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3RD STARSHIP ORBITAL FLIGHT TEST, Mar 14, 2024, Boca Chica, TX, window opens 8:00 am ET (webcast begins 30 min in advance)

Update, March 13:  SpaceX says they will launch Starship OFT-3 tomorrow, March 14. The 110-minute launch window opens at 7:00 am Central Time (8:00 am Eastern).  Webcast on SpaceX’s website and X beginning about 30 minutes before launch.

Update, March 12: Musk posted today that they are aiming for “end of week” pending weather. It’s not clear if Thursday (March 14) counts as “end of week” or if he means Friday or Saturday.

Update, March 6:  SpaceX posted a new “tweet” today again saying the projected date is March 14, but noting that regulatory approval is pending. More information is on the company’s website, but neither mentions the time.  The website reveals they are flying a different trajectory this time, with splashdown in the Indian Ocean instead of near Hawaii as had been planned for the first two tests. The change is to enable them to “attempt new techniques like in-space engine burns while maximizing public safety.”

Original Entry: On March 5, 2024, SpaceX posted on X that it plans the third Starship Orbital Flight Test (also called an Integrated Flight Test) on March 14, 2024 beginning at 7:30 am ET, though it is not clear if that is when the webcast begins or the anticipated launch time.

The first two tests, in April 2023 and November 2023, were not successful in achieving orbit.

SpaceX needs a launch license from the FAA and there is no indication that has been issued yet, but the FAA closed its mishap investigation for the second flight test on February 26 so a license could be forthcoming at any time.


March 14
8:00 am - 11:00 pm