SpaceX test launches massive super-heavy booster for starship for the first time (video)
SpaceX fired a massive booster rocket on Monday night (July 19) for its new Starship spacecraft, a brief test of its kind for the company’s ambitious new launch system.
This superb stainless steel booster, called the Super Heavy, ignited three Raptor engines in a short “static fire” test on a pad at the SpaceX Star Base facility in Boca Chika, South Texas. Booster 3, as it is specifically known as Super Heavy, is the latest in a series of prototypes of SpaceX’s Starship program, aimed exclusively for trips to the Moon, Mars and beyond. To develop a reusable launch system.
Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, wrote Monday night, “Full-time firing of 3 raptors on a super heavy booster.” Twitter. When asked about the possibility of further tests, Rocket, Musk involved in: “Depending on the progress with Booster 4, we can try to fire 9 engines on Booster 3.”
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If the sound of the nine engines sounds too loud, that’s already the amount that SpaceX uses in the first phase of each Falcon 9 rocket. The company’s Falcon Heavy Rocket, which consists of three boosters and an upper stage, combines 27 engines during lift-off. Starship’s Super Heavy Booster is expected to use more than 30 engines during the launch.
SpaceX’s super-heavy rocket is the company’s first reusable booster to launch a large-scale Starship spacecraft into orbit. It is 230 feet (70 meters) long and will eventually carry the 165-foot (50-meter) Starship spacecraft when SpaceX attempts its first orbital flight.
In May, SpaceX successfully launched and landed the Starship vehicle on a test flight, reaching an altitude of 6.2 miles (10 km). The company says it aims to launch its first orbital flight with the starship this summer, with a booster test pending.
Musk said the Booster 3 super-heavy rocket is unlikely to fly into space, but will be used for ground tests instead. His successor, Booster 4, will be the first to launch a starship. The test flight will launch a Starship prototype from SpaceX’s Star Base facility in Texas to a target zone near the Hawaiian island of Cao, while the super-heavy booster collided in the Gulf of Mexico. Finally, SpaceX hopes to recover both its Super Heavy and Starship vehicles in later light as it works regularly with its Falcon 9 boosters.
SpaceX’s Starship and Super Heavy Rocket are the core of the company’s plans for its future missions into deep space. As part of the agency’s Artemis program, NASA has chosen the SpaceShip’s Starship to land astronauts on the moon, and SpaceX has already sold another StarShip flight to Japanese businessman Yusaku Mizawa.
Kasturi wants to use Starship vehicles to help send astronauts to Mars, saying that if the test goes well, the spacecraft could be fully operational by 2023.
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