SpaceX fuels the fully stacked Starship vehicle for the first time in wet dress rehearsal for orbital launch

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Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX’s Starship passed its wet dress rehearsal in South Texas with flying colours on Monday. In a vehicle first, SpaceX successfully loaded liquid oxygen and liquid methane into the vehicle’s Super Heavy first stage and Starship upper stage.

SpaceX took to Twitter to showcase the dress rehearsal from its Boca Chica facility on Monday with a stunning drone flyover of the rocket on the launch pad.

Per SpaceX, the test verified the full launch countdown sequence and tested flight-like operations.

The wet dress rehearsal clears the path for the first orbital test flight in the near future. However, SpaceX needs to check off a few more boxes before preparing for an orbital flight. This includes a test fire of all 33 of Booster 7’s Raptor engines in a static fire trial.

There is still no public launch date or window for the Starship, but with tests like this, we know the company is starting ramp up towards a launch in early to mid 2023.

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