Musk: SpaceX 'Starship' will make its first orbital flight as early as the end of October


Sina Technology News Beijing time on the morning of September 22, according to reports, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (Elon Musk) said that the long-awaited SpaceX Starship (Starship) spacecraft and Super Heavy (Super Heavy) The first orbital test flight of the Heavy booster could come as soon as the end of October, but he noted that a November launch is more likely.


  Musk responded to a question from a fan in a post on the social media site Twitter on Wednesday, saying the company would have two Starships and two boosters ready to work by November.


  Musk's multiple public statements about the Starship reveal that the vehicle is a massive, reusable rocket final stage and spacecraft that can carry up to 100 people at a time, promising to help Musk and his company "colonize" Mars" plan. The starship itself is 160 feet (about 48 meters) high, and its super heavy booster is 230 feet (about 70 meters) high, which is also reusable.


  The Starship and Super Heavy rockets are more powerful, producing 12 million pounds of thrust and capable of delivering more than 100 tons to low-Earth orbit, SpaceX said.


  So far, the Starship vehicle has only flown at a low altitude of about 40,000 feet above the Texas desert, and that test flight was launched from SpaceX's Starbase in Boca Chica.


SOURCE : China news

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