Monday, 19 August, 2019

Fireball engulfs SpaceX prototype Starship rocket after engine test

SpaceX’s ‘Starhopper’ test craft bursts into flames on launch pad (VIDEO) SpaceX's Elon Musk says he can put a man on Mars in four years
Sandra Phillips | 21 July, 2019, 20:31

Uncrewed SpaceX Starship could land on the moon by 2021, following which, a manned moon mission could be a quick possibility, SpaceX founder Elon Musk has said. The craft was planned to do an untethered test flight this week, hovering at around 20 meters, an improvement on the short tethered flights it has already completed. About four minutes after SpaceX briefly ignited the vehicle's engine, a second small explosion engulfed the rocket in flames for a couple of seconds - seemingly by accident. While the crews were test firing the prototype Raptor engine, a sudden fire resulted. With the Starship, SpaceX could make space travel more accessible in coming years.

It is unclear if any damage was done to the rocket, which is made of stainless steel, and SpaceX has not responded to requests for comment on the incident.

The Starhopper test vehicle is equipped with one Raptor engine and is set to perform a series of "hop" tests in the coming weeks and months.

Well, this is gonna sound pretty insane, but I think we could land on the moon in less than two years.

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Work is underway to complete the integration of the spacecraft, such as connecting bolts and umbilical lines between the modules. The logo for the mission was designed by Apollo 11's command module pilot Michael Collins , who apparently could do it all.

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That 64% Azure growth is significant, for example, but not near the 73% and 75% of this year's previous quarters . Microsoft's moved its intellectual property to the United States to comply with the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

This is consistent with local reports saying that there are now no more road closures around the company site.

Though NASA has already tapped Crew Dragon and Boeing's Starliner craft to begin shuttling U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station, Bridenstine told a Senate committee on Wednesday that NASA would not even have an estimate of the cost for its 2024 Artemis mission-ready until 2020.

This week, SpaceX's Starhopper small-scale test spacecraft exploded into flames after what appeared to be a fuel leak or fuel dump during a static fire test at SpaceX's facility in Boca Chica, Texas.

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