For several years,develops a new generation of full and fast one-time space transport system designed not only for launching satellites, but also for evacuating crew and cargo then .
is certainly the most successful prototype of . The first is actually equipped with A. . confirmed that it had just successfully – for the second time replaced one of the machine’s three engines – on the side of Boca Chica (Texas, USA), one of the classic stages of development: update static
Good Starship SN8 static fire! Aim for the first altitude of 15 km / k 50 km next week. The objectives are to test 3 engine ascents, body overlaps, passage from the main to the head tanks and landing flip.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 24, 2020
Next week – November 30 – he should fly for a test flight at high altitude. While previous prototypes did not exceed several hundred meters in altitude, the SN8 must fly up to 15 kilometers. It is several miles longer than cruise planes.
But already, Elon Musk estimates that his chances of a safe landing are only one in three, claiming that “This is why the Starship SN9 and SN10 projects exist”.