After numerous delays, SpaceX looks finally set for its fourth major flight test of its Mars-bound Starship craft today.
Starship SN11 is already on the launchpad at the firm’s Boca Chica facility in Texas and has completed a static fire test in preparation for a launch attempt to 10km.
It comes just over three months after the first high-altitude flight of a Starship craft, with launches of SN8, SN9 and SN10 all ending in an explosion.
A successful launch and landing today will be a huge step towards Elon Musk’s ambition of colonising Mars with hundreds of Starships.
We’ll have SpaceX’s official stream of the event as soon as it is live, as well as all the latest updates below.
Before today’s launch attempt SpaceX needed to complete a final static fire test, which took place very early this morning.
There’s 11 hours left in this launch window now for SpaceX to complete the flight test. Times listed on Cameron County’s road closure notice are local time (12pm-12.30am Sat GMT).
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It is the fourth major high-altitude jaunt for the Mars-bound craft, with all three previous attempts ending in a fiery explosion.
There have been numerous delays to the latest launch but now the weather is clear, local roads are closed, FAA clearance has been sought, and fingers are crossed that today is the day.