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SpaceX eyeing 3rd week of April for Starship orbital launch, Elon Musk says

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SpaceX eyeing 3rd week of April for Starship orbital launch, Elon Musk says

By Mike Wall

 published 2 days ago

An April 20 liftoff could really happen.

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SpaceX's Starship vehicle sits fully stacked at the company's Starbase facility in South Texas in April 2023, ahead of a planned orbital test flight attempt.
SpaceX’s Starship vehicle sits fully stacked at the company’s Starbase facility in South Texas in April 2023, ahead of a planned orbital test flight attempt.  (Image credit: SpaceX via Twitter)

SpaceX’s huge Starship vehicle could launch on its first-ever orbital test flight by the end of next week, if all goes according to plan.

SpaceX has been gearing up for the pioneering flight for months, and the prep work has accelerated recently. Last week, for example, technicians stacked the spacebound Starship, placing its Ship 24 upper-stage prototype atop its Booster 7 first stage on the orbital launch mount at Starbase, SpaceX’s South Texas facility.

Such activity implies that Starship is in the home stretch, and SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has repeatedly reinforced that notion via Twitter. He did so again on Monday (April 10), stressing that launch could be less than two weeks away.

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