It is the tallest rocket ever built.
SpaceX finally placed a Starship prototype spacecraft on top of a Super Heavy booster for the first time.
It stands 475 feet tall, including the orbital launch stand. This tower is easily as tall as a skyscraper. TechCrunch claims that it is the tallest rocket ever built.
Starship Fully Stacked pic.twitter.com/Fs88RNsmfH Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 6, 2021
This is a significant milestone for Elon Musk's company. Space company's long-awaited first space launch has come closer than ever before.
It also provides a great look at SpaceX's future vision for space exploration and long-haul transport.
TechCrunch reports that the giant stack will be disassembled at the company's South Texas test facility for further testing and work prior to its maiden voyage into space.
It is still unknown when the first orbital test launch will occur. The Federal Aviation Administration is still undergoing an environmental review, which could drag on for several weeks or even months.
It is not clear if Musk will wait for the review to be completed. This wouldn't be the first space company to go ahead without being approved by the regulator.
The upcoming orbital launch is sure to be spectacular, regardless of the outcome. The megastructure will be ignited by 29 Raptor engines simultaneously to reach the upper atmosphere. Starship will then separate and ignite its boosters to orbit.
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