Elon Musk says Starship will be ready for first orbital flight in July - DALTONHURD

Elon Musk says Starship will be ready for first orbital flight in July

With his usual optimism, the billionaire also revealed that another stack of prototypes of the Super Heavy launcher and the Starship’s 50-meter-tall upper stage are set to lift off in August, with successive monthly launches thereafter.

All this to ensure that the vehicle complex, which is the largest rocket ever built in history, can be used safely in manned and cargo missions to the Moon, Mars and other possible destinations in space. . Even to possibly accelerate the deployment of Starlink satellites in low Earth orbit, in particular.

It is important to remember, however, that even with the completion of the analysis, publication of the PEA is not a guarantee that a launch license will be issued, since other factors, such as the requirements of safety and financial responsibility, have yet to be fulfilled at the SpaceX facility in Boca Chica, Texas.

However, based on Tuesday’s (14) posts on the social network he buys (or doesn’t buy), Musk seems calm about it.

Earlier this month, SpaceX successfully conducted the first cryogenic test on the 24th prototype Starship spacecraft (SN24), after completing necessary repairs to the vehicle identified during a pneumatic test conducted in May.

Now, in order for the super rocket to be considered ready for safe flight, it remains to perform the static firing test with the booster’s 33 Raptor engines. To date, SpaceX has never fired more than six at a time on a Starship prototype.

Would everything really be ready by July, as Musk revealed? As we cannot be sure, we can only wait for the next chapters of this saga.

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