SpaceX is now one step closer to launch its next-generation Starship rocket. Yesterday, the company achieved another milestone with a successful engine test. As per Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO, the engine has performed up to the mark during a 51-second test burn. It seems like the aerospace vehicle maker will soon enable Starhopper off its straps. Even more, Musk noted the Starship Hopper could be ready for its first “no-strings-attached” flight by the end of this month. The starship will eventually lift atop SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy.
Starhopper is a framework of the company’s upcoming Mars-colonizing Starship vehicle. It is also a future-looking rocket platform that could one day carry travelers to Mars and deep into space. As of today, the spaceship has carried out two short test hops. Both trials took place at the beginning of April at SpaceX’s Boca Chica facility in Texas. Besides, both tests utilized a leash, which assisted in keeping the Starhopper pretty close to the ground. The next step is to do an untethered hop test. SpaceX has already placed Starship’s engine through various checkups, but those are just one of numerous between developing a rocket and launching it in reality.
Currently, the company is developing the technology that will assist the Starship reach orbit, the moon, along with Mars. At the moment, the main problem is the new Raptor engine that will power the Starship. SpaceX has not yet developed a Raptor engine which can function more than 100 seconds of increasing test-fires. Even more, Musk has demanded on boosting most hardware to the extreme tension. It seems the company is trying to make innovations in the new engines. Before this, test engines have experienced many difficulties like a nasty vibration resonance which might separate the engine from the flight. Musk says the results of latest, i.e., the sixth Raptor prototype (SN06) test have not revealed any symptoms of vibration issues. After completion of the Hopper phase, SpaceX will scale the rocket up to prepare for spaceflight.