Update, 3:33 p.m. ET, March 3: SpaceX attempted to launch SN10 at 3:14 p.m. ET, but paused a tenth of a second before liftoff, right after the rockets were fired. After a brief assessment, the company said at 3:30 p.m. ET that it would make another attempt to launch SN10 about two hours later.
SpaceX appears ready to test its tenth Starship prototype on Wednesday March 3, despite at least one glitch as launch nears.
Testing of the rocket named SN10 should see the vehicle’s loft at an altitude of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) above Boca Chica, Texas, before attempting a vertical landing. The previous two similar tests of SN9 and SN8 ended in explosions after failed landings, as Live Science previously reported.
Watch the NASA Spaceflight stream from Boca Chica here on Live Science.
The test flight was originally scheduled to take place earlier today, but launch preparation was cut short. CNBC reporter Michael Sheetz tweeted that SpaceX will still attempt to launch on Wednesday. He reported that a ground vent valve remained open just as SpaceX prepared to refuel the rocket.
SpaceX is still looking to launch the Starship SN10 today, but a ground-based ventilation valve was stuck when the propellant charge was about to begin, according to sources at CNBC. https://t.co/WHniesTJTzMarch 3, 2021
Starship, as Live Science reported, is SpaceX’s long-term project to build a vehicle capable of transporting heavy cargo, potentially including multiple humans and life support systems, into space. The 160-foot (49-meter) high, 30-foot (9 m) machine forms the heart of the company’s strategy to put humans on Mars, although in the short term Starship will only be used for a walk around the moon.
So far, the company has not revealed any functional systems to purify the air, provide water or otherwise support life aboard the Starship, has not completed construction of the Falcon Super Heavy rocket intended for send Starship into space, and Starship did not land without incident. . However, the company appears to be committed to the project, expanding its Boca Chica Starship facility (even going so far as to try to found a new city called “Starbase” on the site, according to local news site CBS4.) And SpaceX has received a $ 135 million investment in NASA Starship.
Originally posted on Live Science.