Watch SpaceX’s third Starship test launch here, set for takeoff at 9:25AM ET

Watch SpaceX's third Starship test launch here, set for takeoff at 9:25AM ET

SpaceX will be hoping the third time’s the charm as it attempts another test launch of its Starship rocket. The previous two efforts ended in failure, though Starship did reach space on the second go-round. A 110-minute launch window for the latest attempt opens at 8AM ET. A livestream covering the launch just kicked off at about 8:50AM ET, and you can follow it here on X. According to the SpaceX feed, the current target liftoff is set for 9:25AM ET. 

The Federal Aviation Authority authorized the SpaceX Starship Super Heavy Orbital Flight Test 3 on Wednesday afternoon. The agency said in a statement to Engadget that Space X “met all safety, environmental, policy and financial responsibility requirements.” 

The FAA grounded Starship for several weeks before the second test flight until the company took 63 “corrective actions.” The first launch caused a fire in a state park and led to a lawsuit from environmental groups.

Along with building on top of the previous tests, there are a number of “ambitious” goals SpaceX has in mind for this launch. The company is aiming to carry out the first re-light of a Raptor engine in space, along with ensuring the successful ascent burn of both stages, opening and closing the payload door and conducting a controlled reentry. The spacecraft will fly on a new trajectory and it’s expected to splashdown in the Indian Ocean. SpaceX says the updated flight path will afford it the chance to try out new things like engine burns in space while prioritizing public safety.

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