SpaceX conducted a successful test “jump” of a full-size prototype Starship SN5 spacecraft on the night of August 4-5. It is assumed that this ship will deliver astronauts to Mars.
The launch took place at SpaceX facilities in Boca Chica, Texas, where a simplified launchpad had previously been installed. The SN5 prototype spent about 40 seconds in the air.
Prior to that, SN5 successfully passed fuel injection tests and firing tests with engine start.
The ship’s design assumes the presence of six Raptor engines (3 sustainer and 3 steering), they will be located around the central part. Only one engine was installed on the test prototype, so the slope during the launch was planned.
Musk said that there were a few more short “jumps” to be made, and then it would be possible to take the new ship to a great height with the flaps attached. He has already planned production of a thousand Starships by 2030.
We’ll do several short hops to smooth out launch process, then go high altitude with body flaps
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 5, 2020
SpaceX will make several more similar launches. The founder of the company, Elon Musk, announced this on Twitter.