SpaceX launches are happening often right now (there’s a Falcon 9 launch happening as we speak for Starlink), and if you’re waiting for the next Starship prototype test, it could come as soon as next week.
According to @BocaChicaGal (Mary), SpaceX will be rolling the Starship SN15 to the Boca Chica, Texas launch site on Friday, April 9, to be launched either Monday, April 12, or Tuesday, April 13. Cameron County has already released road closures surrounding the launch, as well as nearby beach closures.
Starship SN15 is possibly rolling to the launch site on Friday, April 9 and testing beginning on Monday, April 12 and/or Tuesday, April 13. Road closures have been posted on the Cameron county website. 🤩🔥🚀🔥@NASASpaceflight pic.twitter.com/6QljqGH0Nv
— Mary (@BocaChicaGal) April 6, 2021
The upcoming test will contain a trial of the Starship SN15’s new thrust puck as well as the static firing of its new-generation Raptor rocket engines.
Earlier this week, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell received the Satellite Executive of the Year Award, marking the second time Shotwell has won – with the first having happened in 2017. The executive also discussed SpaceX’s future for Starlink, its low-Earth orbit satellite internet company, which currently has about 1,320 satellites in orbit.
SpaceX’s most recent Starlink expansion is headed to Portugal, with the project set to begin as soon as June 2021.
The company may also be looking to construct a new SpaceX facility beside head Elon Musk’s other company’s facility, an electric car factory being built in Texas for Tesla, called Gigafactory Austin.
Zachary Visconti is a writer with a knack for electric vehicles, technology, and climate change. Currently residing in Santa Rosa, California, Zach loves his partner, his cat, and a good cup of coffee.