The prototype of Starship, an American company SpaceX, known as Starhopper, caught fire during a static fire test of the Raptor rocket engine. The corresponding video was posted on Twitter by NASASpaceFlight.com managing editor Chris Bergin.
As reported in the publication of the American portal, initially testing Starhopper assumed two inclusion Raptor. During the first, it was planned to check the operability of the rocket engine, during the second, the spacecraft should rise to a height of about 20 meters and perform several side-maneuvers.
According to NASASpaceFlight.com, the first part of the tests was performed, but at the beginning of the second there was a fire on the launch pad. The publication suggests that the incident did not cause significant damage to Starhopper, but will lead to a shift in subsequent work. During tests, the sixth SpaceX-built Raptor engine was tested.
In November 2018, the head of SpaceX, Elon Musk, announced that the second stage of the Falcon 9 heavy rocket was planned to be converted into a smaller version of the BFR (Big Falcon Rocket).
Starship is the second stage of SpaceX's reusable BFR space transport system. The second stage will receive 6 Raptor engines, the first – 31. Raptor is distinguished by the greatest thrust-to-weight ratio (the ratio of the thrust developed by the power unit to its weight) among all rocket engines ever created. In the reusable version, the BFR system is designed to bring up to 150 tons of payload into low Earth orbit and return to Earth up to 50 tons, as well as comfortable transportation of up to 100 people (2-3 in a cabin) to the Moon and Mars. The system should fly in 2022.
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