SpaceX has achieved landing success for the first time in Starship prototype tests. However, the rocket detonated just two minutes after landing.
Another important test was left behind today in the development process of SpaceX’s new generation interplanetary spaceship Starship. The highly anticipated test take-off of the new prototype rocket SN10 took place today. Although the Starship prototype successfully landed on the surface in the test flight, it exploded again minutes later.
The SN10 rocket took off from SpaceX’s launch site in Texas at 02.16 BCE on Thursday. The rocket managed to reach an altitude of about 10 kilometers, just like in the SN8 and SN9 trials. Afterwards, the upper body began to descend towards the surface by moving to the landing position.
For the first time in the SN10 test, SpaceX succeeded in bringing a Starship prototype with three Raptor engines to the surface for the first time. The landing moments of the SN10 produced quite impressive images. But just two minutes after landing, when we thought everything was going well, the SN10 suddenly exploded and turned into a giant fireball. You can also see the explosion moments of the rocket below.
https://youtu.be/hzhP3Q5fku8cess of Starship. Landing success was achieved in a very short time in the 10-kilometer tests. The company is now aiming to tackle the last snags on this side and gradually reach the space limit of 100 kilometers. SpaceX is currently advancing rapidly in the development process of Starship.
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 the surface to the orbit, is expected to be 72 meters long and host 28 Raptor engines. In other words, 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. Then there is a goal of transporting people to the Moon in 2023 and to Mars in 2025.