The prototype of the Starship spacecraft, created by SpaceX for interplanetary flights, successfully completed its first test flight, space.com reported on Wednesday.
The launch took place on Tuesday in the village of Boca Chica in Texas at 18.57 local time. The prototype starship SN5 without a crew took off to an altitude of 150 meters and landed after a short test flight.
Tests of previous prototypes, with the exception of the first (Starhopper), ended in failure. At the end of May, SN4 exploded after a fuel leak, in April another prototype – Starship SN3 – burst when pressurized with liquid nitrogen. Musk attributed this to human factors.
In February, another prototype – Starship SN1 – was torn apart during a test pressurization with liquid nitrogen. In November 2019, the Starship Mk1 prototype burst during a leak test.
SpaceX is developing a transportation system consisting of a fully reusable Super Heavy launch vehicle and a Starship spacecraft. The system will allow the delivery of satellites, crews and cargoes both to near-earth orbits and to the Moon and Mars. The launch and landing sites of the system are determined by the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral in Florida and the spaceport in the village of Boca Chica in Texas.