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    Latest Starship Prototype SN11 Explodes in mid-air, Raining Debris on the Launch Site

    SpaceX just conducted its fourth high-altitude flight test with a Starship prototype (SN11). Once again, there was a slight explosion!
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    SpaceX expects to conduct a full-fledged Starship orbital launch in July, and the first manned Starship mission is planned for 2023 - a tourist delegation led by Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will travel around the moon.

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    You know, it seems to me if they rebranded as a fireworks business, they could claim this as a success.
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    Shame about the fog, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cannongray View Post
    SpaceX expects to conduct a full-fledged Starship orbital launch in July, and the first manned Starship mission is planned for 2023 - a tourist delegation led by Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will travel around the moon.
    I'll assume that estimate is from Elon but could be from anyone. Here is a previous estimate of when starship would be in orbit ~Mar. 2020
    https://www.space.com/spacex-starshi...3mTqEo6_9ijjjs

    I realize that Covid may have slowed the work, however it is a full year after and Starship has yet to make a successful sub-orbital flight/landing. Scott Manley dubbed this "Elon Time" and I suspect further extensions will occur. I am eagerly anticipating when SpaceX gets its first orbital/landing accomplished, but July seems a bit ambitious.

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    I don’t know if he is the first to coin the term “Elon Time.” It’s not a new issue.

    Anyway when I first heard Elon’s estimate, I predicted it would be more like 2025. That would still be very fast for a large new rocket, let alone a large new revolutionary rocket. Though to be fair, there is a difference between getting it in orbit and getting the details worked out - it’a not as hard if you don’t try to recover the stages.

    My feeling is that SpaceX has had a good track record and has been really fast compared to old space companies, just not as fast as Elon would like.

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