In the form of a road closure filing, SpaceX has effectively announced the first possible dates for the launch of Starship’s high-altitude launch, according to the CEO. Elon Musk clarified recently.
For road closures published in the exclusive Cameroon County of SpaceX, Texas Page, Starship Series No. 8 (SN8) will open on November 9th at 9am CST (15:00 UTC) in a 12-hour window shortly before its historic launch debut. On November 10th and 11th from 9am to 9pm the windows will act as backups in the event of one or more release stops or delays – making it very possible for a prototype to be as complex as the Starship SN8.
However, many tests stand between SN8 and aircraft-ready, and SpaceX’s first full-assembly further enhances the odds of delays as it continues to activate kinks at operating levels.
Musk has already said that the Starship SN8 should complete another robotic standard fire test – with one, two or three engines – before SpaceX considers the rocket ready for its aircraft launch. Over the past few days, Nassaspaceflight.com reporter Michael Baylor mentioned in live streams Many There are still standard fire tests before SpaceX attempts to launch the Starship SN8. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post Triple engine raptor constant fire.
However, within two weeks of that milestone, SpaceX took a big step forward, effectively integrating the nose part of the Starship SN8 into its first full-fledged, functional prototype. In addition to the two small forward folds and the approach control system (ACS) cooling gas propulsion, there is also a small secondary liquid oxygen tank in that nozzle section called the header tank – which stores a large amount of compressed impulse to be used during the Raptor refueling. And landing burns. Several months ago, Kasturi revealed While it is reasonable to assume that Starship SN4 completed a standard fire while feeding only the fuel (liquid methane) stored in the rocket’s methane header tank, SpaceX would like to repeat a similar test with SN8 when using both fuels. And Oxygen title tanks.
For the Starship SN8, those title tanks will be an irreplaceable requirement during the rocket’s first attempt at launch, free-fall, flip maneuver and landing. As a clear indication of preparation for the title-tank only standard fire test, SpaceX successfully completed the cryogenic source of the newly installed Nose Division and Nose (Locks) title tank of the Starship SN8 on November 3, that liquid nitrogen – to LOx – 50 meters from Starship’s launch pad ( 165 ft.) Can be pumped up to the tip of its nose.
SpaceX has a “SN8 Nose Cone Cryo Proof” test window scheduled for Thursday, November 5, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., which can be used for one or more standard fire tests. Otherwise, SpaceX’s Starship SN18 15km (~ 50,000 ft) launch pads were technically filed for “SN8 Stable Fire and 15km Flight”, allowing one or more fixed fires to be fired before SpaceX launches. All things considered, the odds of Tarship SN8 launching on time between November 9th and 11th may be less than 50:50, but there is definitely a chance.