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Elon Musk’s SpaceX is about to launch the ‘spacecraft’ into Earth orbit

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX is expected to be about to launch its first attempt to launch the spacecraft into Earth orbit.

CEO Musk tweeted a short video Thursday with the message “Starship is preparing for launch.”

However, a subsequent tweet from SpaceX indicated that a “wet launch” rehearsal would take place one week from Monday, April 10, 2023 with a possible launch the following week.

The Starship — specifically Ship 24 — will launch from SpaceX’s Starbase in Boca Chica Beach, Texas. If successful, it would become the Lone Star State’s first-ever orbital rocket, but it’s unclear when the launch will take place.

When will the SpaceX Starship launch?

but not The official list of launches from SpaceX sources such as Spaceflight Now as well as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Operations Plan Consulting We suggest launch time is Monday, April 17, 2023.

The FAA page offers backup dates from Tuesday, April 18 through Sunday, April 23.

Since this launch has been delayed from 2022, don’t be surprised if it slips days or even weeks.

The best advice is to watch The SpaceX Twitter FeedAnd Elon Musk’s Twitter feed and FAA Operations Plan Consulting for updates.

Where to watch the SpaceX Starship launch

heads up SpaceX’s official YouTube channel for the best coverage.

What will SpaceX Starship do?

According to Spaceflight Now, this orbital test flight will see the SpaceX Super Heavy launch vehicle and the Starship attempt a full orbit off Earth before the Starship re-enters and splashes down near Hawaii.

The Super Heavy Booster will separate 170 seconds in flight and return to land approximately 20 miles from shore at the Boca Chica launch site in the Gulf of Mexico, according to Space Launch Now, which states that the second stage (the spacecraft) will orbit Earth. before a motorized target landed, approximately 100 kilometers off the northwest coast of the island of Kauai, Hawaii.

What is a spaceship?

It is a fully reusable rocket spacecraft. Technically, there are two pieces of hardware that together measure 390 feet in height:

  • Super Heavy Rocket (1st stage): 33 Raptor engines burning liquid oxygen and methane.
  • Starship spacecraft (second stage): six Raptor engines. An all-in-one spaceship where crew or cargo can be accommodated.

Used in various configurations – from reusable to expendable (more payload) and with/without a super heavy rocket underneath – the spacecraft is a reusable concept designed for everything from lunar landings to interplanetary exploration (including construction from a colony on Mars and populated) to subtropical supersonic flights over the Earth.

Will the spaceship go to the moon?

SpaceX and NASA are not competitors, but partners.

In April 2021, NASA selected SpaceX to Develop a Starship Human Landing System to take astronauts to the lunar surface during NASA’s Artemis III mission. This is a pencil sketch for the year 2025, although it will likely continue at a later date.

Under this contract, SpaceX will fly an uncrewed demonstration mission to the Moon before Artemis III.

This week, NASA announced its crew roster for Artemis II in 2024 or 2025.

When will the spacecraft fly with the astronauts?

open In February 2022, the Polaris program is a partnership with SpaceX that will see up to three human spaceflight missions demonstrating new technologies. It is led by Jared Isaacman, founder of Shift4 Payments, who went to space as commander of the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission in September 2021.

The first mission, Polaris Dawn, is slated for no later than the fourth quarter of 2023 and will see SpaceX X’s Dragon spacecraft carrying four astronauts soar 870 miles above Earth – the highest since Apollo flights towards the moon. The third mission is expected to be SpaceX’s Starship’s first flight with humans on board.

When will SpaceX launch its Starship into orbit? Looks like it should arrive very soon – but expect some delays.

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