Cameroon County, Texas-It’s been said for a long time that the fifth time is magic, isn’t it? Well, that’s because of SpaceX, as the company is still chasing the first non-explosive landing of the Starship prototype.
According to SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk, you may be able to see the SN15 complete its feat earlier this week.
He tweeted on Monday that the latest prototype has completed static launch testing and is “preparing for a flight later this week.” The official date and launch window have not yet been released. This is normal for starship hop attempts.
When the SN15 finally launched the engine, it represented the fifth test for a model company that wanted to finally complete the Mars mission. The variation of the model tested at Boccacheka also serves to land US astronauts on the moon.
Starship SN15 static fire completed, preparing for flight later this week
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 27, 2021
SpaceX received a contract from NASA on April 16 to design and develop a human landing system for the Artemis program.
But first, they have to stop the explosion. This is the unfortunate fate that SN8 has faced until SN11 since December 2020, each ending in several forms of violent explosion.
Like previous prototypes, the SN15 raises the pad, hovers on the ground for a few minutes, then turns off the Raptor and tries to get off. The goal is to re-ignite the engine and spin to attempt a vertical landing.