The launch is scheduled for 9.00 ET this Tuesday. SpaceX will make “the first attempt at a high-altitude suborbital flight test of spacecraft serial number 8 (SN8)” from Cameron County, Texas, USA.
The company has set this day to perform the first test of the ship, the flight will be about 12-15 kilometers high, with controlled return and landing. SN8 will also attempt to perform a landing roll-over maneuver, which would be the first time for a vehicle of this size.
“The program is dynamic and is likely to change, as is the case with all development tests,” the aerospace company reports. “With a test like this, success is not measured by the achievement of specific goals, but rather by how much we can learn together, which will inform and improve the likelihood of success in the future as SpaceX makes rapid progress in the development of Starship,” says Space X, referring to expectations with the test.
Obviously, the main goal is to get to Mars as soon as possible. That’s why the outcome of this first test is so important, and a number of objectives will be tested, from how the vehicle’s three Raptor engines work to the overall aerodynamic input capabilities of the vehicle.