Boca Chica, TX is going to get a little noisy this month when SpaceX launches the next big test of the Starship spacecraft. Only this time, it really is a “big test” thanks to the massive Super Heavy booster strapped below it. This time, it will be the SN20 prototype that will be making its way up.
The previous SN15 prototype saw an altitude of just over 6 miles before it dropped into it a belly flop and made a successful landing. This allowed SpaceX to push ahead to the SN20 and bring testing to the next phase (orbital flight). If this month’s launch gets all of the green flags necessary to leave the ground, it will take Starship (SN20) to around 100 miles above the Earth, where it will then cruise and drop-down somewhere near Hawaii. The Super Heavy booster is set to land in the water near Boca Chica.
The total height with the booster and SN20 stacked on top will be around 394 feet tall. Making it the tallest and most powerful rocket that has ever been launched. Creating a new record by beating out the Saturn V, which stood 363 feet. It will contain up to 33 Raptor engines, which will be required to get it off the ground.
So yeah, Texas is going to feel this one. Here’s hoping it happens without a hitch, as there is nothing like breaking records of this magnitude.
Super Heavy on road & 7th Tower segment added pic.twitter.com/SJIHA3BLhL
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