- SpaceX conducted a static fire test on its Starship serial number 24 (SN24)
- The test, although deemed successful, caught fire around the site.
- It is believed that the powerful thrust melted the concrete on which the rocket stands.
- Molten concrete was then launched into the surrounding ground.
SpaceX’s Starship Serial Number 24 (SN24) started an intense grass fire after an eight-second static fire test that released more than 1,000 tons of thrust and melted the concrete under the rocket, some speculate.
Melt drops were then launched from a rocket more than 300 feet, falling into a dumpster and into the protected habitat that surrounds the starbase in Boca China, Texas.
Firefighters were called to the spot and the fire was brought under control by evening.
SpaceX was given the green light by the Federal Aviation Administration in June to launch its Starship rocket, which has been grounded for nearly a year over concerns about affecting the environment from such testing.
One of the conditions to be approved is that the firm must implement wildfire prevention measures and also use spray water to suppress dust and air pollution — and Thursday’s fire shows SpaceX has not yet met this requirement.
SpaceX’s Starship Serial Number 24 (SN24) starts an intense grass fire after an eight-second static fire test
The static fire test began after 5:30 p.m., a crucial test to ensure that the upper stage is ready for its first orbital launch — for which CEO Elon Musk has yet to set a date.
The SN24 had another successful static fire test on 9 August, but only two of the Raptor engines came to light in this incident.
There were many tests throughout the month, but Teslarati All of them were considered failures in the report.
It forced SpaceX to replace three engines earlier this month and the effort paid off, as the world witnessed a successful test — even if it caused a major hay fire.
Teslarati also estimates that the latest static fire test produced 1,380 tons of thrust, which is believed to be the highest for a test conducted at Starbase.
Media outlets suggest that the powerful thrust may have melted the top layer of concrete in which the rocket stands.
Static fire testing is critical to ensure the upper stage is ready for orbital launch. SpaceX hasn’t given a date for the mission yet
Static fire testing began shortly after 5:30 p.m. ET, with six engines igniting
And these molten droplets are the ones that were sent flying hundreds of feet from the starship and set on fire.
All areas around the test site were on fire, with even a SpaceX dumpster in flames, which lasted a few hours.
Musk’s Starship saw another fire in July – the rocket was caught in a giant fireball during a ground test on July 11.
The footage shows a powerful fireball engulfing the bottom of the rocket and sending splashes flying, and dramatically shaking the camera’s point of view.
The last Starship to fly on May 5, 2021 was serial number 15 (SN 15) and was nominal.
However, not all rockets returned to Earth in one piece.
The last test flight ended with SN11 at the launch pad on March 31 last year.
SN10 was the first of the last four Starships to survive the landing, but the massive rocket exploded about 10 minutes later due to a methane leak.
Fire, smoke and debris came out from below and could be seen from miles away
Test fumes engulf the rocket and test facility in Boca Chica, Texas
The failure occurred after SpaceX declared it a success, as the SN10 took off and flipped – without crashing and burning up like the previous prototype SN8 and SN9. Musk praised the rocket in a tweet for ‘landing in one piece’.
And both SN8 and SN9 exploded in a ball of fire the moment they touched down – and both triggered a review from the FAA.
SpaceX is planning to send humans to Mars using a two-stage spacecraft made up of a Starship (passenger-carrying segment) and a super heavy rocket booster.
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