What to expect from SpaceX’s SN8 test next week:
A pair of full-size Starship prototypes, dubbed SN5 and SN6, recently performed 500-foot-high (150m) test “hops” at the company’s South Texas facility.
However, Elon Musk has revealed far more ambitious plans for the next iteration of the space ship.
The SpaceX CEO tweeted how SN8 is almost ready to ready to fly far higher.
Mr Musk wrote in a tweet last week: ”SN8 Starship with flaps & nosecone should be done in about a week.
“Then static fire, checkouts, static fire, fly to 60,000 ft [18,300m] & back.”
Static fires are engine tests conducted while a vehicle is tied firmly to the ground.