2021-05-03

High-altitude test plan for SpaceX SN15 interstellar spacecraft prototype has been postponed

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High-altitude test plan for SpaceX SN15 interstellar spacecraft prototype has been postponed

When the spacecraft returns to Earth, the ideal state is vertical Soft landing for reuse in the future. So far, many prototype rocket tests have not been carried out in full accordance with SpaceX’s expectations. A prototype had successfully landed vertically, but exploded after a few minutes. SpaceX’s last test of the interstellar spacecraft prototype took place on Monday, April 26. In that test, the prototype was prepared for launch and was tethered to the ground when the engine was launched.

The purpose of this test is to allow SpaceX engineers to ensure that the rocket functions as expected. Normally, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk will post the details of the test on Twitter, but so far, he has not said what caused the delay. The last time we heard from Musk was on April 26, when he said that the SN15 prototype was ready for static ignition testing.

The roads in the area around the SpaceX test facility have been closed, indicating that high-altitude testing will happen soon. If the test is delayed for too long, it is estimated that the road will reopen.