The program of starship spaceship advanced. The new SN8 prototype would be finalized within a week, Elon Musk said on Twitter.
SN8 Starship with flaps & nosecone should be done in about a week. Then static fire, checkouts, static fire, fly to 60,000 ft & back.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 12, 2020
We also learn that the launcher is expected to perform test flights at a higher altitude than its two predecessors. SN5 and SN6 had reached 150 meters in height only a few days ago. SN8 should exceed 18 kilometers. Its mission will always be to come back and land on Earth, so that it can be reused.
The design of SN8 will also contrast with the previous two. It will be equipped with ailerons and a cone. SN8 will have to endure static fire and ground checks before it can launch into the air.
Elon Musk’s goal is twofold. He still claims to use Starship to go to Mars. But the spaceship should above all be used to develop space tourism by making it more accessible. Starship is developed in Boca Chica, Texas.