Already on Monday, Elon Musk's rocket company Falcon Heavy was able to bring the largest rocket in its stable, as well as its successor Starship to light passengers to Mars.
So-called static or "held down" test shots on both missiles could take place on April 1
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We have not seen Falcon Heavy since his successful demonstration flight in 2018, when he sent Musk's red Tesla towards Mars but SpaceX plans to launch Heavy for several months with payloads now.
After some delays, a Falcon Heavy was able to launch the Arabsat 6A communication satellite from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 7. This configuration of Falcon Heavy consists of three " Block 5" Hawks 9 rockets the latest version of the SpaceX workhorse rocket, which should be reused up to 100 times. But first, Heavy has to undergo a successful static fire test, which is currently scheduled for Monday.
Meanwhile, Starship's single-engine "Hopper" prototype has a test shot in the test facility the company worked in Boca Chica, Texas. Musk said the rocket will not lift off very high on the first test, though not, but the FAA still issued an airspace closure for the area last Monday through Thursday.
In recent weeks On webcams pointed at the large, shiny cone, multiple venting periods of the Starship prototype have been observed. Local media reports showed that SpaceX tested the missile's fuel tanks and other systems in preparation for the main event, which is not expected to start earlier than on Monday.
The company itself has realized what exactly happened in Boca Chica. I contacted SpaceX for an update, but could not hear it immediately. Regardless, the odds are pretty good that we'll see fire under a large SpaceX missile in the next few days.