SpaceX's Starship prototype prepares for 150 meter “jump” at the end of the week

As SpaceX continues to successfully fulfill its mission agenda, it keeps its attention focused on the development of the Starship. According to CEO Elon Musk, the company is preparing to launch a prototype of the spacecraft that will take Man to Mars later this week.

Elon Musk's tweet about the plans to launch the Starship prototype

The SN5, one of the most recent prototypes of the Starship that SpaceX is building at its facilities in Boca Chica, Texas, is preparing for a debut flight and is expected to reach an altitude of 150 meters.

The only vehicle that managed to pass the flight test at the facility was the Starhopper, the prototype of the Starship's test rocket. In August 2019, the vehicle jumped and moved for about 150 meters, without any setback.

The first prototype of the Starship was introduced to the world in early 2019 and, although Elon Musk believed that the space vehicle would be able to take off in space from two to three months, the development of the spacecraft was marked by several difficulties.

At the end of February this year, SpaceX decided to put the Starship SN1 to the test, but the prototype was unable to withstand the test's cryogenic pressure levels. One of the space vehicle's tanks filled with liquid nitrogen, causing a disruption in the system and an explosion. In April, SN4 was able to successfully pass the pressocriogenic test.

It should be remembered that, with the recent success of the Crew Dragon mission, private companies like SpaceX may receive a boost from the United States Government to develop their space missions.

In early June, a group of US senators introduced the American Space Commerce Act, a new bill that could increase incentives for private space companies, expanding their tax deductions by 2033. The proposal is supported by Republican and Democratic Party, however, are not yet sure if it will be approved.