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Elon Musk's SpaceX on Thursday revealed in filings to the Federal Communications Commission its plan for the next step in testing its massive Starship rocket, in a flight that would splash down off the coast of Hawaii.

SpaceX has conducted multiple test flights of Starship prototypes over the past year, but the plans outline the company's first attempt to reach orbit with the rocket. Starship prototypes stand at about 150 feet tall, or about the size of a 15-story building, and are built of stainless steel, representing the early version of the rocket that Musk unveiled in 2019.

The company's FCC filings say it will launch a Starship rocket atop a "Super Heavy" booster stage from SpaceX's development facility in Boca Chica, Texas. Then the booster will separate, to partially return "and land in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 20 miles from the shore," the filings say.

"The Orbital Starship will continue on flying between the Florida Straits. It will achieve orbit until performing a powered, targeted landing approximately 100km (~62 miles) off the northwest coast of Kauai in a soft ocean landing," SpaceX wrote in the filing.


The orbital flight would last just over 90 minutes. SpaceX is working in coordination with the FCC, U.S. Air Force, NASA and the FAA for the flight.

SpaceX's Starship program continues to move at a rapid pace, with the company coming off last week's successful landing and recovery of Starship SN15. It was the fifth high-altitude flight test of the rocket, and the first that ended without the prototype exploding.

The company is developing Starship to launch cargo and people on missions to the moon and Mars.

Last this month, NASA awarded SpaceX a nearly $3 billion contract to build a lunar variation of Starship to carry astronauts to the moon's surface for the agency's Artemis missions. However, while Musk's company continues to move forward with Starship development, NASA suspended SpaceX work on the HLS program after Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and Leidos' subsidiary Dynetics each filed protests of the NASA contract award.

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Elon Musk's SpaceX on Thursday revealed in filings to the Federal Communications Commission its plan for the next step in testing its massive Starship rocket, in a flight that would splash down off the coast of Hawaii.

SpaceX has conducted multiple test flights of Starship prototypes over the past year, but the plans outline the company's first attempt to reach orbit with the rocket. Starship prototypes stand at about 150 feet tall, or about the size of a 15-story building, and are built of stainless steel, representing the early version of the rocket that Musk unveiled in 2019.

The company's FCC filings say it will launch a Starship rocket atop a "Super Heavy" booster stage from SpaceX's development facility in Boca Chica, Texas. Then the booster will separate, to partially return "and land in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 20 miles from the shore," the filings say.

"The Orbital Starship will continue on flying between the Florida Straits. It will achieve orbit until performing a powered, targeted landing approximately 100km (~62 miles) off the northwest coast of Kauai in a soft ocean landing," SpaceX wrote in the filing.


The orbital flight would last just over 90 minutes. SpaceX is working in coordination with the FCC, U.S. Air Force, NASA and the FAA for the flight.

SpaceX's Starship program continues to move at a rapid pace, with the company coming off last week's successful landing and recovery of Starship SN15. It was the fifth high-altitude flight test of the rocket, and the first that ended without the prototype exploding.

The company is developing Starship to launch cargo and people on missions to the moon and Mars.

Last this month, NASA awarded SpaceX a nearly $3 billion contract to build a lunar variation of Starship to carry astronauts to the moon's surface for the agency's Artemis missions. However, while Musk's company continues to move forward with Starship development, NASA suspended SpaceX work on the HLS program after Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and Leidos' subsidiary Dynetics each filed protests of the NASA contract award.

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/05/13/spacex-first-orbital-starship-rocket-flight-plan-revealed.html

SpaceX has set launch date as soon as June 20.

It’s getting real now.
 

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Good luck SpaceX!!

I think it’ll be late summer/fall when we see orbital launch. SpaceX is still building out its GSE, has to stack the launch table on the orbital mount, and build out the launch tower. The next 2 sections for the tower look almost complete for stacking.

And you’d think they’d want to flight test Super Heavy before stacking Starship. Lots to do,but they are moving rapidly!
 

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The SpaceX community believes the first flight for Super Heavy will be orbital launch. Ambitious, but that’s how Musk rolls!
I think they figure (like the Starship) getting the booster off the ground is the easy part. May as well throw a used Starship on top. If the booster crashes on landing well that won't affect the Starship flight.

Also they are likely going to destroy some booster engines on the first few landings in the ocean...may as well maximize their usage.
 
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I think we will see commercial flights to the moon within our lifetime.
The second a Starship sucessfully lands after an orbital flight expect things to get crazy as Starship production goes into full gear.

Remember he wants to have a fleet of 1000 of them.
 

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The second a Starship sucessfully lands after an orbital flight expect things to get crazy as Starship production goes into full gear.

Remember he wants to have a fleet of 1000 of them.
Dang, I think so far what's in a way is proper re-entry and landing, once that hurdle is gone fully then i don't see any other reason not to send commercial flights into space? A hotel in the Space station? or a Moon-based Hotel for couples who are filthy rich :D
 

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