The Super Heavy/Starship rocket did not launch according to plan. This was the first attempt to use the new type of missile. The rocket will land people on the moon, and SpaceX plans to send it to Mars with people.
SpaceX said shortly after the explosion that the launch was partially successful. This is due to the fact that the rocket sometimes did not explode on takeoff.
The rocket successfully passed the part of the flight where it was subjected to the strongest aerodynamic forces.
wrong from the start
The first sign of potential problems was already visible 16 seconds after the start. Three of the engines in the first stage did not fire. This is evident in the video from the launch. 40 seconds into the flight, another engine fell out. After 20 seconds the fifth engine fell out. It appears that a total of eight engines failed.
It is not clear if the failure of these engines was the cause of the flight failure. The launch vehicle has 33 engines. You should be able to carry out the task with the engines running.
the question which is being requested now, is whether SpaceX should perform significant rebuilds of the launch pad. The enormous energy released at startup can damage the motors.
Photos and videos from the space base in Texas show significant damage on the ground. Among other things, a large hole was dug under the launch pad. In the video from the launch, it is possible to see large objects being thrown tens of meters into the air.
The outage did not happen
According to the plan The Super Heavy launch vehicle should separate from the Starship approximately 2 minutes and 50 seconds after liftoff.
Separation did not occur, and the rocket began to rotate. SpaceX uses a unique separation system. This has not been tested before.
The missile extended for just over a minute before an explosion occurred, partially destroying the missile.
It was the controlled detonation system that was activated.
The craft was spinning, and SpaceX destroyed it. The missile was fitted with explosives that punched holes in the fuel tanks. This causes the rest of the fuel to explode.
Elon Musk reported on Twitter that they got a lot of good data. It is suggested that the next attempt may come in a few months. SpaceX has shown that it can quickly build rockets.
I thought it was going to be bad
Don’t expect success. Maybe things won’t go well. It’s very difficult, said Elon Musk, earlier this week.
The first attempt on Tuesday this week failed. Then it was the frozen valve that stopped the show. SpaceX reported that there was some moisture in the vent, and this congealed to ice when they began filling the rocket with supercooled fuel.
It took 48 hours to get everything ready for another try.
The largest in the world
The missile rises 120 meters above the ground. At the time of launch, it was filled with 4,600 tons of liquid methane and oxygen. An explosion would have destroyed the launch tower if it occurred immediately after the engines ignited.
The engines in the first stage produce a whopping 74 meganewtons of thrust. That is, up to 300 Boeing 737 NG regular passenger aircraft.
He was going to end up at sea anyway
Both the Super Heavy and Starship are designed to be reusable. During the test, it will continue to be destroyed. The two are launched as one unit. In just two minutes, the “Starship” will be separated from the “Super Heavy”.
SpaceX wanted to show off a lot during the first flight. Among others are the following:
- That the launch vehicle can take the ship into space.
- The launch vehicle is capable of soft landing on the ground.
- The ship can survive return from space.
“Super Heavy” was supposed to simulate a descent. It was supposed to take place in the sea directly east of the launch site. The rocket must decelerate and reach zero vertical velocity directly at the surface. There it will capsize and drown.
The “spacecraft” will use its own engines to reach roughly the speed it needs to reach orbit. Over the Pacific Ocean, it will re-enter the atmosphere. If you survive this, you will float towards the surface of the sea.
The encounter would have been so brutal that “Starship” been vandalized. SpaceX expected the vehicle to explode. The “spacecraft” should not attempt to simulate a landing.
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