SpaceX speeds up static fire test on Starship rocket booster 9

SpaceX speeds up static fire test on Starship rocket booster 9

SpaceX sped up the static fire test on the Starship Super Heavy Booster 9 on Sunday, weeks after rolling it out onto Starbase for testing.

SpaceX's super heavy static fire hit the launchpad on Sunday, where it fired up its 33 raptor engines while staying put on the launchpad.

Four of the engines, however, shut down prematurely during the test.

The rocket manufacturing company rolled out booster 9 to the orbital launch pad at Starbase late last month for testing ahead of the flight. It completed a flight-like chill and spin of the engine pumps last week.

On April 20th, SpaceX conducted the first test launch of the Starship. The rocket exploded before takeoff in less than four minutes.

The Starship, a complex spacecraft and super heavy rocket, aims to create a fully reusable transport system for crew and cargo missions to Earth's orbit, the Moon and Mars.

In a discussion with journalist Ashlee Vance in late June, Musk said that significant changes have been made since the first test flight and he now estimates a 60% probability for the next flight to reach orbit, contingent on the success of stage separation. It was predicted that the second test would take place in six weeks. If the timeline was to remain unchanged, Starship's second test flight will happen in mid-August.