SpaceX detonates third spaceship prototype in catastrophic pressure test failure

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SpaceX IMPLODE’s third spacecraft prototype after a catastrophic pressure test failure

  • Test provoked implosion of SpaceX spacecraft prototype
  • Pressure test flooded the engine with a super-cooling propellant
  • This is the third spacecraft prototype to have experienced a catastrophic failure
  • The specific cause of the implosion is still under investigation

SpaceX saw the catastrophic failure of its third prototype spacecraft after the device exploded at an early stage in a failed pressure test.

As shown in a live video stream of SpaceX tests which is recorded by residents near its Boca Chica facility in Texas, the device imploded during a “cryo” test which filled the device with a propellant that lowered the temperature in order to simulate trips to space.

After injecting the propellant into the spacecraft, the SpaceX prototype can be seen to flex from the inside until it finally collapses under pressure.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted that a test failure was the result of a “configuration” error, but the company is still investigating the problem.

Prior to the test, some valves were found to be leaking according to Musk.

This is the third time that the SpaceX spacecraft prototype has experienced such a failure and occurred just over a month after a previous event.

In February, a prototype failed in the same test at the company’s facilities in Boca Chica.

Images captured by a resident of Boca Chica showed that the device exploded and sent its noise of stainless steel to fly out of its stand and crash.

The first failure occurred in November of last year during a cryogenic pressure test, Musk attributing the event to a bad “puck” at the base of the craft.

Musk said he hoped the Starship would be ready for its first orbital test flight later this year.

In an official request in September, SpaceX requested permission to fly Starship for more than 12 miles in orbit, then land the spacecraft in the same location.

Starship (photo) has made leaps and bounds over the past year after a successful test of its precursor, Starhopper. Company hopes to complete 12-mile-high test flight later this year

Starship (photo) has made leaps and bounds over the past year after a successful test of its precursor, Starhopper. Company hopes to complete 12-mile-high test flight later this year

The feat would mark a significant leap for the company, which recently successfully completed a series of tests on the spacecraft prototype, Starhopper, and gives a new glimpse of how close the company is to completion. vehicle.

A recently published user manual suggests that SpaceX wants Starship to ultimately be a capacity cargo ship capable of providing space satellites and scientific payloads as well as a charter ship that can accommodate up to 100 passengers.

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