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SpaceX Could Attempt Starship Orbital Test Flight Next Month


Last Updated: February 06, 2023, 20:13 IST

SpaceX planning for the test flight in March

SpaceX planning for the test flight in March

The attempt will be made in order to test to condition, flying range and performance of the flight.

Elon Musk has stated that SpaceX may attempt to complete the long-awaited orbital test flight of Starship as early as next month.

In response to a question from one of his Twitter followers on Saturday, which asked, “You back in Texas? Starship almost ready?”, Musk said the private space firm is targeting a March launch attempt.

“If remaining tests go well, we will attempt a Starship launch next month,” he tweeted.

In January, SpaceX completed its first-ever, full flight-like dress rehearsal for its deep space rocket Starship which is likely capable of taking astronauts to Mars.

The space company conducted a “wet dress rehearsal” with the 395-foot-tall (120 metres) Starship at its Starbase facility in south Texas.

“Starship completed its first full flight-like wet dress rehearsal at Starbase. This was the first time an integrated Ship and Booster were fully loaded with more than 10 million pounds of propellant,” SpaceX said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, NASA and SpaceX have set February 26 as the launch date for the Crew-6 mission, which will send four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) for a six-month stay.

Crew-6 will send the SpaceX Dragon capsule Endeavour aloft atop a Falcon 9 rocket, which will launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, according to a NASA blogpost.

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