SpaceX has announced a tentative launch date for its first Starship orbital flight, though it may end up delayed if things don’t go according to plan. Back in May, the company detailed the plans for the first Starship orbital flight, marking a new milestone on the journey to make the massive rocket available for regular space missions.
SpaceX has conducted several high-altitude flights involving its huge Starship prototypes. The most recent launch took place at the company’s Starbase in Texas on May 5. The test was a success, with Starship SN15 managing to land itself on its landing pad, another achievement in the company’s effort to develop reusable space transport systems.SpaceX hopes to conduct its first Starship orbital flight next month, though that depends on whether everything goes as planned. SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell gave some details about the plan during the International Space Development Conference, noting that the flight will happen in the very near term.
That license application stated the flight would take place for six months beginning June 20. However, the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation has not yet issued a launch license for Starship/Super Heavy launches from Boca Chica. The company’s existing license covers only suborbital flights of Starship.