Astronomers Could Soon Get Warnings When SpaceX Satellites Threaten Their ViewWith an FAA launch license in hand, SpaceX is set for the second test flight of a fully integrated Starship rocket. You can watch a live webcast of the flight test at SpaceX’s website or at SpaceX’s official X channel. For the second test flight of Starship, SpaceX will test its new water-cooled steel flame deflector, a new electronic thrust vector control system for the booster Raptor engines (to steer the vehicle during flight), and a new hot-staging approach, in which the Starship upper stage engines will ignite prior to stage separation. Over a thousand different modifications were made in preparation for the rocket’s second flight test. Check out our full coverage of SpaceX’s Starship megarocket and the SpaceX Starlink internet satellite megaconstellation.
Source: The Nation November 18, 2023 14:00 UTC