The prototype spaceship company SpaceX again caught fire during a test

The company SpaceX, owned by billionaire Elon Musk, another problem. Scheduled for today Starhopper experimental tests of the spacecraft again ended in failure. The prototype of the ship had to climb to a height of 20 meters, but caught fire after the engine starts. Recall that last week there was a similar incident, only if the fire was even more ambitious.

The prototype spaceship company SpaceX again caught fire during a test

The new failure SpaceX

As pointed out by Space.com, during testing at SpaceX test site in Boca Chica (South Texas, USA) is the only installed on Starhopper and running Raptor jet engine has been running a total of about three seconds. However, the device was unable to get off the ground as planned. Instead, in the upper part of the ship having flame and smoke, and then turned off automatic running engine.

The prototype spaceship company SpaceX again caught fire during a test

So far, the experimental apparatus Starhopper fulfilled only one successful test. It was carried out in April this year. Then the prototype was able to raise the height of a few centimeters from the ground.

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In the course of the last test the company wanted to make the first free jump (without fastening the machine to the ground with chains, like last time), raising it to a height of about 20 meters. In February, also held static Ground test new engine Raptor, running on a mixture of liquid methane and liquid oxygen. According to the plans, the Raptor engine had to work at 80 percent of capacity.

The prototype spaceship company SpaceX again caught fire during a test

A live webcast of the test was conducted on YouTube. Its leader, SpaceX engineer Keith Tice after a failed test said that this Design stage of development, so no one is immune from failure. ignition point, you can see in the video below:

The prototype spaceship company SpaceX again caught fire during a test The prototype spaceship company SpaceX again caught fire during a test

On the company also tried to hold Starhopper test by running it at a height of 20 meters last week. However, soon after the engine starting apparatus enveloped powerful flame. Later CEO Elon Musk said that the experimental prototype was not injured, and the cause of the fire was a fuel leak. By the way, this is not the first fuel leak in a spacecraft SpaceX. for the same reason this spring exploded spacecraft Crew Dragon, which the company intends to use for manned missions to orbit the Earth.

What is the Starhopper?

Prototype Starhopper should form the basis of a vast space spaceship Starship, equipped with 6 engines Raptor. For him, it is also going to develop the first stage of Super Heavy, which will be equipped with 35 engines Raptor. With the apparatus it will be displayed on a near-earth orbit.

This system in Elon Musk very high expectations. According to an earlier statement the head of SpaceX, a combination Starship / Super Heavy is completely reusable. That is, after the launch and landing, the first stage and the ship itself can be reused. Starship on board the ship will be able to fit up to 100 passengers.

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The Company intends to use Starship vehicle to transport people and cargo to the moon and to Mars. In addition, there is an idea to use the machine as a transport in the conditions of the Earth's atmosphere. In this case, according to the allegations, the flight will take about 30-60 minutes to anywhere in the world.

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