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Sun Oct 24, 2021, 10:21 AM

Elon Musk says SpaceX could launch Starship orbital flight test next month

https://www.space.com/elon-musk-starship-orbital-launch-schedule

SpaceX's latest Starship prototype could blast off into orbit earlier than expected.

Yesterday (Oct. 21), SpaceX completed a successful static fire test with its SN20 Starship prototype. This was a major hurdle for the spacecraft ahead of its first orbital flight test, which SpaceX had previously stated would likely happen within a couple of months. But now, SpaceX founder Elon Musk has said that the launch could happen as soon as next month.

"If all goes well, Starship will be ready for its first orbital launch attempt next month, pending regulatory approval," Musk tweeted today (Oct. 22)

The launch is "pending regulatory approval," as the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) needs to grant SpaceX a launch license to launch orbital flights.

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Go Starship!

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Reply Elon Musk says SpaceX could launch Starship orbital flight test next month (Original post)
Dial H For Hero Oct 24 OP
DavidDvorkin Oct 24 #1
Dial H For Hero Oct 24 #2
DavidDvorkin Oct 24 #3
LunaSea Oct 24 #8
gulliver Oct 24 #4
Dial H For Hero Oct 24 #5
LunaSea Oct 24 #7
Irish_Dem Oct 24 #6

Response to Dial H For Hero (Original post)

Sun Oct 24, 2021, 10:29 AM

1. No complaints yet about billionaires spending money on spaceflight?

I thought those comments would come immediately.

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Response to DavidDvorkin (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 24, 2021, 10:49 AM

2. Not from me, certainly. And while I find suborbital hops entertaining enough, it's SpaceX that's

doing the heavy lifting, pun intended. Starship could be a gamechanger.

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Response to Dial H For Hero (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 24, 2021, 11:27 AM

3. True

I was expecting others to comment sarcastically on your post.

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Response to Dial H For Hero (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 24, 2021, 12:43 PM

8. This could be the beginning of the real Space Age

Expanding our reach into the inner solar system.
Going to Mars is all well and good, but I'm more interested in the lift capacity
of the cargo version. If it works as advertised, everyones future just might be getting brighter.

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Response to Dial H For Hero (Original post)

Sun Oct 24, 2021, 11:33 AM

4. "OrbitShip" not "Starship"

The name "Starship" goes against the meaning of the word "starship," a ship for interstellar travel. Typical Musk exaggeration.

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Response to gulliver (Reply #4)

Sun Oct 24, 2021, 11:38 AM

5. Given that this ship is designed to take passengers to Mars (and beyond), I'm willing to cut

him some slack.

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Response to gulliver (Reply #4)

Sun Oct 24, 2021, 12:33 PM

7. Not to mention

The Saturn V never went to Saturn.
Not even once.....

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Response to Dial H For Hero (Original post)

Sun Oct 24, 2021, 12:25 PM

6. The uber wealthy spending their money to design their own escape plans after they trash this planet.

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