SpaceX CEO Elon Musk made a statement about the orbital flight date of the new Starship rocket at the event held yesterday.
Having successfully completed the Crew-2 mission, SpaceX continues to prepare for new tests and missions. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk made a statement about the first orbital flight of the new generation Starship rocket.
SpaceX, which is in a very good position in the space industry, draws attention with its successful work.
The orbital flight date of the new generation Starship rocket has been determined
Speaking at the meeting held by the Space Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences and the Physics and Astronomy Board, Elon Musk said, “We are very close to the first orbital launch.” used the phrases.
Awaiting approval by the Federal Aviation Administration, SpaceX will perform its first orbital flight at its Boca Chica facility in Texas. Consisting of the second-level Starship spacecraft and the first-level Super Heavy booster, the rocket has 6 Raptor engines.
Starship, whose high altitude flight tests were carried out, drew attention with its good performance in the air during test flights. Having trouble landing vertically several times, the rocket successfully completed its last flight in May 2021.
Known for its first launch with 29 Raptor engines, the Super Heavy booster will continue its test flights with the Starship rocket. With a total height of 120 meters, Super Heavy and Starship are approximately 9 meters longer than NASA’s SLS rocket.
The rocket, which is stated to have great thrust with 72 MegaNewtons, is more than double the power of the Saturn V vehicle that sent astronauts to the Moon 50 years ago. Stating that Starship can carry heavier loads than existing rockets, Musk will visit many places in the Solar system, especially the Moon and Mars.
The uncrewed orbital flight, announced to take place in January 2022, will leave the Super Heavy booster approximately 3 minutes after the Starship launch. It has been announced that the spacecraft, which is stated to land on the water near Hawaii, will be landed vertically in the next tests.