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Boca Chica, Texas

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Road Closures

Times listed are local to Boca Chica, Texas.
Closure Scheduled
Primary Date
September 26, 2020
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Closure Scheduled
Primary Date
September 29, 2020
9:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.
Closure Scheduled
Backup Date
September 30, 2020
9:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.
Closure Scheduled
Backup Date
October 1, 2020
9:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.

Upcoming Activities

Testing schedules are fluid and highly subject to change. Times listed are local to Boca Chica, Texas.
Cryogenic Proof Test
Starship SN8 will undergo a cryogenic proof test using liquid nitrogen to verify that the vehicle is structurally sound. The proof test will involve hydraulic rams to simulate the forces of Raptor engines.
Pad A, Boca Chica, Texas, USA
Tue Sep 29, 2020

Hardware

Starhopper
Test Vehicle
Starhopper is a smaller-scale Starship prototype vehicle. It was a pathfinder used to help SpaceX gain experience with stainless steel. It performed the first two flight tests of SpaceX's methane-fueled Raptor engine.
Retired
Starship Mk1
Test Vehicle
Starship Mk1 was the first full-scale Starship prototype. A fairing was also built for it, but the fairing was not used during testing at the pad. The vehicle was lost during a cryogenic proof test when the tanks popped.
Destroyed
Starship SN1
Test Vehicle
Starship SN1 was a Starship prototype that popped during a cryogenic proof test. The vehicle's "thrust puck" was unable to withstand the forces of a Raptor engine which were simulated by hydraulic pistons during the test.
Destroyed
Starship SN2
Test Tank
Starship SN2 was originally planned to be a full-scale Starship tank section which would conduct a hop to 150 meters. Following the loss of Starship SN1, plans for SN2 changed to be only a smaller scale test tank. This allowed SpaceX to quickly verify that the design changes to the thrust section worked as intended. SN2 successfully passed a cryogenic proof test with simulated engine thrust loads.
Retired
Starship SN3
Test Vehicle
Starship SN3 was lost during a cryogenic proof test. During the test, a lack of pressure in the LOX tank caused it to collapse under the weight of a fueled methane tank. The anomaly was blamed on a test configuration mistake.
Destroyed
Starship SN4
Test Vehicle
Starship SN4 was the first full-scale tank section to pass a cryogenic proof test. It then went on to complete several successful static fires, before being lost in an explosion after a quick disconnect issue, following a successful static fire. It used Raptor engine SN18 for the first round of static fire testing and Raptor SN20 for the second round.
Destroyed
Starship SN5
Test Vehicle
Starship SN5 is a Starship prototype that flew successfully to 150 meters – becoming the first full-scale tank section to fly. It was outfitted with Raptor SN27 for its first flight. It remains unclear if it will attempt another hop.
Active
Starship SN6
Test Vehicle
Starship SN6 successfully performed a 150-meter hop with Raptor SN29. It is unclear if the vehicle will fly again.
Active
Starship SN7
Test Tank
Starship SN7 was a small prototype tank designed to test a new steel alloy (304L) and welding techniques. It was tested to destruction on two occasions – reaching a record pressure on the second attempt.
Destroyed
Starship SN7.1
Test Tank
The SN7.1 prototype was tested to failure at the end of its test campaign. The test article was used to validate new manufacturing techniques.
Destroyed
Starship SN8
Test Vehicle
Starship SN8 is a test vehicle designed to perform a 15 km test flight. If everything goes to plan, it will be the first Starship to be outfitted with three Raptors and to fly with flaps and a nosecone.
Active