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Elon Musk A Step Closer To Multiplanetary Dream After Successful Starship Trial

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SpaceX has been doing some pathbreaking work recently. After the launch of NASA scientists and safely returning them to earth last week, it’s back again in testing a new starship prototype.

According to a BBC report,

A prototype of SpaceX’s next-generation Starship vehicle has successfully flown to an altitude of 150m (500ft) yesterday. 

What happened in the trial?

  • The uncrewed test vehicle rose up on a plume of exhaust before deploying its landing legs and touching down softly.
  • The flight was carried out at SpaceX’s test site near the village of Boca Chica in south Texas on Tuesday evening.
  • It’s the first flight test in almost a year for the Raptor engine, which will be used to power Starship.
  • SN5 took off from Boca Chica at 00:57 BST (18:57 local time) for the brief flight.
  • It uses a single Raptor engine, which is powered by liquid methane and liquid oxygen

A Potential for Carrying Humans To Mars

The stainless steel test vehicle, called SN5, has been compared variously to a grain silo and water tank.

Shortly after the test flight, which lasted just under a minute, SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted: “Mars is looking real.”

100 People Flight Capacity

The final Starship vehicle will feature six Raptors, standing 50m (165ft) tall. It could carry 100 people on a single flight.

But in order to overcome Earth’s gravity, it will need to be launched by a massive rocket called Super Heavy, which will be equipped with 31 Raptor engines.

SN5Image copyrightSPACEX
Image captionThe test vehicle deployed landing legs before touching down
Starship on MoonImage copyrightSPACEX
Image captionSpaceX’s Starship could land astronauts on the Moon for Nasa in the 2020s and beyond

Another test vehicle called Starhopper undertook a few brief flights in 2019, also flying to a height of 150m (500ft).

Starship dream

Starship liftoff

The Starship vehicle is one of three shortlisted candidates to land humans on the Moon in the 2020s for Nasa. A Japanese billionaire, Yusaku Maezawa, who made his fortune in online fashion retail, has booked a trip around the Moon on Starship.

Elon Musk has long harboured plans to settle people on Mars as part of his vision to make humans a “multi-planetary species”.

Pratiti Nath
Pratiti Nath
Pratiti is a maritime editor and freelance writer based out of India. Having biotechnology and microbiology degree she writes on healthcare, medical, food, sports, and general news at Drew Reports News. She can be reached at pratiti@drewreportsnews.com
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