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Sn5 150m Hop

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Last Updated: 02 July 2021

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After several delays and complications, SpaceX has successfully performed first flight tests of the Starship SN5 prototype from SpaceXs Boca Chica Test site in Texas, marking a step forward in the journey to sending humans to Mars. During testing, company's first full - scale prototype achieved initial flight of around 150 - Meter. Starship SN5 experimental spacecraft - that looks like a giant metal thermos - uses its only Raptor SN27 Engine and slowly flies into the air, rotating slightly before gently returning to the ground and landing vertically not far from where it took off. After the cloud of dust and smoke dissipate, broadcast showed that the rocket had successfully landed a few tens of meters from the launch site. Spacex continues to develop the Starship spacecraft, which is to get humans back to the moon and, for the first time, to Mars. Sn5 is just the second Starship prototype to get off the ground. While the first prototype, Starhopper, successfully showed engine operation and the possibility of jet landing, tests of subsequent prototypes were not so successful. Most of SN5s predecessors were damaged during pressure testing or preparation for static ignitions. Both Starhopper and SN5 have a unique Raptor Engine, SpaceX next - generation powerful Engine, whereas the final Starship spacecraft will have six Raptor engines on board for greater thrust. Starship SN5 features a thrust section with liquid oxygen and methane tanks stacked on top. Nose cone and aero surfaces are the only significant components missing between SN5 and the full - size Starship vehicle. Spacex hasnt released the official height of SN5; however, it is estimated to be in ballpark of 30 meters. Spacex plans to use Starship not only for space launches but also for suborbital passenger flights between continents. If the Sn5s flight attempt is successful, SpaceX will likely proceed to higher altitude test flights. According to Elon Musk, next steps include several more short hops to smooth out the launch process, then going to high altitude with body flaps. Exact details of next testing milestones have not been confirm. However, they are expected to feature more fully - fledge Starship design.

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