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NASA Artemis Mission Progresses with SpaceX Starship Test Flight


SpaceX’s next-generation mega-rocket was launched on Thursday morning. It thundered into orbit during a crucial test flight meant to highlight new processes and technologies that would be crucial for future moon and beyond missions. According to SpaceX, the rocket completed its third and most ambitious test flight in observance of the company’s 22nd anniversary of founding. The launch was closely watched since Starship, the almost 400-foot-tall launcher, is expected to play a major role in NASA’s return-to-moon program.

At 9:25 a.m. ET, the rocket from SpaceX’s Star base test facility in Boca Chica, Texas, took flight. With this mission, SpaceX surpassed earlier Starship testing by two significant milestones: first, the spacecraft attained orbit, and second, it made its first return to Earth’s atmosphere more than 40 minutes later. SpaceX officials stated during their live broadcast of the event, “This is the furthest and fastest that Starship has ever flown.”

Data, however, indicates that the spacecraft may have been lost upon its return to Earth before it achieved the desired splashdown in the Indian Ocean for SpaceX. The Federal Aviation Administration said it was looking into a “mishap” between the Starship vehicle and the rocket’s first-stage booster, Super Heavy, after Thursday’s test flight was completed.

The organization stated, “There have been no reports of public injuries or property damage.” “The FAA supervises the SpaceX-led accident investigation to make sure. The business abides by other regulatory requirements and its FAA-approved accident investigation plan.” Before Starship can take off again, the FAA must wrap up. Its investigation and SpaceX must implement any necessary corrective measures.

SpaceX hailed it as a “phenomenal day” despite the unanticipated conclusion.

Thursday morning’s planned liftoff schedule was changed by the firm, but Starship’s launch went off without a hitch. After around three minutes of flight, the Super Heavy first-stage booster managed to successfully detach from the Starship spaceship. During SpaceX’s webcast, the company stated that Super Heavy plummeted “hard” into the Gulf of Mexico after failing to complete a last burn as it returned to Earth.

The vehicle’s payload door may be opened and closed. And propellant can be moved between two of Starship’s tanks while it is in orbit. Among other procedures and capabilities that SpaceX had intended to showcase during the trip. According to the corporation, in order to ascertain whether those goals were accomplished, post-flight data analysis will be necessary.

At one point, SpaceX planned to fire a Raptor engine on Starship while it was in orbit. But it decided not to. Numerous methods tried during Starship’s third flight would pave the groundwork for lunar landings. As part of NASA’s Artemis program and assist SpaceX in carrying out future satellite deployment missions. Numerous of the goals, according to the firm, will aid in making Starship a fully reusable system. Although this test mission was not intended to go that way, that is SpaceX’s ultimate goal.

In the future Artemis III mission, which could launch in 2026, NASA chose Starship to transport humans to the moon. The rocket burst a few minutes after takeoff on Starship’s maiden flight in April of last year. Several firsts were accomplished with a second Starship launch in November. Including the separation of the upper-stage spaceship and first-stage booster. However, the vehicle was lost from corporate control soon after.

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