Elon Musk showed the finished first stage of the Starship

Elon Musk showed the finished first stage of the Starship
Elon Musk showed the finished first stage of the Starship

SpaceX has installed 29 Raptor methane engines on the Super Heavy, the first stage of the Starship space system. Now it has been assembled and can soon be used for the first orbital test.

Starship first stage

Elon Musk's company continues preparations for Starship orbital tests. As it became known, SpaceX assembled the first stage of the Super Heavy B4, sending it to the launch pad.

Engineers installed 29 Raptor engines and four trellis rudders on the stage. Thus, we can talk about its high degree of readiness.

Super Heavy Booster moving to orbital launch mount pic.twitter.com/axaDnXNm84

- Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 3, 2021

It is also known about the active preparation of the Starship S20 spacecraft, which will be launched using an accelerator. The upper wings were installed on the fairing and began to cover the apparatus with heat-shielding tiles. Soon, the two parts of the system should dock.

According to plans, the Super Heavy accelerator will splash down in the Gulf of Mexico. The spacecraft will enter orbit and then splash down in the Pacific Ocean.


Over the past year, Elon Musk's company has conducted a number of Starship prototype flight tests, including both the successful and partially successful tests and the completely unsuccessful Starship SN11 test in March.

Key tests took place on May 5. Then, with the help of three Raptor engines, the Starship prototype successfully broke away from the launch pad, climbed to a height of ten kilometers, made a roll over to a horizontal position at the apogee and began to descend to 500 meters. After returning to an upright position, he sat down successfully.

Thus, SpaceX carried out the first successful high-altitude tests of the prototype. Strictly speaking, the March tests of Starship SN10 can also be considered successful: the prototype took off and landed. However, shortly after landing, an explosion occurred, which completely destroyed it. According to Musk, the accident of the space system technology demonstrator was caused by the ingress of helium into the engine.

Conceptually Starship is a reusable manned space system. The mass of the load placed into low reference orbit is more than 100 tons. The capabilities of the system will make it possible to conduct expeditions to the Moon, Mars and, possibly, other objects of our system.

On the basis of Starship, Musk will create the Starship HLS lunar lander, which will become part of the ambitious Artemis program. Its goal is to return astronauts to the moon (in the future, a long-term base can be built on the surface of the satellite). You can get acquainted with the concept of the program in detail in our material.

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