SpaceX plans to make a mid altitude jump to the prototype of its starship launch platform in October or later. The details came from a document submitted to the FCC by krtistina key, sapcex’s ground segment manager, on Friday. Friday’s application is not the first time SpaceX has asked the FCC to approve its 20 kilometer flight permit. In July, the company submitted a similar application to the FCC, which listed the same parameters for the test height of the prototype. The launch platform of a starship can be divided into two “stages”, the first is the super heavy booster, and the second is the upper spacecraft SpaceX, also known as starship. At present, the aerospace company is testing the prototype of the previous phase and has successfully performed two suborbital jumps. However, the prototypes SpaceX is building and testing do not reflect the final design of the last phase of the spacecraft, as they do not have the forward nose wing crew and cargo bay to be installed on top of the spacecraft’s fuel tank. The current prototype consists of these tanks, and SpaceX has made two jumps so far – the first in August and the second earlier this month. Prior to these jumps, the company also conducted three starhopper flight jumps, the first SpaceX test on a starship launch platform. < / P > < p > both jumps are only 150 meters high and use a SpaceX Raptor engine. Raptor is a full flow stage methane fueled rocket engine, which is a major design improvement over the Merlin 1D engine that powers the company’s active Falcon series launch vehicles. < / P > < p > in a filing filed on Friday, SpaceX asked the FCC to authorize it to broadcast and receive data from the antenna on the Starship prototype and to receive data from the antenna at the Boca Chica launch site in Texas. The temporary license period will start on the 11th of next month and last until late April next year. Although SpaceX can test prototypes in just one day, the company has made a six-month request for testing because the FCC needs to coordinate with federal users the frequency with which it tests products. Although the licensing period starts in October, there is no guarantee that the jump will happen in the same month – although SpaceX has enough momentum to speed up the development process as quickly as possible. < / P > < p > the document makes it clear that it relies on data from SpaceX’s July application, which used data from February’s request that the FCC authorize the company to broadcast communications for prototype jumps and recoveries. However, the February document did not mention the height of the test. < / P > < p > given Musk’s statement last month, one might speculate that the latest request may be to test the ship’s ultra heavy booster. However, this conjecture is unreliable for two reasons: first, SpaceX is unlikely to jump 20 km directly for the booster; second, it is the emission frequency listed in the FCC document. These frequencies are in line with the frequency range of the upper stage of the starship, which SpaceX emphasized to the FCC in July, which is the strongest evidence that the company is going to make the critical mid-range jump of the upper stage rather than the ultra heavy booster. Although musk is eager to provide more details about the super heavy rocket and says his company started building its first prototype last week, there is still little information on the booster. SpaceX plans to replace its Falcon launch vehicle with a starship, transport astronauts to the surface of the moon, conduct commercial passenger flights on earth, and land on Mars. On lunar and Mars missions, the spacecraft will compete with NASA’s space launch system to compete with SLS. Skip to content