SpaceX takes big step toward first flight of most powerful rocket

SpaceX has completed the first-ever wet dress rehearsal of its stacked Super Heavy rocket and Starship spacecraft. The exercise, which involves fueling SpaceX’s

next-generation rocket and working through pre-launch procedures, is an important step toward the vehicle’s first orbital test flight, which could take place in February or

March. The rehearsal took place at SpaceX’s Starbase facility in Boca Chica, Texas, on Monday. SpaceX announced the completion of the test in a tweet, but it omitted to say

whether it had been a success. “Starship completed its first full flight-like wet dress rehearsal at Starbase today,” it said. “This was the first time an integrated Ship

and Booster were fully loaded with more than 10 million pounds of propellant.” Starship completed its first full flight-like wet dress rehearsal at Starbase today. This

was the first time an integrated Ship and Booster were fully loaded with more than 10 million pounds of propellant pic.twitter.com/btprGNGZ1G — SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 24,

2023 If the rehearsal went according to plan, Starship will be removed from the top of the Super Heavy rocket in preparation for a static fire test where the first-stage

booster is tethered to the ground before having its 33 Raptor 2 engines fired to ensure they’re behaving as expected. A successful engine test would then see the Starship

placed back atop the rocket for the highly anticipated orbital test flight that will earn the space vehicle a place in the record books as the most powerful ever to fly.