SpaceX just popped another Starship Test box.
On the evening of Tuesday, September 22 (September 22), the Spaceship SN7.1 tank was deliberately destroyed during a pressure test designed to bring stainless steel hardware to the explosion point.
SpaceX also conducted several other such tests, including one in June this year. Blow up the top of the SN7 tank. Such experiments provide impetus for future iterations of the “interstellar spacecraft”. The “Starship” has 100 passengers. This is a company developed by Elon Musk to take people to Mars, the Moon and other cosmic destinations.
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The death of SN7.1 paved the way for the testing of the SN8 prototype, which may begin as early as this weekend. Musk said that if the SN8 undergoes a series of inspections and engine tests, it will attempt to fly to the sky of South Texas at a speed of 12 miles (20 kilometers).
Two full-scale interstellar spacecraft prototypes have landed-SN5 and SN6, and in recent test flights, they are each about 500 feet (150 meters) high. (If you want to know, “SN” stands for “Serial Number”.)
The flight of SN5 and SN6 is only powered by a single Raptor engine. SN8 will have three raptors, as well as a nose cone and body flaps for improved control, which are the equipment that its predecessors lack.
Musk said that the final “interplanetary spacecraft” will have six “Raptors”, which will make the 165-foot-high (50 m) spacecraft powerful enough to launch it from the moon and Mars. But the interstellar spacecraft will need help to leave our larger earth, so it will lift off from here, this is a huge rocket, overweight, It will be powered by about 30 Raptors.
Both “Starship” and “Super Heavy” are designed to be completely and quickly reusable. Musk believes that the duo will drastically cut the cost of space flight-in fact so great that ambitious feats such as Mars colonization become economically feasible.
Mike Wall is the author of “Out Central” (Grand Central Press, 2018; Karl Tate illustration), a book on the search for alien life book. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook.