A 50,000-foot journey will not be fairly as formidable.

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You may wish to dial again your expectations for the primary high-altitude SpaceX Starship flight. Elon Musk now says the flight with the SN8 prototype will prime out at 15km, or near 50,000ft, as an alternative of the 18km and 60,000ft he’d talked about earlier. It’s not clear what prompted the lowered expectations, however Musk added that the rocket would get its nosecone and entrance flaps “subsequent week.”

He additionally showed present progress on the prototype, noting that the rear physique flaps had been already in place. An SN9 prototype is due in October.

Don’t be shocked if that timeframe strikes. Musk mentioned on September thirteenth that he anticipated SN8 to be prepared a couple of week from then, and clearly that didn’t occur.

Whereas a 50,000-foot journey gained’t be fairly as formidable, the aim ought to stay the identical. SpaceX desires to indicate that Starship can carry out greater than short hops. If the high-altitude take a look at is profitable, it’s a lot nearer to offering a totally operational rocket. The corporate is betting its future on Starship in hopes it should allow space tourism and interplanetary trips, and that gained’t occur with out main milestones like this.