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SpaceX is set to conduct the third test flight of its massive Starship rocket on Thursday

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Texas – SpaceX is set to conduct the third test flight of its massive Starship rocket on Thursday from its Starbase facility in Boca Chica, Texas. The scheduled liftoff is around 8 a.m. ET, although this timing could change, as noted on SpaceX’s website. This test is significant for NASA’s plans to send astronauts back to the moon and could have a major impact on the future of commercial space travel.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved the launch license for this flight on March 8, confirming that SpaceX has satisfied all necessary safety, environmental, policy, and financial responsibility criteria.

This upcoming launch is the rocket’s third attempt; its first launch in April last year ended in an explosion shortly after takeoff. However, a subsequent flight in November saw some success, such as the separation of the Super Heavy first-stage booster and the upper-stage Starship, although SpaceX eventually lost contact with the spacecraft.

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For this third attempt, SpaceX plans to achieve several challenging goals based on previous experiences. These include firing one of the Starship’s Raptor engines in space, operating the payload bay door, and transferring fuel between tanks while in orbit. The mission will also test a controlled re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere and aim for a splashdown in the Indian Ocean.

Successfully demonstrating these technologies will be crucial for future lunar missions and other deep space explorations.

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