Update (04/04/2021) – BB
The explosion happened last Tuesday (30), during a test carried out by the company in its launch space in Boca Chica, in the state of Texas. After a successful launch, a failure of the vehicle led to its explosion as it started to return to the ground.
According to Elon Musk, this failure was caused by a small gas leak in Spaceship SN11 engine 2:
Ascension phase, transition to horizontal and control during free fall were good.
A (relatively) small leak of CH4 [metano] took fire to engine 2 and fried part of the avionics, causing a difficulty at the beginning of the landing attempt on the CH4 turbine pump.
This will be corrected in some way.
After the completion of development and all tests, the SpaceX starship will feature 28 Raptor propellants in its first stage – which will be a Falcon Super Heavy rocket – and six more of them in the spacecraft. SpaceX guarantees that it will be able to transport 100 metric tons of cargo into Earth’s orbit.
Original text (03/30/2021)
The last attempt, however, was also not promising in terms of landing. The Starship SN11 ended up exploding even before hitting the ground, at a height of 500 meters. Check out:
SpaceX plans to place the SN11 rocket in Earth orbit in July this year. The company conducted a live broadcast of the test flight, which took place in Boca Chica, United States, at around three in the afternoon.
Due to a heavy fog in the place, which has been present since the early hours of the morning, it is difficult to pinpoint which anomaly affected the landing circuit of the Starship SN11.
The plans of Elon Musk, owner of SpaceX, remain focused on building space vehicles capable of landing on Mars before 2030. More information about what caused the unsuccessful landing of the Starship SN11 should be released soon.
What did you think of what happened? What must have been the error in that test? Tell your opinion in the comments!
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