SpaceX Starship Passes Fiery Test
SpaceX is turning up the heat. Literally.
Inspired by the successful flight of the new Crew Dragon spacecraft, SpaceX designers focused on their future interplanetary Starship. Elon Musk has shared a video from a recent test of the protective coating of the spacecraft, which will not allow it to “burn” in the atmosphere when returning to Earth. That means that the starship will be ready to make its next flight immediately after the previous one, without additional repairs. What a time to be alive! Even spacecraft is becoming reusable!
The heat shield will be located only on one side of the ship and will be a coating made of hexagonal tiles. According to the information received, during the tests, the “heat shield” withstood heating up to a temperature in excess of 1,300 ° C. It is quite enough for the ship to survive the return to Earth absolutely safe. Does that innovation bring us closer to a deep-space trip to Mars? Probably, yes.