MADRID (EUROPA PRESS). – SpaceX’s new prototype rocket landed successfully between the planets on its third test flight, a milestone for this future spacecraft that aims to take humans into space in 2023. However, minutes later it ended up exploding, possibly by a gas leak. Methane.
The Starship SN-10 prototype took off from SpaceX’s coastal launch pad at around 22:15 UTC on March 3 in Boca Chica, Texas, and appeared in a live video broadcast on the SpaceX website. The missile then flew at an altitude of about 10 kilometers before restarting its engines and landing in a controlled manner on the landing pad. However, it exploded minutes later.
The successful landing, the first spacecraft, will likely mark the beginning of a new phase in development for the mega rover, which SpaceX founder Elon Musk plans to use to transport up to 12 people around the moon within two years, and land NASA astronauts on the moon. The surface of Mars and explorers finally settle on the surface of Mars The company is still working on preparing the spacecraft for its first orbital flight, which could happen later this year, according to Bloomberg reports.
I am absolutely sure we will reach orbit several times with the Starship before 2023, and that it will be safe enough to transport humans in 2023, ‘Musk said on Tuesday in a video posted by Japanese businessman Yusaku Maezawa, who has invited eight people to apply. Your fun trip around the moon. It looks very promising.
A Starship missile earlier crashed to the ground on December 9, sparking a fireball, followed by a similar result with another prototype last month. No one was injured in the unfortunate incidents.
SpaceX envisions the stainless steel spacecraft as a versatile and fully reusable spacecraft that can carry 100 metric tons of deep space missions to the Moon and Mars. It is also designed to function as a hypersonic point-to-point vehicle to reduce travel times on the ground.
Except for the heavy booster creating a two-stage system, the Starship is 49 meters high, 30 feet in diameter and can carry up to 100 passengers.
Musk said in October he was 80% to 90% confident the Starship would be ready for orbital flight this year. SpaceX, based in Hawthorne, California, plans to transfer several prototypes of the spacecraft from the launch site in Texas near the US-Mexico border.