Wednesday, July 17, 2024

SpaceX moves Starship Super Heavy booster to pad ahead of 5th test flight (video, photos)

SpaceX is gearing up for the fifth test flight of its Starship megarocket, which could take place in the next few weeks.

The company just rolled Starship‘s giant first-stage booster, known as Super Heavy, out to the launch pad at Starbase, its facility in coastal South Texas. SpaceX documented the move via social media, posting four photos and a 30-second video on X on Tuesday.

“Flight 5 Super Heavy booster moved to the pad at Starbase,” the company wrote in the photo post. “The booster passed the nearly complete Starfactory on its way to the pad,” it added in the video post

The Super Heavy booster for the fifth flight of SpaceX’s Starship megarocket rolls out to the launch pad at the company’s Starbase site in South Texas. SpaceX posted this photo on X on July 9, 2024. (Image credit: SpaceX via X)

Starfactory is the huge new manufacturing facility that SpaceX is building at Starbase. When it’s complete and fully optimized, Starfactory could churn out one Starship every day, SpaceX representatives have said. 

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