SpaceX intends to conduct the first full-fledged test flight of the Starship in 2-3 months. Despite recent problems during stress tests, SpaceX engineers plan to launch Starship faster.
As proof that work on the rocket continues around the clock, Musk showed a short video. It shows how SpaceX employees assemble a dome fairing in an open hangar, all this happening at dawn.
In response to a question from one of the readers, Musk said he hoped to conduct a Starship test flight in 2-3 months.
On September 29, when the head of SpaceX made a big presentation of the Starship project, he announced that the ship would make its first orbital flight in half a year. Since then, he has refrained from any details about the timing of full-fledged tests.
A month ago, the first prototype of the ship was badly damaged as a result of the explosion that occurred during the readiness check until the fuel tanks for methane and oxygen were filled with cryogenic liquid. Musk, by the way, was then very surprised, since no one expected that testing pressure systems could lead to such consequences.
The readiness for launch in 2 or even 3 months now looks extremely optimistic, although it fits into the initial plan of Mask, announced in September. Before the first orbital flight, a number of tests need to be conducted, and they have shifted greatly due to an accident at the end of November.