SpaceX Starship III sequence of events (IFT-3)

SpaceX Starship III sequence of events (IFT-3)

Mission Flight test #III: Bx/Sxx (IFT-3)

Time

Mission IFT-3

  • The third flight test of a fully integrated Starship.
  • Integrated Test Flight IFT-3 (OFT-3).
  • Expected: January 2024.
  • Launch date: 

Scheduled IFT-3

  • 16-01-2024 Scheduled for the first quarter of 2024.

Updates IFT-3

  • 16-01-2024 Updates
      • Electronic Thrust Vector Control (TVC): An advanced system for precise control of the rocket’s path.
      • Upgraded Flight Termination System (FTS): Enhanced safety measures for mission termination if necessary.
      • Propellant Transfer Demonstration: A key feature for the HLS, involving transfer from a header tank to a main tank in microgravity.
      • Launch Pad Improvements. Addition of a water-cooled steel plate for thermal protection and sound dampening. Improvements to the OLM, Orbital Launch Module, and “Mechazzilla,” the chopstick arms used to stack Starship on the Booster.

Flight objectives IFT-3

  • 16-01-2024 Flight objectives:
      • Boost back burn
      • Landing booster
      • Full orbital insertion
      • Engine burn in space
      • De-orbit/Re-entry
      • Landing Starship

Configuration IFT-3

  • Super Heavy 10, Booster 10 (B10).
  • Starship SN28 (S28).

Launch location IFT-3

Launch preparations IFT-3

Booster

  • 00-00-0000 Spin Prime Test (SPT) Booster.
  • 00-00-0000 Static Fire (SF) Booster.
  • 00-00-0000 Flight Termination System (FTS) installed on Booster.
  • 00-00-0000 Testing grid fins Booster.

Starship

  • 16-12-2023 Spin Prime Test (SPT) Starship.
  • 00-00-0000 Static Fire (SF) Starship.
  • 00-00-0000 Flight Termination System (FTS) installed on Starship.

Full-stack

  • 00-00-0000 Booster and Starship full-stack.
  • 00-00-0000 Wet Dress Rehearsal (WDR) full-stack

License

  • 00-00-0000 Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) License issued.
  • 00-00-0000 FAA Launch Site Safety Assessment (LSSA). 
  • 00-00-0000 FAA Launch Readiness Assessment (LRA).
  • 00-00-0000 FAA License issued.

Schedule

  • 00-00-0000 Launch window 1.

Administration for Launch window 1

  • 00-00-0000 Road closure Starbase.
  • 00-00-0000 Mexico NOTAM.
  • 00-00-0000 USA Marine hazard zone Gulf issued.
  • 00-00-0000 USA Marine hazard zone Hawaii issued.
  • 00-00-0000 USA FAA NOTAM Issued for Hawaii airspace.
  • 00-00-0000 USA FAA NOTAM Issued by Brownsville airspace

Launch window 1 for IFT-3 Boca Chica Xxxday 00-00-0000 duration 00:00 (hh:mm)

Issues: 

TimezonePreparations
(2 hours to Open)
Coverage
(30 mins to Open)
Window OpenWindow Closed
CST (local)0500 am0630 am0700 am0900 am
EST0600 am0730 am0800 am1000 am
UTC/GMT1100123013001500
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SpaceX Starship III sequence of events (IFT-3)
SpaceX Starship III sequence of events (IFT-3)

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