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Spacex's latest Starship Prototype has been stacked in preparation for an ambitious test flight that will take the vehicle far higher than any of its predecessors have go. Spacex personnel attached Starship SN8's nose cone yesterday at the company's South Texas Site, near the Gulf Coast village of Boca Chica. Vehicle is now in its flight configuration, poised for uncrewed hop to planned altitude of about 9 miles. Sn8 has already taken a big step toward that hop, igniting its three Raptor engines in the Static Fire Test earlier this week. Vehicle will likely perform second Static Fire before lifting off, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said via Twitter last month. Starship is a huge, next - gen vehicle that SpaceX is building to get people and payloads to distant destinations such as the Moon and Mars, launch satellites to orbit and perform all of the company's other spaceflight needs. The 165 - foot - tall Starship vehicle will be launched from Earth atop a giant rocket known as Super Heavy, which has yet to fly even in Prototype form. Both elements of this spaceflight system will be fully reusable, Musk has say; Super Heavy will return to Earth for vertical landings, and Starship will make multiple trips to and from the Moon, Mars or wherever else it has been send. Spacex is iterating toward final Starship design via a series of prototypes, three of which have already made brief test hops. Starships SN5 and SN6, for example, fly about 500 feet high in August and September of this year, respectively. Those two prototypes had just one Raptor engine and no nose cone. SN8 is another beast altogether because it's going so much higher;. In addition to the nose cone and three Raptors, SN8 sports body flaps to increase stability in flight. Spacex aims to get the mature Starship model up and running relatively soon. Starship is in running to land astronauts on the Moon for NASA's Artemis Program, and the agency wants the first of these Crew touchdowns to take place in 2024. Mike Wall is the author of Out There, book about searching for alien life. Follow him on Twitter michaeldwall. Follow US on Twitter, Spacedotcom or Facebook.

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On Tuesday, SpaceX celebrate successful launch and mini test flight or what they call hop of its Starship SN5 prototype in Boca Chica, Texas. The launch came just two days after the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft brought two astronauts safely back to Earth in a historic splash down in the Gulf of Mexico, and involved a silo - like structure powered by a single Raptor engine using liquid oxygen and high - energy methane propellant. Its test flight saw a ship launch and rise up to roughly 150 meters off ground before moving to the side and landing back down on designated landing pad. While this was a smaller - scale prototype, final rocket will stand 394 feet tall and consist of two stages: massive reusable booster called Super Heavy and actual Starship on top. The former will be powered by a whopping 30 Raptor engines to generate 16 million pounds of thrust, while the second part will carry six Raptor engines for a combined thrust of 1. 6 million pounds. Its final goal is to reach Mars and carry out multiple entries using heat shield technology currently under development. Upon successful launch, company CEO Elon Musk Tweeted Mars is looking real and said that the next stage would be to carry out more of these short hops to smooth out the launching sequence. Elsewhere in tech, Instagram has launched its new Reels feature in the US.

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Getting Closer

Spacex's latest Starship prototype keeps passing tests, edging closer and closer to highly anticipated test flight. Sn4 vehicle, latest pathfinder for SpaceX's Starship Mars - colonization spacecraft, ace high - pressure and high - simulate - thrust trial at the company's Boca Chica facilities in South Texas, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk announced via Twitter on Saturday. And this was a cryo test: SN4 was filled with frigid liquid nitrogen, simulating conditions experienced during operational missions, which will employ ultracold propellant. Sn4 already had cryo proof success under its belt, surviving one on April 26. Vehicles endure pressures of 4. 9 bar during that earlier test, compared to 7. 5 bars over the weekend, Musk say. Prototype has also performed two static fires, lighting up its single Raptor engine briefly on May 5 and then again on May 7, both times remaining firmly on ground. But SN4 looks poised to leave terra firma for the first time soon. Musk has said he wants the vehicle to make uncrewed test flight to an altitude of about 500 feet, and the prototype has now checked off lot of boxes on the road to liftoff. That's probably as high as SN4 will get. Spacex is already building its successor, three - engine SN5, which Musk has said will target a test - flight altitude of 12 miles. The Operational Starship vehicle, toward which SpaceX is iterating, will sport six Raptor engines and be capable of launching itself off the moon and Mars. But the 100 - passenger spacecraft will need the help of a 31 - engine Super Heavy rocket to get off Earth's surface. Both Starship and Super Heavy will be fully and rapidly reusable, Musk has say. Super Heavy will come back to Earth for vertical landings shortly after liftoff, whereas each Starship will be able to fly many missions at once aloft. If Musk's long - term vision becomes reality, those missions will target a variety of destinations throughout the solar system, including the moon. But Mars is the primary target; billionaire entrepreneur sees Starship and Super Heavy making colonization of the Red Planet, his long - held ambition, economically feasible. Just one Starship prototype has gotten off the ground to date. A Stubby vehicle called Starhopper make few brief leaps in 2019 before being retired in August of that year. Mike Wall is the author of Out There, book about searching for alien life. Follow him on Twitter michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter, Spacedotcom or Facebook.

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