SN4 Passes Cryogenic Test

Deep Space Exploration no longer a pipe dream

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The Rocket passes pressure test in its fourth attempt.

SpaceX’s Starship SN4 short for “Serial Number 4”, a prototype designed to be a fully reusable launch vehicle, successfully passed a cryogenic proof test on Sunday, according to a tweet by Elon Musk on April 27. This comes 24 hours after Musk stated in another tweet that Starship passed an ambient pressure test. The cryogenic pressure test is designed to prove that the starship’s stainless steel structure is able to withstand high pressure caused by very cold fuel. The successful test will pave the way for sending cargo and space personnel to the Moon and Mars in the future, and thus, Deep Space exploration. This is the first successful test of the next-generation rocket after 3 failures, the latest being recorded on April 3. The tests for Starship are being conducted at SpaceX’s site in Boca Chica, Texas.

 

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