Another prototype of a future Starship missile suffered the same fate in December.
– SpaceX (SpaceX) February 2, 2021
The maneuver to rotate the prototype from horizontal to vertical (“belly flip”) went well, but when the main engine was re-ignited, the missile continued to rotate without being able to stay upright, crashing into a fireball.
“We just need to work a little bit on the landing.”
“We still have an excellent flight,” said a SpaceX specialist commenting on Flight Test, live broadcast. We just need to work a little bit on the landing. “
A whimsical billionaire Elon MuskSpaceX founder, for his part, has not commented about the event on social networks. It was announced earlier this morning
His decision to move away from Twitter some time. His account has nearly 45 million subscribers.
Spacecraft to go to Mars
After a standoff with the US Federal Aviation Administration, the Starship SN9 aviation prototype was approved on Tuesday.
The vehicle took off at 3:30 pm local time, reaching a height of 10 km. Then he turned off his engines and made a series of horizontal maneuvers. When the missile tried to regain its upright position, it crashed.
These tests are conducted in a semi-deserted area rented by SpaceX in Boca Chica, Cameron County, in the far south of Texas near the border with Mexico, on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico – an area sufficiently empty for an accident or the explosion does not cause damage or cause casualties .
SpaceX wants the Starship to make its favorite rocket to go to Mars one day.
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