Hey all you space exploration fans: SpaceX's Starship prototype SN11 is on the launch pad at Boca Chica Beach in southern Texas, undergoing work on engines and other components, getting ready for the ship's high altitude test flight which may take place this Sunday, March 21, 2021.

As always, the flight will be contingent on weather, the readiness of the raptor engines, the successful "static fire" testing of the powerful Raptor engines, as well as all the other components of the craft.

Some sources report that Sunday will be the earliest opportunity in the schedule for the flight, which will top-out at about 10km, or 33,000 feet, followed by the "belly flop" maneuver and return to the pad for a (hopefully) upright and intact landing.

If you're wondering where exactly this is all taking place, see the map above. SpaceX owns and leases a total of almost 100 acres in Cameron County, with the first launch there having taken place at the facility in April of 2019.

Live updates and streaming video is available at the following excellent YouTube locations:
LabPadre NerdleCam
NASASpaceflight.com

One of the sources I personally use for watching space launch news and world-wide launch schedules is the fantastic Space Launch Now app, available at the Google Play Store for Android, as well as iTunes for Apple products. I highly recommend it!

More information on the vehicle, as well as live coverage of the launch is also available on the SpaceX Starship page.

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