Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Twitter, has shared an incredible video of SpaceX’s Starship rocket on the launch pad in Boca Chica, Texas. The £2.4 billion ($3 billion) rocket, measuring a staggering 395ft tall, is said to be the world’s most powerful rocket. The video was shared on Twitter with the caption ‘Starship preparing for launch’, and Musk has warned that there’s a 50% chance that Starship will explode during lift-off.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has said earlier this week that Starship could blast off as early as Monday, April 10. However, Elon Musk’s firm still needs a launch license for the event before it can take place, although this could be granted by Monday. The FAA’s Command Center planning notice should not be interpreted as an indicator that a determination to issue a license has been made or is forthcoming.
The tipped Monday launch date comes from a ‘person familiar with the process’ who asked not to be named, cited by Reuters. They cautioned that the licensing process, while nearing completion, could take longer due to an environmental compliance review.
SpaceX’s historic launch will act as an early milestone in Musk’s ambition to carry people and cargo to the moon and Mars, making us a ‘multiplanetary’ species. SpaceX is planning to carry humans to space using a two-stage spacecraft composed of the fully reusable Starship (the passenger-carrying section) and the Super Heavy rocket booster.
The most recent word from Musk is that the attempt will take place at the end of the third week of April. However, the new information from the FAA suggests it could be sooner than that. SpaceX did not respond to a request for comment.
In conclusion, Elon Musk’s SpaceX has shared an incredible video of the Starship rocket, which is said to be the world’s most powerful rocket. With a launch date possibly as early as Monday, April 10, the historic launch will act as an early milestone in Musk’s ambition to carry people and cargo to the moon and Mars, making us a ‘multiplanetary’ species. However, as Musk has warned, there’s a 50% chance that Starship will explode during lift-off, so the launch won’t be boring. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.