SpaceX Booster 7 rolls back Highbay to focus on UPGRADE for flight in November, Musk confirmed…

SpaceX Booster 7 rolls back Highbay to focus on UPGRADE for flight in November, Musk confirmed…
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One day after a successful and record-breaking static fire test, the SpaceX team moved Starship Booster 7 back to the Highbay for mysterious “robustness upgrades”.
Booster 8 is now on the hot seat for testing in the near future. But Booster 7 is still on Elon Musk’s plan for the first orbital flight in November.
The question is what exactly will SpaceX upgrade on Booster 7?
And is Musk’s new timeline for the first orbital flight believable?
Let’s find out in today’s episode of Alpha Tech:

SpaceX is currently testing the Booster 7 prototype for Starship’s first stage, and this was the booster that the company tested earlier this week.
This was the largest test for the booster, as SpaceX outlined that it successfully tested the seven Raptor 2 engines at the same time. Booster 7 has 33 of these engines, and footage from the site courtesy of dedicated onlookers revealed that the test lasted for a couple of seconds without any mishaps.

Following the test, SpaceX will now continue to make upgrades on Booster 7, and Musk’s statements suggest that this will be the first booster that will make an orbital flight attempt.

These upgrades are for “reliability” – and they will serve to protect the engines in case of an accident.
With 33 Raptor V2 engines powering it and plenty of evidence that those Raptors are far from perfect reliability, the concern is understandable, even if the response is a bit different than SpaceX’s norm. These engines are the most valuable component of the rocket, and the risk of losing all of them due to an accident on a single one is too high.

Commenting on the booster upgrades, Musk stated that: “Our focus is on reliability upgrades for flight on Booster 7 and completing Booster 9, which has many design changes, especially for full engine RUD isolation.”

A RUD stands for ‘rapid unscheduled disassembly, and the upgrades started a while back in the form of shielding for the engines. Musk also admitted that flying Booster 7 for the first orbital flight test is a little risky, as the upgrades were not part of the rocket’s design.
SpaceX Booster 7 rolls back Highbay to focus on UPGRADE for flight in November, Musk confirmed…


  1. I have no dog in fight so I'm thankful someone is insane 😜 enough to push the envelope, my hats humbly off to all on this adventure, humanity will greatly benefit from your failures and success, gods speed

  2. How about a blank Starship?
    With no engines or tiles and carrying a dead weight payload, it would work as the second stage stand-in for the full static fire without risking a completed Starship to a possible RUD of the booster.
    I believe they have a few in the garden both with and without tiles already.
    I don't think they should risk #24 to test the booster.

  3. Is there an optimal size for these engines and is that why so many are being used on the booster? It seems that 33 engines might be more problematic than fewer more powerful engines.

  4. Will they need the weight of starship on top of the booster when doing a 33 engine static fire to help hold it to the pad, or can the clamps on the pad handle it alone?

  5. While I don't actually expect the first Starship attempt to make orbit, I'm both looking forward to watching it, and wishing them luck that I will be wrong…