After the third test, aerospace company CEO Elon Musk said the same three completed without major issues.
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The US aerospace company SpaceX fired its prototype spaceship spacecraft, in which engineers and technicians refuel three times in less than four hours with SN9 rocket engines and Raptor.
After the first of the three attempts, the founder and chief engineer of SpaceX announced via Twitter: “Today, SpaceX is about practicing starting the Starship engines. The ship is held in place by massive pegs while the engines fire. "Later in the third test, Elon Musk made sure that all three tests passed without significant problems.
Image: @elonmusk via Twitter
The fact that they are done quickly and without major inconvenience is a major accomplishment that signals the maturation of the spacecraft's ground systems, hardware, and procedures for SpaceX's Starship launcher.
What is the purpose of these launch tests?
The businessman stated that the purpose is to get to a point where someone can "come in and go" to Mars. While there is talk of a future plan, according to the sources, this company appears to be clearly moving in the direction of a strong launch system.
If the data from Wednesday's engine tests are beneficial, the chances are that the next step will be effective and profitable for SN9. The spaceship is already at a launch station and is now being checked by Musk and his engineers for a “preparation” that is very similar to the flight with the SN8 spaceship in December before the expected test flight of around 12.5 km. This time the main purpose will be a successful landing, after the mentioned one has come to a fiery end at the point where it landed after a space flight that went smoothly and almost flawlessly.
Approval for the launch of the SN9 aerospace vehicle
The Federal Aviation Administration has given SpaceX permission to launch the SN9 spacecraft on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday from its locations near Boca Chica Beach in South Texas. However, it is possible to turn the SN9 around for a flight attempt this Thursday. However, there is major concern due to the high level of winds that are expected to remain hostile until at least Saturday.
SpaceX is very hungry after completing the SN9 flight as assembly of the next Starship prototype, the SN10, is nearing completion at its location near the high bay. This ship may be blown up by the end of January as the company continues to insist on doing the activity as it has other prototypes in different states.
It's important to note that the immediate goal is to demonstrate the spacecraft's orbit capacity. To do this, the company must first build and test a super-heavy rocket, the function of which would serve as the first phase of the spaceship. During this drastic test, an air and spacecraft launched into orbit is observed and then a decision is made as to whether it can safely return to Earth. A mixture of heat shield plates on the side facing its atmosphere and a complicated strategy that slows the orbit and ultimately ends it is used.
In an interview published earlier this month, SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell mentioned to Ars that she would be more likely to see this orbital flight test in 2021.
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