Inspired by the success stories of sending astronauts into space and launching the Starlink satellite, SpaceX has accelerated the development of Starship. On Tuesday, June 23, SpaceX conducted another test of the sN7 prototype’s fuel tank.
In a low-temperature stress test conducted in Boca Chica, Texas, the pressure limit was deliberately applied to collect data at the limit,media Space.com reported.
The test first injects ultra-low-temperature liquid nitrogen into the fuel tank to check if the fuel tank can accommodate propellant for actual launch. After testing the fuel tank, it exceeded the limit, and then cracks appeared and “burst” quite dramatically. Soon, the thick white nitrogen plume covered the test site along with the wreckage of the fuel tank.
This is the second low temperature pressure test failure of the SN7 prototype. After the first test run, the spacecraft was repaired for further testing. In addition, unlike the SN4 prototype that exploded at the test site on May 30, the SN7 deliberately underpressured more than it could have underconstruction to collect important data for the development of the “Starship”.