SpaceX Starship’s first orbital flight completes, says Musk – Reuters

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The ship is approaching launch

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SpaceX’s Elon Musk said on Thursday that the first orbital flight of his massive Starship – the world’s most powerful rocket ever built – could take place in a month or two.

Although he anticipates failures, he is confident that Starship will reach orbit by the end of this year.

Musk provided his first major Starship update in more than two years as he stood alongside the 119-meter rocket at SpaceX’s spaceport in Texas. He urged the nighttime crowd, “Let’s make it real!”

“It’s really wild stuff here,” he said. “In fact, hard to believe it’s real.”

NASA plans to use the fully reusable spacecraft to land astronauts on the moon as soon as 2025. Musk, meanwhile, hopes to deploy a fleet of spacecraft to create a city on Mars, ferrying equipment and people there. low.

For now, the initial flights would carry Musk’s internet satellites, called Starlinks, into orbit.

“There will probably be some bumps in the road, but we want to smooth them out with satellite missions and test missions” before we get people on board, he said.

SpaceX’s Super Heavy first-stage booster hasn’t lifted off yet. But the futuristic steel bullet-shaped vessel – perched on top and serving as an upper stage – managed to launch and land on its own last May, following a series of spectacular explosions. The rocket climbed more than 10 kilometers.

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