Starship is set to be SpaceX’s ultimate ship (for now). A gigantic ship capable of carrying up to 100 people inside on interplanetary voyages. Of course, piloting something this big is no easy task. Over the past few months, SpaceX has carried out various tests in which the ship was smashed. Now, finally, a full-scale prototype has managed to rise about 150 meters high and descend safely.
A previous prototype of the ship showed how gigantic it was with its 50 meters high and three Raptor engines. In this case, the prototype that has taken off is just the main body of the ship (without the dome and without the control fins) with a single Raptor engine. To simulate the dome, this prototype had a mass block with the same weight on top.
The tests were carried out at the SpaceX base in Boca Chica (Texas), where the prototype it rose about 150 meters above the surface then slowly descend. You can see it in the following video:
LAUNCH! Starship SN5 launched a 150-meter test jump at SpaceX Boca Chica.
Under the power of the Raptor SN27, SN5 achieved what looks like a successful flight!
Hear the applause of the SpaceXers!
Mary (@BocaChicaGal) filming the story!
Live broadcast: https://t.co/rUNxATy7VJ pic.twitter.com/p5UTRFd0gI
– Chris B – NSF (@NASASpaceflight) 4 août 2020
With eyes on the Moon and (possibly) Mars
The relevance of this flight test is that it is the first that SpaceX successfully manages for its future and gigantic spaceship. The test flight was intended to see how the Starship’s take-off and landing system works. And it is that inside it will contain people who must land on the Moon or other planets safe and sound, in addition to which the ship must be able to take off from there to return to Earth.
Elon Musk’s idea is use these ships to transport people to the Moon or other planets. An extremely complicated task, but one that seems to be going in the right direction. In fact, SpaceX hopes to use the Starship for NASA’s Artemis mission, which will bring astronauts back to the moon by 2024.
Elon Musk is aiming high and planning to send a million people to Mars by 2050 using the Starship. According to his calculations, it will take 1,000 spaceships and 20 years to create a sustainable city on the Red Planet. First of all to see how the prototype evolves and the final development of the ship.
Source : Engadget