Editor’s note: SpaceX has not released webcast details for today’s Starship SN11 test flight. Above is a livestream of Starship SN11 testing from NASASpacefight.com, which you can watch directly on YouTube here.
SpaceX may attempt to launch its newest Starship rocket prototype today (March 29) and you’ll be able to watch it live if it happens.
The Starship SN11 rocket could try to launch from SpaceX’s Starbase test site near Boca Chica Village in South Texas between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. EDT (1700-2200 GMT), according to Texas officials. The rocket is expected to launch to an altitude of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) and then attempt a landing.
“Possible Starship flight tomorrow afternoon,” SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk wrote on Twitter Sunday. If SpaceX does attempt a launch, you’ll be able to watch it here and on the Space.com homepage, courtesy of SpaceX. You can also watch it directly from SpaceX here and on YouTube. SpaceX’s webcast usually begins about 5 minutes before a Starship launch attempt.
Today’s potential Starship SN11 launch follows an earlier attempt on Friday (March 26), when SpaceX test-fired the rocket’s three Raptor engines but opted not to attempt a launch in order to allow time for extra checks on the vehicle.
“Doing our best to land & fully recover,” Musk said at the time.
Starship SN11 is the latest test vehicle for a planned fully reusable launch system SpaceX is developing for deep-space flights to the moon and Mars. The company has launched three vehicles so far: SN8, SN9 and SN10. The SN8 and SN9 Starship tests ended with failed landing attempts, with the vehicles crashing and exploding.
The Starship SN10 prototype flew on March 3 and stuck its landing, but exploded shortly after touchdown. SpaceX is hoping for a clear