SpaceX has scrapped an altitude test of its newest prototype Starship, SN15, scheduled for the afternoon of Friday, April 30, with no reason for its cancellation yet, and the test is likely to be pushed back to next week.
The altitude test is one of the greatest challenges for the prototype. In it, the prototype was refueled and launched and ascended to heights. Then the prototype will perform a series of maneuvers. “Flick the belly” to turn around and attempt back down to Earth for a controlled vertical landing. However, this was not an easy task as four previous attempts to get the prototype to maneuver the landings had ended in the prototype explosion.
In preparation for this latest test, SpaceX performed tests such as a fixed-fire test on Monday, April 26th.In this test, the prototype passed pre-launch preparation and was still tethered to the ground as it was. Fire engine This helps engineers verify that everything is working as planned. It looks like everything is going well, and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the prototype was ready for altitude testing late a week later.
The Starship SN15 Static Fire has been completed and is set to take off later this week.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 27, 2021
According to NASASpaceFlight. Due to road closures in the area around the Boca Chica launch site, most of the testing will be rescheduled on Monday, April 3.There are a few windows for testing over the weekend, so next week is most likely. It’s time to test
SpaceX has said it plans to send Starship in its first orbital flight this summer. But first, high altitude tests as well as tricky vertical maneuvers must be performed.
The eventual plan is for the starship to become a heavy launch vehicle for carrying large payloads on long expeditions such as to the Moon and Mars. This will complement the company’s Falcon 9 rocket, which is used for launching satellites, crew capsules and more, and offers a first step towards reuse. Although reusable rockets are harder to design and manipulate than single-use rockets. But it also has the potential for cheaper and more accessible space flight due to lower costs when parts can be recycled.