SpaceX spaceship-prototype blows its top – BBC News

SpaceX spaceship-prototype blows its top – BBC News

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SpaceX is a space ship rocket prototype had a large error during the pressurization test on Wednesday.

A video of the scene in Texas showed the upper part of the vehicle to fracture.

Cryogenic propellants were loaded into the time Chica system scattered around the Boca in a huge cloud.

The U.S. company invoices a space ship as a General purpose transportation system of the future. It is used to ferry people and cargo outside the earth, and to destinations around the globe.

The Mk-1 prototype was due to start, practice flights up to an altitude of 20km in the next few weeks.

In a tweet, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that could not happen and the ship would be retired.

the development is already in progress on another prototype, marked with the Mk-3.

“[Mk-1] had some value as the production of pathfinder, but from flight design is quite different,” Mr Musk said, his legion of fans on social media.

A statement from SpaceX reads: “The purpose of today’s test was to pressurise systems to the max, so the result was not entirely unexpected.”

Elon Musk has given about his plans for the Starship, most recently in September, when he spoke in detail about the technology of the vehicle and its potential applications.

The Mk-3 vehicle, he said, could be built much faster than the Mk-1. It was also able to go into orbit.

As the SpaceX Falcon-9-rocket, space-ship is designed to be used again. The more so, in fact.

On the Falcon 9, only the lower booster comes back down to earth after a flight and the upper stage is expendable.

In the case of Starship, and the booster, the so-called Super Heavy, is a controlled landing after a mission.

Starship touted as a competitor to the US space agency (Nasa) – big new rocket, called the Space Launch System (SLS), which is used to send astronauts to the moon and Mars.

So far, Nasa is the only surface in the Starship as a potential freighter, the delivery of goods to the moon.

SpaceX has experienced a series of very public hardware breakdowns in the last time. In April, for example, his dragon, an astronaut, the capsule suffered a dramatic explosion on a test stand.

But the company is not afraid of these mistakes. It believes in a rapid process of “build, test, and Iteration”.

SpaceX is methods – and successes – have had to race the rest of the rocket industry to catch up.

Released on Thu, 21 Nov 2019 09:39:41 +0000

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