SpaceX has released its latest work Starship The second prototype, vehicle test-flight prep continued.
Starship SN10 burned all three of them Raptor engines For a few seconds today (Feb. 25) at 5:57 p.m.
The first static fire of the SN10, Which happened on Tuesday (February 23), apparently an issue came out with one of the vehicle’s raptors. SpaceX quickly The engine turned And prepared the SN10 for another stationary fire, the usual preflight checkout for the company’s rockets.
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Static Fire! Starship SN10 fired three of its engines after a record raptor swap turnaround. The big question is if it was a good test. If so, the launch could be just a few days apart.February 25, 2021
If all goes well today, SN10 (“Serial Number 10”) could be off the field very soon, perhaps in the next few days. The vehicle will fly about 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) in the South Texas sky, a high-altitude spacecraft that was flown by three-engine SN8 and SN9 prototypes on December 9 and February 2, respectively.
Both of those flights went well until the very end. Both the SN8 and SN9 hit their target landing zone but could not escape the touchdown, Huge fireballs explode.
SpaceX is developing a starship to get people and cargo to the moon, Mars and beyond. The system consists of two completely reusable elements: a 165-foot tall (50 m) spacecraft called a starship and a giant rocket known as a super heavy.
The final starship will have six raptors, and the super heavy will operate about 30 engines, said Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX.
The final, operational starship could soon take off if planned. SpaceX hopes to launch a prototype into orbit sometime this year, and Musk recently said he thinks the system will People flying regularly until 2023.
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