The next test models Starship 9 and 10 are almost ready for launches, while the 11,12,13,14,15 and 16 modifications of Starship are in production now.
The prototype of the interplanetary reusable spacecraft of the company Elon Musk Starship SN8 of the American company SpaceX exploded during tests. The broadcast on Wednesday, December 9, was conducted on the company's YouTube channel.
Starship SN8 was launched from the launch complex in Boca Chica, Texas.
The ship collapsed on landing when it touched the landing pad. At the same time, before that, he successfully started from the range and reached the planned height - 12.5 km.
For the first time, the test model of the Starship interplanetary spacecraft was launched at significant altitudes to test its aerodynamics and perform a controlled vertical landing at a given point.
The day before, Musk noted that with "probability в…“ (33.3% - UP) the launch will be successful."
Also, commenting on the launch of the model, SpaceX's senior Mars engineer Lars Blackmore said the launch вЂњis a big step towards 100% reusable rockets that can take us to the Moon and Mars. It might not work the first time, so wish us good luck! "
Starship SN8 with nose cone and stabilizers is reusable and intended for future flights to Mars.
In the SN8 test prototype, unlike the Falcon 9 launch vehicle, which has Merlin engines, three Raptor engines provide lifting power.
Earlier it was reported that the American ship Crew Dragon successfully delivered a crew of four astronauts to the International Space Station.