CEO Elon Musk says SpaceX will “start reflying SN15 quickly” after it became the first Starship to start at high altitudes and survive the landing. In other words, SpaceX might be about to launch a long and prosperous future of reusability.
Space X has successfully landed a full-size concept Starship in one piece less than six months after starting high altitude flight tests, giving it the first real opportunity to examine a flown spacecraft using flaps, a nose, and three engines of the Raptor.
At the same time, this spectacular achievement gives SpaceX an abundance of information from any onboard cameras and data recorders as well as the Starship’s physical state – like three Raptor engines with several flight minutes. Whereas SpaceX has already determined a large amount of over-air telemetry and wrecks from SN8 to SN11, it now has a nearly unharmed, comprehensive, comprehensive prototype to truly compare and contrast more theoretical engineering and flight efficiency models.
However, maybe the success of SN15 poses the issue, more importantly: What’s next for u and its Starship Programme?
The truth is that everything could take any number of directions according to the condition of Starship SN15 and how good SpaceX actually decides the flight. If Starship SN15, its tanks, flaps, and raptors are all impeccable, you can not believe that SpaceX can do what it did after the near-total performance of Starboard SN8 and the scraping Starship prototypes SN17, SN18, and SN19 until it actually starts working. While impossible, SN15 could fly in that scenario a second time.
Starship SN16 is more or less full and could easily move to the start pad in the next week. It is good that SpaceX will use SN16 (hopefully) to replicate the spectacular success of Starship SN15 and prove beyond question that the current design of the vehicle has resolved the issues which condemned SN8 by SN11. However, almost nothing is possible with SpaceX’s Starship program, especially when CEO Elon Musk appears to be serious about a giant tower with weapons as a substitute for landing legs.
Meanwhile, Musk has stated that SpaceX plans to launch Starship into orbit for the first time in July 2021. These initial orbital flight tests will start with Starship SN20 and use Starship prototypes with even further enhancements beyond the present hundreds of improvements to SN15. The importance of improvements required to switch from the design of SN15 to an orthopedic Starship is uncertain. SpaceX would need to fit orbital ships with a complete heat shield and three new vacuum-optimized Raptors over the three marine engines that are already flying on SN8 through SN15.
Musk suggested that the recovery of a prototype Starship from orbit could take several unsuccessful attempts before the first success. SpaceX has worked hard along these lines as Starship would be the heaviest orbital spacecraft ever deployed to the greatest extent. In contrast to the Space Shuttle Orbiter, which weighs around 100 metric tonnes (220,000 lb), SpaceX does not risk astronaut lives during the Starship’s initial orbital flight tests, leaving more room for confusion and risk management.
Beyond Starship itself, SpaceX still has to complete or test a flightworthy prototype of the Super Heavy booster and the Starship orbital-class launching facility business is far from finished. Most of the components of the super-heavy boosters BN2 and BN3 have already been assembled, and are waiting for integration to begin, and SpaceX has made considerable progress over the last six months on the orbital launch site.
For now, we just have to wait for Starship SN15 and SN16 to see each other.
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