This weekend, engineers from aerospace business SpaceX relocated their Starship interplanetary spacecraft to the Starbase launch site in Texas. According to a source, the first orbital flight of the Starship system may take place as early as April 10.
The first stage of the Super Heavy launch vehicle was placed on the launch pad earlier this week by SpaceX engineers. The next step will be the installation of the Starship spacecraft above the first stage. Although SpaceX has previously assembled the Starship system for testing, this time the preparation should conclude with a full orbital launch.
SpaceX has completed the installation of solar panels to protect the launcher and other components from the elements during the Super Heavy launch, the first stage of which is powered by 33 Raptor engines. The SpaceX rocket will have a thrust equal to that of the Saturn V and the Space Launch System, both of which are considered to be the most powerful rockets ever to enter orbit.
SpaceX has one more hurdle to overcome before conducting the first Starship orbital launch. We are talking about obtaining a license from the US Federal Aviation Administration in the first half of April.
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