For a long time, SpaceX’s fifth starship prototype has successfully ignited its lone Raptor engine as a steady fire in a test, paving the way for the first flight of a full-scale starship this weekend.
After nearly three weeks of delays and several abortive efforts, SpaceX succeeded in fixing a variety of relatively small hardware bugs described by CEO Elon Musk on 28 July. The first static fire attempt was originally launched on 10 July and gradually slipped for a few days at a time on 25 July. Thus another series of delays began after steady fire efforts – each with varying progress – were terminated on the morning of 25 July, 27th (x2) and 30.
Thankfully though, those abortions and scrubs and delays have finally ended – at least for now. If things go according to plan over the next several days and the teams are able to rectify an important issue discovered earlier this week, Starship SN5 could pick up the first full-scale of its kind in a few days from now.
Before succeeding in the July 30 static fire of the starship SN5, Musk revealed in a tweet that the rocket’s second attempt, after a connector was damaged by Hurricane Hannah on July 27, was likely related to telemetry and control. SpaceX fixed the issue and managed to stretch its test window within a few hours, leading to another attempt later that night.
Unfortunately, the starship’s steady fire was again cleared, which Musk later described as a critical fuel valve, which failed to open, as well as “something odd”. [behavior]”Raptor was seen in the pump related to the steering hardware of the engine.” Two days later to complete a static fire as SpaceX, the fine-grained “fuel spin pump” would have been completely fixed, but the Raptor’s Thrust Vector Control (TVC) pump issues to be largely closed. could.
Given that SpaceX spent about 2.5 days inspecting and repairing the starship after the third static fire abort, it is likely that they had time to fix the rapper’s TVC hydraulic system malfunction. Regardless, the Raptor’s TVC will need to be defectively powered before SpaceX can proceed with the first full-scale starship flight test. At 150 meters (~ 500 ft) it is expected that for the first time a starship prototype will be of approximately the same size – and constructed from the same material – as an orbital-class ship will attempt controlled flight.
Prior to the 30 July static fire, SpaceX had already filed some temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) – to warn aviators of the areas it held with the FAA for hop testing efforts on August 2 and August 3 Was used. SpaceX will need 12–24 hours to analyze the data, inspect the starship, and set a timeline for the first hop attempt, but there is at least a slight chance that the company starship SN5 will be released early this Sunday Will push you to fly in. Stay tuned as things go on and the hop test gets a more solid date.
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