SpaceX Starship, let's get ready for a 2022 full of launches! Word of Elon Musk

In recent months we have constantly followed all the developments regarding both Starbase and the new Mechazilla launch tower, and those of the Starship spacecraft, flower in the eye of SpaceX and flagship model of the company, towards which all the attention is concentrated.

The reasons are many, since if it gives a on the side Starship can also be used as a lander for the next landing on the Moon, on the other it is an integral part of the Martian colonization program that Musk wants to carry out, as well as a fundamental means to kick off an evolved form of space tourism. Together with the first Super Heavy stage, currently under development in the SpaceX hangars, it will form a stack of well 120 meters high capable of surpassing the huge Saturn V rocket by NASA.

In the last few days we have finally witnessed the first ignition of the 6 Raptor engines that will be used for the first orbital test, a fireworks display of great visual impact, but once again conducted on the ground, which has reopened hopes towards the realization of a real flight test within a short time. But one more time are the words of Elon Musk to clarify (or almost …) during the virtual meeting with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, held Wednesday. Elon’s speech made it clear once and for all that we will not see any orbital launches in the 2021, but the following year it will be so full of news that the wait will be repaid .

SpaceX Mechazilla quasi completa, Starship verso il primo volo orbitale

Technology 29 Oct

The CEO of SpaceX confirmed that several static tests will be performed in December and the first orbital launch will not take place before January 2022 , we cannot therefore exclude further delays on the roadmap . It will be a very important test for Starship and SpaceX has already considered a possible failure, but whatever happens this will allow us to collect data and work to improve the weak points of the project.

From the words of Elon Musk it is also clear that it will be a 2022 really intense, since the first orbital test will only be the forerunner of a long series of tests, similar to what happened in the first half of 2021 with the high altitude tests of the first SN prototypes. There is talk of a dozen test flights, and if all goes well in 2023 it could start the real commercial service by sending the first payloads into space.

But let’s go back to the present, since at the moment The result of the environmental assessment of Starbase by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), still underway as mentioned some time ago, is still missing, an operation that should be completed by the end of the year. It is therefore plausible to think of the first months of 2022 for the first great test, which will see the spacecraft depart from Starbase.

Regarding the sequence of the first orbital test, we know that after the separation of the first Super Heavy stage, this will perform a boostback burn with a splashdown to approx. 32 km from the coast of Texas. The Starship SN 20 will rise to approximately 200 km in height for perform an atmospheric reentry over the Pacific Ocean and finally land at approximately 100 km northwest of Hawaii. We propose in closing the speech by Elon Musk during the virtual meeting with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, good vision.

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