Op-Ed: Starship’s Road to Commercial Launch – an Unclear Path

Published by on 05/01/2024 UTC

Starship is perhaps one of the flashiest development programs in aerospace. With so much hardware in flow, the future promised by SpaceX where payloads of unprecedented mass launch regularly aboard a fully reusable launch system has had little difficulty capturing the imaginations of spaceflight enthusiasts. With testing already underway ahead of the system’s fourth Integrated Flight Test (IFT), and several more flight tests planned in 2024, one may ask how quickly the dream will become reality. The answer, however, as many things are regarding spaceflight, is complicated and prone to delays.

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