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SpaceX's spacecraft has successfully flown for the first time, a major step forward in commercializing space travel

SpaceX's spacecraft has successfully flown for the first time, a major step forward in commercializing space travel

In the new era of space travel, the SpaceX spacecraft lifts off this morning. (Photography generated by artificial intelligence)
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On your fourth attempt, the SpaceX She was finally able to successfully launch one of her reusable rockets. The company's goal of making space travel affordable is one step closer after this launch The spacecraft was able to reenter the atmosphere without serious damage.

With a multi-billion dollar contract NASASpaceX is constantly working on development A spacecraft that can serve as a means of transport for both crew and cargo. The future of space travel depends on such developments.

NASA hopes that with the successful development of a reusable rocket, it will be possible to send a man to the moon again this decade. After the Moon, SpaceX has its eyes on Mars, with the potential for long-term colonization of the planet.

The fourth and most successful take-off ever

At approximately 8:50 a.m. ET on June 6, the spacecraft lifted off from SpaceX's base near Boca Chica, Texas. In the midst of scorching temperatures, thanks to the heat wave blanketing the Lone Star State, The latest generation of rockets was able to successfully follow the planned suborbital path.

The launch was considered a great success despite the failure of one of the Raptor's 33 engines. The upper part of the spacecraft was able to successfully separate from the thruster, which is called so heavy, After they both landed in bodies of water, as expected.

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The Starship part was able to be made A controlled route around the world, landing in the Indian Ocean. 1.1 million viewers of the live broadcast of the flight were able to follow the path of the spacecraft during the 65-minute flight. Minimal damage to it Paintings The spacecraft was visible to viewers.

Supporter so heavy It made a much shorter flight, and separated from the main ship after about three minutes of flight. The booster made a short orbit before landing as planned in the Gulf of Mexico.

Spacecraft recycling

SpaceX and NASA hope to be able to recover these water-landed spacecraft and reuse them for future flights, reducing the cost and environmental impact.. However, its carbon footprint is large.

More than 1,000 tons of methane release huge amounts of pollutants into the environment, leading to increased global warming. The company has also been criticized for its practice of landing spacecraft in oceanswith environmental agencies considering this to disrupt ecosystems.

Drone flight with many others to follow

Although Musk and NASA hope to fly people aboard the spacecraft, this test was completely unmanned. It said, SpaceX management will conduct hundreds of unmanned tests to ensure maximum safety When the crew boards the ship.

Test No. 5 likely isn't too far away, as the company aims to land humans on the moon in 2026. Elon Musk shared his goal of having six launches in 2024, which means there are still four launches left until December. Each flight will have one main goal: a reusable spacecraft capable of transporting people and cargo to other planets..

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