A few days in the past, SpaceX hit a milestone with its Starship SN15 prototype rocket that had a take a look at flight that led to a profitable touchdown with out an explosion. It seems SpaceX could be very happy with itself, and CEO Elon Musk lately acknowledged that the prototype may fly once more very quickly. That assertion got here lower than 48 hours after the prototype efficiently landed with out exploding for the primary time.
As is typical for Musk, he took to Twitter to share the data, merely stating, “May attempt to refly SN15 quickly.” Anybody ready in anticipation for one more flight of the prototype spacecraft ought to mood Musk’s feedback with a grain of salt. Musk has a number of instances up to now promised one thing that didn’t occur.
SpaceX sometimes waits a couple of month between take a look at flights of the Starship prototypes. That that is the primary prototype that didn’t explode or crash may need SpaceX trying to speed up its timeline. The FAA has confirmed authorization for SN15, SN16, and SN17 to conduct take a look at flight operations.
Whether or not or not which means SN15’s earlier certification for flight continues to be legitimate is unclear. SpaceX is protecting itself very busy of late. Along with the profitable Starship SN15 take a look at flight and touchdown, the corporate additionally lately returned astronauts to Earth from the ISS. These astronauts splashed down below cowl of darkness with no points in any respect.
SpaceX additionally lately launched further Starlink satellites for its satellite-based broadband Web service. It’s definitely not sudden for a program as formidable because the Starship program to have its share of crashes and failures. SpaceX beforehand promised main upgrades have been being built-in into SN15.
Curiously, the corporate skipped SN12, SN13, and SN14 prototypes, which have been by no means utterly assembled. Modifications made to SN15 have been to deal with points the spacecraft had with landings, and eventually, these adjustments appear to have labored.