SpaceX prototype Starship rocket SN8 explodes during test flight
SpaceX has successfully tested a prototype Starship rocket, which it plans to use to colonize Mars in the near future..
A prototype called SN5 with a Raptor engine took off to a height of about 150 meters and landed on the launch platform. The rocket under test was very primitive and was actually a large metal cylinder without a nose cone, assembled by the SpaceX team in a few weeks..
This launch was a real success after several previous ground tests that ended in explosions..
According to Elon Musk, the team will conduct several more similar jumps in Texas before launching a more advanced Starship prototype. with flaps attached to a great height. The final version of the rocket will be powered by three Raptor engines, creating a thrust of 12 MN., and will be used for the company’s lunar and martian missions.
text: Ilya Bauer, photos and videos: SpaceX