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Super Heavy Moves

SpaceX Almost Ready to Move Super Heavy Booster to the Launch Pad

byVictor Tangermann
Jul 1
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"Super Heavy moves tomorrow."

Making Moves

SpaceX is inching closer to launching its first Super Heavy booster prototype, a gigantic rocket meant to propel the company’s Starship spacecraft into orbit.

In an early Thursday morning post on Twitter, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed that the company is about to make some big moves on the project — literally.

“Super Heavy moves tomorrow,” the billionaire wrote, along with a photo showing the towering structure of  a Super Heavy prototype inside the company’s High Bay facility in South Texas.

And sure enough, early Thursday morning, Booster 3 was spotted leaving High Bay by onlookers.

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Rocket Socket

The 215-foot rocket dubbed Booster 3 recently reached full height, with construction taking a mere six weeks, according to Teslarati.

SpaceX is getting ever closer to its first orbital Starship launch — and the Super Heavy booster is just as much part of that plan as the spacecraft itself. If recent progress is anything to go by, the first Starship could be entering orbit before the end of the year.

Booster 3, however, isn’t destined to fly to orbit. In a Wednesday tweet, Musk noted that “Booster 3 will be used for ground tests. We’re changing much of design from 3 to 4.”

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Fast Forward

But production is bound to pick up steam. “Expect especially rapid evolution in first ~10 boosters & first ~30 ships,” Musk added.

At this week’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Musk claimed that the company will be ready for the “first orbital launch attempt in the next few months.”

“We certainly will have an orbital-capable booster and orbital-capable ship, and the orbital launch site ready within the next month or so,” he added.

And we will certainly be watching — it’s not every day we get to watch a nearly 400-foot rocket stack ignite its dozens of engines and launch into the sky.

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READ MORE: SpaceX Super Heavy booster reaches full height as Elon Musk talks orbit [Teslarati]

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