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SpaceX’s Starship Set for Third Flight Test – Elon Musk

By Ologeh Joseph Chibu

The third flight test of SpaceX’s Starship is set to take place on March 14, with the launch window opening at 5:30 pm IST. Starship, consisting of the fully integrated spacecraft and Super Heavy rocket, is poised for another milestone in space exploration.

Announced by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on X (formerly Twitter), the test marks another step forward in the development of Starship. Scheduled to commence at 7:00 am CT (5:30 pm IST), the 110-minute window offers an opportunity for further evaluation and progress.

Starship, renowned as the largest and most powerful launch vehicle built by SpaceX, has undergone significant advancements since its previous flight tests.

In November 2023, the second integrated test flight showcased notable achievements despite a partial setback. While the launch vehicle experienced an explosion, it successfully reached an altitude of approximately 150 kilometers, surpassing the Karman line defining the boundary of space.

Prior to this, SpaceX conducted Starship’s maiden orbital test flight in April 2023, albeit facing challenges with an explosion shortly after launch. Subsequent flights have demonstrated improvements, including successful stage separation and engine firings en route to space.

These flight tests are integral to SpaceX’s mission of advancing space travel and establishing a sustainable presence beyond Earth. With aspirations of making life multiplanetary, the Starship system represents a pioneering endeavor in reusable transportation for crew and cargo, destined for Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

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