Fire!

Look: SpaceX photo reveals Starship passing its latest test

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SpaceX’s Starship isn’t ready for launch yet, but it’s one step closer after a test on November 12.

For the latest static fire test, the Starship spacecraft fired all six of its Raptor rockets while held in place on the ground.

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On Twitter, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk reported: “Good static fire with all six engines!”

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It’s not the first static fire test for Starship, but previous SN20 tests have only fired two rockets at a time while previous prototypes have fired three.

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The reusable Starship is set to become SpaceX’s primary vehicle, powering all of its launches in the not-too-distant future.

It’s also a key part of NASA’s Artemis mission, which aims to return humans to the Moon by the mid-2020s.

Starship HLS is the lunar lander variant of the SpaceX Starship.

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NASA chose SpaceX to build the Human Landing System for Artemis, which will pick up astronauts from the Orion capsule in orbit and ferry them to the lunar surface.

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The latest Starship test is a positive sign for all these planned missions, though it’s far from the last hurdle.

The Starship system — which includes a Super Heavy booster along with the spacecraft — also needs to undergo orbital launch tests before being used.

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SpaceX originally intended to launch Starship’s orbital test by the end of 2021.

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While there hasn’t been an official postponement, an FAA environmental review could delay the process. NASA says it expects the test later, around March 2022.