Green light for Starship, Elon Musk’s rocket to Mars: the super-heavy launcher could make its first orbital flight in 2022, but only if it meets several Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) requirements.
Musk noted that a first launch could take place in July, from Starbase, in Boca Chica.
The FAA will allow SpaceX to perform orbital flights from the Texas site, but only after complying with over 75 requirements related to road closures and effects on local flora and fauna.
The 120-meter-tall rocket seeks to ferry crew and cargo to the Moon, Mars and beyond. “Starship will be ready to fly next month,” Musk said on Twitter. “Last night I was in High Bay and Mega Bay checking on progress.”
“We will have a second Starship ready to float in August and then every month thereafter.”
While on the SpaceX account, Musk’s company tweeted: “One step closer to Starship’s first orbital flight test.”
There are four highlights established by the FAA:
- public safety issues, such as flying over populated areas and payload content.
- national security concerns or foreign policy.
- insurance requirements for the launch operator.
- Environmental impact potential.
After accomplishing this, the launcher will be able to carry out orbital test flights.
Elon Musk’s goals with the Starship super rocket
In May last year, as The National News recalls, a prototype spacecraft performed a high-altitude test for the first time, including a successful takeoff and landing.
Elon Musk’s goal is to get people to Mars as a first step before the end of the 2020s. In 2050, it would have transported a million people! using their fleets of spaceships.
At least that’s the billionaire’s goal. Just wait to see if you can fill it.
The spacecraft would enter the Martian atmosphere at 7.5 kilometers per second and its heat shield would be designed to withstand both weather and any type of shock.
There are already two buyers of the first Starship seats: American Jared Isaacman and Japanese Yusaku Maezawa, both thinking of the Moon as their first destination.
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