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How soon do you think SpaceX will be ready to launch Starship/SuperHeavy again after their 4/20 first flight?

1-2 months (May/June 2023)
3 (1.2%)
3-4 months (July/Aug 2023)
49 (19.8%)
5-6 months (Sep/Oct 2023)
88 (35.6%)
7-9 months (Nov 2023 - Jan 2024)
68 (27.5%)
10-12 months (Feb - Apr 2024)
31 (12.6%)
13-18 months (May - Oct 2024)
3 (1.2%)
More than 18 months
2 (0.8%)
Never
3 (1.2%)

Total Members Voted: 247

Voting closed: 05/01/2023 11:17 pm


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Even with the regulatory delays, Starship has a faster turnaround between 1st and 2nd launch than pretty much all the US smallsat launchers except Astra (although most smallsat launchers were able to reach orbit in 2nd launch)

Had there been no regulatory delays and SpaceX was able to launch Starship in late September/early October, they would have had a faster turnaround between 1st and 2nd launch than Falcon 9.

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Even with the regulatory delays, Starship has a faster turnaround between 1st and 2nd launch than pretty much all the US smallsat launchers except Astra (although most smallsat launchers were able to reach orbit in 2nd launch)

Had there been no regulatory delays and SpaceX was able to launch Starship in late September/early October, they would have had a faster turnaround between 1st and 2nd launch than Falcon 9.
In fairness, those smallsat launch companies had no heritage of space launch, quite the opposite of SpaceX in 2023. When SpaceX didn't have heritage of space launch, it took them almost a year between the first and second launch of a brand-new vehicle (Falcon 1).

At this point, SpaceX likely has more institutional knowledge regarding space launch than any organization which has ever existed.

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Even with the regulatory delays, Starship has a faster turnaround between 1st and 2nd launch than pretty much all the US smallsat launchers except Astra (although most smallsat launchers were able to reach orbit in 2nd launch)

Had there been no regulatory delays and SpaceX was able to launch Starship in late September/early October, they would have had a faster turnaround between 1st and 2nd launch than Falcon 9.
In fairness, those smallsat launch companies had no heritage of space launch, quite the opposite of SpaceX in 2023. When SpaceX didn't have heritage of space launch, it took them almost a year between the first and second launch of a brand-new vehicle (Falcon 1).

At this point, SpaceX likely has more institutional knowledge regarding space launch than any organization which has ever existed.

True, but this is not universally accepted, many still claim SpaceX doesn't know what it's doing when it comes to Starship, including some on this forum.

 

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