SpaceX: the firing of engines without takeoff for SN11.


This March 26, a new experiment of the Starship Rocket took place in Boca Chica. If the engines were started correctly, takeoff was postponed.

The first test of the SN11 rocket, the 11th prototype of the SpaceX, took place in heavy fog. While the craft's Raptor engines got underway around 2 p.m. KST, the launch team decided not to launch.

Like previous prototypes, the airspace and surrounding areas were closed in anticipation of takeoff for a new flight test of up to 10 km altitude. Shortly after evening, authorities lifted the suspension and reopened access. While SpaceX has not communicated the reasons for the launch's cancellation, it is a safe bet that the weather conditions and the persistent fog dissuaded the team from pushing the test any further.

Objective: a Starship in orbit in July

While the SN8 and nine were crashed on landing, the last SN10 prototype managed to land easily before exploding shortly afterward. This allowed SpaceX to gather a lot of data and develop this new prototype. The company, which seems to have perfect control over the flight part, is therefore concentrating on softening the landing so that the launcher can be reused.

As soon as possible, the long-term goal of the Starship rocket is to get manned to Mars. However, much remains to be done before we can achieve this goal. Assuming the SN11 test is successful, Elon Musk would like to send a complete rocket into orbit by July.

The company has also set an ambitious schedule with an uncrewed flight to the Moon in 2022 and, a few years later, a test flight to Mars. A habit for Elon Musk to impose such tight deadlines, but which clearly shows the ambition of the boss of SpaceX for his company's future. As a reminder, the Starship rocket is believed to have made several orbit flights by 2023 to allow Japanese billionaire Maezawa Yusaku to travel to the Moon with eight other people.

All that remains is to follow SpaceX's Twitter and YouTube channel to find out the date of the flight of the SN11 prototype and be able to follow it live. Typically, the company drives directly 5 minutes before the launcher flames.