SpaceX is building a new launchpad for an entirely new spacecraft

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SpaceX has begun construction of the launch pad from which its Starship will fly into space, Elon Musk has announced.

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The company is drawing closer to orbital tests for the new spacecraft, a key part of Musk and SpaceX’s plans for the future of space travel. The company hopes to one day take humans to Mars, as well as fly them on rapid missions around Earth.

First, though, it has to be put into orbit. And it will do so from a new launch pad in Florida that will be built exclusively.


Work on that facility has now begun, Mr Musk said on Friday.

“Construction on the Starship Orbital Launch Pad at the Cape has begun,” Musk tweeted.

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In a follow-up, he confirmed that he was referring to the 39A Complex at Kennedy Space Center, which SpaceX leased from NASA. Previously, it was used by the space agency for crewed launches, including during the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs.

The first orbital flight for the spacecraft will be an orbital test, which will see it sent into space for the first time.

This will see it fly for more than 90 minutes, during which the unmanned spacecraft will fly into orbit before falling into the ocean near Hawaii.

Mr Musk has said the test is scheduled for January.

The company appears to be making significant progress with Rocket. Last month, it conducted a static fire test that saw all six of its engines being used simultaneously for the first time.


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