Brownsville, Texas (KVEO)—Space X CEO Elon Musk announced the next major flight test will take place next week.
Raptor engines are currently being fitted to the next-generation spacecraft, following a successful cryogenics test earlier this week.
“Aiming to launch next week,” said Musk tweeted on Thursday morning.
Last month, SN11 successfully took flight at 8 a.m. but exploded upon descent above the landing pad, due to an anomaly during the landing sequence, reports said.
Musk stated engine 2 had issues on ascent and mentioned they will examine the ‘bits.’
The fourth high-altitude test, from the SpaceX Boca Chica site, could hardly be seen by spectators. However, they could hear the engines.
A few minutes after the explosion, spectators witnessed a piece of debris fall from the sky.
Space X has been grooming SN15. According to Musk, the outcome of SN15 will have a different outcome.
SN15 is a much-improved Starship prototype, featuring “hundreds of design improvements across structures, avionics/software & engine,” Musk said via Twitter.
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