SpaceX has assembled a full-scale prototype of a two-stage Starship rocket (the first stage is the Super Heavy upper stage, the second stage is the Starship itself), which is to make its first orbital flight. The rocket is 120 meters high and is the largest rocket ever assembled for space travel. The starship assembly itself was shown live on the NASASpaceflight YouTube channel.
Elon Musk’s space company has been developing a two-stage reusable Starship rocket for several years. During this time, several prototypes were tested, some of which exploded, while others rose to a certain height and softly landed on the ground.
Assembly of the prototype of this Starship SN20 rocket began this spring, and it is this rocket that should make its first flight into orbit around the Earth. SpaceX has already announced what should happen during this flight. After the launch and separation of the Super Heavy rocket, which is supposed to fall into the water of the Gulf of Mexico, the second stage of Starship should enter orbit and make one partial orbit around the Earth, and then land in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii.
In early August, SpaceX announced the readiness of a 70-meter SN20 launch vehicle powered by 29 Raptor oxygen-methane rocket engines. She was already delivered to the rocket site, where after a while the remaining 6 Raptor engines were installed on the Starship spacecraft, which is actually the second stage of the rocket.