The long-awaited launch of Musk’s next-generation rocket is approaching. For the first time, his company SpaceX could be among the teams capable of orbital flight around planet Earth. And even repeatedly.
Starship is ready for launch 🚀
Awaiting regulatory approval
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 9, 2023
Elon Musk on his Twitter account: Starship is ready for launch. We are waiting for permission.
SpaceX’s Starship rocket is ready for departure on the ramp at Starbase. This star base is one of the first purely commercial, designed for orbital missions. It is located in the Boca Chica area of Texas, near the Mexican border on the Gulf of Mexico.
Unlike previous SpaceX flights, this mission is technically more difficult. It consists of a rocket carrier called “Super Heavy” and a Starship rocket. It can be used to transport people and cargo.
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In conversion, this spacecraft has a price of sixty-four billion Czech crowns. It will be powered by 33 Raptor rocket engines that burn liquid methane and oxygen. It is an incredible 120 meters high. After its first flight, the rocket will become the most powerful operational missile system in history.
The spacecraft system is designed to carry crew and cargo weighing over one hundred tons. The successful launch of the rocket would be a turning point for Elon Musk in his ambitions to realize a transportation network on the orbital path, and then on to the moon and Mars. Since the rocket can launch repeatedly, it could function as a transport aircraft in the future.
The United States Department of Transportation’s FAA agency said the primary expected launch date is April 10. Backup days are April 11 and 12. However, it still hasn’t made an official decision on the Starship launch license.
Reuters reported that a decision could be handed down on Monday, according to a person familiar with the process who asked not to be named. At the same time, however, he also warns that the licensing process may take longer due to the review of compliance with environmental protection requirements.
NASA has already signed a contract with Elon Musk on the new system to develop a new version that could contribute to the Artemis mission program, the BBC website reported.
SpaceX is owned by entrepreneur Elon Musk, who is also behind the Tesla car company or the PayPal payment system. Last year, he also bought the popular social network Twitter, where in recent days he has been sharing photos and videos of the new rocket ready for launch.
The JUICE probe, in which the Czechs participated, is scheduled to launch to Jupiter on April 13
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