SpaceX CEO Elon Musk believes that the Texas and Florida prototype rockets developed by the private space agency will fly "in two to three months" which is aggressive Flight of the Starhopper demonstration prototype has missed its target given what was planned last week.
SpaceX is developing two Starship prototypes in parallel in Texas and Florida The technology industry as a "bake-off". Both teams independently develop their own rockets to foster internal competition and potentially achieve combined advances that would not be possible with just a single team working on the project.
Earlier this month, Musk announced that the first test of its Star Hopper (short: Hopper) Starship Tech demo prototype would take place last Tuesday, July 1
The SpaceX CEO then continued with a new timeline for the unbound vehicles test, saying it should happen sometime in this upcoming week instead of . This is definitely a necessary step for the company to stay one step ahead of the test flights of the more complete Starhopper prototypes.
These first tests will be suborbital flights, Musk said Friday. 2 to 3 months "after these first test flights in 2 to 3 months – this means that the earliest starship test flights will be available in just 4 to 6 months. Based on how Musk's stated timelines are in line with reality, you should definitely consider this assessment as extremely optimistic.
Musk also shared some details about the launch of Starship – it will use a launch structure that is currently under construction at another location similar to Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy today.