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The Prototype Starship Sn5 Passed The First Full Duration Static Fire Tests

The Prototype Starship Sn5 Passed The First Full Duration Static Fire Tests

The prototype Starship SN5 fully passed the first fire tests. That is the first successful rocket burn since the beginning of May: then the first fire tests were conducted on the prototype SN4 — it, however, exploded during the second test in late May. In the near future, SpaceX also plans to make a jump of SN5 by 150 meters, Elon Musk tweeted.

Starship is a new-generation rocket that will reuse not only the first stage but also the second — with an integrated ship. The system will put more than a hundred tons of cargo into orbit, after which it can be refueled by a tanker — a modified version of the second stage. In addition to the large output mass, SpaceX promises a low launch price (several times less than the current Falcon 9), and NASA has already chosen a modified version of the system for delivering cargo and astronauts to the moon. The main goal of Elon Musk is to send people to Mars in 2024.

The development of a Starship comes with varying degrees of success, passed tests interspersed with explosions. In early May, the previous SN4 prototype passed fire tests, then exploded after a second attempt later that month. The use of methane as a fuel adds to the complexity of the development: no production rocket has ever flown it yet.

On the night of July 31, SpaceX successfully completed a full burn of the SN5. Elon Musk also announced a rapid test flight of 150 meters, similar to the one made a year ago by Starhopper — a simplified version of the system.