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Elon Musk: This Fan-Made Video Is “Very Close” to Showing Actual Starship Flight

byVictor Tangermann
11. 2. 20
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The ultimate seal of approval.

Starship Launch

A team of SpaceX enthusiasts have created a stunning video of what a launch of the space company’s Starship rocket could one day look like.

And it locked down a rare seal of approval: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk himself.

“Very close to actual expected flight!” Musk tweeted in reply to the simulation.

Test Launches

The animation, uploaded by SpaceX enthusiast Erc X to Twitter, shows the massive spacecraft take off, aided by a Super Heavy booster, and release what appear to be hundreds of Starlink satellites into orbit, before returning to the surface.

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The animation also gives us a glimpse of what an important upcoming test flight could look like. The company is planning to launch its SN8 prototype to a planned height of 12 miles using three Raptor engines (out of six for the final design).

The prototype has already successfully completed a static fire test, but it’s still unclear when its first big jump will take place.

The test flight, as can also be seen in the video, will include a “belly-flop” maneuver in which the spacecraft will use its underside to slow its descent back to Earth.

Countdown to Launch

SpaceX still has a long way to go until Starship is ready for prime time, it’s pumping out iteration after iteration to make it a reality. SpaceX has already started assembling prototypes for its Super Heavy booster that will carry Starship into orbit.

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Once Starship is fully operational, SpaceX will be able to send drastically bigger payloads into Earth’s orbit. As of right now, a Falcon 9 rocket’s payload is limited to 60 Starlink satellites.

In conrast, Starship’s cavernous cargo bay can hold up to 400, according to a 2019 CNBC interview with SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell.

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