SpaceX’s Booster 9 has completed a significant milestone in its development, marking progress in its flight preparation. The company recently tweeted that the booster underwent a “flight-like chill and spin of the Raptor engine pumps” ahead of a static fire test, indicating that the engines have been put through conditions mimicking the temperatures and pressures they’ll encounter during an actual flight. Furthermore, the CSI Starbase SPMT Tracker revealed that the SPMT (Self-Propelled Modular Transporter) is currently moving under Booster 9’s transport stand, a signal that the booster could be heading back to the production site to be fitted with the Hot Fire Staging Ring, a vital component in the launch process.
Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, also took to Twitter to build anticipation for the next Starship flight. He expressed a cautious optimism regarding the upcoming mission, stating, “Preparing for next Starship flight! This time, I think we have ~50% probability of reaching orbital velocity, however even getting to stage separation would be a win.” These remarks underscore the inherent challenges and risks of space travel, even as they show Musk’s determination to advance human space exploration. The upcoming test flight embodies SpaceX’s innovative spirit and a step forward in their ambitious goal to make space more accessible.