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Starship is preparing for launch, says Elon Musk — expected orbital flight window between 10 to 12 April


SpaceX CEO Elon Musk just shared some stunning visuals of Starbase, Boca Chica, Texas launch site with an exciting update for Starship enthusiasts. “Starship preparing for launch,” he said in a video tweet.

SpaceX has developed Starship 24 (Ship 24) and Super Heavy Booster 7 prototypes for the first orbital flight test.

In Musk’s latest teaser, we can see the highlights of Starship 24 getting stacked onto Booster 7 most probably for the last time before the 1st orbital flight.

Video: Starship 24 getting stacked on Booster 7 before the 1st orbital flight test expected next week at Starbase Orbital Launch Site, Boca Chica, Texas.
Aerial view of Starship 24 prototype as it is stacked on Booster 7 rocket before the 1st orbital flight test. Credit: Elon Musk / Twitter / SpaceX.

In his previous updates, Elon Musk shared an estimated date of February or March for the 1st Starship orbital flight test. SpaceX seemed to follow the timeline as it conducted a full wet dress rehearsal on Ship 24 and a 31-engine static fire test on Booster 7 in February.

The lack of approvals from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) delayed the Starship orbital flight tests last year. At last, SpaceX acquired environmental compliance approval from the FAA in July 2022.

After that technical issues, testing, and needed upgrades to Starship, Super Heavy, and Raptor engines resulted in the suspension of the 1st Starship orbital flight. Now SpaceX seems to have gotten rid of the hurdles and is ready for the test.

Update: Starship’s first orbital flight test (OFT) is targeted for ~08:00 am CT (Monday 17th April) Watch the Live Stream

Starship 1st Orbital Flight Dates

One SpaceX fan found out that a NOTAM (Notice to AirMen/AirMissions) has been issued to the Mexican aviation authorities to warn them of the Starship flight.

This NOTAM shows a possible Starship orbital flight window from Monday 10th to Wednesday 12th of April. The flight window time starts daily at 7 AM CDT (1200 UTC) and ends at 11 AM CDT (1600 UTC).


Rumors of Starship’s 1st orbital flight test getting canceled on 10th April are also circulating social and mainstream media. But the aviation NOTAM evidence presented in the above tweets indicates that the 10th to 12th April dates are more concrete.

Elon Musk sharing the preparation video of Starship at this time also suggests that the timeline of the 1st orbital flight test is very close now. Starship making it to orbit for the first time will be a great milestone for SpaceX in advancement towards the Moon and Mars missions of the future.

Until the real Starsbip orbital flight test takes place, let’s watch and enjoy the animation of this whole event visualized in a 3D animation by an artist below.

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Video: Starship orbital flight test (OFT) animation.



By Iqtidar Ali

Iqtidar has been writing about Tesla, Elon Musk, and EVs for more than 3 years on, many of his articles have been republished on CleanTechnica and InsideEVs, maintains a healthy relationship with the Tesla community across the Social Media sphere. You can reach him on Twitter @IqtidarAlii

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