Space: SpaceX’s Starship spacecraft to attempt orbital flight in early 2022

SpaceX’s Starship spacecraft plans to attempt orbital flight as early as January 2022, according to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, which is facing a series of its most unpredictable challenges.

SpaceX’s “Extra Heavy” spacecraft and rocket (collectively referred to as Starship) is a fully reusable transportation system designed to transport both crew and cargo to Earth’s orbit, the Moon, Mars and beyond. A successful mission, the Starship will be the world’s most powerful launcher ever developed, with the capacity to carry more than 100 metric tons into Earth orbit.

“Elon Musk suggested that this shoot take place as early as the first few months of next year, maybe January or February 2022. And why didn’t it happen earlier, say as early as December 2021, or even in November?” on numerama.com.

La lancée doit avoir lieu, à la fin du chantier à Boca Chica au Texas, où est située la base privée de production, de test et de lancement de fusées appartenant à SpaceX (Côte est des Etats-Unis), près de la frontière Mexico.

In recent weeks, ignition of a new type of engine has been tested in the upper stage of the Starship, but all six rocket engines have also been put into operation at that stage.

The Starship went through an intense flight test phase earlier this year, with four shots between February and May. No further flight was made after testing with the SN15 prototype, which was able to take off, maneuver in the sky and land safely. For SpaceX, it was a sign that it was time to take the next step and try to stick to its ambitious schedule, according to the same source.

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Once all of the spacecraft parts are assembled (the upper floor attached to the main floor), everything will be huge and peak at 120 metres. The prototype will fill a few dozen rocket engines: those engines responsible for propulsion of the upper stage, but also those intended for the main stage.

In its program, SpaceX plans an orbital flight from the test center in Texas as it arrives northwest of Kauai, one of the islands in the Hawaiian archipelago.

Then the plane flies over a large part of the ground. In principle, the first stage of the missile will return to the base, while the upper stage will land in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, hoping to land it on a converted barge.

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