For this test run, both stages of the rocket had to crash into the sea. In the future, SpaceX plans to return both Starship and Superheavy to Earth, making the rocket fully reusable. According to Elon Musk, each Starship flight will eventually cost “less than ten million” dollars. By comparison, a single launch on a European Ariane 5 rocket costs between 50 and 100 million dollars.
SpaceX announced the flight plan. After about three minutes, the rocket’s first stage (the Super Heavy) will separate and fall back into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, while the second stage (the Starship, which by extension gives the entire rocket its name) will continue atop it. own, his ascension. Once in orbit, the spacecraft will circle Earth a little less than once before falling back into the Pacific Ocean.
On the shooting range
Before we tell you more about the flight plan, let us introduce you to the Mastodon. Both the world’s largest and most powerful rocket, Starship combines superlatives. As for its design, it is reminiscent of the rocket imagined by designer Hergé in the Adventures of Tintin album “Objective Loon”.
Hello everyone and welcome to this live broadcast of American company SpaceX’s Starship Mega Rocket launch. The launch is scheduled for 3:20 pm (Paris time) from the Starbase space station in southern Texas, USA. The firing window — that is, the time interval during which optimal conditions for launch are met — extends to 4:30 p.m. The weather is fine as I write these lines! With the launch just hours away, excitement is at its peak among space enthusiasts. And for good reason, this test flight is one of the most anticipated of the year!
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