Elon Musk’s hopes for the Starship to reach orbit before this spring have not been quite widespread, but the recent test launch should SpaceX CEO expect to see the new vehicle of the company takes a flight soon. On Thursday he tweeted that its new SN5 house ended static fire for a full length, saying a 150m hop test would take place “soon.” Sure, ten days ago he said there would be a flight attempt within a week, but they are making progress.
Starship SN5 has just completed the full-length static fire. 150m hop soon.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 30, 2020
Last August we saw SpaceX’s Starhopper test vehicle complete a “bounce” running on the 150m Raptor and sooner or later the real Starship will make a similar test flight. The company continued to iterate over its pressure test design and prototypes – we remember the end of the SN4 – as it got closer to the actual flight. If there is any information on an event webcast, we will let you know. Even with the Dragon Crew scheduled for a return this weekend, SpaceX’s priority is the Starship project.