SpaceX will launch the Starship rocket next month after successfully passing the refueling test in complete condition. The news about the rocket test launch that will bring humans to Mars in the future is confirmed directly by Elon Musk.
Elon Musk, via his Twitter (4/2), said that the trial launch of the Starship rocket would be carried out next month if all the tests went smoothly.
In January, according to Reuters, Musk said Starship could launch by the end of February. However, the biggest opportunity for the premiere will be in March.
Musk made this statement after Starship successfully passed a refueling test in complete condition. SpaceX successfully filled the Starship with 10 million pounds of liquid oxygen and methane fuel.
At the same time, SpaceX also simulated the launch procedure up to the countdown.
One pre-launch test that Starship still has to go through is igniting 33 rocket engines simultaneously. To date, SpaceX has only ever powered 14 machines simultaneously.
For information, Starship is a large rocket that is planned to be used for long-distance space travel. In the first phase, Starship will be used to bring astronauts back to the moon.
However, according to SpaceX, the Starship design could be used to carry people and cargo to Mars or locations farther out in space.
Starship is designed to be used multiple times with a payload capacity of up to 150 tons to Earth orbit.
This launch plan is not the first time done by SpaceX. They had previously launched 53 Starlink internet satellites into orbit from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Thursday 2 February 2023 in the morning local time.
This success marks the 200th mission using the Falcon 9 first-stage booster rocket. The Falcon 9 rocket ascended smoothly through the predawn darkness and fired its first stage about 2 minutes and 30 seconds after liftoff.
The first stage then made a smooth landing on the SpaceX A Shortfall of Gravity drone ship about 8 minutes and 45 seconds after liftoff.