SpaceX’s all-new Starship prototype was briefly placed on top of its massive booster for the first time last Friday (Aug.6), setting a new record for the tallest rocket in the world in view of a orbital test flight planned for this year.
The engineers performed the stacking test at the facility SpaceX Starbase in southern Texas, near the village of Boca Chica, in view of the livestreams offered by the NASA Spaceflight and from Spadre.com, to record the great event and the construction of the tallest rocket in the world.
SpaceX has not yet commented on the process of “building” the world’s tallest rocket on Twitter, although the founder Elon Musk sent an update suggesting that the society actually wanted complete the stacking on Thursday (August 5), a few hours after Starship completed its launch on the launch pad, but the wind was too strong.
Starship SN20 (“Serial No. 20”) and its Super Heavy booster were paired for about an hour for fitness checks, during which the two vehicles represented a towering site. Super Heavy alone stands 230 feet (70 meters) tall, while the Starship SN4 has added another 165 feet (50 meters) in height.
Together they were 395 feet (120 m) tall, a whopping 10 meters taller than the massive moon rocket Saturn V from NASA, which is 363 feet (110 m) tall.
“The dream comes true”
Musk tweeted talking about the stacked spaceship.
When will the tallest rocket in the world begin its journey?
Unfortunately to this question, there is currently no answer, in fact today it is stranger when the mission gets the chance to fly around the world.
The rocket Super Heavy, known as Booster 4, must pass several pressurization and engine tests SpaceX is also awaiting an environmental review of Starship’s launch operations by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, and it is unclear when this review will be completed and, consequently, when the tallest rocket in the world will be able to take flight.
On Twitter, Musk wrote that Starship and his Super Heavy booster still need at least “4 significant objects” before they are ready to fly, these include ultimate heat shield tiles for Starship, heat shield for the Super Heavy’s engines, multiple ground system propellant storage tanks, and a quick release arm for Starship, likely attached to the pad kickstand tower.
It is likely that both Starship SN20 and Super Heavy Booster 4 will test their engines in separate static fire tests, not least because SpaceX regularly conducts such tests ahead of its commercial launches and tested its prototype Super Heavy Booster 3 just last month.
A Starship orbital flight plan submitted by SpaceX to the Federal Aviation Administration includes some news for the Starship program and the world’s tallest rocket, which has regularly tested prototypes for flight operations.
According to this plan, the Super Heavy Booster 4, after lifting its first prototype starship high, will crash in the Gulf of Mexico about 32 kilometers offshore, in the meantime Starship will launch into orbit for the first time, will fly around. to Earth once and then returns to the Pacific Ocean near the Hawaiian island of Kauai about 90 minutes after launch.
SpaceX plans to use Starship SN20 as a fully reusable two-stage transport system to send humans and large series of goods to the moon, Mars and other distant solar system destinations.
Recently, the program got a big deal after that NASA has selected Starship as the lander with crew for the agency’s Artemis moon landing effort.
Under the previous Trump administration, NASA was setting a 2024 deadline to put the boots on the surface; the new Biden administration, on the other hand, has not yet committed itself to establishing a timetable.
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