Prototype of SpaceX’s Starship rocket explodes after crash-landing

Prototype of SpaceX’s Starship rocket explodes after crash-landing

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.’s second test flight of its new deep-space vehicle ended in another explosive fireball after one of the prototype’s engines appeared not to reignite during the landing attempt. The Starship SN-9 lifted off from SpaceX’s seaside launch pad at 2:25 p.m. Tuesday in Boca Chica, Texas, based on live video streamed by NASASpaceflight.com. The rocket then flew to an

n altitude of about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). The spacecraft appeared to be stable as it executed a “belly flip” maneuver before one of its three Raptor engines reignited to reorient the craft for landing. Ignition of a second engine used to slow the Starship for landing may not have performed as expected. No people were on board. A third prototype, SN-10, was parked near the launch pad and didn’t

sustain obvious major damage in the fiery landing. SpaceX hasn’t said when that rocket would be ready for a flight test. An earlier craft, SN-8, slammed into the ground in Dec.9, igniting a similar fireball.

News source : Bloomberg Quint

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