The spacecraft from SpaceX is supposed to take people to the moon and later to Mars. But before that happens, the rocket of about 120 meters must complete various test flights first and even reach orbit in the first place. Because so far only the upper level, which is also called the Starship, has flown, and above all, it has landed safely again. It is not yet known when both phases will launch together and also ignite in order to reach space.
The goal is to start in January 2022
But now SpaceX has a CEO Elon Musk She revealed in an online conference of the US National Academy of Sciences that the spacecraft will be or is scheduled to be sent into orbit very soon. During a talk titled “SpaceX Starship Discussion” and a subsequent question/answer session, Musk spoke about the technical and operational details of the next-generation spaceflight system (via CNBC).
Not only is work underway on the rocket itself at the moment, the launch pad and associated turret are still being completed in Boca Chica, Texas. But this should be completed by the end of the month. The first launch should take place in January 2022. If this is successful or goes according to plan, there should be about a dozen launches over the next year – and possibly more.
However, that doesn’t mean the spacecraft will actually reach orbit on its first flight, the odds are actually slim: “This first launch carries a huge risk,” Musk said. “So I wouldn’t say success is possible, but I think we’ll make great strides.”
The whole thing has to be given for now but anyway, because the project currently has no approval. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is currently studying the environmental compatibility of the launch site. However, this should be completed by the end of the year.
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