ORLANDO, Fla. — While NASA is rooting for SpaceX to achieve Starship success so it can land humans on the moon, the U.S. military has plans of their own for the massive rocket that could include launches from Florida's Space Coast.
Elon Musk's next-generation rocket currently in development at SpaceX's southeast Texas facilities is gearing up for its third suborbital test flight as soon as this month after its first two ended in explosions last year. It's part of the company's long-term plans for a completely reusable spacecraft with more payload capacity into space than any other rocket ever.
Starship's potential also includes flying quickly from one spot on Earth to another, which is what has the Department of Defense interested. That was discussed during the Space Mobility Conference held by the Space Force at the Orange County Convention Center earlier this month.
“Rocket cargo point-to-point is not the reason we're building Starship,” said SpaceX senior adviser Gary Henry. “We're building Starship to get to Mars.” [But] “what we're finding is it's a system we're putting together that has profound impacts for national security, and one of them just happens to be rocket point-to-point.”
The big driver of that is the potential the military could use the rocket to send supplies, and perhaps even troops in the future, to anywhere in the world in less than an hour. Defense department officials…