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

Read the full story

Upcoming Starship Flight 3 Prepares for Wet Dress Rehearsal

SpaceX is making preparations for the upcoming Starship flight, focusing on the Orbital Launch Pad (OLP). Booster 10 and Ship 28 are expected to return to the launch site soon for a Wet Dress Rehearsal (WDR), which will pave the way for the third launch of the world’s largest and most powerful rocket. The WDR is significant due to upgrades made to the Orbital Tank Farm (OTF), including extra pumps and subcoolers, as well as

Read the full story

Flight 3 Nears as Solo Vehicle Testing Concludes

Preparations for the third flight of SpaceX’s Starship are going smoothly as both the booster and the ship have completed their solo test campaigns. Booster 10 recently returned to the Shipyard for final modifications and checkouts before its upcoming flight, while Ship 28 followed closely behind. Both vehicles are now in their respective bays for final work before heading back to the launch site for integrated stack testing and launch.

Booster 10 encountered an issue during a static fire attempt on December 21,

Read the full story

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

Read the full story

SpaceX Begins Preparations for Ship 28 as it Progresses Towards Flight 3

SpaceX is making significant progress in its Starship development program as it prepares for Flight Three. Ship 28 has been rolled out to Suborbital Pad B after undergoing extensive testing and upgrades. The ship is expected to undergo a condensed testing schedule before it is ready for stacking. Booster 10, which will form the other half of the Flight Three stack, has received its Hot Stage Ring and has been placed on the new booster transport stand. SpaceX aims to have a short preflight testing campaign to

Read the full story

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

Read the full story

Four Upcoming Flights to Anticipate: Starship Launch Awaited along with Three Additional Missions Scheduled for this Week

Four upcoming flights are set to take place this week, including the highly anticipated launch of the Starship Integrated Flight Test-2 (IFT-2) from Texas. In addition to the Starship launch, there will be a Chang Zheng-2C (CZ-2C) launch from China, Starlink 6-28 from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (CCSFS), and Starlink 7-7 from Vandenberg Space Force Base (VSFB) in California.

Read the full story

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.

Read the full story

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

Read the full story

Completion of Full Stack Testing by SpaceX and Ongoing Transformations at Starbase

SpaceX has successfully completed a Wet Dress Rehearsal (WDR) of Ship 25 and Booster 9, along with other systems tests, in preparation for an upcoming test flight. The company resolved issues between the ship and booster and conducted a rare Sunday test in which the full stack was loaded with Liquid Nitrogen (LN2) and Liquid Oxygen (LOX). Various subsystems were tested during the WDR, including the Ship engine chill down, grid fins, Reaction Control System (

Read the full story