SpaceX may try to launch its Starship SN15 rocket in Texas Wednesday

Update for 12:59 pm ET: Cameron County officers have lifted highway closures for SpaceX operations on May 4, indicating an SN15 launch will not happen right this moment. A backup day is obtainable on Wednesday, May 5.


SpaceX may launch its newest Starship prototype from the corporate’s Starbase check web site in South Texas Wednesday (May 5), however precisely when is unclear. 

Starship SN15 (“Serial No. 15”), SpaceX’s latest automobile, may fly on a high-altitude check from the corporate’s facility close to Boca Chica Village someday between 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. EDT (1700-0100 GMT) on Wednesday, according to a road closure alert by officers with Cameron County, which incorporates the check web site. Wednesday is a backup day for SpaceX, which initially had highway closures from the nation for May 4. 

The Federal Aviation Administration had issued all-day flight restriction notices for pilots in the realm that from May 4 by Thursday (May 6) to give SpaceX clear skies for any launch try. By noon, the May 4 flight restriction had been lifted.

If SpaceX does try a check flight, you possibly can watch it reside courtesy of a SpaceX webcast. SpaceX sometimes begins the webcasts 5 or 10 minutes earlier than liftoff. You may also comply with together with Starship-watching websites like this YouTube feed from NASASpaceflight, in addition to feeds from SPadre.com, LabPadre and Everyday Astronaut.  

SpaceX is also launching a Falcon 9 rocket today to ship 60 Starlink web satellites into orbit. That launch from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida will carry off at 3:01 p.m. EDT (1901 GMT). You can watch that launch live here, additionally courtesy of SpaceX, starting about quarter-hour earlier than liftoff.

Related: SpaceX’s Starship and Super Heavy rocket in pictures

Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) introduced that it has licensed SpaceX’s plans to launch SN15, in addition to two extra autos — SN16 and SN17 — in the weeks forward. 

“The FAA has authorized the next three launches of the SpaceX Starship prototype,” FAA officers wrote in an announcement. “The agency approved multiple launches because SpaceX is making few changes to the launch vehicle and relied on the FAA’s approved methodology to calculate the risk to the public. “

SN15 is SpaceX’s fifth model of Starship to fly in lower than 5 months. SpaceX conducted engine tests of the rocket earlier this week to set the stage for the upcoming launch.

The first Starship to fly, SN8, launched Dec. 9 and flew nicely, however crashed throughout touchdown. Each of the three different Starship flights (of SN9, SN10 and SN11), had related fates. The SN10 launch did manage to land however exploded a couple of minutes after landing. None of these flights aimed for space, as an alternative concentrating on an altitude of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers).

SpaceX is growing the Starship automobile as a part of a completely reusable heavy-lift launch system that may even embody an enormous booster referred to as Super Heavy. SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has stated Starship would be the core of the corporate’s deep-space rocket fleet for journeys to the moon and Mars. 

NASA has tapped the Starship automobile to land its Artemis astronauts on the moon. SpaceX has additionally bought a personal flight across the moon utilizing Starship to Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, who is searching for eight crewmembers to fly with him.

Email Tariq Malik at [email protected] or comply with him @tariqjmalik. Follow us @Spacedotcom, Facebook and Instagram.

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