When will Super Heavy launch?
In February 2018, the КРК СТК (space rocket complex of the super-heavy class) design was updated to lift at least 90 tonnes to LEO and 20 tonnes to lunar polar orbit, and to be launched from Vostochny Cosmodrome. The first flight is scheduled for 2028, with Moon landings starting in 2030. wikipedia.orgSuper heavy-lift launch vehicle - Wikipedia
01 July, 2021 - 07:07pm
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The economic prosperity that China has achieved is truly amazing, especially in infrastructure! I encourage people to visit and see for themselves.
01 July, 2021 - 11:10am
In an early Thursday morning post on Twitter, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed that the company is about to make some big moves on the project — literally.
“Super Heavy moves tomorrow,” the billionaire wrote, along with a photo showing the towering structure of a Super Heavy prototype inside the company’s High Bay facility in South Texas.
And sure enough, early Thursday morning, Booster 3 was spotted leaving High Bay by onlookers.
Super Heavy moves tomorrow pic.twitter.com/qHG1SYO46S
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 1, 2021
The 215-foot rocket dubbed Booster 3 recently reached full height, with construction taking a mere six weeks, according to Teslarati.
SpaceX is getting ever closer to its first orbital Starship launch — and the Super Heavy booster is just as much part of that plan as the spacecraft itself. If recent progress is anything to go by, the first Starship could be entering orbit before the end of the year.
Booster 3, however, isn’t destined to fly to orbit. In a Wednesday tweet, Musk noted that “Booster 3 will be used for ground tests. We’re changing much of design from 3 to 4.”
But production is bound to pick up steam. “Expect especially rapid evolution in first ~10 boosters & first ~30 ships,” Musk added.
At this week’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Musk claimed that the company will be ready for the “first orbital launch attempt in the next few months.”
“We certainly will have an orbital-capable booster and orbital-capable ship, and the orbital launch site ready within the next month or so,” he added.
And we will certainly be watching — it’s not every day we get to watch a nearly 400-foot rocket stack ignite its dozens of engines and launch into the sky.
30 June, 2021 - 09:39pm
The Tesla CEO praised the "amazing" economic prosperity China has achieved.
He made these tweets on the same day that the Chinese are celebrating the Communist Party's centenary.
Elon Musk posted a tweet on Wednesday night marveling at China's economic prosperity.
Responding to a post on Twitter made by state media Xinhua News featuring a snippet of Chinese President Xi Jinping's speech celebrating the Communist Party's centenary, Musk lavished praise on the country.
"The economic prosperity that China has achieved is truly amazing, especially in infrastructure! I encourage people to visit and see for themselves," Musk tweeted.
Musk's comments aren't too far out of the left field. In a podcast last July, Musk criticized people in the US, particularly in the Bay Area, LA, and New York, for being entitled and complacent, while exhorting how smart and hard-working people in China are.
"China rocks in my opinion. The energy in China is great," Musk said during the podcast.
"When you've been winning for too long you sort of take things for granted. The United States, and especially like California and New York, you've been winning for too long," Musk added.
CNN also reported this March that Musk appeared to be trying hard to get back into China's good books after concerns about Tesla cars being used for spying were raised by the Chinese government. Speaking to Chinese state-owned broadcaster CCTV in March, Musk said the country would in the future become his company's "biggest market."
"The Chinese economy I think can do extremely well over the next decade and will become the biggest economy in the world. And it's also committed to a sustainable energy future," Musk said to CCTV.
He also reassured the Chinese that Tesla would be "shut down" if its cars were ever used for spying purposes, per a Reuters report.
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