We now know why SpaceX is the latest. Enterprise The prototype caught fire last week.
The stainless steel car, also known as SN11 (“Serial No. 11”), was launched on Test flight last Tuesday. (March 30) From SpaceX’s South Texas location near Boca Chica village on the Gulf Coast.
The SN11 soared to a planned maximum height of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers), and the 165-foot (50-meter) craft had inspected a number of boxes on its way down as well, but the SN11 did not land, instead exploding into a fireball sized. Large – Due to plumbing issues, SpaceX Founder & CEO Elon Musk Announced today (April 5)
Video: Watch the launch of SpaceX̵7;s Starship SN11 in a test flight.
“The rise and fall range, the horizontal transition and the controls during free fall were fine. A little (somewhat) minor CH4 leak caused a fire to Engine 2 and the avionics spanning the start). Difficult to burn. Landing in a CH4 turbocharger is being fixed, 6 ways to Sunday. ” Musk said via Twitter today..
The CH4 is methane fuel that powers SpaceX’s powerful next-gen Raptor engine, and “hard to start” means igniting when there’s too much fuel in the combustion chamber and the pressure is too high – not a good thing. Any engine
SpaceX Starship is being developed to carry people and transport goods to the moon, Mars and other distant destinations.The transportation system consists of two components, both of which are completely recyclable: the Starship spacecraft and its booster. First, a giant size called Super Heavy.
Both Starship and Super Heavy will be powered by Raptors – six for the Starship final and about 30 for larger supporters, Musk said.The SN11 is equipped with three Raptors, just like its three predecessors, the SN8, SN9 and SN10, which were released in-flight. 6 miles altitude test in December, February and early March respectively.
The four flights are broadly similar, with prototypes working as best as possible the SN10 landed in one piece. Exploded about eight minutes later..
SpaceX will try to land it right.The company has already built a next-generation Starship prototype, known as SN15, and is likely to take off very soon (yes, SpaceX will go directly from SN11 to SN15).
Mike Wall is the author of “Out there(Grand Central Publishing, 2018; Illustration by Karl Tate), a book about the search for extraterrestrial life.Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook.