SpaceX determines reason behind Starship SN11 prototype crash


SpaceX founder Elon Musk defined why the Starship prototype SN11 went up in flames final week.

In a tweet on Monday, the billionaire replied to a SpaceX-themed Twitter account that requested how the investigation into SN11’s “speedy unscheduled disassembly” — or RUD — was going.

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“Ascent part, transition to horizontal & management throughout free fall had been good. A (comparatively) small CH4 leak led to fireplace on engine 2 & fried a part of avionics, inflicting arduous begin trying touchdown burn in CH4 turbopump,” he defined. 

A “arduous begin” is when there’s ignition with an excessive amount of gas within the engine’s combustion chamber and strain is just too excessive, based on House.com.

“That is getting fastened 6 methods to Sunday,” Musk mentioned. 

The failed take a look at flight launched final March 30 from SpaceX’s South Texas Starship improvement heart close to Boca Chica Village.

After ascending to a most altitude of 6.2 miles, as deliberate, the 165-foot-tall stainless-steel spacecraft broke aside proper earlier than landing.

Dense fog obscured reside video of the explosion and onboard cameras froze after the SN11 made its signature flip maneuver in preparation for touchdown.

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CNET reported on Monday that different cameras directed on the touchdown pad had captured an orange glow and a storm of particles because it rained down on the exclusion zone across the pad.

“No less than the crater is in the appropriate place!” Musk tweeted on March 30.

SpaceX later confirmed that SN11 had “skilled” a RUD, marking the fourth Starship car in a row SpaceX has misplaced since December.

Particles is recovered from a Nationwide Wildlife Refuge after uncrewed SpaceX Starship prototype rocket SN11 did not land safely, in Boca Chica, Texas, U.S. March 31,2021. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
(REUTERS/Gene Blevins)

The CH4, or methane, powers the SN11’s three Raptor engines, giving it greater than 1 million kilos of thrust.

The Raptors had been presupposed to shut down as soon as reaching the specified altitude and reignite within the final stage of the rocket’s descent for a vertical touchdown.

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Each SpaceX’s Starship and Tremendous Heavy — the booster stage — will likely be powered by Raptor engines and the corporate has already constructed the subsequent up to date Starship prototype, SN15.

The Starship is designed for orbital flight and can take each human passengers and cargo to the moon and finally to Mars.



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