Elon Muskin’s space agency SpaceX is working to design a spacecraft that will one day take people to Mars.
The high-altitude test of the Starship SN8 spacecraft was scheduled for Tuesday, but was halted at the last minute.
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The team can try another launch on Wednesday or Thursday, which can be viewed live online, if it progresses.
Here’s what you need to know about when and how this might happen, and how SpaceX starship.
What is the SpaceX Starship and Release Initiative?
SpaceX, led by Elon Musk, is working to build a spacecraft to take people to Mars.
Yesterday’s Starship Series No. 8 (SN8) attempted to launch a prototype high-altitude suburban flight test from a base in Cameroon County, Texas, USA.
SpaceX said it was part of all its work to create “a complete reusable transportation system that can transport both crew and cargo to Earth, the Moon, Mars and beyond.”
The goal of yesterday’s abandoned launch was to shoot the Starship SN8 to an altitude of eight miles – even higher – and then bring it to a vertical landing.
SpaceX explained that the missile attempt was believed to test the rocketship’s robot engines and its aerodynamic entry capabilities, and that it would attempt a landing turning maneuver, among other purposes.
The prototype rocketship that was launched was steel with a nose cone, body folds and three Raptor engines.
SpaceX has already flown five starship test flights, but these earlier, simpler models did not go above 490 feet.
Why was the Tuesday release canceled?
The attempt was halted yesterday with 1.3 seconds left in the countdown timer.
SpaceX said it was due to “Raptor engine stopping automatically in T-1 second”.
“With an experiment like this, success is not measured by accomplishing specific goals, but rather how much we can learn, which will speed up the growth of Starship in SpaceX and inform and improve the probability of success in the future.” SpaceX said on its website.
When will the next release attempt be?
After the launch attempt was canceled on Tuesday, it looks like there will be more attempts today or tomorrow.
The SpaceX website said: “We have additional testing opportunities on Thursday, December 9th and Thursday, December 10th.”
“Considering the uncertainty of the schedule, stay tuned to our social media channels for updates as we move towards our first high-end Starship flight test.”
No time has been specified, but it is worth noting that this release is set to take place in Texas, which is several hours behind the UK.
Tuesday Release Webcast 5:30 pm to EST (4:30 pm CST / 8.30 GMT), According to Space.com.
How can I see it?
A live web feed will start a few minutes before launch On the SpaceX website, here.
You can also watch the stream SpaceX’s YouTube channel, here.
You can see SpaceX Twitter feed here, For more information on release, timing and video streams.
Additional report issued by the Associated Press