Elon Musk plans to launch the SpaceX Starship in July for a Mars orbital trip.
The first orbital test flight of the Starship rocket system is scheduled for July, according to SPACEX. If everything goes as planned, SpaceX will take a giant step toward delivering humans to Mars.
Technical issues, launchpad explosions, and uphill battles with spaceflight regulators have marred the development of SpaceX’s flagship Mars rocket. However, the business is well on its way to flying a Starship prototype into space for a test flight. SpaceX’s stainless steel prototypes have only reached suborbital altitudes of 41,000 to 32,000 feet so far.
According to SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell, this might all change next month.
The SpaceX CEO stated that the company intends to move on with the orbital trip, with the goal of flying Starship before the end of the summer.
Unlike earlier Starship missions, the next one will launch from Earth atop a Super Heavy booster rocket, a strong and reusable booster that will assist the spaceship in escaping Earth’s gravity.
Both Starship and Super Heavy will take off from SpaceX’s facility in Boca Chica, Texas, which Elon Musk plans to rename Starbase.
Ms. Shotwell spoke at the International Space Development Conference (ISDC) of the National Space Society on Friday, where she discussed SpaceX’s Starship aspirations.
SpaceX’s plans to launch Starship next month are one of the most intriguing developments.
“We’ll be making our first orbital attempt in the not-too-distant future,” she stated. We’re aiming for the month of July.
“I hope we make it, but we all know how difficult this is.
“In the very near future, we are on the verge of flying that system, or at the very least trying the maiden orbital flight of that system.”
Mr Musk hinted to an orbital launch in July of this year, updating his followers ahead of the Starship SN11’s tragic voyage.
The millionaire from South Africa recently featured on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, where he stated that the Starship system might be completely operational by 2023.
“We’re attempting to make life multi-planetary, you know, extend life beyond Earth, and in order to achieve that, you need a lot of tonnage to Mars,” he explained.
“That means you’ll need a powerful rocket and a lot of flying.”
The ultimate goal is to land humans on Mars, which Mr Musk believes can be accomplished in the next five years.
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