SpaceX fans have spotted Boston Dynamic’s $75,000 Robot Dog reportedly named ‘Zeus’, sniffing around SpaceX’s Texas launch facility, after the company’s rocket prototype, Starship SN10 (Serial Number 10), successfully landed on the launch pad and then exploded dramatically.
Looks like Elon Musk’s SpaceX wants everything to be futuristic or at least cyberpunk-themed, as fans have spotted a four-legged yellow robot dog surveying the company’s Boca Chica, Texas. This comes after the launch of SN10 from the same facility on Wednesday, which unlike its predecessors SN8 and SN9 first landed successfully after reaching around 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) high and then caught flames ending up in an explosion on the launch pad after nearly 8 minutes of landing.
And when the air cleared and the roads reopened, photographers went to the company’s facilities on Thursday morning to watch the clean-up from a distance and spotted a fascinating four-legged robot inspecting SN10’s shattered body and broken Raptor engines, at the crash site.
‘Zeus’ SpaceX’s $75,000 Robot Dog
Now according to SpaceExplored, SpaceX has bought this life-like machine, which is a Boston Dynamics “Spot” robot dog, for $75,000 for searching purposes in its test facilities or for places where humans aren’t suitable. Space X has named it Zeus which can be seen printed in his own red doghouse near the Boca Chica, Texas launch pad. Zeus has been spotted previously inspecting the SpaceX landing pad, although it’s not clear what it was up to. But being occupied with cameras and sensors, Zeus could be figuring out what went wrong with SN10’s landing.
Well for now if SpaceX’s starship system somehow comes successful, it could slash the cost of reaching space by 1,000-fold, as its main purpose is to eliminate the need of new rockets and spaceships for each spaceflight