Elon Musk’s SpaceX has revealed its plans for the principal orbital test flight of its 160-foot Starship rocket in a filing to the Federal Communications Commission made public on Thursday.
As per the plans, the test flight will begin from the organization’s Boca Chica, Texas facilities. The supporter stage will isolate around three minutes into flight and land in the Gulf of Mexico, roughly 20 miles from the shore.
The Starship will at that point keep flying between the Florida Straights and achieve orbit until playing out a powered, targeted landing about 62 miles of the northwest shore of Kauai “in a soft ocean landing,” the filing says.
The whole flight is relied upon to last around 90 minutes. The most extreme height came to by the Starship is required to be around 72 miles.
The document didn’t name a particular date for the test flight. Musk and SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell have said beforehand that it could occur as ahead of schedule as in the not so distant future or as late as March 2022.
SpaceX said its objective with the orbital flight will be to learn more about entry dynamics and improve comprehension of what the vehicle experiences in a flight system. SpaceX said the information assembled will be applied to vehicle design and permit the organization to design better models for its utilization in internal simulations.
The FCC filing comes after SpaceX effectively handled its fifth test flight test recently. The uncrewed SN15 Starship dispatched from SpaceX’s Boca Chica facility. During the six-minute flight, the spacecraft rocketed upward, conducted a “belly flop” maneuver and finally righted itself prior to landing vertically.