Starship SN10 from the beach dunes under a foggy sunset. Credit: Nicholas D’Alessandro / Spaceflight Insider
SpaceX’s Starship SN10 finally appears ready to fly after a tumultuous few weeks in Texas following the SN9 flight.
SN9 and SN10 stood side-by-side in a first of its kind occurrence at the Boca Chica test facility continuing the breakneck pace of the flight campaigns until mother nature made other plans. Soon after the last of the SN9 debris was cleared from the area following the second Starship hard landing, Texas was slammed with an historic and unprecedented invasion of arctic air that gripped the state causing widespread power outages and halting test progress at SpaceX.
Starship SN10 nose details. Credit: Nicholas D’Alessandro / Spaceflight Insider
Road closures on Highway 4 for critical tests such as cryoproofing and static fires were suspended as the police force in the area were tied up with the winter weather emergency and nature rescue operations for cold-stunned animals at Boca Chica Beach were carried out, an endeavor that SpaceX themselves took part in.
Despite the cold snap snarling operations, the facility did press on with on-site work during the testing downtime, including the expansion and reinforcement of the ...