Video: SpaceX Starship's new prototype succeeds in pressure test


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Video: SpaceX Starship's new prototype succeeds in pressure test

The new full-sized prototype of the Starship SN3 rocket, which is preparing for interplanetary flights, has successfully passed pressure testing of the system, which opens up opportunities for further, more complex tests.

According to the founder and CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk, the Starship SN2 prototype was tested on Sunday, March 8, at the company's training ground not far from Boca Chica in Texas. Similar tests led to the explosion of two previous prototypes – SN1 and the earlier Mark 1 model.

Responding to a user’s question about future plans, Musk said on Twitter that static fire tests of the engines and launches at a relatively low height of the SN3 prototype will be carried out later. Then comes the turn of longer flights of the SN4 prototype.

This will be followed by testing of new prototypes, as the Starship rocket’s strategy includes frequent changes to its design and testing of these modifications to see what works and what needs to be improved.

Musk recently admitted in an interview with Ars Technica that SpaceX is committed to assembling one Starship rocket per week by the end of 2020.

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