The latest improved version of Starship SN15 has successfully passed firing tests.
The head of the corporation, Elon Musk, after the first test, said on Twitter that SpaceX was now preparing to launch SN15 into the air. The flight is scheduled for the end of this week.
The tests are needed in order to check the operation of the spacecraft before the flight, during which the device will be taken about 10 kilometers into the Texas sky.
SN15 will be the fifth prototype to attempt a 10-km flight: its predecessors exploded on landing.
According to SpaceX, SN15 is the beginning of a second important phase of Starship testing before the third, which already involves launches into space. The SN20 orbital prototype, which could arrive by July, will receive a full heat shield system and will be tested along with a stage separation mechanism (the SN20 ship will launch the huge Super Heavy BN3 reusable main stage).