SpaceX Rocket Starship Prototype Crashes in Explosion During Test Launch
SpaceX launched a prototype of its rocket Starship successfully at the Texas coast on Wednesday. However, it crashed into an explosion during the test launch. “AWESOME TEST. CONGRATS STARSHIP TEAM!” SpaceX said in a livestream of the launch.
SpaceX founder Elon Musk was quick to congratulate its team with a tweet saying: “Mars, here we come!!”.
According to Musk, the rocket crashed because of a fast landing. “We got all the data we needed! Congrats SpaceX team,” he tweeted.
The test launch looked in a straight line when two of its engines, one after another, detached. After approximately five minutes when its third engine extinguished, the rocket prototype started to descend in an expected position. However, the landing of the rocket was not as smooth as its launch as the engines failed to slow down the machine, which eventually crashed into the Earth.
The launch was planned following many aborted attempts earlier this week. The livestream of the test launch was available on SpaceX’s official Twitter account. The objective of the launch was to test the metal body of the SN8 (Starship number 8) and functionality of its three engines.
“With a test such as this, success is not measured by completion of specific objectives but rather how much we can learn, which will inform and improve the probability of success in the future as SpaceX rapidly advances development of Starship,” SpaceX said in a statement.
The company implied that the crash of the rocket prototype would not mean a mission failure. SpaceX has already finished the construction of the next prototype ship, SN9.
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