Starship SN5 prototype has passed fire tests and is preparing for the first takeoff
Elon Musk took seriously the idea of colonizing Mars and is confidently moving towards this goal. And then another successful test of the Starship spacecraft took place.
The next Starship prototype under the SN5 index has successfully passed the first static fire tests and is ready to enter the stage of full-fledged flight tests. This is reported by Informant Tech , referring to the Twitter account of Elon Musk .
The tests took place on the night of July 31 at the SpaceX cosmodrome in the village of Boca Chica near Brownsville in southern Texas and were broadcast live on the NASASpaceflight YouTube channel . In the near future, the prototype should make the first jump of 150 meters. According to a similar scheme, SpaceX pre-tested all technologies on a scaled-down Starhopper mock-up last year – first there were static tests of the Starhopper engine on land, and then the first flight tests of the test Starhopper were carried out with ascents to an altitude of 20 and 150 meters .
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 30, 2020
The Super Heavy and Starship are promising super-heavy rocket and spacecraft being developed by SpaceX to replace the current family of Falcon rockets and Dragon ships. The second stage simultaneously acts as a manned or cargo spacecraft. The rocket is being designed as fully reusable, both of its stages will be able to make a soft landing after a flight into space. In the future, SpaceX plans to use Super Heavy and Starship to send cargo and people to the Moon and Mars.
We previously reported that the Starship rocket prototype collapsed during testing . They also wrote that the Crew Dragon ship with two astronauts successfully returned to Earth .