A prototype of a gigantic aircraft with which the private company SpaceX wants to transport human beings to the Moon and Mars explored this Tuesday during a test, in what is the second failed attempt in almost two months.The Starship Serial Number 9 (SN9), a prototype of the rocket with which SpaceX seeks to transport up to a hundred people and someone hundred metric tons of cargo, crashed when landing during a test carried out at the company’s base in Boca Chica (Texas ).
The immense spacecraft took off powered by three Raptor-type engines and reached a height of about 10 kilometers, less than in the previous test on December 9, but, as in that test with the SN8, it exploded when trying to land, creating a visible ball of fire and just over six minutes after taking flight.We had, again, another great flight. We have to work a little on that landing,” SpaceX engineer John Insprucker said during the broadcast of the flight the company made. We got a lot of good data, and the main goal, to demonstrate vehicle control on subsonic re-entry, seemed to be very good, and we will get a lot out of that,” added the specialist in a positive tone about the prototype, built with stainless steel.
The Starship, 50 meters long and expected to be completely reusable, is the great bet of Elon Musk’s firm for the transport of passengers and cargo and is designated as what will be “the most powerful launch vehicle in the world never developed. SpaceX builds several prototypes of the Starship simultaneously at its facilities in Boca Chica, Texas, and in fact, the SN10 is already deployed on a launch pad close to today.The company has obtained contracts with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to carry out missions of resupply of supplies and research equipment to the International Space Station (ISS).
This Monday he announced that at the end of this year he will launch from Cape Canaveral (Florida) what will be the first “totally commercial” mission that will orbit the Earth for several days, Inspiration 4. Aboard the Falcon 9 rocket the Dragon capsule will take off from the Kennedy Space Center with Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments, as one of the four crew members and who will donate the other three seats for people of the general public to be announced in the upcoming weeks.