SpaceX deploys robot dog ahead of SN15 launch


SpaceX has deployed a pair of robot dogs to patrol its Starbase launch site ahead of a major test of its latest Starship rocket prototype.

Starship SN15 is expected to perform a high-altitude flight on either Thursday evening or Friday morning from SpaceX’s facility in Boca Chica, Texas.

Road and beach closures are already in place in case the launch does not go to plan for the next-generation spacecraft, which SpaceX boss Elon Musk hopes to send people to Mars on within the next few years.

An alert notice was also sent out to local residents on Wednesday warning of a risk that “a malfunction of the SpaceX vehicle during these activities will create an overpressure event that can break windows”.

The pair of robotic dogs, built by Boston Dynamics, were filmed by photojournalist BocaChicaGal walking close to Starship SN15 on Thursday.