The super-heavy Starship rocket, developed for piloted missions to the Moon and Mars, will perform a test orbital flight on Monday, according to the developer company SpaceX.
The reusable rocket system consists of the Ship 24 spacecraft and the Super Heavy booster. Its height reaches 120 meters, making it taller than any other rocket ever created in the world. The Super Heavy booster is twice as powerful as the heavy Space Launch System (SLS) rocket being developed by NASA for piloted missions to the Moon.
The test flight will be conducted in an unmanned mode.
The launch will take place from SpaceX’s launch site in Boca Chica, southeast Texas, in a temporary window that opens on April 17 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time.
During the first flight, the rocket will make one orbit around the Earth. Then the Ship 24 spacecraft will make a controlled landing in the Pacific Ocean near the Hawaiian Islands.