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Screen capture from SpaceX live feed during 1st launch attempt.
Click for LabPadre live stream,
from which this image was captured today.
UPDATE: Less than six minutes to launch.
UPDATE: Hold called at T-2:06. They have reset the clock for a 4:40 pm (Central) launch.
——————- Capitalism in space: SpaceX’s live stream is on, with a liftoff in six minutes. I have embedded below the fold the live stream for this first high altitude flight of SpaceX’s Starship.
The LabPadre live stream, to the right, shows that they have already proceeded through most of preliminary stages prior to liftoff.
If all goes right, this eighth prototype of Starship will go about 40,000 feet in the air, turn over and attempt to control its return belly side down, and then upright itself just before landing so it can complete a vertical landing like a Falcon 9 first stage. The company gives themselves a one in three chance of landing the spacecraft. SpaceX has also made it clear that their primary engineering goal on this flight is to test that return through the atmosphere, so that is the part of the flight they most need to succeed. Failing to land afterward but getting that data will make this test a complete success.
No matter what happens, the company has prototypes 9 through 15 waiting in the wings.
UPDATE: This post will remain at the top of the page until the flight occurs, or is scrubbed. Scroll down for new stories.
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