SpaceX's Starship MK-1 prototype appears to have suffered a serious failure during testing at the company's Boca Chica Beach facility Tuesday afternoon. Instead, they intend to press ahead with another more advanced prototype created to reach the solar system's orbit.
SpaceX, however, said before Wednesday's test not to fly the Mark 1 "test article." . Musk also confirmed future Starship models, including Mk3 specifically, will have a different flight design from what was seen with Mk1.
SpaceX has already circulated a comment saying that the goal of the test was to maximize the pressure in the systems, so the result was not completely unexpected.
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The Mk1 prototype became once present process a "cryogenic tension test" at SpaceX's amenities shut to the South Texas village of Boca Chica when the spacecraft went kaboom.
The prototype Starcraft MK-1 was unveiled on September 28 in Texas.
The retro-futuristic stainless steel Mk1 prototype will now be retired, according to an Elon Musk tweet. The spacecraft and its booster represent "a fully reusable transportation system created to carry both crew and cargo to Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars and beyond", according to the company. Citing information provided by SpaceX representatives earlier this year, the news outlet reported that the final, operational version of Starship could be launching satellites into Earth orbit as soon as 2021.
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The SpaceX starship will serve the objective of carrying passengers and circle the earth's orbit, the moon and a potential circuit around Mars. The Starship would technically serve as the second stage of a larger rocket when traveling to Mars; but ultimately SpaceX intends to reuse both stages, with the first stage returning to earth under a controlled descent, not unlike their current rockets.
An inaugural test flight that involved the use of three Raptor engines should have taken place after the test, intending to reach an altitude of 20 kilometers (or approximately 12.5 miles).
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