SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk announced that the firm will send its “Starship” rocket into orbit in January.
During a call with the National Academy of Sciences, the entrepreneur noted that there is “a lot of risk associated with this first launch, so I would not say that it is likely to be successful, but we’ll make a lot of progress.”
The AP reports:
Musk said he’s confident Starship — launching for the first time atop a mega booster — will successfully reach orbit sometime in 2022. After a dozen or so orbital test flights next year, SpaceX then would start launching valuable satellites and other payloads to orbit on Starships in 2023, he said.
NASA has contracted with SpaceX to use Starship for delivering astronauts to the lunar