The fog lifted mid morning on Wednesday 2-24-21 and revealed a SpaceX Starship SN10 getting one new Raptor engine after yesterday’s shortened static fire test. The data from the static fire showed one of the three engines was suspect so out of caution SpaceX replaced the engine in one day.
Three Raptor engines are used for the launch and only two are needed for a landing attempt. To date the two Starship SN8 & SN9 test flights have been remarkably successfull but not the landing attempts.
Spacex has given notice on another road closer for Thursday 2-25-21 so this means we will have another static fire on Thursday afternoon and if all goes well maybe a test flight attempt on Friday 2-26-21. Things could change quickly however. It is a very dynamic situation at Boca Chica because these are prototype Starship test flights.
The construction around the sub oribital platform to the east of SN10 is still active with metal workers laying rebar for future cement pours, gravel trucks and cement trucks by the dozens and the tank farm is stocking up on more deliveries of cryogenic liquid nitrogen from tanker trucks.
Truly amazing to see this pace of construction completely around an active test vehicle sitting on it’s launch pad but that’s Boca Chica.
SpaceX has also announced the Starlink 17 satellite mission is targeted for Sunday February 28th 2021 at 8:37 PM EST from launch complex 39A at Cape Canaveral Florida.
Article & Photo Credit: Scott Schilke for spacenews.lu and space-news.es