SpaceX’s massive Starship project was well on its way to moving last week, as the prototype of its “Booster 7” Super Heavy rocket moved to a South Texas test stand on Thursday (June 23).
The Starship The rocket and its superheavyweight are set up for pressure testing and possibly a static fire test at its facility near Boca Chica that will assess its ability to burn fuel consistently over a period of time, according to Ars Technica (Opens in a new tab).
The report added Friday (June 24) that if it survives, “it is by no means a guarantee given the evolutionary nature of the Raptor 2 engine,” that boost could bring the Starship on an orbital test flight in July.
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SpaceX’s Starship program includes both the first supporting stage, the Super Heavy, and a 165-foot (50-meter) high-altitude craft also called the Starship. Both vehicles are designed to be completely reusable. When fully stacked, the Starship and Super Heavy stand 395 feet (120 m) tall, making them The longest missile in the world.
SpaceX eventually plans to use this system to transport people and cargo to the Moon for NASA, then target Mars and other solar system destinations, but Starship has only a few. High-altitude test flights under his belt so far.
All these tests were conducted in a batch between August 2020 and May 2021; Since then, SpaceX has been waiting for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to complete an Environmental Assessment of Orbital Opportunities.
This process was concluded weeks ago with 75 actions required To be taken by SpaceX to continue operations in Boca Chica. (The FAA had delayed the deadline many timessaying it had to discuss the findings with other agencies and examine the thousands of public comments sent after a draft version was released in September 2021.)
But so far, FAA approval is not a guarantee. SpaceX still needs to obtain a launch license, pending how well the agency handles those salient elements of the environmental assessment.
“We’ll have a second Starship stack ready to fly in August and then monthly after that,” Musk added. Another Tweet (Opens in a new tab).
Starship is NASA’s favorite landing craft for her Artemis programwhich aims to put astronauts on the Moon no later than 2025. Musk wants to send people to Mars around the same time, but he’s known for setting aggressive targets at both SpaceX and its automaker, Tesla.
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