SpaceX uses a trick to capture the Super Heavy booster with “sticks” during the upcoming Starship test flight (video)

The next flight test of SpaceX's Starship could include a new milestone, according to a teaser in a video highlighting the rocket's fourth flight test.

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

At the end of the video, an animation shows a 400-foot-tall Super Heavy returning to land at Starship's launch tower, known as “Mechazilla.” Along with the words “Next up” and “Flight 5,” the company suggests it is attempting to intercept the booster during its upcoming flight test. SpaceX plans to intercept Super Heavy on its launch tower so the rocket can be reconditioned and relaunched more efficiently and in shorter time frames, the company said.

Still image from an animation showing a SpaceX Starship Super Heavy booster being caught by the “stick” arms of its launch tower after launch. (Image credit: SpaceX)

Elon Musk, CEO and founder of SpaceX, has also hinted at this on social media. “We want to try it at the end of July!” Musk wrote on X last month, after Starship's fourth flight test.