Space fans will get another chance to see the SpaceX launch Wednesday after it aborted its first attempt at a high-altitude test flight for its SN8 Starship Prototype in Boca Chica on Tuesday.
The test was attempted about 4:30 p.m. but was aborted with about 1.3 seconds to launch after what appeared to be a malfunction in one of the three Raptor engines used to propel the spacecraft, meaning certain conditions were not right and the engines were programmed to automatically shut down. SpaceX has yet to say what triggered the abort.
The test window for Wednesday is between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. There is also another window on Thursday.
Starship SN8 is expected to fly more than 41,000 feet into the air, do a now-iconic bellyflop or skydiving-like maneuver and then correct itself just before landing on the launchpad. This is the first test of its kind.
The spacecraft is a two-stage vehicle that founder Elon Musk hopes will one day take as many as 100 people to Mars.
It’s the first Starship to be fully outfitted with a nosecone and flaps.