SpaceX has successfully fired a new prototype of the Starship spacecraft with the tail number SN 25. It will be used in the next test flight.
Ship 25 completes a six-engine static fire test at Starbase in Texas pic.twitter.com/wCCrh0RRNA
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) June 27, 2023
On April 20, SpaceX conducted the first orbital test of Starship and the Super Heavy stage. They failed to reach orbit, while the launch pad received significant damage during the launch.
In preparation for the second Starship test, engineers significantly strengthened the launch pad and equipped it with a water cooling system. In addition, a number of changes were made to the design of the Starship.
On June 27, SpaceX engineers took the next step towards a new Starship flight. They conducted a fire test of the prototype SN 25. The firing lasted five seconds, all six Raptor engines installed on it were involved in it. The test was a success.
Recently, Elon Musk announced that, according to his assessment, the work on preparing the next Starship test would be completed in six weeks. However, this does not mean that the flight will take place on the specified date. During the upcoming tests, engineers may well identify some malfunctions or problems that need to be fixed. In addition, SpaceX will also have to get permission for a new Starship flight from the US Civil Aviation Administration.
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