SpaceX filled the air of southern Texas with Raptor's engine roar on Tuesday night. However, the missile company of Elon Musk launched a fiery ball that briefly swallowed a rocket ship to which the engine was connected.
The missile called Starcraft is a boring six-story prototype of a larger space launch system known as Star Ships that is designed to take people to and from Mars. This system (and its prototypes) will use a new Raptor rocket engine.
The study on Tuesday was designed to prepare Staropper's first major start, which was scheduled for Wednesday.
"The aim of the test is next week," Musk said on Thursday afternoon.
The engine started at 23:24 ET (22:24 CT) on Tuesday and lasted about five seconds, raising a cloud of flames, dust and smoke in the process. The study seemed to deviate from a few flames.
But a few minutes later, a giant fireball broke out and swallowed the car briefly.
A neighbor at SpaceX's initial site, which is on the south end of Texas, recorded the incident during a live video (below)
Turn on the sound, you can hear one of the speakers say, "Oh God, he's lit up."
The video shows a fire suppression system – essentially a robot firefighter – starting to throw out the Starhopper and the start-up playground with a stream of water. The system was used to extinguish flames from the rocket.
But as soon as the water touched the car, the fireball exploded, firing flames of more than 100 feet in the air. (The vehicle is powered by liquid methane, a major ingredient in natural gas, and turns into volatile and highly flammable gas when exposed to air.)
Tim Dodd, who runs a daily Astronautic channel on YouTube, also records his video, shown below, captures both the test and the fireball in ultra-high resolution, slow video
Staropper's first big start is
As a consequence of the fiery ball, SpaceX postpone Starcom's big start to next week
When the launch happens, it's expected but sends the rocket to about 20 meters in the air where the vehicle will move sideways and then landed back at the starting site as Muskus wrote last week
Starcker is made of sturdy steel, similar to that used in pots and pans.It was not at first clear whether the rocket was significantly damaged by the cavity nt, but Musk said on Thursday that methane had somehow leaked but did not cause " no great harm. "
" A big advantage is that it is high quality stainless steel:
The people who visited the company's launch in the morning after the fiery ball published detailed photos of the car and the images showed that they were relatively undamaged.
The "hop" test, which is now scheduled for next week, will not be the first take-off of the car. The company hit StarCopper in April, but these tests tied a rocket ship to the pad by metal chains similar to a chain on his feet.
The company can then launch Starhopper at an altitude of about 5 kilometers. According to the government license, the SpaceX spokesman told Business Insider that the next Staropper launch would be "one of a series of tests designed to bring the vehicle's limits as fast as possible to learn what we can
They added (prophetically): "As with all development programs, the timetable can be quite dynamic and subject to change."
This story is updated with new information
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