SpaceX Starship, World’s Biggest Rocket, Ready For First Test Flight
The SpaceX Starship rocket stands on the launchpad on April 17, 2023, as seen from South Padre Island. Starship, the most powerful rocket ever created that will send men to the Moon, Mars, and beyond, will be be launched
On Monday, SpaceX began counting down to the launch of Starship, the most potent rocket ever created and the vehicle that will carry astronauts to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.
According to SpaceX, the massive rocket was being fueled and was set to launch from Starbase, the company’s spaceport in Boca Chica, Texas, at 8:20 am Central Time (1320 GMT).
If Monday’s launch attempt is postponed, fallback times are scheduled for later in the week, according to billionaire SpaceX creator Elon Musk.
Musk also stated in a live event “It’s a very risky flight, It’s the first launch of a very complicated-rocket.”
“There’s a million ways this rocket could fail,” he added. “We’re going to be very careful and if we see anything that gives us concern, we’ll postpone.”
Musk stated that he wants to “set expectations low” since “probably tomorrow will not be successful — if by successful one means reaching orbit.”
NASA has chosen Starship spacecraft to transport men to the Moon in late 2025, known as Artemis III.
Starship is made up of a 230-foot-tall first-stage Super Heavy booster rocket and a 164-foot (50-meter) tall spacecraft with room for crew and cargo.
Starship and Super Heavy rocket have never gone off together, despite the spacecraft’s several sub-orbital test flights on its own.
The Super Heavy rocket will separate from Starship and splash down in the Gulf of Mexico three minutes after launch.
The six-engined Starship will continue to ascend to a height of close to 150 miles before making a nearly complete rotation of the planet and splashing down in the Pacific Ocean roughly 90 minutes after launch.
“ However, If it gets to orbit, that’s a massive success,”
“ first If we get far enough away from the launchpad before something goes wrong then I think I would consider that to be a success,” he said. “Just don’t blow up the launchpad.
“The payload for this mission is information,” he said. “Information that allows us to improve the design of future Starship builds.”
An “interplanetary civilization”
In February, SpaceX successfully tested the 33 Raptor engines on the Starship first-stage booster.
During the test-firing, Super Heavy rocket attached to ground to prevent takeoff.
However, NASA will send astronauts to the moon next year via the SLS rocket, an ambitious endeavor over 10 years.
Starship is more powerful and larger than SLS.
SpaceX plans to launch a Starship into orbit and then send it on its way to Mars.
Making Starship reusable and lowering the cost to a few million dollars per flight are the objectives, according to Musk.
“In the long run — long run meaning, I don’t know, two or three years — we should achieve full and rapid reusability,” he said.
Because the eventual objective is to establish bases on the Moon and Mars “path to being a multi-planet civilization,”
“We are at this brief moment in civilization where it is possible to become a multi-planet species,” he said. “That’s our goal. I think we’ve got a chance.”
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