SpaceX Prepares Third Starship Test for Launch on March 14th

On March 14th, SpaceX plans the third test of Starship Super Heavy, after two unsuccessful attempts

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Starship Super Heavy became the world's first reusable rocket and is the most powerful ever created. It plays a crucial role in SpaceX's plans to deploy global satellite internet, send people and cargo to the Moon, and colonize Mars.

After extensive development, design changes, and test flights near Boca Chica, Texas, orbital tests began in April last year. The first two prototype launches were not successful, but the second attempt reached orbit.

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The company announced that the third orbital test could take place on March 14th, following approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and will be broadcasted online.

During the first flights, prototypes SN24 and BN7 reached an altitude of about 40 km, but due to a failed separation shortly after launch, the team was forced to destroy both devices to prevent uncontrolled descent. Subsequent analysis allowed SpaceX to improve the launch pad and prepare for the next tests.

The next series of tests occurred in November of the following year, where prototypes SN25 and BN9 successfully launched and separated at an altitude of 70 km. Thirty seconds after separation, an explosion of the booster occurred over the Gulf of Mexico, and SN25 exploded after reaching space due to the activation of the flight termination system at an altitude of 148 km, slightly less than the planned 150 km. The company claims that lessons learned from these launches will be used in the third test flight.

SpaceX emphasizes that each test of the rocket under real conditions provides invaluable experience that cannot be obtained in laboratory conditions. The company's approach to development is based on rapid prototyping and continuous improvement, allowing SpaceX to quickly advance in achieving its ambitious goals.

The next rocket test is planned to execute a series of complex maneuvers, including the launch of both stages, a "flip" maneuver after separation, and landing in the Gulf of Mexico. It will also test the cargo release system in space and demonstrate fuel transfer in orbit, followed by a controlled re-entry into the atmosphere and landing in the Indian Ocean.

It was previously reported that SpaceX has strengthened its global internet coverage network by successfully delivering 23 Starlink system satellites into orbit 23 Starlink satellites into orbit.

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