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SpaceX is making great progress building a Starship launch tower in Florida, says Elon Musk

by Evelyn Janeidy Arevalo August 02, 2022

SpaceX is making great progress building a Starship launch tower in Florida, says Elon Musk

Featured Image Source: photographer Greg Scott @GregScott_photo via Twitter

NASA's Artemis program aims to land the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2025. The agency partnered with SpaceX to make it a reality. SpaceX is developing a lunar-optimized Starship Human Landing System (HLS). Landing on the moon will be a stepping stone to launch the first humans to Mars aboard Starship before 2030. SpaceX is developing Starship HLS at its Starbase facility located in Boca Chica Beach, Texas. The company started to build a second facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral.

SpaceX already has environmental approval to launch Starship from Florida and it has already started building a Starship launch tower next to historic Launch Pad-39A. The same launch pad from where NASA Apollo astronauts launched to the moon half a century ago. SpaceX already completed building a tower at Starbase, which is equipped with robotic-arms designed to stack Starship atop Super Heavy and 'catch' the stainless-steel vehicles soon after a mission, the Florida tower will be an improved version of it. 

Last month, SpaceX founder Elon Musk shared that the "SpaceX team is making great progress at the Cape & Starbase!" he wrote in response to photographer Greg Scott, who captured aerial images of the stainless-steel tower segments at the Florida build site, pictured below. Other Florida spaceflight enthusiasts have also been sharing photos of the tower's construction progress via social media. 

     

On July 31, SpaceX rolled out the fifth launch tower segment down the road that leads to Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex-39A. LabPadre livestream camera captured footage of the operation, video linked below. The launch tower consists of nine segments, SpaceX has already stacked five and the top three segments have been seen at the launch facility, as shown in the graphic below.  

  

 

In June, Musk shared a presentation slideshow about the company's accomplishments and goals that features renderings of the future Starship factories it will build in Texas and Florida. The facilities look futuristic with glass walls and giant vehicle assembly buildings for Starship, pictured below. SpaceX is primarily focused on achieving a successful Starship orbital flight test sometime this year. "A *successful* orbital flight is probably between 1 and 12 months from now," said Musk today, August 3rd. The company is preparing the Starship SN24 and Super Heavy Booster 7 prototypes to perform the flight as soon as it receives a spaceflight license from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Images Source: SpaceX








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