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.
On Twitter, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk reported: “Good static fire with all six engines!”
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.
The reusable Starship is set to become SpaceX’s primary vehicle, powering all of its launches in the not-too-distant future.
Starship HLS is the lunar lander variant of the SpaceX Starship.
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.
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.
SpaceX originally intended to launch Starship’s orbital test by the end of 2021.
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.