SpaceX tested the flaps of the next Starship prototype, the Serial Number 11 (SN11). When the footage of all four front and aft flaps was run through time-lapse, it looked like the spring equinox dance to some, including me.
SpaceX Boca Chica observers Trevor Mahlman and Mary from NasaSpaceFlight.com recorded the grand happening of the SN11 flap actuation test and edited the video for a time-lapse viewing experience. Trevor even added some background dance music to make it much more interesting to watch.
It has been more than 10 days since the Starship SN11 prototype headed to the Boca Chica launchpad, many tests and improvements are underway. In the following photos, SpaceX engineers are seen lowering down each landing leg of the SN11 prototype and testing it.
According to Elon Musk, one of the reasons for SN10 explosion was the crashing of legs on landing.
Four NASA astronauts also visited the SpaceX Boca Chica to take a look at the Starship SN11. These astronauts are linked to the NASA Artemis Program that aims to land the first woman and next man on the moon by 2024.
Starship SN11 static fire tests are scheduled for tomorrow (Monday 22nd March) and if all goes well, the high-altitude test can happen as soon as Tuesday 23rd March. Otherwise, the most probable date for SN11 high-altitude test is Wednesday 24 March (see below for the public notice issued by Cameron County for the temporary closure of state highway 4 dates and times).