Elon Musk’s goal is to launch Starship into orbit later this year. However, there is still no certainty that this goal will be achieved. Preparations continue to move forward and SpaceX scientists are optimistic about the deadlines set.
The company has had obstacles to continue preparations for its launch, including the environmental warning of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that forced the company to undergo a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) to adopt around 75 measures to mitigate the environmental impacts of its proposed plan to launch the Starship/Super Heavy vehicle from Boca Chica, Texas.
The environmental review was a part of the FAA’s launch operator license application process. SpaceX also had to meet the FAA’s safety, risk and financial responsibility requirements before a license would be issued for any launch activity.
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Having passed this phase, Elon Musk’s company launched Super Heavy Booster 7 to the Orbital Launch Site for the third time to begin its static-fire test campaign that will set the stage for Starship’s first orbital test flight, paired with Ship 24, later this year.
According to the specialized site, Nasa Space Flight, BOoster 7, now resting on orbital launch pad, is preparing for its static fire test campaign, with other smaller-scale tests, such as ignition tests, planned to happen before this.
Despite the recent achievements of SpaceX, there are still some tests to overcome to think about a launch date for the Starship super rocket.
There are still several key tests ahead that could introduce further delays to the schedule, and both Booster and Ship’s readiness for flight could also be at stake with schedules.
Let us remember that the launch of the Starship is one of the SpaceX’s most ambitious plans because its main objective is to become the largest payload (up to 150,000 kg) and long-lasting fully reusable spacecraft and launch system ever built. “With Starship we will go to Mars,” Musk has said on several occasions.