According to Elon Musk on Twitter, SpaceX’s Starship rocket will be “ready to fly next month”. But all is not over.
The Starship (or rather “the”, since it’s a rocket), is almost ready to fly for a first orbital test. In any case, this was announced by Elon Musk, the boss of SpaceX, on Twitter. He said he was there to see in person the progress of the project, formerly called Big Falcon Rocket (BFR). Optimistic, the man even adds that a second rocket would be ready in August, and a third the following month.
To infinity and beyond ?
The rocket, designed to colonize Mars, must indeed still show its credentials to the US Civil Aviation Administration (FAA). No less than 75 measures must be respected by SpaceX so that its solution does not harm the fauna and flora around Boba Chica, the company’s rich production and test site in southern Texas.
It is therefore quite unlikely that a first launch of the Starship will take place this July. Between the completion of the project and the requirements of the FAA, Space X must still have a lot of work to do on the launch pad. But a launch before the end of the year remains possible. Either way, Elon Musk isn’t aiming for an unmanned landing on Mars until 2024.
Starship: a promising rocket
Announced in 2017, the Starship rocket will be fully reusable and capable of carrying a payload of between 100 and 150 tonnes. With a height of 120m and 9m in diameter, the massive device is mainly designed for the future and the colonization of the red planet, but also to potentially replace the current Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launchers and take care of the orbiting satellites and crews.