While actively promoting the Pro-Demo-2 test, SpaceX’s Starship prototype has not stalled. Earlier, Elon Musk shared a photo taken on social media on April 23 showing a prototype of the starship SN4 being built on a Test bench in Texas. Unfortunately, during Friday’s static ignition test, the SN4 was ultimately unable to escape the fate of the insitu explosion.
April 23 File photo (from Elon Musk)
Obviously, space exploration is not a one-off. Repeated defeats, more and more courage is also SpaceX’s desperate commitment to a creed.
Pre-explosion footage of starship SN4 prototype explosion
It should be noted that the starship SN4 prototype test did not conflict with the Dragon’s manned mission (Demp-2), which still plans to send two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station this weekend.
Starship SN4 Explosion Moments (Screenshot of Live)
The news site, NASAspaceflight, has been tracking SpaceX’s starship testing, but this time it’s only going to be able to send a “RIP” to the SN4 prototype.
RIP Starship SN4 (via)
While regretting it, we must also be aware that the Starship is still in the rapid prototyping phase. Before we can finally send humans to the moon and Mars, we must try to identify potential design pitfalls in order to make improvements in the future.
The SN3 prototype before sN4, for example, was flattened during a stress test in April. The Raptor engine currently used in the SN4 is designed to meet its “short jump” target of 2019, and SpaceX is working to advance the launch of the starship into space for orbital flight testing.
After the SN4 “Retirement”, then we should welcome the starship SN5 prototype with a round of applause.