While the billionairesas pioneers of space tourism, Elon Musk and SpaceX have just ignited the rocket that could one day send humans to Mars.
On Monday, SpaceX turned on up hisfor the first time, to the company’s Starbase rocket development place in Boca Chica, Texas.
The estate-down test firing lasted for just seconds, but Musk described it on Twitter like “full test duration firing of 3 birds of prey on Enhancer super heavy!”
This is a downsized down test prototype of super heavy, with the final model it should have up to 32 Raptors, allowing it to lift heavy loads past Earth’s gravity well, propelling them to the moon, Mars, and possibly beyond.
This big the booster is designed be paired with SpaceX’s spaceship, that is also under test in Texas. You may remember seeing the pictures of a little’ in advanceafter high altitude test flying and exploding violently.
When the whole system is ready, the idea is that a loaded spaceship with the cargo or passengers will be placed on a Super Heavy, which will increase it out of our atmosphere. The Super Heavy can then return for a landing on Earth to use again, just like a hawk 9 first stage.
SpaceX is planning to conduct theusing a Super Heavy booster sometimes in the next few months. That mission should see Starship launch from Texas, take a short trip to space then perform a landing in fresh water off the coast of Hawaii.
The space the excitement continues.
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