SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said that the company will live stream Starship’s harrowing high-altitude launch and landing debut “warts and all.” Musk confirmed SpaceX’s plan to live stream a brief frame-by-frame footage of its high-risk aerospace endeavor. This will be a great opportunity for space enthusiasts to get a rare glimpse behind the scenes of Starship launch. The news was first reported by Teslarati, a multimedia website that keeps a watch on Tesla, SpaceX, and Elon Musk-related projects.
Musk revealed this news while replying to a Twitter user who asked him if SpaceX would live stream the 15km hop. However, he said that the Livestream might be quite short, and anything could go wrong in such an uncharted terrain.
Starship Ground Tests and Launch Debut
Starship prototypes have been through a series of ground tests already. According to Teslarati, as of November 1st, Starship prototype serial number 8 (SN8) had just kicked off, which it says could most likely be the rocket’s last round of ground tests. If it passes these tests successfully along with the cryogenic proofing and triple-Raptor static fire, the SN8 will be ready for its first high-altitude launch. It is said that the massive steel rocket will attempt to fly more than 30% higher than modern jets before it starts to free fall.
SpaceX wants to complete an unproven landing maneuver for which it needs to launch Starship SN8 under the power of three Raptor engines. It is aiming to do a ‘fully successful’ launch, a freefall, flip, and then landing. In the process, the rocket may pass through the sound barrier before coasting to a 15km apogee — slightly downgraded from an apogee of 20km this time. If the launch is successful, it will be a huge step forward for the Starship program. As SpaceX is now committed to streaming this Live, it’ll be such a spectacle seeing SN8 bouncing off the earth’s surface.