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SpaceX showed the Starship on a Super Heavy rocket, and Airbus filmed them from space.

Published: 2023-01-13

The American aerospace company SpaceX is preparing for the first-ever orbital test flight of the Starship spacecraft. This week, a prototype super-heavy launch vehicle called Booster 7 was installed at the launch pad at Starbase in South Texas, carrying the Starship-Ship 24 (S24) prototype spacecraft.

In a drone video posted by the company on Twitter on Monday and already garnering 2.5 million views, you can see how the 50m-long prototype ship was installed on the giant 70m-long first stage.

This isn't the first time Booster 7 and Ship 24 have been put together on a launch pad. With the Mechazilla, a 140-meter turret with a pivoting structure to lift and hold the rocket and ship, they were assembled twice in October.

The assembled space system is so large that it can be seen from space. "Hey Starship, we're watching you from space!" aerospace company Airbus tweeted Thursday, adding a photo of the spacecraft taken by one of the Pléiades Neo satellites. It is shown below.

According to SpaceX head Elon Musk, the launch of Ship 24 could be done in February or March. The spacecraft will make one revolution around the Earth, and then land in the Pacific Ocean off one of the Hawaiian islands of Kauai. In turn, Booster 7 will land on an autonomous offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Texas.