SpaceX has received approval to launch its Starship rocket system for the first time as soon as this week.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued Elon MuskThe company has won permission to test its most powerful rocket system yet, saying it meets all safety and environmental requirements.
That means Starship could launch from Brownsville for its first orbital test, Texason Monday.
Starship sits atop a gigantic Super Heavy booster with a total height of 120 meters, the largest and most powerful rocket system in the world.it is debuted in 2019.
Once up and running, it will be used to put satellites into orbit – and SpaceX founder musk already said It will eventually carry astronauts to the moon and even Mars.
The billionaire said any launch this week has a 50% chance of success, but sees an 80% chance of reaching orbit by the end of the year.
Super Heavy booster with 33 rocket motors Fixed Launch Test in Februaryand generate enough energy to reach orbit.
How will the first track test go?
Starship will be flown into the skies from a launch pad in Brownsville by a super-heavy prototype called the Booster 7.
The rocket system’s second stage — the spacecraft that will carry the astronauts in the future — will then be deployed and complete a full orbit around Earth before re-entering the atmosphere and crashing into the Pacific Ocean.
Meanwhile, the first stage will be jettisoned in the Gulf of Mexico.
The first test flight will not attempt a landing, nor will it carry any satellites or people.
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Is it bound to launch this week?
A space launch is obviously not guaranteed, given the possibility of technical issues or weather delays, but SpaceX is targeting Monday.
If not, a notice issued by the FAA Recommended backup days are Tuesday and Wednesday.
Once a time is set, SpaceX’s website says the launch window will last two and a half hours.
The build and launch itself will be live-streamed on the company website.
If this week’s tests don’t go as planned, as Musk predicted, there will be more tests later this year.
Licenses issued by U.S. flight regulators are valid for five years, at which time nasa Hope to use Starship to transport astronauts to the moon’s surface Passes its Artemis program for the first time in over 50 years.
The privately funded dearMoon mission also aims to carry a crew To the moon and back to the starship.