SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s hopes for Starship to reach orbit before this spring didn’t quite pan out, but a recent test firing has Musk expecting to see the company’s new vehicle take flight shortly. On Thursday, July 30 he tweeted that its new SN5 build completed a full duration static fire, and said a 150m test hop will happen “soon”, Engadget reports.
Last August SpaceX’s Starhopper test vehicle completed a 150m Raptor-powered “bounce” and sooner or later the actual Starship will make a similar test flight.
The company has continued to iterate on its design and pressure test prototypes — we remember SN4’s end — as it moves closer to actual flight.
Even with the Crew Dragon scheduled for a return this weekend, SpaceX’s priority is the Starship project.