SpaceX breaks reusability record as it prepares to launch its fully reusable starship into orbit. As part of a static fire test, SpaceX fired up the engines of its Starship prototype, Ship 24, a feat accomplished for the first time.
SpaceX lit all six of the SpaceX Raptor Engine for a few brief moments. There was fire that erupted from the test. The fire died out quickly and was contained on site. There is footage of this happening shared by NASASpaceflight.
SpaceX Ahead of Starship Launch Breaks Falcon 9’s Reusability Record
SpaceX Starship will reduce cost of spaceflight drastically as it is developed with a fully reusable launch system. The technology was already tested with its Falcon 9 rocket, though it lacked reusability with the vehicle’s upper stage.
SpaceX broke its own reusablity record with the just concluded record 14th launch of a Falcon 9 first stage. The launch took off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at 9:20 p.m. EDT Saturday (0120 GMT Sunday) and it succeeded in sending 32 Starlink internet satellites and the BlueWalker 3 satellite into orbit.
Unlike Falcon 9, Starship is composed of two reusable parts: the 165-foot-tall (50 meters) Starship upper stage and Super Heavy. NASA has contracted SpaceX to develop a Starship upper stage as the lunar lander for its Artemis III moon landing mission.
SpaceX has completed a number of tests successfully and has been approved to launch by the FAA with one condition: that it completes an environmental review before the launch of its first orbital Starship flight, which will involve Ship 24 and a Super Heavy named Booster 7 around 2020.
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