Published: Sat, January 26, 2019
Science | By Michele Flores

SpaceX Starship test rocket fractured by fierce winds

SpaceX Starship test rocket fractured by fierce winds

SpaceX's Starship prototype in Texas won't be hopping anytime soon because the rocket's nose cone fell off, according to a NASASpaceflight.com report that SpaceX CEO Elon Musk confirmed. "Will take a few weeks to fix", Musk said and added that the bottom part, which has the propellant tanks, are fine.

Tuesday's winds that were gusting to over 50 miles-an-hour blew the top half of the rocketship over - heavily damaging the large nosecone of the shiny spacecraft.

The incident occurred at the company's facility in Boca Chica, Texas, after the vessel, known as the Starship, toppled in the volatile weather. Unfortunately for the company, Starhopper didn't make it out unscathed, and Musk estimates that it will take weeks to patch things up.

Ross: 'I Don't Understand Why' Federal Workers Are Using Food Banks
A Commerce Department spokesperson said furloughed workers can access less expensive loans via other financial institutions. "I think there's a fair chance we do get to a deal". "They always do", the president said.

Osaka cries after squandering match points, double faulting to concede set
Osaka is trying to win a second consecutive Major trophy to go along with the one she earned at the US Open last September. The Japanese showed how nugget she was against Serena Williams in NY and this occasion did not faze her either.

Tiger Woods denied slice of pizza at Farmers Insurance Open
Woods began the day with a striped drive, a lovely tee shot that belied his usual tendency toward first-tee jitters. He had no idea how many tournaments he'd be able to play, let alone how he would actually fare on the course.

A hop test is a big step towards the Starship platform eventually carrying human passengers, but there's still plenty of work to be done between now and that eventual date. The test version of Starship is shorter than the final version will be.

The tweet below shows what the Starship prototype looked like after the heavy, sustained winds knocked over the nosecone. Musk later added that the rocket's "actual tanks are fine". Starship is being built out of very stainless steel, rather than carbon fiber. In a recent interview with Popular Mechanics, SpaceX CEO said that it is being built with stainless steel because it is cheap and fast, while also being strong enough to endure the intense temperature changes and pressure of flying through the Earth's atmosphere.

This is more likely an example of rough, ad-hoc testing being used to generally characterize and navigate the early stages of new technology development, hence the improvised testbed of a few ceramic insulation blankets and industrial torches already on-hand at SpaceX's Hawthorne, CA factory.

Like this: