PUBLISHED: 08:33, Tue, Jan 12, 2021 | UPDATED: 08:33, Tue, Jan 12, 2021
SpaceX fans are desperate to learn when the Starship Serial Number (SN9) will earn its wings. The 165ft-tall spacecraft has been rolled out onto the launch pat at Boca Chica, South Texas, last month but news of its launch date has been scant. The prototype spacecraft will launch on a 41,000ft hop and attempt a soft pad landing, more than a month after its past iteration, the SN8, went up in a ball of flames when it failed to stick its landing.
YouTube star and rocket enthusiast Matt Lowne tweeted: "SpaceX are hitting the ground running this year with 2021's first rocket launch going ahead smoothly!
"Over the next few days we'll get to see more SN9 activity, and Electron launch, another Falcon 9, and Virgin's pegasus-style LauncherOne vehicle!"
Another SpaceX fan tweeted: "Alright, enough with boring news, when does SN9 launch?'Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
And a third person said: "I can't wait anymore for SN9 launch."
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SpaceX Starship launch: When will the SN9 prototype launch from Boca Chica? (Image: SPACEX)
SpaceX Starship launch: The SN8 prototype flew in December but crashed (Image: SPACEX)
Before the Starship test rocket can fly, SpaceX needs to complete a number of wet rehearsals to ensure SN9 is flight-ready.
On Wednesday, January 6, the rocket briefly fired its three Raptor engines during a so-called static fire test.
During a static fire, the rocket's engines are fired for a few seconds with the rocket still tethered to the ground.
The test gives SpaceX the opportunity to measure pressures, temperatures and fuel flow before the real deal, typically a few days later.