3:36 pm ET update: SpaceX’s Starship SN10 prototype rocket canceled its first launch attempt upon lift-off today at 3:14 pm EST (1914 GMT) John Insprucker from SpaceX says the Starship SN10 could make another launch attempt today in about two hours, around 5:30 p.m. EST (10:30 p.m. GMT) A new webcast link will be available for the next attempt, with SpaceX sharing it on Twitter and YouTube
SpaceX is preparing to launch its latest prototype spacecraft on a high-altitude test flight, possibly starting today (March 3)
The Starship SN10 prototype could fly from SpaceX’s South Texas test facility near the village of Boca Chica in the Cameron Country during a nine-hour window that opened at 10 a.m.m EST (1500 GMT or 9 am local time) Backup launch days are available Thursday and Friday, Cameron County officials say
If SpaceX attempts a Starship SN10 launch today, a webcast will be available a few minutes before the flight. You can watch this webcast on this page or on Espacecom, as well as directly from SpaceX here and on YouTube SpaceX will announce the webcast via Twitter here
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SN10 is SpaceX’s third prototype spacecraft to fly and will aim for a maximum altitude of just over 10 kilometers The test follows two previous high altitude flights of the Starships SN8 and SN9 on December 9 and Feb 2, respectively.The two previous test rockets performed well until landing, when they crashed into their landing zones and exploded
“Similar to the high-altitude flight tests of the Starship SN8 and SN9, the SN10 will be powered by three Raptor engines, each stopping in sequence before the vehicle reaches climax – approximately 10 km above sea level”, wrote SpaceX in the flight description
After reaching its target altitude, SN10 should perform a “belly flop” maneuver in the air and slide to its landing site to attempt another wild flip for a vertical landing
“SN10’s Raptor engines will reignite as the vehicle attempts a landing rollover maneuver just before touching down on the airstrip adjacent to the launch mount,” SpaceX wrote in the flight description.
SpaceX is developing its 50-meter-high Starship and huge booster, called Super Heavy, as a fully reusable launch system for deep space exploration Vehicle will be the company’s go-to spacecraft for travel to Mars and beyond, says SpaceX CEO Elon Musk
Starship is one of three models chosen by NASA to land astronauts on the moon as part of the agency’s Artemis program SpaceX has also recruited its first Starship passenger – Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa – who has bought a trip around the moon for himself and eight other people
On Tuesday, Maezawa called for applications for people hoping for a chance to join him on the Starship flight His mission, called dearMoon, is currently slated to launch in 2023 You can learn how to enter for a chance to win a seat. on the dearMoon mission on its website here
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