SpaceX’s latest Starship The prototype has taken a big step away from lift-off.
Elon Musk’s company is preparing for a 6-mile-high (10-kilometer) test flight from its South Texas location in the near future to launch the vehicle called SN10.
And such preparations can really be carried out now, because SpaceX and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have just concluded an investigation of the last such flight, which took place on February 2nd, until the end of SN9, the predecessor of SN10 , Explode on landing.
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A FAA spokesperson said in an email statement on Friday (February 1
The statement continued: “The FAA supervised the investigation of the SN9 accident conducted by SpaceX. The SN9 vehicle failed within the scope of the FAA safety analysis.” “Its failed landing and explosion did not endanger the public or property. All debris was contained in the designated In the hazardous area. The FAA approved the final accident report, including possible causes and corrective actions.”
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SpaceX is developing interstellar spacecraft to take people and cargo to Mars and other distant destinations. The architecture contains two reusable elements: a 165-foot-high (50-meter) spacecraft called the “Starship” and a giant rocket called the “super heavy”.
Both vehicles will be powered by SpaceX’s next-generation Raptor engine. Musk said that the final “starship” will have 6 “Raptors” and the “super heavy” will be equipped with about 30.
SpaceX is moving in the direction of “interstellar spacecraft” through a series of increasingly complex prototypes, some of which have already come out. The SN8 and SN9 vehicles (like the SN10, each with three birds of prey) flew about 6 miles high on December 9, 2020 and February 2, 2020. Both performed well until the end, Failed to persist.
This test flight requires approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). SpaceX launched SN8 in December Despite being rejected FAA officials said earlier this month that it would exceed the maximum public safety risk allowed by federal regulations. Then, SpaceX must stop all tests in South Texas that may affect public safety until the investigation of the incident is completed and the FAA approved corrective measures are taken.
The resulting delay seemed to anger Musk, Twitter post on January 28 “The regulatory structure of the FAA Space Department is fundamentally broken.”
Not surprisingly, the ambitious Musk has set a positive timeline for Starship.He recently said that he hopes that a prototype aircraft will reach Earth orbit this year and that the aircraft should Regular flights by 2023.
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