Starship Prototype by SpaceX Flied and Crashed Once Again
The Crashing Of SN9 Have Provided SpaceX with New Required Data for A Successful Launch In The Future
Elon Musk’s aerospace firm SpaceX has recently launched another of its developed prototype for the Starship, but the space shuttle again failed to pull off the process of a smooth landing back to earth. The Starship codenamed SN9 has been designed as an unscrewed space vehicle by the company to be launched into space.
Failed SN9 flight:
The Starship prototype by SpaceX was able to climb to 10 kilometers into the earth’s atmosphere while being above the area of Texas Gulf coast and then descended back to the surface of the planet while trying to put a short and controlled distance from where it has initially taken off.
In the previous month, the last model of the Starship prototype by SpaceX codenamed SN8 was launched for a test flight in a deserted region in Texas; the flight ended with a massive explosion caused by the sudden impact of the starship prototype to the ground within just a few minutes after it lifted off from the ground.
The scheduled flight for the Starship prototype SN9 wasn’t much of achievement compared o the previous one, as the space vehicle landed onto the landing pad and burst into flames. Nonetheless, SpaceX is hopeful that they would be able to gather an immense amount of data from the Starship project, due to which the engineering team of the aerospace company would continue to work on the program to gain better results in the future.
The webcast commentator for regular SpaceX broadcast said that the SN9 flight for the Starship prototype was just a test launch of the vehicle, and this recent flight has been only the second time when they have been babe to launch the prototype vehicle with this changed configuration.
There are still numerous issues that are needed to be resolved to achieve a proper landing. But they are looking forward to finding out the issues as the team of engineers is going through the data. The working team for the project has been in continuous contact with the telemetry all of the time until it crashed into the ground and ended up in a pile of flames. So altogether, this was a great achievement.
Uses of the Starship space vehicle
The 50 meters tall SpaceX Starship prototype is currently a concept for the upcoming future of transportation to space. The chief executive officer for SpaceX, Elon Musk, is hopeful and believes that when the Starship would be completely developed, the space vehicle would be able to transport human subjects around space, including landing on Mars and Moon. The Starship would also be fully capable of transporting individuals to various areas of the earth as it would be able to cover large distances in a short amount of time. Another application for the Starship is to put satellites into orbit to facilitate the people around the globe.
There has been a rapid progression observed in the design of the Starship at the R&D facility of SpaceX, which is located in a deserted area near a small coastal village of Boca Chica that is present near the southern United States border with its neighboring country of Mexico. The mantra of SpaceX is to learn new and innovative skills by flying, to iterate, and then again fly.
The latest model for the Starship prototype SN9 was recently cleared to take off after it was able to obtain the necessary approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, which came in the early hours on Tuesday this week.
Like the previous SN8 version of the Starship, this recently developed model of the space vehicle was able to fly skywards with the help of the power produced by its three methane burning raptor engines located at the bottom. As the Starship prototype was able to achieve its desired target of flight for today, the engines were commanded to be shut down in a sequential manner.
When the prototype reached the top of the climb, the SN9 tipped over in a horizontal direction and began to rapidly return back to the ground. This descends as the rocket belly-flopped was majorly controlled by the help of its large flaps located on both sides at the end of the vehicle, and have been installed for the intension to simulate a properly fully operational Starship would re-enter into the atmosphere of the earth when returning from the orbit. The flaps present a large-sized surface area to reduce the speed of the space vehicle in the direction with which it is traveling.