Elon Musk's Starship rocket is set for a second launch after its maiden flight ended in a spectacular explosion in April.
Following the explosive failure, engineers at SpaceX have made "more than a thousand" modifications to Starship's systems to enhance reliability.
Launch Window in Texas:
The launch window in Boca Chica, Texas, opens at 07:00 local time, marking another crucial test for the mammoth 120m-tall rocket.
Planned Mission Profile:
The mission aims to send the top part of the two-stage vehicle, known as the Ship, nearly one full revolution around Earth, with an ocean splashdown near Kauai, Hawaii.
If successful, Starship could revolutionize space travel, being a fully reusable rocket capable of carrying over a hundred tonnes into orbit, significantly reducing the cost of space activities.
Elon Musk's Vision:
The successful development of Starship aligns with Elon Musk's vision of establishing a human settlement on Mars and lowering the barriers to space exploration.
The first flight in April provided valuable lessons, with fiery exhaust causing significant damage. Engineers have implemented changes, including a steel plate structure and improvements to Raptor engines.
Commentators suggest that successful separation, engine ignition, and altitude achievement will be crucial milestones for SpaceX to claim progress with Starship, anticipating further advancements in subsequent launches.