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  • SpaceX CEO Elon Musk this week shared photos of Raptor engines being fitted onto the Super Heavy booster.
  • The private rocket company plans to launch the Starship rocket atop the Super Heavy booster from its facility in Boca Chica, Texas.
  • After completing a trip around the Earth, Starship will then plunge back into the atmosphere over Hawaii and attempt to nail a controlled landing.

SpaceX is gearing up for the first orbital test flight of its Starship system, a spacecraft the company hopes will carry out future missions to the Moon and beyond. 

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk this week shared photos of Raptor engines being fitted onto the Super Heavy booster that makes up the bottom half of the two-stage Starship rocket. The booster stands about 230 feet tall on its own, together Starship and Super Heavy will be nearly 400 feet tall when it’s time to launch. 

The private rocket company plans to launch the Starship rocket atop the Super Heavy booster from its facility in Boca Chica, Texas. The booster will then separate midair about three minutes into the flight and carry out a powered landing on a barge in the Gulf of Mexico and be ready to be reused for future missions. The reusable rocket technology is key for driving down the cost of space exploration.  

After completing a trip around the Earth, Starship will then plunge back into the atmosphere over Hawaii and attempt to nail a controlled landing. 


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There were reports Starship would launch last month but those estimates never materialized. 

SpaceX has yet to confirm when the orbital test might take place, as the Federal Aviation Administration is currently carrying out an environmental review of Starship’s launch operations. But on Tuesday, Musk tweeted a video of the Super Heavy booster being moved to the orbital launch mount. 

Several Starship prototypes have successfully carried out controlled landings earlier this year. The success marks a milestone in improving the development of reusable spacecraft to carry crew and cargo on interplanetary flights. 


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Published on Aug 03, 2021