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Starship hop now set for December 2nd

Capitalism in space: SpaceX has apparently decided to do an additional static fire engine test with its eighth Starship prototype tomorrow, November 30th, thus rescheduling the 50,000 foot vertical hop for December 2nd.

The link goes to the LabPadre live stream, running 24-hours per day.

More details here.

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3 comments

  • Ray Van Dune

    Boca Chica 24 hour coverage channel now saying another SN8 ground test firing sometime from today to Wednesday, with 15K flight no earlier than Thursday, Dec. 3:rd.

  • Questioner

    Mr. Zimmerman: “Hop” is quite an understatement for a flight to 15 km altitude. :-)

  • Ray Van Dune

    Yeah, I balked at using the “hop” word in my comment and went with “flight”, but while 15Km altitude is more than piddling for an aircraft, this is after all the prototype of an interplanetary spacecraft!

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