SpaceX experienced a small setback this week, with the explosion of the Starship Booster 7 during a test on the launch pad. Elon Musk still wants to believe that the incident does not change the launch schedule for the first orbital flight – which could thus take place as early as next month. Asked on Twitter about the subject, Elon Musk said “If the tests go well, [on pourra faire le lancement] from next month”.
However, the explosion almost caused new delays. But inspections on Monday and Tuesday confirmed that the booster could be repaired and flown after a series of tests. “Damage appears minor but we need to inspect all engines”declared on the subject the entrepreneur at the beginning of the week.
According to Elon Musk, Starship will make its first orbital flight in August
In addition to the technical challenge, SpaceX will have to deal with FAA authorizations. To transform the Boca Chica site into an orbital launch site, the firm must indeed comply with more than 75 very strict conditions. So many elements that may suggest that Elon Musk’s goals are, once again, very ambitious.
For its part, the Booster 7 should be returned to its assembly shed in the coming days. Elon Musk claims that the booster in question should “return to the launch pad probably next week”.
SpaceX is playing its strategic future with Starship. The vehicle concentrates all the development efforts of the firm. It must make it possible to orbit a hitherto unprecedented payload, all with an immense usable internal volume. In low orbit, Starship can thus carry up to 100 t for a volume of 1,000 m3.
It is a version of Starship which was retained within the framework of the Artemis mission which must return humanity to the Moon. Tomorrow is also a version of Starship that will take the first humans to set foot on Martian soil. SpaceX is also counting on Starship to replace the Falcon 9 rocket by launching several hundred satellites simultaneously.