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Upcoming Activities

Testing schedules are fluid and highly subject to change. Times listed are local to Starbase, Texas.
Proof Testing
BN2.1 will undergo proof testing to validate the design of the Super Heavy aft section.
Test Tank Pad, Starbase, Texas, USA
NET June, 2021

Road Closures

Times listed are local to Starbase, Texas.
Intermittent Closure Scheduled. Boca Chica beach will remain open. Primary Date
Friday, June 11, 2021 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Closure Canceled Primary Date
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Closure Canceled Secondary Date
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Closure Scheduled Hwy 4 & Boca Chica beach will be closed. Secondary Date
Thursday, June 17, 2021 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Temporary Flight Restrictions

1/4189
Altitude: From the surface up to and including 5000 feet MSL
From June 01, 2021 at 0001 UTC To July 31, 2021 at 2359 UTC

Hardware

BN2.1
Structural Test Article
BN2.1 is a test tank designed to validate the structural soundness of the Super Heavy thrust section using cryogenic proof testing and thrust rams.
Active
Starship SN15
Test Vehicle
Starship SN15 was a prototype Starship vehicle that conducted a test flight to 10 kilometers in altitude. It became the first prototype to softly land following a high-altitude test flight. SN15 featured hundreds of upgrades over previous prototypes, including an upgraded thrust puck and Raptor engines. It remains on display at the Starbase production site.
Retired
Starship SN12 Nosecone
Structural Test Article
Starship SN12's nosecone was a test article that was used to characterize the performance limitations of the current nosecone design.
Retired
Starship SN11
Test Vehicle
Starship SN11 was a prototype Starship vehicle that conducted a test flight to approximately 10 kilometers. During the landing burn, it experienced an anomaly, leading to the loss of the vehicle.
Destroyed
Starship SN10
Test Vehicle
Starship SN10 was a prototype Starship vehicle that conducted a suborbital flight using three Raptor engines. SN10 was destroyed in an explosion a few minutes after a successful landing on the landing pad.
Destroyed
Starship SN9
Test Vehicle
Starship SN9 was a test vehicle designed to attempt a high-altitude test flight similar to the one conducted by Starship SN8. SN9 tipped over while undergoing processing in the High Bay on Dec. 11 – colliding with a wall and sustaining damage. As a result, two flaps were replaced before the vehicle was rolled to the pad for flight. Starship SN9 experienced a hard landing during its test flight.
Destroyed
Starship SN8
Test Vehicle
Starship SN8 was a test vehicle designed to perform a 12.5 km test flight. It became the first Starship to be outfitted with three Raptors (SN30, SN32, and SN39). After the first static fire, SN39 was replaced by SN36. After the third static fire, Raptor SN32 was removed due to an anomaly and replaced by Raptor SN42. Thus, SN30, SN36, and SN42 are the Raptors that performed the eventual test flight. During the flight, Starship SN8 was lost due to an anomaly with header tank pressure but completed many test objectives.
Destroyed
Starship SN7.2
Structural Test Article
SN7.2 was a test tank design to test thinner 3mm stainless steel for future Starship prototypes. The tank performed two cryogenic proof tests to verify its capabilities.
Retired
Starship SN7.1
Structural Test Article
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 SN7
Structural Test Article
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 SN6
Test Vehicle
Starship SN6 successfully performed a 150-meter hop with Raptor SN29.
Retired
Starship SN5
Test Vehicle
Starship SN5 was 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 the flight.
Retired
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 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 SN2
Structural Test Article
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 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 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
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