SpaceX Flexes Giant Starship-Catching “Chopsticks” for the First Time

SpaceX’s giant robotic “Mechazilla” just came alive.

SpaceFlex

SpaceX has flexed the “Chopsticks” arm of its massive Starship-catching tower for the first time this morning at the company’s testing facilities in South Texas, as spotted during a live NASASpaceflight stream.

The “Mechazilla” tower, as SpaceX CEO Elon Musk likes to call it, is meant to ensure that the space company’s heavy lift rocket called Starship and its accompanying Super Heavy booster make a soft landing.

In August, Musk revealed that “SpaceX will try to catch largest ever flying object with robot chopsticks” in a tweet — a truly wild concept that could quickly turn into a disaster unless everything goes perfectly to plan.

Chopstick Catch

An animation — which was deemed “pretty close” by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk — posted to Twitter in August by a SpaceX fan approximates the daring maneuver.

SpaceX has been tirelessly constructing the massive 440-foot robotic tower over the last couple of months.

The first orbital-class Starship prototype dubbed Starship 20 successfully completed a static fire test last week, indicating that the company could soon attempt to catch its first Super Heavy and Starship using the tower.

When the first orbital test launch will occur is still uncertain, though, given an ongoing Federal Aviation Administration investigation.

But if Musk has his druthers, the test would occur as soon as next month, “pending regulatory approval,” he added.

More on Starship: SpaceX Shares Spicy Video of Its Mars Rocket Being Tested

Care about supporting clean energy adoption? Find out how much money (and planet!) you could save by switching to solar power at UnderstandSolar.com. By signing up through this link, Futurism.com may receive a small commission.


Source

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Share This

Share this post with your friends!