Netease Technologies News Jan. 24, according to foreign media reports, Elon Musk, chief executive of SpaceX, tweeted Wednesday local time that the prototype of the companys interstellar spacecraft encountered some setbacks in the development process, with strong winds damaging the upper half of the giant rocket.
It is reported that Musk revealed on Twitter that late last night, the 80 km/h gale destroyed the rocket mooring module and destroyed the nose fairing on the top of the rocket. Musk added that the damage takes several weeks to repair.
The rocket is a test iteration version of SpaceXs Starship. SpaceX aims to transport humans and cargo to Mars by building interstellar spacecraft. The spacecraft rocket is being tested near Brownsville, Texas. The test version of the spacecraft is shorter than the final version. Musk has said that the test version of the spacecraft is mainly used for vertical takeoff and landing tests and will not enter orbit.
A member of NASAs Space Flight Online Forum shared a picture of Tuesday nights accident, showing that the nose cone of the rocket was lying on the ground.
Musk later said on Twitter that the more complex part of the rocket was the actual fuel tank is okay.
Starcraft are made of very light stainless steel rather than carbon fibers. In a recent interview with the magazine Volkswagen Machinery, Musk said that the reason why the rocket was built with stainless steel was that it was cheap, fast and strong enough to withstand the drastic temperature changes and pressures as it traversed the Earths atmosphere.
Musk said this benefit has accelerated SpaceXs development of interstellar spacecraft. (Han Bing)
Source: Responsible Editor of Netease Science and Technology Report: Wang Fengzhi_NT2541