SpaceX is one step closer to launching a 50,000-foot Starship SN8 prototype into the air.
The company owned by Elon Musk conducted a static combustion test at its Texas plant, firing the rocket’s Raptor engine for the second time.
The SN8 engine caught fire, releasing debris, orange smoke and flames from the base, lighting up the night sky at 7:10 pm ET on Tuesday night.
After the fire went out, the audience could hear the roar of the Raptor engine, and then the rocket turned off.
This prototype is SpaceX’s first test flight for the first time, and its accessory tail cover is on the top, which indicates that Musk may soon send one of the large rockets into space.
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SpaceX is one step closer to launching a 50,000-foot Starship SN8 prototype into the air.The company owned by Elon Musk launched the rocket’s Raptor engine for the second time in a static fire test conducted at the company’s Texas plant
Tuesday’s test marked the Raptor’s eight successful static combustion tests so far, but this is the second attempt by the SN8.
The original event took place on November 9, but it was cleared only a few minutes left.
However, Tuesday was a success because SpaceX was able to complete all the tasks that caused the static fire.
One of the three Raptor engines ignites first and then ignites for two seconds.
The SN8 engine caught fire, releasing debris, orange smoke and flames from the base, lighting up the night sky at 7:10 pm ET on Tuesday night. After the fire went out, the audience could hear the roar of the Raptor engine, and then the rocket shut down overnight.
The 50,000-foot high jump of SN8 (pictured) is speculated to have occurred this week because documents show that SpaceX requested road closures in the area.This will be the third spacecraft to leave the launch pad-SN6 and SN5 are the only other rockets to achieve this feat
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Except for the debris that looked like debris flying from the base, all of these debris emitted thick smoke.
About five seconds after the incident, the engine stalled and Starship stopped but remained intact.
Teslarati reports that these fragments are likely to be concrete erosion-nothing to worry about.
SN8’s 50,000-foot high jump is expected to occur this week because documents show SpaceX has requested road closures in the area.
This will be the third spacecraft to leave the launch pad-SN6 and SN5 are the only other rockets to achieve this feat.
The large spacecraft is the next generation of fully reusable launch vehicles in the SpaceX program and is at the center of Musk’s ambitions to make human space travel affordable.
Musk has previously stated that each “interstellar spacecraft” has a lifespan of approximately 20 to 30 years, just like an airplane.
The billionaire said that about three “starships” will take off from the earth every day, or about 1,000 flying each year, each with a capacity of more than 90,000 pounds.
By continuously transporting people 180 million miles to Mars, Musk predicts that there will be 1,000 human inhabitants by 2030, and “probably” about 1 million by 2050.
The DuMusk spacecraft is the next-generation fully reusable launch vehicle planned by SpaceX, and it is also Musk’s ambition to make space travel affordable for humans.
Musk launched the first interstellar spacecraft prototype in 2019, and hopes that the rocket can fly at low altitude by March this year and send people into space by the end of 2020.
However, the “Starship” project encountered many obstacles in its journey, and Musk has mentioned it in the past.
Musk said: “I hope we can fly a lot.” “The first batch may not work. This is uncharted territory.
No one can make a fully reusable orbital rocket. Therefore, it is very important to fully own it.
Despite many setbacks, Musk’s current goal is to conduct the rocket’s first orbital test flight in 2021.