It's the test flight we've all been waiting for.
It’s a Date
According to local road closure filings, SpaceX is getting ready for its next big test flight: Starship’s first high-altitude flight, to 50,000 feet (roughly 9.5 miles), at its testing facility in Boca Chica, Texas.
The filings, published on Wednesday, say that SpaceX is looking at a time window on November 9, from 9 am to 9 pm. The listed purpose is a second static fire test of the company’s SN8 Starship prototype, followed by a “15 [kilometer] flight.”
Thanks to renders by SpaceX enthusiasts — which gained SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s stamp of approval earlier this week — we have a pretty good idea of what such a test flight could look like.
SN8’s maiden voyage, however, won’t include a Super Heavy booster, which is currently in early development, nor will it feature all six Raptor engines planned for the Starship itself.
It also outfitted SN8 with a nosecone and two aerodynamic flaps, giving us a much better picture of what the finished product will look like. Early prototypes looked far more like a water tower than a rocket ready to transport 100 passengers to Mars.
READ MORE: SpaceX’s high-altitude Starship launch debut officially has a date [Teslarati]