SpaceX takes time to test the Starship-Super Heavy rocket

To SpaceXthe rocket Starship-Super Heavy is the culmination of several years of work. It is therefore not surprising to know that the company intends to take the time to test it to ensure that all systems are good before the very first orbital flight.

According to a recent publication by Elon MuskCEO of SpaceX, they are currently very careful with testing. Musk explained that if an “explosion” were to occur on the launch pad, Starship’s development would be delayed by 6 months.

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According to observers, it is likely that the first orbital flight will be made by combination of Super Heavy Booster 7 and Ship 24 starship. These two items were also stacked on the Starbase launch pad in South Texas during the week of October 10th.

Tests already done

As part of the preparation for the first orbital flight, SpaceX has already performed a series of tests on Booster 7 and Ship 24. These were static ignitions of Raptor enginesthat is, the engines were ignited while the aircraft was attached to the ground.

SpaceX has already been able to ignite all 6 engines of Ship 24 simultaneously. As for Booster 7, which has a total of 33 Raptor engines, only a few engines have been fired. Furthermore, these tests took place while the starship was not positioned above the booster.

In the course of the next few weeks, we can thus expect different variants of ignition tests. The final step will be the simultaneous ignition of the 33 Raptor engines in Booster 7.

The first orbital flight

Musk had indicated that the first orbital flight of the Starship-Super Heavy rocket could take place as early as next month. However, if we refer to what the CEO of SpaceX has just posted about the preparation of the mission, we should not yet expect a launch in the coming weeks.

As far as we know, the rocket’s first mission will be to send the spacecraft Ship 24 into orbit to circle the Earth once. The spacecraft will then land in the ocean off the Hawaiian island of Kauai. As for Booster 7, it will descend directly after launch to land in the Gulf of Mexico.

In any case, this first flight will be very important for SpaceX, which has already received contracts for its new rocket. The starship will actually be used as part of the mission NASA’s Artemis 3 to drop astronauts on the surface of the Moon, and the company already has customers for it two private missions around the Moon.

SOURCE: Space.com

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