SpaceX boss Elon Musk is about to supply an replace on the corporate’s progress with its next-generation Starship rocket.
And if the final such occasion is something to go by, it must be fairly a spectacle.
Responding to a query from one in every of his 72 million Twitter followers in regards to the date of the following Starship presentation, Musk revealed it would happen on the night of Thursday, February 10.
Thursday subsequent week at 8pm Texas time
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 3, 2022
SpaceX’s next-generation flight system contains the Tremendous Heavy first stage and the Starship higher stage, collectively referred to as Starship. In improvement for years, Starship is being lined up for crewed moon missions, with Mars journeys additionally a definite risk.
However whereas the higher stage has already been examined in various high-altitude flights, the Tremendous Heavy — described as essentially the most highly effective launch automobile ever constructed — has but to fly. At current, the Tremendous Heavy and Starship spacecraft are anticipated to launch collectively within the subsequent few months in what would be the first orbital take a look at flight of all the automobile.
SpaceX had been hoping to carry out the take a look at flight prior to now, however the Federal Aviation Administration remains to be working to finish an environmental evaluation that ought to clear the way in which for the launch at SpaceX’s Boca Chica facility in Texas.
Musk: ‘The holy grail of rocketry’
Musk wrote in one other tweet on Thursday that Starship “aspires to be the primary absolutely reusable orbital launch automobile, the holy grail of rocketry. That is the vital breakthrough wanted to make life multiplanetary.”
Reusing all the automobile means touchdown not solely the primary stage because it at the moment does with its profitable although much less highly effective Falcon 9 rocket, but in addition the Starship spacecraft, which SpaceX desires to have the ability to set down on different planets, in addition to again on Earth, a feat it’s managed to attain as soon as to date in a high-altitude take a look at flight final 12 months.
Musk final held an identical Starship occasion two years in the past, with a prototype of the spacecraft offering a dramatic backdrop for his presentation.
The SpaceX boss stated on the time, “That is going to sound completely nuts, however I feel we wish to attempt to attain orbit in six months.” That by no means occurred, however the thought of Tremendous Heavy and Starship reaching orbit this 12 months is unquestionably life like. Hopefully, Musk now has some concrete plans for the Starship mission that he can share on the presentation.
How one can watch
SpaceX’s Starship replace will happen on the firm’s Boca Chica facility in Texas, with Musk kicking off the presentation at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT) on Thursday, February 10.
You’ll be able to watch the occasion through the embedded video participant that may seem on the high of this web page or by heading to SpaceX’s YouTube channel.