Flight termination hardware has been installed on the rocket. The landing pad has been widened and is now much thicker with a freshly painted SpaceX logo applied to it.
This will be the third landing attempt by a prototype Starship rocket. For the most part SN8 & SN9 had successfull test flights with good data acquisition and controlled “belly flop” maneuvers but did crash on landing for two very different reasons. Lack of header tank pressure on SN8 and a Raptor engine failure on SN9.
On 2-28-21 Starlink #17 from historic launch complex 39A Cape Canaveral Florida wth 60 broadband internet satellites was aborted at T-1:24 from launch last night due to hardware issues and liftoff winds for this problem plaqued rocket mission. It is now postponed till net March 2nd.
We will await further updates from SpaceX. Booster B-1049.8 has been at the launch pad since Jan 30th with 10 previous launch targets dayes due to potential engine issues previously. SpaceX has just announced March 2nd 2021 at 7:53 PM EST for next launch attempt.
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