The world’s largest rocket, Starship, will make its maiden test flight on Monday, April 17. 120 meters tall, it is designed to travel to deep space, the Moon and Mars.
It is the largest rocket in the world. Developed by SpaceX, the test flight can be made in its complete configuration from Monday, April 17. Therefore, Starship received approval from the US air regulator, which is necessary to register its launch.
A two-and-a-half-hour shooting window
The 120-meter-tall launcher has been under development for years by Elon Musk’s company to allow space travel to the Moon or even Mars. Liftoff will take place at the SpaceX space station in South Texas. The two-and-a-half-hour firing window will open at 7 a.m. local time on Monday, the agency said. In case of difficulties, several back-to-back dates are planned.
The launcher has yet to fly in its complete configuration with its “super heavy” first stage. So far, the vehicle’s second stage, the starship spacecraft, extending its name to the entire rocket, has only been used during sub-orbital test flights.
In the future, both stages of the spacecraft are expected to be able to land on Earth. A huge technological advance since the rocket was made completely reusable.