Musk: Starship 50K Test Should Happen Next Week

A SpaceX Falcon9 rocket, with the Crew Dragon capsule attached, lift's off from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39-A Sunday Nov. 15, 2020, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Four astronauts are beginning a mission to the international Space Station. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says the Starship SN8 prototype should have its 50-thousand-foot test flight sometime next week. Musk said in a tweet Tuesday that the prototype would launch using three engines and would test items such as body flaps, the transition from main to header tanks and the ability to do a landing flip. Responding to a tweeted question, Musk said that he gave the prototype a one in three chance of a successful landing following the test. SpaceX has a three-day test window scheduled for its Boca Chica Beach research and testing facility starting Monday.

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