For SpaceX it wasn’t just another day, they prepared themselves for an experimental rocket ship, but they received fire instead.
On Thursday, SpaceX prepared everything necessary for another launch, this time for an experimental rocket ship, called Starhopper. For it this was its first time sensing the thin air and seeing the sky, as well. Good to know about Starhopper, that it’s a test-bed for a bigger launch prototype knows as Starship, also the one who will supposedly send people into space.
Elon Musk initiated the test, sending the rocket rising to almost 65 feet, resulting in success on Friday. Starhopper though, send flaming fragments which started fires next to the launch pad. A firetruck helped them and other equipment was used for many hours in order to cease the fire.
The fire has burned almost 100 acres and was ‘still not extinguished’ on Friday afternoon. However, officials assured people that any life and property will not be harmed. Also, the fact that the fire was so close to Las Palomas where is full of many bird species, didn’t cause any problem.
The muddy ground conditions were the real problem though, because they didn’t let the fire trucks to get closer and cease the flames. They used water-spraying backpacks that really helped them access the area hard to reach.
Research made for detecting the risks caused by rocket launches in that location stated that every impact that a launch activity takes place is it safe, because there is no vegetation around the platforms. Federal Aviation Administration, however, works with SpaceX to remain on its initial plan, the one to launch only Falcon 9 almost once a month from a strong south Texas spaceport. But for SpaceX this remains a hard task because they want to develop its another Starship launch system.