The company intends to conduct the first orbital flight of the mini-BFR in June 2019.
Company SpaceX intends in the coming years to start flight tests of key components of the design of its new spacecraft BFR.
The plan involves upgrading the upper stage of the Falcon 9 below, according to the Mask, “it was like a mini-ship BFR”.
BFR is a super-heavy carrier rocket that will orbit up to 100 tons of payload. It is expected that it will consist of two parts – Booster (accelerator) and Ship (ship). It is expected that BFS will have its own engines to carry cargo and passengers.
CEO of SpaceX Elon Musk announced that SpaceX engineers will create a miniature version of the spacecraft BFS, with the ability to run PH on Falcon 9 or Falcon Heavy.
According to Mask, the company intends to conduct the first orbital flight of the mini-BFR in June 2019.
The forthcoming modification of the Falcon 9 apparently, SpaceX will help to better understand some of the flight modes and to calculate the loads that will test the crew capsule BFR.
“Ultra-lightweight heat shield and high fins Mach is that we can’t test without going into orbit,” – said Elon Musk in his blog.
It is assumed that in 2019, the second step will be to perform test flights in which it will independently take off from the Baikonur vertically upwards and then fall and make a soft landing. Apparently, the new ship will be an important step towards the return of all stages of the Falcon 9 on Land.