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Boca Chica, Texas

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Road Closures

Times listed are local to Boca Chica, Texas.
Closure Canceled
Primary Date
Monday, Jan 25, 2021
12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Closure Scheduled
Secondary Date
Tuesday, Jan 26, 2021
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closure Scheduled
Secondary Date
Wendeday, Jan 27, 2021
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Upcoming Activities

Testing schedules are fluid and highly subject to change. Times listed are local to Boca Chica, Texas.
12.5-Kilometer Test Flight
Starship SN9 will attempt a flight test to approximately 12.5 kilometers. The test will be similar to the one conducted by Starship SN8. Following the launch, SN9 will attempt a propulsive landing on the Boca Chica landing pad.
Pad B, Boca Chica, Texas, USA
NET January, 2021

Hardware

Starship SN9
Test Vehicle
Starship SN9 is 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.
Active
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
Test Tank
SN7.2 is a test tank design to test thinner 3mm stainless steel for future Starship prototypes. The tank will undergo a series of cryogenic proof tests, culminating in a proof test to failure.
Active
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 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 SN6
Test Vehicle
Starship SN6 successfully performed a 150-meter hop with Raptor SN29.
Retired
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.
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
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 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