Elon Musk: Starship Rocket can go into space

Elon Musk: Starship Rocket can go into space

SpaceX's Elon Musk gives an update on the company's Mars rocket Starship in Boca Chica, Texas U.S. September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Callaghan O'Hare/File Photo

For Musk, the short trip to space is a big step on the way to the moon and Mars.

So ultimately, all eyes are on the FAA, which gave SpaceX a tentative approval when the launch plan passed a key environmental review in June, but with 75 required changes to the mission profile that need to be completed before the license is handed over.

Meanwhile, Musk is hoping to do a full “wet dress rehearsal” of the launch and test fire a 33-engine Super Heavy for the first time in the coming weeks.

When Starship and Super Heavy finally launch together, the test flight will send the former for a brief trip to orbit followed by a splashdown off the coast of Hawaii while Super Heavy comes in for a landing attempt on a modified oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

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