…coming this week.
Regardless of the outcome, it will be exciting.
It could be as soon as Friday.
Today seems to be the day. It’s being covered by NASA Spaceflight.
[1440 PST update]
Raptor abort. They aren’t going partway to space today.
Fuel is loading, T-26 minutes to launch.
Well, that was kind of spectacular. As I said, guaranteed to be exciting. The exhaust looked a little weird toward the end. It was greenish, as though it was maybe running fuel rich. If so, Perhaps the thrust wasn’t up to spec, and insufficient to control the landing on final.
[Update a while later]
Elon said that the header tank pressure was low on landing. I’m guessing that this maybe resulted in bubbles in the cooling channels, overheating of the nozzle, and injecting copper into the flow, for that green effect. And reduced thrust, of course, which is why they came in too fast.
[Update Thursday afternoon]
Am I the only person who thinks it would be pretty unpleasant to be in the nose of that thing at final (even with a successful landing)?