The billionaire entrepreneur has promised to live stream the launch “warts and all,” claiming there is only a one in three chance of Starship landing in one piece.
"Aiming for first 15km/50ft altitude flight next week," Mr. Musk tweeted on Wednesday.
“Goals are to test 3 engine ascent, flaps, a transition from main to header tanks and landing flip… Lot of things need to go right, so maybe ⅓ chance.”
At least seven more prototypes are planned before a fully-fledged flight for Starship, though no precise timetable for its development has been publicly revealed.
Earlier this year, Mr Musk made Starship SpaceX’s number one priority after growing frustrated with the rate of progress.
The 49-year-old has frequently spoken of his ambition to travel to Mars in his lifetime, famously stating that he hoped to die on the planet, “just not on impact.”
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