SpaceX plans to conduct a high-altitude test of its Starship rocket today, sending its prototype to a height of about 15,000 meters.
In addition to sending the Raptor-engine-powered vehicle to a high altitude, SpaceX will attempt a controlled land. The landing is an important component in the company’s goal of reusable rockets.
Tuesday’s test will be s the first time that Starship will be flying with three Raptor engines. The company previously flew prototypes that reached about 150 meters before a successful landing.
SpaceX says the final version of Starship will be powered by six Raptor engines. The Starship project is significant for SpaceX, as it’s the vehicle that the company plans to haul humans into space and make the long trek to Mars and the moon. Musk has said that Starship could carry as many as 100 people into space.
The launch is scheduled for sometime between 9 a.m. ET and 6 p.m. ET. Watch the livestream above.