SpaceX hints at catching Super Heavy booster with ‘chopsticks’ during upcoming Starship test flight (video)

The next flight of SpaceX’s Starship could mark a new milestone, according to a teaser in a highlight video from the rocket’s fourth flight.

SpaceX posted the video to X (formerly Twitter) on Thursday (July 4), which features a montage of milestones from Starship’s fourth flight, which took place on June 6. The video shows clips from the ignition, launch, booster separation and reentry of both Starship’s upper stage and the Super Heavy booster.

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

Animation of a SpaceX Starship Super Heavy booster being grabbed by the launch tower’s ‘chopstick arms’ after launch. (Image credit: SpaceX)

SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk has also hinted as much on social media. “I want to try this in late July!” Musk wrote on X last month, after Starship’s fourth flight.

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