Orbital Flight

SpaceX Plans to ‘Catch’ Starship’s Booster on First Orbital Flight

SpaceX has filed updated flight path and additional specifications with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the planned first orbital test flight of its Starship spacecraft (via @Erdayastronaut). Starship finally received FAA approval for its first test flight last month. Shortly after, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said Starship would be ready to launch atop […]

SpaceX’s First Starship Orbital Flight Delayed Again by FAA

SpaceX will once again have to kick its hopes of launching Starship’s first orbital flight further down the line. According to a new project update on the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) website, the Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for SpaceX’s proposed Starship/Super Heavy Launch Vehicle Program at the Boca Chica Launch Site in Cameron […]

SpaceX Tests First Ever Starship 6-Engine Static Fire [VIDEO]

On Friday, SpaceX’s fully reusable Starship SN20 spacecraft successfully achieved static fire, with thrust, on all six of its engines in a multi-engine test that will prove instrumental in getting the rocket company the regulatory approval it needs to attempt Starship’s first orbital launch (via @NASASpaceflight). Good static fire with all six engines! — Elon […]

SpaceX Starship’s First Orbital Flight Aiming for July, Says President

Speaking at the National Space Society’s virtual International Space Development Conference on Friday, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said that the company is “shooting for July” to launch the first orbital spaceflight of its ‘Starship’ spacecraft — reports CNBC. “I’m hoping we make it, but we all know that this is difficult,” she added. Shortly after […]