SpaceX cleared for third Starship test flight from Texas

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Space fans are preparing for the excitement of yet another SpaceX Starship Super Heavy test flight from East Texas.

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said teams are preparing for the third test flight of the company's 400-foot-tall reusable spaceship, Starship and the Super Heavy booster. Starship could launch as soon as Thursday at 8 a.m. ET from the company's launch site in Boca Chica, Texas.During the most recent test flight in November, Starship made it to the edge of space before its automated termination system triggered a self-destruct of the spaceship.

With the third flight, SpaceX will be taking a different trajectory with Starship and testing a new set of "ambitious objectives, including the successful ascent burn of both stages, opening and closing Starship’s payload door, a propellant transfer demonstration during the upper stage’s coast phase, the first ever re-light of a Raptor engine while in space, and a controlled reentry of Starship."The previous two tests were set to land in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii.

 

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