SpaceX successfully tested a prototype spacecraft for flights to Mars


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SpaceX successfully tested a prototype spacecraft for flights to Mars

Today, the main stars for the private space company SpaceX are its launch vehicles Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy. They are used by the company for the output of satellites, as well as for the delivery of cargo to the International Space Station. However, SpaceX is not going to be limited to these missiles and is developing a completely new launch system. With its help, the company is going to carry out much more ambitious projects. Nothing less – send people to the Moon and Mars. Now the company is testing a prototype of this spacecraft. The first two failed. The prototype caught fire. However, during the last test, SpaceX still managed to tear the prototype off the ground.

The prototype Starship ship, a stainless steel model called Starhopper, was tested at the SpaceX test site in Boca Chica, Texas, late Thursday evening. Literally a day after the last unsuccessful attempt.

On the new and successful test through his Twitter page, the SpaceX head Ilon Musk said, joking:

Starhopper test was successful. Even water towers can fly.

The fact is that visually Starhopper really looks more like a three-legged water tower than a rocket or a spacecraft.

During the test, the unit's engine worked for no more than 20 seconds, but that was enough for the Starhopper to rise to the planned 20 meters. This time the company did not broadcast the event directly, however, a large number of people gathered around the test site who tried to capture rare footage from different angles.

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In the video above, the rise of the apparatus itself begins at 4:40:27. To see something on it through the thick smoke is almost impossible. However, there are reports that the prototype took off, made a lateral movement and gently landed at the planned landing point.

Later, Ilon Mask himself shared the recording from a camera located near the engine of the vehicle. In addition, he published a video of the engine at the time of launch, shot using a flying drone. And it’s already clear that Starhopper made the climb.

The tasks of the device Starhopper

Starhopper prototype is not designed for space flight. SpaceX is developing it as a platform for testing various technologies that will be used in a full-fledged Starship spacecraft. His company is going to use it for flights to the Moon and Mars.

See also: SpaceX wants to use Starship as a passenger transport on Earth

According to Mask, the new test Starhopper can take place in a week or two. This time, the company will try to launch an experimental device to a height of 200 meters.

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