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SpaceX’s first high-altitude spacecraft test could take place on Tuesday

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We saw a few small jumps, but SpaceX Starship is ready to take a much bigger leap. The SN8 prototype is on the launch pad in Boca Chica, TX, and SpaceX confirmed that it’s ffirst high altitude test flight could take place as early as Tuesday, December 8. Like Elon Musk previously described, the test will see the Starship reach a height of 15 km (about 50,000 feet).

A live stream of the event on YouTube is expected to be available at 7 a.m., but the actual timing of the test is “dynamic and subject to change.” In this suborbital test flight, SpaceX will test the aerodynamic capabilities of its vehicle and attempt a “landing rollover maneuver” that the company says would be the first for a craft of this size.



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