary 23, 2021See moreIt will be the third high-altitude test for a Starship automobile, after similar jaunts in December 2020 and Feb. 2 of this year by SN10s 2 instant predecessors, SN8 and SN9. Both of those flights went well till the very end; SN8 and SN9 slammed difficult onto their landing pads, taking off in remarkable fireballs.Such flights are an important part of the advancement path for Starship, which SpaceX sees as the automobile that will make Mars colonization financially practical. The Starship system will consist of 2 completely reusable parts: a 165-foot-tall (50 meters) spacecraft called Starship and a huge rocket understood as Super Heavy.The last Starship will have 6 Raptors, and Super Heavy will sport about 30 of the engines, SpaceX creator and CEO Elon Musk has actually stated. Starship will be effective adequate to release itself off the moon and Mars, but the spacecraft will need Super Heavy to get off Earth.Well likely see many more Starship test flights over the coming months and weeks, no matter how SN10s launch goes. Musk just recently said that SpaceX aims to launch a model to Earth orbit this year, and he visualizes Starship carrying people routinely by 2023. Mike Wall is the author of “Out There” (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; highlighted by Karl Tate), a book about the search for alien life. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook..

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