A prototype of SpaceX's Mars Starship spacecraft got off the ground in a test flight, marking a small step that could one day prove to be a giant leap towards the human exploration of the Red Planet. The test launch also tested the new engine that SpaceX will use to power the actual vehicle called the Raptor.
For the second time in just three days, SpaceX has succeeded in showcasing their team's capabilities and readiness to redefine the future of commercial space travel. The launch was scheduled to take place on August 3rd but for some technical issue, the launch was shifted to 4th August. Conceptually created to fly up to 100 people, Starship aims to accomplish Elon Musk's ultimate goal of allowing humans to become a multi-planetary species.
It comes after previous prototypes, except for the first one (Starhopper), failed during testing.
For today, the single engine was enough to lift the Starship SN5 to an altitude of 150 meters over its Texas test facility, where it hovered for a few seconds before coming safely down to land. This massive rocket will have 31 Raptor engines of its own. The company has been working on prototypes to find the right design that will work for the transport. SpaceX actually built a to start with full-scale demonstration craft named the Starship Mk1 prior to switching to this new naming scheme, so that can make this the sixth one this size they've created - with the prior versions suffering failures at many points for the duration of preparations, together with force screening and adhering to a static engine take a look at fireplace.
Several of Starship SN5's predecessors got destroyed during test flights.
Starship, the almost nine-story tall spacecraft that now looks remarkably like a Duracell battery, flew using a single Raptor engine.
A Temporary Flight Restriction for the SpaceX Boca Chica area issued August 2 by the Federal Aviation Administration, prohibiting aircraft operations near the launch site from the surface up to and including 26,000 feet, was in force until 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Having a life-long interest in crewed space flight, Desforges' passion materialized on a family vacation in 1999 when he was able see the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on STS-96. He lived in Orlando, Florida for a year, during which time he had the opportunity to witness the flights of the historic CRS-4 and EFT-1 missions in person at Cape Canaveral.