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SpaceX test rocket for interplanetary travel overturned due to strong winds in Texas

According to Elon Musk’s plans, Starship rockets are going to be used for flights to Mars.

Photos from Twitter NasaSpaceflight
Photos from Twitter NasaSpaceflight

According to photographs from an assembly shop in Texas, the Starship spacecraft from SpaceX fell and was damaged due to strong winds. According to Elon Musk, the repair will take several weeks.

The CEO of the company explained that the wind at a speed of 80 kilometers per hour broke the blocks used to hold the rocket on the ground. Because of this, the upper part of the ship, the fairing, fell, but the fuel tanks survived .

The prototype of the Starship began to build in March 2018, and finished in January 2019. It was going to be used for tests of takeoff and landing within a month after construction, but now the dates have shifted.

Starship test rocket Photo from Twitter Elon Musk
Starship test rocket Photo from Twitter Elon Musk

The test sample differs from the final version of the ship: it is slightly shorter and is equipped with only three engines instead of seven. As planned, Starship Musk will consist of two stages: the top, with a manned spacecraft, and the bottom, with the Super Heavy accelerator.

The entrepreneur announced the construction of a super-heavy rocket in September 2017, at first it was called BFR (Big Falcon Rocket), and then renamed. Starships are going to be used for exploration of the Moon and Mars, as well as for orbital flights.

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