April Fools Day turned out to be a quiet day for Elon Musk and SpaceX. There had been a chance that the rocket companyon Monday, but instead, both trial delays were delayed.
Over the past few weeks, SpaceX has been working to launch a single Raptor engine(formerly known as BFR) at its Boca Chica, Texas, launch facility. After days after checking the rocket's thought and much-observed venting at the pillow, but no rocket fire finally seemed to happen on Monday.
An outbreak of steam emerged from the bottom of the rocket, but no flames. If you wonder why there seems to be a firefly out of a small stack near the Starship, it is likely that excess methane or other gases will burn off. Videos have also circulated online and show many flames on the pillow after dark Monday night, which are probably also the same gas flames.
Early Tuesday morning, Elon Musk on Twitter said that the first test of a Raptor engine as part of Starship had been repulsed by "some challenges with icing in the cryogenic propellant expiring. Hopefully, it will soon be over."
Close-up of the rocket prototype obtained at a local information site from nearby South Padre Island showed that everything seemed normal from Tuesday morning.
Meanwhile, a scheduled static fire test of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket has been pushed back from Monday to Wednesday, according to NASASpaceflight.com . The last time we saw Heavy, which is basically three Falcon rockets and an upper stage attached together, .
Although the test was delayed, Heavy is still slated for its first commercial launch on Sunday evening when it carries commercial communications satellite arabsat 6A for circuits.
And we could soon see an action for the Starship jumper. The FAA has issued airspace closures for the Boca Chica area on Tuesday to Thursday.