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The Starship spacecraft plus Super Heavy rocket from SpaceX are a completely reusable transportation system that can transport people and goods to Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars, and other planets. With a maximum liftoff weight capacity of more than 100 metric tons for Earth orbit, the Starship is going to be the most potent launch vehicle ever created.

On July 11, during a test of the Starship’s booster for the company’s first orbital vehicle, flames unexpectedly burst from the vehicle’s base, setting the launch pad ablaze. Around 5:20 p.m. Eastern, flames were seen shooting out of the Super Heavy booster base known as Booster 7 in footage taken during testing at SpaceX’s Starbase complex in Boca Chica, Texas. Later, a black smoke plume was seen rising into the air from at least one fire that was likely started by the incident and was seen in the area of the pad.

What triggered the abnormality is yet unknown. SpaceX has not given any prior notice that it planned to test Booster 7 using static fire. A test utilizing part or all of the booster’s 33 Raptor engines is a significant step toward the vehicle’s first orbital launch test.

Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of SpaceX, stated in a tweetstorm that the business was preparing to test the engines’ spin before they were ignited. ” The beginning of a Raptor “has a complex sequence,” he wrote. “From now on, we won’t perform a spin start test using all 33 engines at the same time.”

Although Musk agreed the incident was “not good,” it was unclear what harm it caused to the booster itself. He tweeted in the middle of the night, “Base of the vehicle looked ok by flashlight.  Will learn more tomorrow morning.”

In preparation for the vehicle’s initial launch into orbit, SpaceX has been testing Booster 7 and an upper stage from the Starship series termed Ship 24 at Starbase. It is unclear whether this incident will have an impact on SpaceX’s plans for that first flight, and no official launch date has been set.

As per a recent FCC (Federal Communications Commission) filing, the Super Heavy booster will attempt to land back at Starbase or splash down in the Gulf of Mexico during that orbital launch. The spacecraft will enter orbit for a brief period of time at a height of around 250 kilometers before returning to Earth and performing a “powered, targeted landing” in the Pacific Ocean just to the north of Hawaii. This application to FCC for an experimental license is valid for six months beginning August 1.

Even so, in order to undertake the launch, SpaceX will require a launch permit from the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration). Although the FAA concluded an environmental study on June 13 authorizing such launches to resume, the review necessitates that SpaceX implements dozens of procedures to prevent environmental effects.

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