The prototype with the designation SN8 took off in a beautiful manner, soared to a height of 12 kilometers and without any problems started a very interesting-looking landing maneuver, but in the last seconds it flew too fast and hit the plate of the company's test center in Boca Chica, Texas with all its force. Elon Musk tweeted that there was a problem with the pressure of the top tank, as a result of which the Raptor engines power dropped and they were unable to brake the vehicle just in front of the center plate. The billionaire also said they had sensor data, so they'll fix this problem quickly.
Although the test of the prototype did not quite go as planned by the SpaceX team, we can safely talk about success. It was undoubtedly the most complicated flight in the history of the development of this project. The SN8 prototype didn't look like a big silo in a church, just a rocket. The vehicle was enriched with ailerons and two additional Raptor engines. They worked perfectly during the flight.
The SN8 looked great, most of all the vehicles to date, it resembled the final version, which is due to make its maiden flight at the end of next year. The starship will also be joined by a powerful rocket called SuperHeavy, which will allow it to fly to the Moon or Mars with astronauts on board.
Most importantly, Starship and SuperHeavy are reusable rockets. Therefore, space missions performed with their help are to be very cheap. This fact is to make the exploration of the Moon or Mars become a reality in this decade, and in the next 30 years, the first colonies for thousands of people are to be created on these objects.
A few days ago, Elon Musk, the head of SpaceX, announced that the first unmanned flight to the Red Planet will take place in 2024, and a manned one in 2026. Both will be realized using the Starship ship and the SuperHeavy rocket. But it is not everything. Already in 2022, we can witness a manned flight around the moon. The Japanese billionaire and his friends are RECENT ENTERTAINMENT go on such a journey.