Starship Flight 4 begins Wet Dress Rehearsal campaign

SpaceX has started preparations for Starship Flight 4 with a series of critical tests, including a Wet Dress Rehearsal (WDR) to simulate launch day procedures. The WDR involves loading Starship with liquid methane and liquid oxygen and marks a shift in launch pad infrastructure to horizontal cryogenic tanks.

Ship 30 has completed a six-engine static fire, skipping a spin prime test, and will undergo heat shield repairs before moving to the upgraded Orbital Pad B. Ship 26 is

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Latest NASA Updates on Starship Refueling and Upcoming SpaceX Flight 4 of Starship

NASA’s Advisory Council Human Exploration and Operations Committee has provided updates on SpaceX’s Starship system and upcoming missions. The Starship will be used as the landing system for the Artemis III mission, which aims to return humans to the Moon in September 2026. NASA officials are encouraged by SpaceX’s progress and successful tests, including a full-duration burn during ascent and qualification testing of the docking system that will connect the Starship with the crewed Orion capsule. The fourth flight test of the Starship

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Starship’s Future Becomes Clearer as IFT-4 Launch Approaches

SpaceX is making significant progress with its Starship program as it prepares for the upcoming IFT-4 launch. Ship 29 and Booster 11 will be used for the flight, and preparations are already well underway. Ship 29 recently underwent a static fire test, while Booster 11 successfully performed a static test firing. However, there is still work to be done before both vehicles can return to the launch pad, such as installing the hot staging ring for Booster 11 and replacing tiles on Ship

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Starship Flight 3 Prepared for Full Stacking in Wing Down Roll Testing

SpaceX is making significant progress in preparing for its third flight of Starship, with Booster 10 and Ship 28 fully stacked and ready for testing. The assembly of the vehicles was completed in just 56 hours, demonstrating the company’s commitment to increasing its flight cadence. Changes have been made to the bottom of the Liquid Oxygen (LOX) tank in response to a previous failure, including the addition of slosh baffles to prevent propellant from sloshing around. Wet Dress Re

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Looking ahead: Starship reflects on a remarkable year and anticipates a thrilling future in 2023

SpaceX’s Starship Program had a remarkable year in 2023, marked by significant achievements and developments. The program made progress in optimizing Starship production and maintenance, particularly in the shipyard. Construction began on the second Mega Bay, known as Ship Bay, which will replace the High Bay for ship construction. The shipyard’s Starfactory also saw progress with the demolition of several structures, making way for a larger factory. The Sanchez Site underwent changes, including the relocation of the Ground Support Equipment

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Starship Prepared for Second Test Flight Following Upgrades

Starship, the spacecraft developed by SpaceX, is set for its second test flight following upgrades and final approval from the Federal Aviation Administration and US Fish and Wildlife Service. The launch, originally scheduled for November 17, was delayed by a day to address an issue with Booster 9’s grid fin actuators. The first test flight of Starship faced challenges, resulting in the loss of control and destruction of Booster 7 and Ship 24. To address these issues, SpaceX made several changes to the

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SpaceX Secures Launch License for Second Integrated Flight Test of Starship

SpaceX has received a modified launch license to conduct a second integrated flight test of its Starship-Super Heavy vehicle. The license was granted after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) completed an investigation into the environmental impact of the new deluge system at SpaceX’s orbital launch site in Starbase. The investigation found that the deluge system would help mitigate the environmental impacts of the Starship-Super Heavy operations by reducing sound, vibrations, and assisting in cooling and fire suppression.

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Upcoming Second Flight of Starship Nearing Potential November Launch

SpaceX is inching closer to its second flight of the Starship spacecraft, with preparations nearing completion. The company is currently awaiting regulatory approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). While the FAA has finished its safety review, full approval is pending the FWS environmental review. Once granted, a launch date will be set, currently tracking for mid-November.
A recent Wet Dress Rehearsal, where the vehicle was filled with propellant

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