Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX has many pads, on the East Coast of the US they own SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral and LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center for their lower inclination launches. They also own SLC-4E at Vandenberg, California for their high inclination launches. Another site is also being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.
The SN15 Starship prototype will perform a test flight similar to SN8 to SN11. It will launch up to an altitude of 10 km or 33,000 ft and do a belly flop maneuver followed by a controlled descent to the landing pad.
Starship SN15 launch attempt at approximately 22:20 UTC, per SpaceX stream.
Road has been opened, Starship SN15 flight still possible towards the end of the window.
Everything is very subject to change - however Boca Chica village is evacuated, road closed and all is looking good for an attempt today.
No evacuation notice for today. Starship SN15 flight NET May 5.
May the 4th is shaping up to be a good opportunity - weather seems to be good, road closures and residents have been notified. Stay tuned tomorrow!
Road closure cancelled for today. Starship SN15 flight NET Monday.
The SpaceX Starship is a fully reusable super heavy-lift launch vehicle under development by SpaceX since 2012, as a self-funded private spaceflight project. The second stage of the Starship — is designed as a long-duration cargo and passenger-carrying spacecraft. It is expected to be initially used without any booster stage at all, as part of an extensive development program to prove out launch-and-landing and iterate on a variety of design details, particularly with respect to the vehicle's atmospheric reentry.