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18 Jun, 2023
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In a tweet on Tuesday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced that the next flight test for the Starship rocket will take place within the next "six to eight weeks."

This comes after the dramatic explosion during its first orbital test flight two months ago. While Musk's optimism is apparent, there are concerns about the ambitious timeline and the challenges that lie ahead.

The Starship rocket has impressive power, but using that power proved to be a challenge. During its first orbital flight in April, the rocket failed to separate and drifted dangerously off course, resulting in a delayed self-destruct. The incident damaged not only the rocket, but also the launch pad, which will require extensive reconstruction and the installation of additional systems to handle the tremendous thrust created.

However, technical challenges are not the only obstacles SpaceX faces. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has grounded Starship pending an investigation into the accident. The launch sent debris and particulate matter flying for miles, causing concerns about safety and environmental impact. Environmental groups have even filed lawsuits against the FAA, adding legal complications to the situation.

SpaceX must deliver results sooner rather than later, as NASA has expressed concerns about potential delays to its moon landing mission, Artemis 3, which relies on the success of the Starship rocket. The mission, scheduled for late 2025, may be affected if further setbacks occur.

With the upcoming flight test, SpaceX aims to overcome the previous challenges and demonstrate the capabilities of the Starship rocket.