February 3, 2023

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Starship, back on fire: Doubts on SpaceX after fire in launch test | Elon Musk’s company plans to take humans to Mars in that ship

Elon Musk’s space project A rocket propellant accident in the last hour of a missile test raised suspicions. Ourrio during tests of SpaceX’s Super Heavy Booster 7 at the company’s base at Starbase, Texas.

The video shows the explosion during the test, which ignited a strong fire and plume of smoke. The incident occurred on Monday and Musk himself appeared at the site to assess the damage..

The billionaire took to Twitter (the network he wanted to buy and whose operations will now collapse due to his decision) to explain that the fire was not intentional. He added that the company plans to “Spiral Start Test” Engines are not involved in starting engines. “The Raptors have a complicated starting lineup,” he said..

Studies include evaluation of the integrity of rocket propellant tanks, The health of the Raptor engines and the condition of the ground systems, as well as the steel structure of the missile turret.

A few weeks ago, the company tested Booster 7 and the starship’s upper stage, Ship 24, before the vehicle’s first orbital launch. A formal launch date for the aircraft has yet to be set. It’s also unclear how the incident will affect those plans at this time..

When launched, the Super Heavy Booster is scheduled to crash into the Gulf of Mexico or attempt to land back at the starbase. This was reported in a document by the Federal Communications Commission. Once in orbit, the starship is expected to reach an altitude of 250 kilometers before making a “guided and motorized landing” in the Pacific Ocean.North of Hawaii.

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One of the modules has already completed landing in 2021. The idea is that Starships can take people to the moon and Mars and other places. In turn, NASA selected the system as the first manned lander for Artemis, the Luhar probe project developed by the space agency.. It is estimated that by 2025, NASA will be using Starship astronauts.