SpaceX 1 is about to run its final test of the starship SN9 before launch

SpaceX is gearing up to test the ninth prototype of its big, shiny rocket, the Starship SN9 on Wednesday (Jan. 20), illuminating its engines for what should be the last time before its inaugural flight. The exam is expected to be held before 5 pm Central time.

The rocket would not go anywhere during this “static fire” test. (Or, at least, it is not considered.) But if all goes according to plan, this test should clear the way for a launch in the near future, although SpaceX has not set a date. NASA SpaceFlight, Boca Chica, Texas, is livestreaming the test from the site where SpaceX builds and tests its starship.

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