Oops, did I type out that in the title? I meant ‘space tourist vessel.’ Silly me:
SpaceX just fired the engine of its latest Starship prototype, paving the way for a test flight in the near future.
The company conducted a “static fire” test of Starship SN5 today (July 30), letting its single Raptor engine blaze while the vehicle remained tethered to the ground at SpaceX’s South Texas facilities, near the village of Boca Chica.
Via Glenn Reynolds. I mean, what possible non-civilian use could there be for a vehicle that can support up to a hundred people for at least a week, with an operational range that can stretch all the way to lunar orbit? …Yes, I’m joking. But am I?
PS: No, I’m fine with Space Force having rocket-frigates to play with. Like, obviously. Come on.