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Elon Musk’s SpaceX First Testflight Explained

Starship prototype via SpaceX website.


Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starship rocket has been cleared for its first test flight set to fly worldwide.



The rocket everyone has been waiting for, with promises of flying people to the moon and Mars has been cleared by The Federal Aviation Administration upon the grant of the long-awaited license needed to launch.


“After a comprehensive license evaluation process, the FAA determined SpaceX met all safety, environmental, policy, payload, airspace integration, and financial responsibility requirements. The license is valid for five years,” FAA said in a statement. 


Founded in 2002 by Elon Musk, “SpaceX s a commercial space transportation company headquartered in Hawthorne, California.” After the successes of the SpaceX designs of Falcon 1, Falcon 9, and Falcon Heavy vertical orbital launch vehicles, SpaceX is “working on a next generation of fully reusable launch vehicles that will be the most powerful ever built, capable of carrying humans to Mars and other destinations in the solar system.”


The 394 feet rocket is set to launch as early as Monday out of “Starbase” in southern Texas, which is one of four U.S active launch sites operated by Space X.


“SpaceX is targeting as soon as Monday, April 17 for the first flight test of a fully integrated Starship and Super Heavy rocket from Starbase in Texas. The 150-minute test window will open at 7:00 a.m. CT,” SpaceX said in a statement.


The launch will also be live-streamed on YouTube beginning Monday, April 17 at 6:15 am CST, which can be watched here.


With no people or satellites onboard, SpaceX aims to reach orbit as the rocket wraps almost entirely around the earth with a drop into the Pacific Ocean, replacing a landing attempt.

 The entire breakdown of the SpaceX flight plan has been posted on the SpaceX website and can be read here.

The reusable rocket aims to “help bring humanity back to the moon and travel to Mars and beyond.” with space for up to 100 people to travel on interplanetary trips. Nasa has already signed up for their astronauts to be on the ship in as early as 2025.

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