SpaceX Starship ‘Ready to Fly’ in July; Second Starship in August: Musk

When will we see the first orbital launch of Starship? SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said on Tuesday the company’s Starship reusable spacecraft will be “ready to fly next month”. He was responding to a question that asked if July would be possible for the first orbital flight.

“I was in the high bay [and] mega bay late last night reviewing progress,” added Musk.

On Monday, the FAA essentially gave an environmental green light for the first Starship orbital flight to proceed, but there is still a list of required actions needed by SpaceX. The company does not have a launch license yet from the FAA for Starship.

“We will have a second Starship stack ready to fly in August and then monthly thereafter,” followed up Musk.

“SpaceX’s Starship spacecraft and Super Heavy rocket (collectively referred to as Starship) represent a fully reusable transportation system designed to carry both crew and cargo to Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars and beyond. Starship will be the world’s most powerful launch vehicle ever developed, with the ability to carry in excess of 100 metric tonnes to Earth orbit,” explains the company’s website.

On Tuesday morning, Musk also said, “For the first time ever, there is a rocket capable of establishing permanent bases on the moon and Mars.”

You can click here to watch a recent interview with Musk discussing Starship at the company’s Boca Chica launch site in Texas.