SpaceX’s latest Starship The prototype has just ignited for the second time and may pave the way for a 9-mile-high (15-kilometer) test flight in the near future.
The SN8 (“Sequence Number 8”) aircraft conducted a “static shot” test at SpaceX’s South Texas facility in the seaside village of Boca Chica, Texas on Tuesday night (November 10) and burned for a few seconds. . The video of the test was captured by the South Padre Island travel website Spadre.com.
The usual pre-launch inspection is a static fire in which the rocket engine catches fire while the aircraft is parked on the ground. SN8 has conducted one such test In the early morning of October 20.
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In several respects, Tuesday’s trial was more dramatic than the first trial.First of all, this time SN8 looks more like a real spaceship than last month. It has the nose cone owned by SpaceX personnel. Piled up on the previously exposed body On October 22
In addition, the static fire on Tuesday also included some small fireworks. The engine’s ignition device briefly sent out sparks or burning debris and flew into the night in Texas. But SN8 seems to be intact, so if something abnormal happens, it doesn’t seem to be serious.
Starship is SpaceX’s next-generation space flight system, and the company is developing the system to help colonize Mars, launch satellites into orbit and complete all other tasks SpaceX needs to complete. The system consists of a 165-foot-tall (50-meter) spacecraft, called a Starship, and a giant rocket called Super Heavy, which will take its partner vehicle away from the earth. (The interstellar spacecraft will be powerful enough to launch it into space, SpaceX founder and CEO Mars Elon Musk Say. )
These two fully reusable vehicles will be powered by SpaceX’s new Raptor engine. “Starship” will carry 6 Raptors, and “Super Heavy” will be equipped with 30.
SpaceX is iterating to the final Starship design through a series of increasingly ambitious prototypes. For example, SN8 has three “Raptors” and none of its predecessors have more than one.
Musk said these three engines will make the SN8 much higher than any other starship prototype-about 9 miles (15 kilometers) higher. So far, three “starships” have started, all flying to a maximum altitude of about 500 feet (150 meters). The vulgar Starhopper did so in the summer of 2019, while SN5 and SN6 followed suit in August and September this year.
A major leap for SN8 may now be just around the corner.in a September TweetMusk said that SN8’s test plan involves “static shooting, checkout, static shooting, flying 60,000 feet and flying backwards”. (He later revised the altitude target downward a bit.)
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