New SpaceX Starship fails to fire; next launch attempt on Tuesday
The latest Starship prototype from SpaceX had another false start on Monday because the engine of the SN5 test model did not catch fire.
CEO of the company Elon Musk tweeted that a “hop experiment” was imminent when the approximately nine-story rocket could be refueled and deflated using webcams trained at the company’s development facility in Boca Chica, Texas.
While the test vehicle is designed for orbital flight, an attempt is made to achieve something that slowly rises to about 150 meters (492 feet) in the air.
Sirens sounded ten minutes before Musk announced the start time to warn local residents of an upcoming start that never occurred. About 45 minutes later, Musk announced that the attempt had been scrubbed for the day.
“A Raptor turbopump spin start valve did not open and triggered an automatic shutdown. We will find out why and try again tomorrow,” he said on Twitter.
According to the FAA’s airspace closures for the area, the hops could take place at any time on Tuesday between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. PT.
You may remember that a previous test ship called “Starhopper” performed such a short flight last year.
On Thursday, the crews at the SpaceX development facility in Boca Chica completed a successful static fire of the prototype’s Raptor engine, paving the way for a jump attempt.
“Starship SN5 has just completed the static fire in full. 150 m jump soon” Musk said on Twitter.
Musk said last on Twitter Month of SN5 “will try to fly later this week”, but Hurricane Hanna had other plans and forced SpaceX to close the hatches in Boca Chica and postpone all major tests.
It was a struggle to launch the SN prototype series.
So far,after a static fire test during a pressure test and .
This is of course the reason why you are testing. SpaceX suffered a similar set of errors before Falcon 9 launched and landings became routine.
And that is how the company drives Starship.
It is possible that we will see the large silver rocket fly on Tuesday. Of course we’ve heard it all before. Fingers crossed.
This page has been updated as Starships Hop approaches.