Elon Musk sets date for the Starship first orbital flight

Elon Musk sets date for the Starship first orbital flight


Elon Musk, despite his enthusiasm, assures that the first attempt could be a failure.

Everything is being ready for the first flight of SpaceX’s Starship spacecraft, which wants to take passengers to Mars and the Moon. Elon Musk, project leader, already has a month planned for the first attempt: January 2022.

Musk has indicated that he will carry out static tests with the spacecraft in December, to try to launch the orbital flight in January, as discussed with members of the National Academy of Sciences.

However, the CEO of SpaceX is realistic about his goals and points out that there is a high probability that it will fail.

“There is a lot of risk associated with this first launch, so I wouldn’t say it is likely to be successful, but we will make a lot of progress,” he said.

But 2022 is the year
Of course, even if the first attempt is unsuccessful, 2022 will be the year of the first flight, Musk said.

“I’m not sure we’ll get there on the first try, but I’m sure we’ll get there next year,” he said later on the call.

The billionaire said in the call that he expects SpaceX to conduct a dozen or more orbital test flights with Starship next year.

Starship will launch from South Texas and land off the coast of Hawaii as part of its 90-minute orbital test flight, according to the company’s presentation in May. The Federal Aviation Administration is still conducting environmental reviews at SpaceX’s launch site in Boca Chica, Texas.