It’s not selected just when SN8 will make its first flight. That could acquire a while dependent on the success of floor exams. SpaceX 1st asked for authorization to carry out a substantial-altitude flight in early February.
Anytime the flight transpires, it will represent an vital milestone for SpaceX. Starship is the critical to the company’s foreseeable future now that Crew Dragon seems to be a success. When 60,000ft is far from room (that begins at roughly sixty two miles), reaching this kind of altitude would display that Starship is feasible for more than short jumps. It would also signify just one of the final major steps right before Starship reaches orbit and, ultimately, fulfils SpaceX’s dreams of place tourism and interplanetary journeys.
SN8 Starship with flaps & nosecone ought to be carried out in about a week. Then static fire, checkouts, static fireplace, fly to sixty,000 ft & back again.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 12, 2020