SpaceX has completed the first complete static ignition test of the Starship last month. Today, SpaceX’s official Twitter feed announced that the SpaceX Starship will make its first orbital test flight on April 17 at its South Texas base.
However, Elon Musk has said that the first orbital mission of the SpaceX Starship is basically a coin flip, the $3 billion ship only 50% success rate of the first flight, if the test flight fails Starship will probably also be directly scrapped.
In addition, SpaceX said the Starship rocket (B7) and spacecraft (S24) combination will be launched rehearsal, followed by a comprehensive flight test.
As previously reported, because of the recoverable design of the Starship rocket, the cost of a single launch is only about $2 million, corresponding to its 100-ton low-orbit capacity, which can reduce the cost per kilogram of payload launched into orbit to a staggering $10, with the potential to revolutionize the space industry.