space travel company SpaceX test-fired engines of its prototype Starship vehicle on Wednesday at its Boca Chica, Texas, test facility, the rim reported, in a "static fire" configuration that saw the spacecraft tethered to the ground.
SpaceX calls the prototype car a "Starhopper" and it is meant to test various technologies that the company plans to use in a theoretical future spacecraft, called Starship, which will travel to space (according to CEO Elon Musk, Moon and Mars , special). Although Starship itself will carry 100 people and require the use of a first-stage "Super Heavy" rocket, Starhopper is a smaller version for atmospheric testing of Raptor engines running on liquid methane and liquid oxygen, and will not fly higher than 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) in the air, according to documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission. The test occurred at around 20:56 ET, according to Space.com, with Musk later tweeting that the test was successful.
Based on previous comments by Musk, Space.com wrote the test "probably used a motor and did not get very high. ”The Starhopper is made of stainless steel and is about 60 feet tall – It was originally more than twice as big, but a nose cone mounted on the boat blew over and suffered extreme damage in January 2019 in the midst of high winds. Musk later said that the front taper was unnecessary for further testing of the prototype.
SpaceX distributed patches on the locals prior to the test alert that special checkpoints would be set up during the test to maintain a security perimeter. According to Business Insider, some Boca Chica Village residents have complained about closed roads, especially their "frequency, extended hours, and tight security intended to stave off gawkers." While SpaceX originally said it would use the test area around once a month, a local told instead the freeway 4 has been closed every day for the last week; Each close lasts about eight hours.
According to Verge, SpaceX plans to build both Starship and Super Heavy at the Boca Chica plant and Cape Canaveral, and Musk has said he is working on regulatory approval for any launches. He has been running a date for 2020 for the first ship's test aircraft, and although the schedule is not realistic, he has already sold stars on Starship to Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa.
This is not the only recent milestone SpaceX has seen recently: In March 2019, its Crew Dragon capsule successfully completed a NASA Commercial Crew Program demo, spending several days in space, and automatically doubling with the International Space Station.