ELON Musk’s mega-rocket, which will eventually carry humans to Mars, could complete its first orbital test flight in just two months.
The SpaceX founder said the Starship launch will “hopefully” happen in May.
He wants to use the rocket to send people to the Red Planet by 2050.
It is designed to be fully reusable and launched on a giant booster called Very difficult.
But the orbital test flight still needs to be approved by authorities before it can begin.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has yet to announce the results of its environmental impact assessment.
It is expected to be released in less than a week, on March 28th.
“The first spacecraft orbital flight will be made with Raptor 2 engines as they are much more powerful and reliable,” he said tweeted.
“By next month we will have 39 airworthy engines built, then another month for integration, so hopefully May for orbital flight testing.”
The giant rocket is under development SpaceX Test facility in Boca Chica, Texas.
SpaceX has been working on this for the last few years.
It comes after Musk, 50, recently revealed the launch would face “slight delays” as SpaceX shifts focus and allocates more resources to countering Russian cyberattacks on Starlink satellites in Ukraine.
Several SpaceX Starlink terminals were there sent to Ukraine after his Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov called Musk for failing to help during the invasion that disrupted the country’s internet service.
Musk later tweeted that the move would likely make Starlink a major target for Russian cyberattackers.
Who is Elon Musk?
Here’s what you need to know…
Controversial billionaire Elon Musk was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1971.
He taught himself computer programming as a 12-year-old and sold a video game’s code to a PC magazine for $500 (£300).
At 17, he moved to Canada to study before earning two degrees in physics and business administration from the University of Pennsylvania.
At the age of 24 he moved to California to do his PhD. in Applied Physics and Materials Science from Stanford University – but left the program after just two days to pursue other projects.
The 50-year-old is the founder and CEO of SpaceXCo-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors, co-founder and chairman of SolarCity, co-founder of Opan AI, co-founder of Zip2 and founder of X.com which merged with PayPal.
He is also working on a human brain chip project called Neuralink.
Musk’s stated goal is to reduce global warming and save humanity from extinction by founding a colony on Mars.
The billionaire inventor is also working on the world’s largest lithium-ion battery to store renewable energy.
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A major Mars mission to find out if life could have ever existed on the planet delayed by up to six years at best, as Europe scrambles to replace Russian parts.
Internet users were asked not to use a popular piece antivirus software for fear it could be exploited by the Kremlin to spy on or launch cyberattacks.
And Instagram might be planning to bring back a way to see what you are friends like on the platform.
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