SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, said that the Starship is prepared for its first orbital test flight on Thursday.
The first launch attempt on Monday was canceled at the last minute due to a problem with the pressurisation mechanism on Starship’s first stage, a massive booster known as Super Heavy.
“All systems currently green for launch,” Musk tweeted on Thursday.
He tweeted earlier on Tuesday that the company is working on a number of issues in preparation for the launch.
“The team is working around the clock on many issues. Maybe 4/20, maybe not,” Musk said.
Meanwhile, the company’s website has been changed to state that “SpaceX is targeting as soon as Thursday, April 20 for the first flight test of a fully integrated Starship and Super Heavy rocket from Starbase in Texas.”
“The 62-minute launch window opens at 8:28 a.m. CT (6:58a-pm IST) and closes at 9:30 a.m. CT (8:00a-pm IST),” the company said.
If all goes well, the Super Heavy rocket will land in the Gulf of Mexico roughly eight minutes after liftoff today.
The upper-stage spaceship of Starship will do a partial circuit around the Earth, landing in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii roughly 90 minutes after launch.
“With a test such as this, success is measured by how much we can learn, which will inform and improve the probability of success in the future as SpaceX rapidly advances development of Starship,” the company said.
Musk recently stated that the first-ever orbital mission of SpaceX’s massive Starship vehicle has a 50% chance of success. He did, however, emphasize that SpaceX is manufacturing numerous Starship vehicles at its South Texas facility.
These will be launched in quick succession over the next few months, with an estimated 80% chance of reaching orbit this year.
SpaceX intends to employ Starship as a fully reusable transportation system to transport both crew and cargo to Earth orbit, as well as to assist humanity in returning to the Moon and traveling to Mars and beyond.