The world’s largest rocket could be set to launch shockingly soon. Elon Musk, the company’s founder and CEO, announced on Twitter on Saturday that the very first full-size model of SpaceX’s Starship vehicle ought to be prepared to deploy on an orbital flight test “in a few weeks” (August 14).
That deadline looks to be approaching soon, given that SpaceX Firm has yet to place the 120-meter-tall rocket via its usual battery of pre-flight tests. A huge logistical challenge must also be overcome: The United States’ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is undertaking an environmental study of orbital launch pad of SpaceX in South Texas, from which Starship will launch.
The FAA has still yet to issue its draft assessment, but it will accept public feedback for a period of 30 days after it is released. So, as Musk admitted in a tweet that concluded with the words “seeking for regulatory authorization,” Starship’s orbital flight is unlikely to occur in the next weeks.
Musk’s remark could have been created to put pressure on FAA to move things through more quickly. After all, he’s already stated his displeasure with FAA restrictions, claiming that such procedures must be reduced if humanity is to get game-changing launch frequencies.
SpaceX’s Starship is intended to be a game-changer. The vehicle, which includes a large first-stage booster dubbed as Super Heavy as well as a spacecraft known as Starship, is made to take individuals and cargo to the Mars, moon, as well as other far destinations.
Previous Starship prototypes have been tested by SpaceX, with the spaceship being launched 6.2 miles into the sky from a South Texas facility nearby the Boca Chica’s Gulf Coast village. However, the forthcoming test flight will be the first time a completely stacked Starship – Super Heavy atop a Starship spacecraft — goes to the skies, and the system will reach orbit for the first time.
Super Heavy is going to splashdown in Gulf of Mexico soon after liftoff provided everything goes according to plan. Meanwhile, the starship will power its way into orbit, loop across our planet once, and settle on Hawaiian island of Kauai situated in the Pacific Ocean.
SpaceX has already made some significant progress toward this historic launch. For the first time, on August 6, the firm positioned the two Starship items — a 29-engine Super Heavy dubbed Booster 4 as well as a 6-engine Starship prototype designated SN20 — atop South Texas orbital launch station. However, later that day, the couple was de-stacked so that technicians could operate on each element further.