The American company SpaceX plans to conduct a test flight to an altitude of more than 18 km prototype spacecraft Starship. It is designed for future flights to Mars.
“SN8 (modification of the ship) with the bow fairing and stabilizers will be ready in about a week, – said on the Twitter founder of SpaceX Ilon Mask.
According to him, several firing tests of the prototype will be carried out, after which the test flight to an altitude of 18.3 km and the return of the ship to Earth.
In early September, Starship SN6 rose to a height of 45.7 m and landed on the ground. Before that, the prototype had been blown up 4 times during the launch attempt. The first successful flight of Starship was made in early August, having risen to 150 m.
The reusable spacecraft Starship is created by the Mask for flights to Mars. The designers hope that it will take 100 specialists there. On August 31 it was reported that the first flight of the spacecraft in the Earth orbit was planned for 2021.