SpaceX’s Starbase is heading into
its latest phase of milestones for Starship, with the high likelihood the FAA is close to approving a critical checkpoint
for its rapidly reusable
launch vehicle, paving the way for the orbital launch attempt of Booster 7 with Ship 24.
Ship 24 is currently
without engines, allowing proof testing to clear the path toward a Static Fire attempt.
The latest test this week, with S24
moved to Pad A to be placed on the mount with the Thrust Rams, which simulate thrust loads on the aft of the vehicle.
Pad A has been outfitted
with six thrust rams, which will connect to the six Raptor engine mounts.
When the vehicle is pressurized and
loaded with liquid nitrogen, these will push on the engine mounts, simulating the thrust of six Raptor engines firing.
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