SpaceX Lifts Super Heavy Rocket Booster For Robot Arms

SpaceX has managed to lift its gargantuan Super Heavy booster, the world’s most powerful rocket, onto the launch pad using its colossal “chopsticks”-wielding launch tower.

It’s a truly impressive feat of engineering, and one that brings SpaceX’s inaugural Starship orbital test flight ever closer.

Safe Flex

The rocket stage, dubbed 7 and outfitted with 33 Raptor engines, made its way to the company’s orbital launchpad at its testing facilities in Boca Chica, Texas on Thursday.

The company’s 440-foot “Mechazilla” launch tower was then able to flex its two massive arms to carefully lift the high up into the air, spin it around, and gingerly place it on the orbital launch pad.

The maneuver is a key part of the space company’s plans to make its Starship super heavy platform reusable. In 2020, Musk said that the goal is to have Starship launch a staggering three times a day.

Ready to Fly

It’s still unclear when the company’s first-ever orbital test launch will take place, but given the fact that many of the pieces are starting to come together, it shouldn’t be too long now.

“Starship will be ready to fly next month,” Musk promised last week.

“We will have a second Starship stack ready to fly in August and then monthly thereafter,” he added at the time.

Will SpaceX’s launch tower approach pay off and allow the nearly 400-foot Super Heavy and Starship stack to successfully rocket into space — or will everything go up in smoke?

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