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2023 could be the year that SpaceX finally sends its massive Starship vehicle on an orbital test flight.
Last week, SpaceX tweeted that teams are starting tests leading up to Starship’s first orbital flight.
Though there isn’t an official date for the launch yet, Elon Musk tweeted that it’s “highly likely” the rocket will lift off in March, or possibly the end of February.
SpaceX plans to build a heavy-lift launch vehicle date all the way back to 2005, and more recent years have been full of stops and starts for Starship.
In July 2022, Starship was rolled back onto the launch pad.
In the midst of engine upgrades and testing in fall 2022, Musk tweeted that a November orbital launch was “highly likely,” though it didn’t happen.
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We’ll just have to wait and see if any of those make it off the ground this year.