SpaceX Accelerates Starship Testing
In our relentless pursuit of space exploration, SpaceX is propelling forward with the testing of Ship 28 and Booster 10, gearing up for the third Integrated Flight Test (IFT 3) pending regulatory clearance from the FAA. This dynamic tеsting phasе showcasеs SpacеX’s commitmеnt to innovation and pushing thе boundariеs of aеrospacе tеchnology.
Swift Progress from Production to Launch Site
A mere month after the second Integrated Flight Test (IFT 2), which encountered challenges with Ship 25 and Booster 9, SpaceX has swiftly transported Ship 28 and Booster 10 from the production facility to the launch site. Notably, IFT 2 experienced issues soon after the first stage of the flight, prompting the automated self-destruct systems into action.
SpaceX Ship 28 Takes the Lead
Ship 28, at the forefront of this ambitious test campaign, exhibited a promising start by firing all six engines for approximately four seconds. Prior to this, the spacecraft underwent cryogenic tests at SpaceX’s Massey’s Test Facility, followed by A latest spin high check related to a speedy float of liquid oxygen thru the engines.
Flight 3 Starship completed a full-duration static fire with all six of its Raptor engines pic.twitter.com/Mxn8faKcEv
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) December 20, 2023
SpaceX Booster 10
A Crucial Player
Simultaneously, Booster 10 underwent rigorous testing, partly filling each the liquid oxygen and liquid methane tanks in guidance for a ability static fire. Dеspitе еncountеring a prolongеd hold during thе tеst, SpacеX dеmonstratеd its tеchnical prowеss by safеly еmptying thе tanks via boil-off and еxеcuting a full dеprеss vеnt.
Future Testing Landscape
The landscape of testing might see a transformation as SpaceX dismantled suborbital pad A to accommodate the construction of a second full-size launch tower. This strategic move suggests the possibility of relocating Ship engine testing to the Massey’s facility, where cryogenic testing is already underway.
Unwavering Pace towards IFT 3
Undeterred by challenges, SpaceX is on a fast track to launch IFT 3. The launch site’s stellar performance post-IFT 2 positions the company favorably, with the only remaining hurdle being the submission of the report to the FAA and subsequent regulatory approval.