Super Heavy Booster 9

Destroyed

Booster 9 is a Super Heavy prototype.

Test history

Failure

Sat 18, Nov 2023

3 months ago

IFT-2

Success

Fri 25, Aug 2023

6 months ago

33 Engine Static Fire

SpaceX conducted a 33 Engine Static fire. The total duration was 5 seconds. All engines ignited but two shut down prematurely. SpaceX stated no reason for the shut downs but rated the test as a success.

Failure

Sun 06, Aug 2023

7 months ago

33 Engine Static Fire

This test saw the ignition of all 33 Engines and the premature shutdown of 4 of them for a total burn duration of 2.74 seconds. It can be counted as a partial success even though it lead to a premature abort.

Success

Sun 23, Jul 2023

7 months ago

Cryogenic Proof Test #3

Success

Thu 29, Dec 2022

a year ago

Cryogenic Proof Test #2

Success

Wed 21, Dec 2022

a year ago

Cryogenic Proof Test

Booster 9 conducted a cryogenic proof test to verify the structural integrity of the vehicle.

Description

Super Heavy Booster 9 is the second Booster Prototype intended for a Starship Integrated Flight test. Its main difference compared to SpaceX Super Heavy Booster 7, which took flight together with Starship 24 on April 20th, 2023, is the upgraded electrical TVC. This enabled SpaceX to get rid of the Hydraulic Pressure Units (HPUs) that drove engine thrust vector control on Booster 7 during IFT-1 and caused severe problems. Booster 9 is expected to take flight together with Ship 25 during the Integrated Flight Test-2.

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