SpaceX has already blown up four Starship prototypes since December last year and pressure is mounting on Elon Musk's company to ace the imminent test flight. SN15 is the fourth full-scale iteration of the Mars-bound rocket and is due to launch from SpaceX's Boca Chica facility in South Texas. After weeks of uncertainty concerning SN15's launch date, all clues point towards the rocket finally launching later today (May 4).
SpaceX fans have been desperate to see the SN15 in action.
The last Starship model, the SN11, came crashing down into the launch pad on March 30 after a mid-flight engine fire.
The fire fried some of the rocket's avionics, preventing the SN11 from safely touching down in one piece.
Hopes are high, however, for the SN15, which Mr Musk said has "hundreds of design improvements" on its predecessors.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
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SpaceX Starship launch: What time will the rocket launch from Boca Chica today? (Image: SPACEX)
SpaceX Starship launch: The next-gen rocket will launch on its first test flight (Image: SPACEX)
SpaceX has issued an evacuation notice for the residents of Boca Chica Village, indicating a launch is imminent.
As with every SpaceX launch, there is a potential safety to public health.
And if the last four Strship flights have proven anything, it is that rockets are very much akin to flying bombs.
The evacuation notice indicates SpaceX's launch window opens at 6pm BST today and closest at 2am tomorrow (12pm to 8pm CDT).
The notice reads: "There is a risk that a malfunction of the SpaceX vehicle during these activities will create an overpressure event that can break windows."