Elon Musk: Starship SN15 to launch next week

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In this image from video made available by SpaceX, one of the company’s Starship prototypes fires its thrusters as it lands during a test in Boca Chica, Texas, on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The two previous attempts ended in explosions. (SpaceX via AP)

Brownsville, Texas (KVEO)—Space X CEO Elon Musk announced the next major flight test will take place next week in Boca Chica, Texas.

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Raptor engines are currently being fitted to the next-generation spacecraft, following a successful cryogenics test earlier this week.

“Aiming to launch next week,” said Musk tweeted on Thursday morning.

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Last month, SN11 successfully took flight at 8 a.m. but exploded upon descent above the landing pad, due to an anomaly during the landing sequence, reports said.

Musk stated engine 2 had issues on ascent and mentioned they will examine the ‘bits.’

The fourth high-altitude test, from the SpaceX Boca Chica site, could hardly be seen by spectators. However, they could hear the engines.

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A few minutes after the explosion, spectators witnessed a piece of debris fall from the sky.

Space X has been grooming SN15. According to Musk, the outcome of SN15 will have a different outcome.

SN15 is a much-improved Starship prototype, featuring “hundreds of design improvements across structures, avionics/software & engine,” Musk said via Twitter.

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