The next-generation Space-X rocket, Starship, developed for tasks including transporting astronauts to the Moon, is set to undergo another test launch on Saturday. This launch marks a renewed attempt to reach space, following a previous attempt seven months ago that ended in an explosion. The unmanned launch is scheduled for 7 a.m. local time (14:00 CET) at the SpaceX site, Starbase, located on the Gulf of Mexico in Texas near Boca Chica.
The starship is mounted on a super-heavy rocket booster. The mission’s objective is to lift the Starship off the ground in Texas and propel it into space. Just before reaching Earth’s orbit, it is intended to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere and land off the coast of Hawaii. The launch was initially planned for Friday but was delayed by a day to replace flight control hardware at the last minute.
The authorities have granted formal approvals: On Wednesday, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gave the green light for the launch.