Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX operates from many pads, on the East Coast of the US they operate from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and historic LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center. They also operate from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, usually for polar launches. Another launch site is being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.
Second test flight of the two-stage Starship launch vehicle. The booster is expected to separate 170 seconds into flight and return to land approximately 32 km off the shore in the Gulf of Mexico. The second stage will follow a suborbital trajectory and perform an unpowered splashdown approximately 100 km off the northwest coast of Kauai (Hawaii).
Starship successfully performed stage separation, while the Booster and Ship were lost after separation and seconds before shutdown respectively.
launch delayed to saturday to replace a grid fin actuator.
SpaceX has received the FAA license to launch Starship on its second test flight. Setting GO for the attempt on November 17 between 13:00 and 15:00 UTC (7-9am local).
SpaceX is targeting NET Mid-November for the second flight of Starship. This is subject to regulatory approval, which is currently pending.
Targeting November 2023, pending regulatory approval.
Moving to NET October awaiting regulatory paperwork approval.
IFT-2 is NET August according to a tweet from Elon. This is a highly tentative timeline, and delays are possible, and highly likely. Pad upgrades should be complete by the end of June, with vehicle testing starting soon after.
The SpaceX Starship is a fully reusable super heavy-lift launch vehicle under development by SpaceX since 2012, as a self-funded private spaceflight project. The second stage of the Starship — is designed as a long-duration cargo and passenger-carrying spacecraft. It is expected to be initially used without any booster stage at all, as part of an extensive development program to prove out launch-and-landing and iterate on a variety of design details, particularly with respect to the vehicle's atmospheric reentry.