Starship Flight Test

The launch will also be made available through a number of third party live feeds, including NASASpaceflight, Lab Padre, and Everyday Astronaut, which you can access at the feeds below.

SpaceX Launches Starship Flight Test
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Watch SpaceX launch Starship, the biggest rocket ever, LIVE from the edge of the exclusion zone!!!

The fully integrated rocket is currently standing at the nearly 500-foot-tall (146 meters) launch tower located at the company’s Starbase facility in Boca Chica, Texas. SpaceX is charting unknown waters with this rocket, despite previously running a wet dress rehearsal and static fire test of the booster’s Raptor engines. On Sunday evening, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said there’s a “a good chance that it gets postponed since we’re going to be pretty careful about this launch.” Should Starship not fly on Monday, SpaceX will try again throughout the week.


The plan for the first orbital flight test is for the first stage Super Heavy to fall into the Gulf of Mexico and for the upper stage Starship spacecraft to splash down around 62 miles (100 km) northwest of Kauai, Hawaii. The upper stage won’t complete a full orbit of Earth, with the mission lasting no longer than roughly 90 minutes.

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Elon Musk’s private space company is designing Starship to launch cargo and passengers to Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars, and possibly other celestial destinations. And as a government-funded endeavor, NASA is hoping to leverage Starship as a means to land astronauts on the Moon. And as a fully reusable rocket with so much power and payload capacity, Starship stands to severely disrupt the spaceflight industry. This rocket—without exaggeration—is a huge deal.


It’s fair to say, however, that the rocket will be a huge deal someday. Starship is not yet fully cooked and certified for operational missions, and it may take some time for this to happen. The first orbital test of Starship will take SpaceX towards that goal, even if the inaugural test doesn’t go as planned. “With a test such as this, success is measured by how much we can learn, which will inform and improve the probability of success in the future as SpaceX rapidly advances development of Starship,” according to the company.

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