Elon Musk said on Wednesday that SpaceX is planning to launch its Starship spaceship into orbit for the first time in early 2022, but cautioned that the initial attempt might not be a success.
SpaceX will carry out tests in December, ahead of Starship’s first orbital flight in January, Musk said during a video call with members of the National Academy of Sciences.
"There’s a lot of risks associated with this first launch, so I would not say that it is likely to be successful, but we’ll make a lot of progress," he said.
Musk said in the video call that he was confident that Starship would successfully reach orbit in 2022.
"I’m not sure we’ll get there on the first attempt, but I’m comfortable we’ll get there next year," he said later in the call.