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Elon Musk: “SpaceX’s 5 vital problem must be fixed for the first Starship orbital flight on May”


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Elon Musk: “SpaceX’s 5 vital problem must be fixed for the first Starship orbital flight on May”

Elon Musk has just warned: To Starship goes to the orbit, “might be a few bumps along the road”.
You may not have noticed, but “a few bumps” that Musk said is absolutely not simple.
So, only in this episode, let’s find out: What problems does SpaceX need solving to have Starship’s first orbital flight?

A few days ago, CEO Elon Musk said: SpaceX will hopefully conduct the first-ever orbital flight of its Starship rocket in May this year. The launch was initially planned for December 2021.
However, this May launch date is also likely optimistic. Even Musk only said “HOPEFULLY”, so this could easily push much later into summer. In fact, SpaceX still has a lot of big problems to solve.

Let’s go from the easiest task for the SpaceX team, so make sure you watch the video till the end:

Firstly, SpaceX needs to complete a new prototype of Starship.

On March 24, after ‘destacking’ Starship S20, SpaceX officially removed Super Heavy Booster B4 from Starbase’s lone orbital launch mount – and likely for the last breath.
This means the iconic numbered pair won’t be the first to make it to go orbital, as has seemed likely for the past several months. This makes sense that SpaceX now wants to cut its losses and redirect its focus to prototypes with extensive upgrades and improvements.

And now, it’s time for us to talk about the next prototypes:
That new pair – widely assumed to be Super Heavy B7 and Starship S24 – feature a wide range of design changes, including substantially modified header tanks, an entirely new nose cone design, new layouts for secondary systems, and more. Most importantly, their thrust structures – giant ‘pucks’ machined out of steel – have been tweaked to support new Raptor V2 engines instead of the Raptor V1 and V1.5 engines that have been installed and tested on all Starship and Super Heavy prototypes to date.

So far, Booster 7 could potentially be ready for cryogenic proof testing any day now but Ship 24 is still in five large pieces and probably at least a month from any form of test readiness. Still, there are some reasons for optimism. If Booster 7 actually does start basic proof testing early next month without waiting for its Raptor engines or for heat shield installation, SpaceX could theoretically complete cryoproofing, begin installing one or a few new Raptors at a time, and iteratively progress from static firing a few to all 33 engines as the engines are arriving at Starbase.

At a minimum, even if that razor-sharp test schedule isn’t possible, Booster 7 would at least have a month or so of extra testing over Ship 24, minimizing the disproportionate amount of testing each prototype will likely need to be qualified for flight.
For now, SpaceX continues to prepare Ship 24 sections for stacking and appears to be buttoning up Booster 7, which could easily be ready to roll out for basic testing within a few weeks – and maybe sooner.
Elon Musk: “SpaceX’s 5 vital problem must be fixed for the first Starship orbital flight on May”
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