Technology New SpaceX Starship prototype pops its top during test... literally
SpaceX Wants the U.S. Army To Use Its Starship Rockets
It also thinks its Starlink satellite system might be of interest, too. SpaceX thinks the U.S. Army could use its Starship rockets to transport troops, supplies across the planet in minutes.The company also has high hopes for its Starlink satellite internet program as a military communications hub.While the Army might find space-based internet useful, starship rockets for cargo are probably a bridge too far—for now.SpaceX, a company specializing in providing access to space through its line of rocket ships, is offering its Starship rocket to the U.S.
It looks as though a little re-assembly may be required on the biggest prototype yet of .
The early version of the next generation SpaceX rocket appeared to fail during a pressurization test, sending billowing clouds of gas and its hood miles into the air at the company's Boca Chica, Texas test site on Wednesday.
A webcam streaming from nearby South Padre Island caught the "anomaly" that occurred at 3:27 p.m. Central Time.
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A more distant view catches the sizable hood falling back to the ground:
SpaceX did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Fortunately, SpaceX also has another prototype - "Mk2" - at its Florida facilities, so we may still see the next phase of Starship development soon.
On Twitter, Musk said SpaceX will take the opportunity to move on to its next iteration, "Mk3," which he says will have a more advanced flight design.
It's important to remember this in no way dooms Starship's development and it's not clear how much it may set the program back, if at all. The "Mk" series of prototypes are designed to be able to achieve orbital flight.
The previous single-engine prototype, dubbed , topping out at 150 meters (492 feet) earlier this year.
SpaceX Starlink: Watch live as Falcon 9 launches 60 satellites to space .
Elon Musk's spaceflight company will add another 60 satellites to its mega constellation (and one is particularly special!)The launch has been delayed several times, but the Falcon 9 is now scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Monday, at approximately 9:19 p.m. ET (6:19 p.m. PT). Weather conditions at Cape Canaveral are looking good, with a less than 10% chance of cancellation and a 20% chance of delay.
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