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SpaceX ships to miss July tests due to environmentalists




The July test of Starship — the largest spacecraft of Elon Musk's SpaceX company may be postponed due to the demands of American environmentalists, CNN reports.

Elon Musk announced plans for a full-fledged orbital launch of Starship back in March-he wrote on Twitter that he would launch the ship into orbit on July 1. Officially, SpaceX has submitted documents for the orbital tests for the period from June 20 to December 20, but the date set by Musk may be postponed due to the nature of the tests themselves.

Prior to this, only the Starship final stage take-off and landing system was tested within the Earth's atmosphere. In four out of five cases, these tests ended in failure and the destruction of the ship. This time, it is planned to use a super-powerful upper stage — this is what causes the concern of environmentalists in the Federal Aviation Administration.

This agency will have to decide whether the launch of a full-fledged Starship model into orbit will cause damage to the environment. So far, this permission has not been received.

According to the plans of SpaceX, the ship should be launched from South Texas, and the splashdown of its manned part will occur near the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

Earlier, Elon Musk announced the sale of his last home.


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