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SpaceX President Sees Starship Launch From Texas This Summer

The SpaceX Starbase facility in Brownsville, Texas.

The SpaceX Starbase facility in Brownsville, Texas.

Photographer: Mark Felix/Bloomberg

SpaceX’s massive new Starship rocket -- designed to land NASA astronauts on the moon and eventually take humans to Mars -- will conduct a test flight from Texas in June or July, President Gwynne Shotwell said Thursday.

SpaceX has been awaiting regulatory approvals for launches from its site at Boca Chica, Texas, including an environmental assessment by the Federal Aviation Administration that has been delayed multiple times since December. Last week, the agency said it’s working to complete that review by the end of this month.