According to SpaceX’s plan, Starship could make its next major test flight in Southern Texas as early as mid-March. It is reported that the main hope of this round of test flight spree flight to ultra-high altitude, and then landing vertically on a solid ground, proving that the rocket can be reused and possibly landed in other parts of the world.
In an update to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), SpaceX presented details of the test in the hope of obtaining a test flight license for Starship. Specifically, during the flight, the FCC allocates the company’s appropriate radio frequencies to facilitate communication between the ground and the aircraft.
SpaceX said in its filing that it wants special authorization to communicate with its Starship rocket when it flies to an altitude of 12.4 miles or 20 kilometers, near lying at the edge of space. Starship will take off from SpaceX’s test facility in Boca Chica, Texas, where the company will try to use the rocket’s Raptor engine to land it near the launch site. SpaceX also plans to send track data from the craft to the Air Force and NASA.
Such a test would be an important step forward in the development of Starship, a new large rocket that SpaceX is building to send people into deep space. Once completed, the Starship will launch into orbit over an equally large rocket booster called “super-heavy” and then move on to distant destinations such as the moon and Mars. CEO Elon Musk has announced that the starship will be able to lift more than 100 metric tons of payload, or carry up to 100 passengers at a time.