Elon Musk’s SpaceX will first launch a new Starship rocket into orbit. The test flight will begin in Texas and the unmanned missile will hit the sea off Hawaii, according to the documents the edge part of.
SpaceX has previously tested its new missile on several occasions, but has never launched it into space. Even less in orbit.
The test flight will be the first time SpaceX has assembled the entire rocket in the bulge it is meant to be. The top, the actual spacecraft, is about 50 meters high. The bottom, “very heavy,” is another 70 meters long. With a total of 120 meters, the Starship is the largest space rocket ever built.
Super Heavy hits the Gulf of Mexico
Super Heavy doesn’t accompany the entire trip. Shortly after departure, the Super Heavy will have completed its mission – to serve as a launch vehicle – and hit the Gulf of Mexico, about 30 miles south of Texas. The upper part will simultaneously continue into orbit, completing an almost complete revolution around the Earth and hitting the sea 100 km outside of Hawaii. The journey is estimated to take approximately 90 minutes.
It remains unclear when the flight will be carried out, but sometime next year. Elon Musk previously said the goal is to launch the first orbital flight in July.
First successful landing
Last year, Musk said work on the spacecraft is a top priority – and that progress should accelerate dramatically. Since then, it has flown quickly, with a number of test flights. Last week, a successful landing with a prototype Starship was made after a flight to an altitude of 10 km. It was the fifth flight of its kind – and the first that did not end with a detonation of the missile.
Starship is a space rocket developed with the ultimate goal of colonizing Mars. Last month, SpaceX was also tasked with producing a Starship rocket for NASA to bring astronauts to the moon.
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