CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, Elon Musk celebrated his 50th birthday on Monday (28/6). At his current age, Elon Musk has managed to become one of the richest people in the world. Famous enough to be active on Twitter, many people wished him a happy birthday. There are also those who ask about what gift Elon Musk wants on his 50th birthday.
As one of the richest people in the world, Musk can certainly get any prize he wants. However, the answer he gave was surprising. He said he wanted a Starship Super Heavy rocket.
Starship’s First Orbital Flight Could Be In July?
Indeed, SpaceX is currently testing its Starship rocket so that it can fly into space. This rocket has already undergone several trials on Earth. It looks like Elon Musk doesn’t want the rocket just parked in his house. He wants the rocket to fly into space to carry out missions such as landing on the Moon. However, it looks like Musk won’t have to wait long to see the rocket orbit. SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell said the rocket’s orbital flight would likely take place in the next few weeks.
Speaking at the International Space Development Conference a few days ago, Shotwell targeted the Starship’s first orbital flight to be in July. “I wish we could do it, but we all know it’s tough,” Shotwell said.
The Starship rocket system consists of two parts, namely the Super Heavy Booster and the Second Stage which is also named Starship. The Second Stage is designed to be a spacecraft that delivers cargo and astronauts to the Moon and Mars.
After several failed trials, SpaceX finally managed to launch and land the Starship in May. Meanwhile, the Super Heavy rocket has not yet flown. It is likely to debut on Starship’s first orbital flight.