Elon Musk says the Starship rocket could go into space as early as October

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After several delays, the first flight of the next-generation space rocket from Elon Musk, Starship, seems to be getting closer. SpaceX founder and owner is rubbing his hands over the launch of SpaceX’s super-heavy launch vehicle.

On Wednesday, September 21, Musk was asked by a Twitter user when the Starship’s first orbital flight might finally occur and your response was quite encouraging.

Maybe late next month, but November seems very likely. By then, we will have two boosters and ships ready for orbital flight, with full production about one every two months.”, wrote the also CEO of Tesla.

The doubt of the followers of space research is whether the rocket is ready or not, since SpaceX has several accidents on its records.

Is the Starship ready?

As a report published on the CNET website recalls, a Starship prototype labeled SN15 completed a high-altitude flight, inside the Earth’s atmosphere, and landed without exploding on May 5, 2021. That was the last time that the spaceship flew.

NASA hopes to use the Starship to send the Artemis astronauts back to the lunar surface, the report adds.

Since the date of that test, Elon Musk and SpaceX have been busy preparing for Starship’s first orbital demonstration flight, in which the vehicle will take off on a Super Heavy Booster for the first time.

Just this week, the massive first-stage booster ignited on the dyno for the first time with seven engines running, more than double the number of engines from the previous test and less than a quarter of the engines that will make up a fully loaded Super Heavy, which is designed to launch with 33 engines in total.

In addition to completing the tests, SpaceX needs a launch license from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) before it can launch Starship.



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