SpaceX’s new Starship prototype SN9 was launched today. The test flight of the rocket was successful in general, but we were faced with the explosion scene again in the landing attempt.
Another important test was left behind today in the development process of SpaceX’s new generation interplanetary spaceship Starship. The test takeoff of the new prototype rocket SN9, which has been anticipated for weeks, finally took place today. Although the test flight went as planned in general terms, the landing attempt at the end of the mission failed again.
The SN9 rocket passed the take-off of SpaceX from the launch site in Texas on Tuesday at 23.26. The rocket managed to reach an altitude of 10 kilometers, as expected, in about three minutes. The SN9 then moved to an on-hull landing position and began to descend towards the surface.
Everything seemed to be going well for the SN9 during the landing process, but unfortunately the rocket failed to perform the critical turn maneuver in the final stage. A huge explosion occurred when it landed at an extreme slope to the surface. The SN9 trial thus generally resembled the SN8’s test in December.
You can watch the takeoff and explosion moments below. Next to the SN9 is also the SN10 prototype.
SpaceX plans to achieve the goal step by step in the development process of Starship. Although the landing trials have not been successful at the moment, we can say that the development process of the rocket is progressing very quickly. On the landing side, just like the Falcon 9, the success percentage is expected to increase gradually.
The final version of the Starship is expected to be 50 meters high and house 6 Raptor engines. Starship will also be placed on a huge pusher named Super Heavy. The Super Heavy, which will carry the Starship from surface to orbit, is expected to be 72 meters long and host 28 different Raptor engines. So the total length of Starship and Super Heavy will be 122 meters.
SpaceX plans to bring Starship to space this year and begin its first Starship official missions. Later, human transport to the Moon in 2023 and to Mars in 2025.