SpaceX plans for Starship test flight next week

SpaceX is aim­ing to launch its lat­est Star­ship rock­et pro­to­type as ear­ly as “next week,” CEO Elon Musk said on Tues­day, in what would be the company’s most ambi­tious flight test of the rock­et to date.

Musk con­firmed that Star­ship pro­to­type Ser­i­al Num­ber 8, or SN8, suc­cess­ful­ly com­plet­ed a test fir­ing of its three engines ahead of the flight attempt. This next launch is aim­ing to reach about 50,000 feet alti­tude – well above the 500 foot flights of the prototype’s pre­de­ces­sors SN5 and SN6, which com­plet­ed flight tests on Aug. 5 and Sept. 3, respectively.

The pro­to­types are built of stain­less steel and rep­re­sent the first ver­sions of the rock­et that Musk unveiled last year. The com­pa­ny is devel­op­ing Star­ship with the goal of launch­ing car­go and as many as a 100 peo­ple at a time on mis­sions to the Moon and Mars

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