SpaceX hot fire tests its Starship vehicle three times in four hours

Today in SpaceX is about starting the starship engine. On Wednesday, in southern Texas, SpaceX lit its new starship prototype not once or twice. Rather, engineers and technicians fed and tested their prototype SN9 and its Raptor rocket engines three times in less than four hours.

The Sun glints around the lower fin of Starship SN8 on Dec. 9, 2020.

After the first three Tests, the founder and chief engineer of SpaceX Elon masque said on Twitter, “Today in SpaceX is about practicing the starship engine. The ship performing three tests like this in rapid succession is a remarkable achievement and aims to mature the spacecraft’s hardware, earth systems, and procedures for the SpaceX Starship launch program. Masque said the goal is to get to a point where one could “get in and go” to Mars. Such capacity remains years in the future if it is ever done. But the company seems to be making progress towards a solid launch system.”

assuming Wednesday engine test data is favorable, the next step for SN9 is likely to go and fly. The vehicle is already at its launch site, and masque and his engineers will now conduct a “layout” review before what is expected to be another test flight around 12.5km, similar to the flight made by the SN8 vehicle in December. The goal will be to successfully land after SN8 fulfills with a fiery end at the landing site after an almost perfect flight otherwise. It is held by massive pins while the engines are fired.” After the third test, Musk confirmed that the three tests were performed without a major show.

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perform three tests like this one in quick succession is a remarkable success, and it indicates that maturing spacecraft equipment, ground systems, and procedures for SpaceX Starship launch program. Musk said the goal is to reach a point where we could “get up and go to Mars. Such capacity remains for years to come if it is ever realized. But the company seems to be making progress towards a robust launch system.

supporting Wednesday engine test data is favorable, the next step for SN9 is likely to go and fly. The vehicle is already on its launch carrier, and music and its engineers will now conduct a review of “preparation” before what is planned to be another test flight at about 12.5km, similar to the flight made by the SN8 vehicle in December. The goal will be to successfully land after SN8 has reached a fiery end on the landing site after a flight.

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SpaceX otherwise almost perfect received approval from the federal air administration to launch its SN9 vehicle Thursday, Friday, or Saturday from its premises near Boca Chica Beach, In southern Texas. It is possible that they can turn in SN9 for an attempted flight on Thursday. However, there are concerns about high-level winds, which appear hostile until at least Saturday.

sources suggest that SpaceX is eager to follow the flying SN9, as it has almost completed the assembly of the next Starship prototype, SN10, in its nearby High Bay premises. The company is in a hurry to drive this vehicle perhaps by the end of January, as it has several other prototypes in various construction states.

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the short-term objective is to demonstrate orbital flight capability for Starship. To do this, the company must first build and test the Superheavy rocket, which will serve as the first step of the Starship. This dramatic test will see a Starship launched into orbit to determine whether it can safely return to Earth using a combination of heat shield tiles on its side facing the atmosphere. It will complete a complex set of maneuvers to purge speed and finally make a landing.

in an interview published earlier this month, Gwynne Shotwell told Ars that she thought it was more likely than not that this orbital flight test took place in 2021.

Arstechnica / TechConflict.Com

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