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After a rather surprising rehearsal yesterday that saw SpaceX test nearly all of its pre flight systems for the Starship rocket, it seems that the ball might finally be rolling for the highly anticipated Starship flight. The pace surrounding the Starship flight has picked up recently, after a notice by the Coast Guard warned mariners of a potential rocket launch in Boca Chica, Texas during the first week of November. While this notice on its own is not a guaranteed indicator of a test timeline, SpaceX followed up with its test yesterday. Now, a placeholder by NASA and an updated Coast Guard notice indicate that SpaceX plans to conduct the test soon, as they join a visit by the Forest and Wildlife Service (FWS) made to the Starship launch pad earlier today.
Before the first Starship test flight in April, a couple of key indicators hinted that perhaps a launch was on the horizon. One of these was a NASA placeholder for its WB-57 airplane, which is a special NASA aircraft that allows it to conduct high altitude reconnaissance flights with several features such as infrared imaging. NASA uses the plane regularly to monitor crew returns on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, and it also released high definition footage of the Starship April test flight earlier this year after a FOIA request.
Now, the space agency has reserved a WB-57 for eight days that start from the 3rd of November to the 10th. This timeframe rules out a test flight on the November 1st if we're only considering NASA placeholders. NASA has a big stake in observing Starship due to its choice of the upper stage spacecraft asRead more on wccftech.com