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SpaceX Shows Off Capturing Super Heavy Rocket Using Chopsticks on Upcoming Starship Test Flight (Video)

SpaceX Shows Off Capturing Super Heavy Rocket Using Chopsticks on Upcoming Starship Test Flight (Video)

SpaceX’s next Starship test flight could include another milestone, according to a teaser video accompanying the rocket’s fourth test flight.

SpaceX posted a video to X (formerly Twitter) on Thursday (July 4) that features a montage of milestones from Starship’s fourth flight test on June 6. The video shows clips of the ignition, liftoff, booster separation, and reentry of both Starship’s upper stage and its super-heavy booster.

At the end of the video, an animation shows a giant, 400-foot-tall (122-meter-tall) rocket landing back at Starship’s launch tower, known as “Mechazilla,” next to the words “Next” and “Flight 5,” suggesting that the company plans to try to catch the rocket in its upcoming flight test. SpaceX plans to catch the Super Heavy on its launch tower so that the rocket can be refurbished and relaunched more efficiently and in shorter timeframes, the company said.

A still from an animation shows a SpaceX Starship Super Heavy booster rocket being captured by the “chopstick” arms of its launch tower after liftoff. (Image credit: SpaceX)

SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk has suggested the same on social media. “I’m aiming to test this in late July,” Musk said. Written on X Last month, after the spacecraft’s fourth atmospheric test.