SpaceX is about to reattempt a high-altitude flight of its Starship rocket. The last 2 prototypes blew up.
• SpaceX is set to launch its newest Starship prototype tens of thousands of feet into the air as early as this week.
• Elon Musk estimated a 60% chance of a successful landing. The last two prototypes blew up.
• The launch window is fluid, so we will update this post once SpaceX confirms a planned attempt.
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SpaceX is preparing to rocket its latest Starship prototype tens of thousands of feet into the air as early as this week.
The challenge is landing it back on the ground — that maneuver has ended in explosion both times the company previously attempted it. This time around, SpaceX founder Elon Musk estimated that the prototype has a 60% chance of a successful landing.
The prototype represents the upper stage of a two-part system: Eventually, a roughly 23-story booster called Super Heavy would heave the Starship spaceship toward orbit. Musk's long-term vision is for the system to one day fly astronauts to the moon and power hypersonic travel on Earth. He has …
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