SpaceX is a commercial company with its base in Hawthrone, Calif. Space Exploration Technologies is initially planning to launch cargo and then people. The firm is building it’s Falcon 9 and Dragon Capsule. The contacts are with Commercial Crew Development of NASA and Commercial Orbital Transportation Services. After several technical issues and repeated delays, SpaceX finally launches its starship prototype. Here in this article, we shall share with you all the latest updates. Keep reading to find out more.
Successful Launch Of Starship Prototype
SpaceX launches its prototype, which is powered by Methane. On Tuesday, SpaceX launches its Starship rocket of extremely high power. There was a dummy sent by the company from its test facility in South Texas. This was a brief back and forth round to a launching pad nearby. After two days of this, the original test flight came into play.
Crew Dragon Spacecraft of SpaceX brings two astronauts of NASA back to Earth safely. This test flight expects to clear the way for any other operations possible later. The Starship rocket ignites at 7:57 pm ET, and it resembles a giant metal silo. Methane and Liquid Oxygen fuels the Raptor Engine of this rocket. The rocket boosts high up in the sky above Texas and billows in the smoke clouds. The missile appeared the same even after the clearance of the clouds. This is a massive achievement for the California company as the rocket was designed to cross the Moon and reach Mars.
“Mars Looks Real,” Says SpaceX Founder
Elon Musk is the founder of SpaceX. And it seems that the red plane was on his mind all this time. When the Starship successfully launches itself, Musk makes a tweet. He tweets by saying, “Mars looks real”. Elon Musk further continues to say, “The progress is accelerating”. He also mentions that there are plans for several more short hops before Starship aims for any higher altitude.
The company plans to launch several other Starships. These rockets are going to be reusable, and it is going to carry cargo and crew members. The plan is not only to fly through low-Earth orbit but to reach Moon and, most of all, Mars. The stack will entirely stretch to about 120 meters (400 feet). SpaceX is currently the only private company that can fly people from an to an orbit.
Musk says, “We will go to the Moon. We will set up a base there. We will send people to Mars to make life multi-planetary. This day brings forth a new age of space exploration. This is exactly what it is all about”.