The company SpaceX, founded by the Americanentrepreneur Ilon Mask, diligently engaged in the development of a huge spacecraft called Starship. It is expected that with the help of it it will be possible to send 100 people at a time to the Moon and Mars, as well as to transport passengers from one city to another in a matter of minutes. At the moment, the company is testing the performance of the future ship using the example of a test version, known as the Starhopper. Tomorrow, July 16, 2019, this device will make its small flight.
The flight of the ship will be really small andit may only last a few seconds. The fact is that the company does not yet risk sending it flying, but simply evaluates the performance of the Raptor rocket engines, which will be responsible for the movement of the huge vehicle. It will rise only 20 meters above the ground, that is, approximately to the height of a nine-story house. So that he does not fly away further, employees of the company will tie him to the ground with strong cables.
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Starship Spaceship Flight
Tests will be held near the Texas villageBoca Chica, where is the private spaceport SpaceX. It is known that during testing a preliminary version of the spacecraft will try to ascend into the sky, move to the side and make a soft landing. It remains to hope for good weather and that during the test there will be no accidents.
Installing the Raptor rocket engine
The first testing of the ship took place in April 2019year, at the same private cosmodrome. Then everything went smoothly - Ilon Mask himself confirmed that the ship had successfully completed a small jump without any errors. The live broadcast of the Starhopper test is unlikely to be conducted on YouTube, because even previous testing was filmed by eyewitnesses from a 10-kilometer distance.
The official launch of Starship
The company plans to implement the first officialthe launch of the starship as early as 2021. To complete all the tests and assemble the final version of the aircraft to the target date, the developers are building a second test version of the ship. It is believed that the parallel design of the ship in two different places will noticeably bring closer the day when it can soar into the sky on its own.
The second test version of the starship spacecraft
Of course, the work immediately on the two 9-metermachines from huge steel sheets will cost the company a lot of money. However, these costs can easily pay off in the future - the cost of travel between different cities for passengers will obviously be high. Also, do not forget that the ship will be able to send a whole hundred people to Mars, about which people have been dreaming for a long time.
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