SpaceX completes static fire of Starship prototype, will hop next

Shiny metal tube spews smoke and flame.

Enlarge / Overhead view of
SN5 static fire test on Thursday. (credit:
Elon Musk/Twitter
)

After scrubbing several attempts for weather, technical issues,
and even a range violation due to a nearby boat, SpaceX succeeded
in static-fire testing the latest prototype of its Starship vehicle
on Thursday.

At 3:02pm local time in South Texas, the single Raptor engine
attached to the Starship prototype dubbed Serial Number 5, or SN5,
roared to life for a few seconds. In video shared by
NASASpaceflight.com
, the test appeared to be nominal, evidently
providing SpaceX engineers with the confidence they need in the
latest iteration of Starship.

Starship SN5 just completed
full duration static fire. 150m hop soon.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk)
July 30, 2020

Shortly after the test, the founder and chief engineer of
SpaceX, Elon Musk, confirmed that the static fire meant the company
now plans to move forward with a short test flight of the vehicle.
Based upon a
notification
from the US Federal Aviation Administration, this
150-meter flight test could take place as soon as Sunday, with a
launch window opening at 8am local time (13:00 UTC).

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