SpaceX lost another Starship prototype


On Tuesday, February 2, the second in a row "jump" of the prototype of the promising Starship spacecraft from SpaceX ended in an explosion. The tests were carried out at a test site near the village of Boca Chica in Texas.


It should be noted that, like last time, on December 9, 2020, the flight of the prototype was generally successful. However, at the final stage, the ship was unable to make a "soft landing" and exploded on impact on the ground.

The current tests provided for a "jump" version of the SN9 apparatus to an altitude of 10 km. Then he had to perform a flip to a horizontal position for a controlled descent. In the final phase of the flight, the prototype again had to reorient itself vertically and, turning on the engines, land at a given point.

All the aforementioned maneuvers, with the exception of the last one, took place as usual. However, the descent speed exceeded the norm and the ship simply did not have time to take a fully vertical position. As a result, the current tests also ended in an explosion.


However, like last time, the ship crash did not "upset" the specialists from SpaceX. For example, Chief Integration Engineer John Insprucker called SN9's flight excellent, adding that the company only needed to work on the landing.

Recall that the Starship & Superheavy interplanetary transport system is being developed by the Elon Musk Corporation for the future sending of goods and people to Mars. The prototypes used for testing are made of stainless steel and represent early versions of the advanced spacecraft. According to preliminary data, the company plans to build about 20 such devices.
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  1. Dimy4 Offline Dimy4
    Dimy4 (Dmitriy) 3 February 2021 11: 59
    +1
    Road going by walking.
  2. Bakht Online Bakht
    Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 3 February 2021 12: 20
    +2
    Judging by the last seconds of the flight, the ship slipped past the vertical position.
    1. Vladest Offline Vladest
      Vladest (Vladimir) 3 February 2021 15: 44
      -6
      Quote: Bakht
      Judging by the last seconds of the flight, the ship slipped past the vertical position.

      This is the hardest part. So pinch both the speed and position of the ship when landing. While Falcon 9 learned to plant, they also beat a lot of samples.
      Here on the site every day they show what and how is happening with Starshp.

      1. oderih Offline oderih
        oderih (Alex) 3 February 2021 19: 43
        +2
        The fall is epic. I also liked it. Just admired
        1. boriz Offline boriz
          boriz (boriz) 4 February 2021 01: 08
          +3
          I really liked that the presenters of the video from NASA themselves were laughing at this fall.
  3. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 3 February 2021 13: 40
    -3
    They have such a dream - Mars. They have nothing to do with money. We have 20 million people below the poverty line. Therefore, Russia can only be in space in the wings. On its own, Russia can no longer do anything. The next 15 years - for sure!
  4. Vladest Offline Vladest
    Vladest (Vladimir) 3 February 2021 15: 36
    -5
    There is already the third SN10 for testing. And Musk's engines are still raw. When shown inside they burned.
  5. Rum rum Offline Rum rum
    Rum rum (Rum rum) 3 February 2021 21: 45
    0
    Quote: Dimy4
    Road going by walking.

    What are you talking about? This is not about the Mask.
    1. Vladest Offline Vladest
      Vladest (Vladimir) 4 February 2021 00: 15
      -5
      Quote: Rum Rum
      What are you talking about? This is not about the Mask.

      That's for sure, he is the richest man among people.
      1. boriz Offline boriz
        boriz (boriz) 4 February 2021 01: 05
        +4
        All his wealth lies in pieces of paper. Today they are listed, and tomorrow - waste paper, and Musk is naked and barefoot. He is still holding on to PR and tricks shown on YouTube.
        This sample crashed just like the previous one. Nothing has changed at all. If the engine is damp, why put it into a product? Better to work at the stand. And then the third sample will crash. And where is the guarantee that there is a fourth?
        1. Vladest Offline Vladest
          Vladest (Vladimir) 4 February 2021 09: 51
          -4
          Quote: boriz
          All his wealth lies in pieces of paper. Today they are listed, and tomorrow - waste paper, and Musk is naked and barefoot. He is still holding on to PR and tricks shown on YouTube.

          You are as outdated as felt boots. I will not prevent you from remaining in your delusions. But I. Musk is currently the richest man on Earth.
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          2. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 4 February 2021 18: 21
            +1
            I wonder how this Musk earned his riches, because there are so many business failures in different areas that a dozen of such "masks" would have gone bankrupt ... Regarding this SpaceX device, this is a strategically unsuccessful decision for the following reasons: you need to put additional fuel for descent, when the fuel depends on the cargo in a GEOMETRIC progression, it means that the return requires a significant increase in the total fuel (additive multiple of the return fuel), which means a decrease in the weight of the payload, and the coefficient of the SpaceX carrier of the withdrawn cargo weight is much lower than that of disposable carriers. ... Secondly, after each return, a thorough, expensive check is carried out, and the benefit is not so significant. Thirdly, the number of possible accidents with each launch increases significantly (the fate of the Shuttle). Conclusion: a beautifully presented idea is essentially a dead-end and misguided direction.
            1. Vladest Offline Vladest
              Vladest (Vladimir) 4 February 2021 19: 42
              -3
              Quote: Vladimir Tuzakov
              SpaceX is a strategically unsuccessful decision for the following reasons: it is necessary to put additional fuel into orbit for descent

              The question immediately arises, how much additional fuel is needed and another why in the Russian Federation also began to develop a similar system "Altai" SpaceX has already 5 launches since the beginning of the year. The latter today, another 60 Starlink satellites (already more than 1000 in orbit). When Musk builds this Internet system, the revenues will be prohibitive.



              In Berlin, building the 4th Tesla Gigafactory. The next one will be in India and then another one in the States. They build a factory in a year.
              1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 4 February 2021 21: 39
                0
                They are just building factories, and Musk is already a billionaire, in such cases there should be billions of debts and loans .. And how many billions were spent while the satellites were launched, with any margin, Musk should still be head over heels in debt ... So this is Musk's answer , - an advertising company for the whole world, out of touch with real possibilities and with constant replenishment of the printed dollar river ...
                1. Vladest Offline Vladest
                  Vladest (Vladimir) 4 February 2021 23: 47
                  -2
                  Quote: Vladimir Tuzakov
                  Only build factories

                  Three factories are already in operation. Last year, a bit short of a million cars. SpaceX is already making money. He has other topics as well. Production and storage of solar energy. Thousands of solar chargers for cars have already been built. Solar roofs. Power wall - Several huge battery packs have already been built for peak loads.





                  Its shares only started to rise last year. But in a year they increased in price sevenfold.
                  And debts and loans are everything. This is normal for business.