The next flight of Elon Musk’s next-generation spacecraft Starship seems to be just a few months away, and already more than a year away. The long wait could finally end as early as next month, according to the SpaceX CEO.
SpaceX fans looking forward to Starship’s first orbital test flight may not have to wait long. After a series of delays in obtaining approval for a test flight and continued development and testing of engines, the Raptor Starship could finally be launched as early as next month.
Indeed, on Twitter, CEO Elon Musk said that it is possible that it will take place at the end of next month, since two boosters and two separate ships will be ready for a possible launch by the end of October. However, the billionaire clarified that it is still possible that this deadline will not be met, adding that the first orbital flight of Starship will most likely take place in November.
SpaceX will finally launch its massive Starship rocket into orbit
It’s been over a year since SpaceX successfully landed the first stage of its Starship rocket. This feat has been preceded by numerous test failures ending in explosions, but the company finally looks ready to take on space with Starship.
Earlier this week, SpaceX’s booster passed a series of tests simultaneously with seven Raptor 2 engines, all of which were successful. The B7 launch vehicle has 33 of these engines, and pictures taken on the spot by special observers showed that the test lasted several seconds without any incident.
From now until launch, SpaceX will continue to modify the engines of its rocket, but these improvements will only be aimed at ensuring the “reliability” of the machines and their protection in the event of an accident. These engines are the most valuable components of a rocket, and the risk of losing them all due to a single failure on one of them is too high.
In any case, if the first orbital launch of Starship is successful, it will be a milestone in space exploration. We remind you that Elon Musk plans the first flights to Mars by 2030, but by then Starship should be used by NASA as part of its Artemis mission to the Moon.