SpaceX has actually tried to carry out the very first high-altitude flight test of its Mars-bound spacecraft Starship.
Starship SN8 was ready to liftoff after days of hold-ups, however as the countdown reached zero there appeared to be a problem with one of the engines. SpaceX scrubbed the launch however could try again on Wednesday.
” Raptor auto-abort at T-1 second,” SpaceX tweeted.
The 12.5 km test of the SN8 Starship marks a significant turning point towards Elon Musk’s aspiration to send the first people to Mars by 2024.
Prior to the flight test, Mr Musk had stated there was just a one in 3 chance of it being successful.
The goal was not to show an effective working spacecraft, SpaceX said, but to evaluate particular elements of the most recent Starship model.
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” This suborbital flight is developed to evaluate a variety of objectives, from how the car’s 3 Raptor engines carry out to the total aerodynamic entry abilities of the automobile (including its body flaps) to how the car handles propellant shift,” SpaceX mentioned on its site ahead of the launch.
” SN8 will also attempt to perform a landing flip manoeuvre, which would be a very first for a lorry of this size.”