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Elon Musk: SpaceX is sending Starship and its Super Heavy rocket to space soon


The prototype of the SN15 spaceship during its success test flight.


For nearly two decades now, Elon Musk’s vision for SpaceX was a send a “big rocket fuck “on Mars. For a few years, the planned vehicle which would have made the trip simply called “BFR”. Today she was renamed Starship, and after her own first successful suborbital test flight and landing, Musk says it could be now on the limit of going in reality space for the first time.

“We hope to do ours first attempted orbital launch in the next a few months. We will certainly have a booster and a ship, an orbital booster and an orbital ship and the orbital launch site will be ready by next month or so, “Musk said Tuesday during a virtual keynote at Mobile World Congress 2021.

That booster, the ship and the launch site are everything currently in construction at SpaceX development place in Boca Chica, Texas, that Musk was lobbying to rename Starbase.

This is the same structure that a series of increasingly dramatic spaceship prototype test flights over the past few years. On May 5, after previous attempts to fly the spaceship at about 6.2 miles (10 km) of altitude, it was all over. in explosions on the ground, prototype SN15 finally blocked the landing and remained in one piece.

Initially, after successful flight and landing of SN15, it was said that the the prototype could be relaunched. But this encore has yet to materialize while the focus has been on preparing a new Spaceship and prepare the Super Heavy boosters for test.

Until recently, both Musk and SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell have spoken up a debut flight for Super heavy and first travel to space for Spaceship, in I arrive like soon like this July.

But with the month now here, it is clear that we wonnon see the spaceship flying on its long-awaited maiden orbit mission just like that soon. A recent Federal Communications Commission enforcement from SpaceX asks permission to add Starlink terminals for Starship during his first orbital flight. In particular, the required period in the application for authorization runs from 1st August to 1st October.

A previous FCC filing revealed some of the details of what SpaceX is planning for of the spaceship first short trip for space. After launching from Boca Chica, Texas, a new prototype (most likely SN20) will leave the atmosphere and then re-enter on his first orbit and attempt a soft splashdown off the coast of the Hawaiian island of Kauai in Pacific Ocean. Meanwhile, the Super Heavy booster will try to land back to the star base in Texas.

However, there is still a chance to see some spacecraft action before August. While SN20 is in Preparation for his journey to the state of Aloha, or at least to the nearby, more ancient waters version SN16 is still coming along with Boca Chica. Earlier this month, Musk said SpaceX “could use SN16 on a hypersonic flight test. “

It’s something I’ll gladly watch if it happens. Stay tuned here and on Twitter @EricCMack for more incremental updates.

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