SpaceX has successfully tested a full-size Raptor-powered Starship SN5 prototype next-generation spacecraft that will eventually take astronauts to Mars to colonize the Red Planet.
On August 4, the Starship SN5 prototype, which looks more like a flying water tower due to the lack of a nose cone, reportedly took off about 150 meters and made a soft landing at the company’s private spaceport near Boca Chica, Texas. “Mars looks real“- wrote the head of the company Elon Musk (Elon Musk) on Twitter after the completion of the test flight.
The SN5 was the first of the company’s full-size test prototypes to actually take off and land. It successfully passed the static tests earlier this week, which set the stage for the current test “jump”. The prototype is powered by just one Raptor engine, while in the final stages of testing the Starship will have six engines for much more thrust.
LAUNCH! Starship SN5 has launched on a 150 meter test hop at SpaceX Boca Chica.
Under the power of Raptor SN27, SN5 has conducted what looks like a successful flight!
Listen to the SpaceXers cheer!
Mary (@BocaChicaGal) filming history!
Livestream: https://t.co/rUNxATy7VJ pic.twitter.com/p5UTRFd0gI
– Chris B – NSF (@NASASpaceflight) August 4, 2020
A similar “jump” of 150 m was performed by SpaceX’s prototype spacecraft called Starhopper in August 2019. The company has mapped out an aggressive prototype development and testing plan to try to get a fully functional orbiter ready for flight next year. According to Elon Musk, the next steps include a few more short “jumps” before reaching the “high altitude” of the prototype with the flaps attached.
In the future, Starship will be used in tandem with the super-heavy Super Heavy launch vehicle for interplanetary flights.
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