SpaceX files to blast Starship into orbit with 'Super Heavy'

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SpaceX has filed plans to launch its huge Super Heavy booster together with its Starship spaceship, as part of the first orbital test of the Starship.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Map zoom from global to local, zoom to SpaceX launch site in Texas
2. Show booster and starship next to each other, crane lifts starship on top of booster
3. Starship and booster lifts off from Boca site, powers into sky
4. Duo reaches low earth orbit, booster separates and falls back, starship flies on
5. Show Starship flying from Boca over Florida Strait, Africa, Asia, touchdown near Hawaii
6. Starship flips vertical, rockets ignite, powered descent, lands on barge

VOICEOVER (in English):
The Verge reports that SpaceX has filed an application with the FCC, outlining its plans for the first orbital test flight of its Starship spaceship within a year.

Going orbital is a key stepping stone towards sending the first humans to the Moon since the Apollo missions.

To get that high, Starship's Super Heavy booster, a gigantic 70-meter rocket stage, will help it take off from SpaceX's facilities in South Texas.

The orbital flight test would mark the first time SpaceX stacks both elements of its massive Starship system together.

The booster stage will separate approximately 170 seconds into flight, and will then perform a partial return and land in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 32 kilometers from the shore.

Meanwhile, Starship will fly over the Florida Strait and continue into orbit, nearly completing a full trip around Earth before plunging back through the atmosphere over Hawaii, roughly 90 minutes after launching from Texas.

SpaceX says the landing would be a "powered, targeted landing" about 100 kiloometers off the northwest coast of Kauai in what it calls a "soft ocean landing."


SOURCES: The Verge, Futurism, Ars Technica
https://www.theverge.com/2021/5/13/22434825/elon-musk-spacex-first-orbital-starship-test-texas-hawaii
https://futurism.com/the-byte/spacex-plans-orbital-starship-flight
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/05/rocket-report-starship-orbital-flight-details-ariane-5-may-delay-webb-launch/