The US private space company ‘Space X’ has succeeded in a static launch test that operates all six raptor engines of the SN20 prototype ‘Starship’ that is being developed as a next-generation spacecraft.
It is one step closer to space orbit.
SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted immediately after the static launch test at the SpaceX facility ‘Starbase’, announcing the success of the “excellent static launch test with all six engines running.”
The Starship, which is being developed as a large spacecraft that can transport manpower and equipment to deep space such as the moon and Mars beyond Earth’s orbit, climbed up to 10 km in May after four explosions and successfully landed, but only three raptor engines were operated. It was.
Although it is a static launch test, this is the first time that six engines mounted on a Starship have been operated at once.
Three of the Starship engines are used to ascend like a regular rocket engine, and the other three are designed for flying in the vacuum of space.
SpaceX is preparing for a test flight to orbit the Earth with a starship on a ‘super heavy’ rocket composed of 29 raptor engines.
SpaceX announced that it plans to conduct an orbital test flight within this year, but it is said that it is still unknown when the environmental impact assessment of the Starbase launch site will be conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration.
SpaceX previously unveiled a 120-meter-long Starship complete with a Starship spacecraft mounted on a 70-meter-long super-heavy rocket last August.
Musk envisions using a starship to move millions of people to Mars, making humanity a multi-planet-dwelling creature.
Starships can land anywhere in the solar system, not just Mars, and are designed to take off on their own.
(Photo = SpaceX Twitter capture, Yonhap News)