SpaceX is almost finished with short-hop Starship test flights. Elon Musk has shared (through TechCrunch) that the corporate’s SN8 Starship prototype ought to be completed in “about a week,” and will conduct Starship’s first high-altitude flight. After static hearth checks and checkouts, SpaceX will try a 60,000-foot return journey with the rocket.
The machine will even have flaps and a nosecone, Musk mentioned. Recent “tin can” prototypes like SN5 and SN6 have had a simulated weight on high as a substitute of a actual nosecone, and haven’t had flaps to steer flight.