A test prototype of the next-generation spacecraft didn’t reach a successful landing to Earth. Elon Mask is looking forward to creating a rocket which will be used to send people to Mars.
The test prototype of the rocket flew several miles high on Wednesday. Mr. Musk’s rocket company is considering the test prototype as awesome because everything was functioning well while it was high up in the sky. Unfortunately, before attempting a vertical landing back on Earth, it ended up in a fiery blast. It hit the ground really fast, which is the cause for its explosion.
The test prototype rocked, named Starship, lifted off on Wednesday, at 5:45 p.m. The plan was for it to start falling, after reaching its apogee. Nevertheless, near the ground it positioned itself in vertical position and fired its three engines so as to slow it down.
Successful ascent, switchover to header tanks & precise flap control to landing point! https://t.co/IIraiESg5M
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 9, 2020
But obviously, it wasn’t enough. Upon impact, after 6 minutes, 40 seconds after liftoff, it ended up in a fireball. The only mark left, was a cloud of smoke. However, Musk’s company considers the attempt successful and they are certain that they will continue working on it and trying to improve it. SpaceX is determined to create a spacecraft that will be sent to Mars, and they are going to do their best to achieve that goal.